AMPP Champions Leadership and Inclusion at 2024 Annual Conference + Expo with Valuing Voices Forum

By: Association for Materials Protection & Performance
HOUSTON - Feb. 13, 2024 - PRLog -- The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) is set to enrich its members with insightful events dedicated to equipping leaders and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. The breakfast and forum are part of the AMPP Annual Conference and Expo, scheduled for March 3 – 7, 2024, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Our mission is to build an inclusive community of excellence where every voice is valued," said Kailey Dharam of Dairyland, co-chair of the event. "The AMPP Valuing Voices Forum provides an opportunity for AMPP members to learn about topics like the importance of diversity in growing our industry, the power of inclusion, and the role of leadership in creating a people-first environment."

The Valuing Voices Breakfast, set for March 6 from 8 to 9:30 a.m., will host John Rogers, Director of Global DEI and Talent Acquisition at Jensen Hughes. Rogers will present "From Inception to Inclusion: Fostering a DEI Program at Jensen Hughes," a session that will explore the evolution of DEI initiatives within the industry. He will discuss the development and achievements of the DEI program at Jensen Hughes, focusing on leadership's role, employee engagement, and the importance of education in building an inclusive work environment.

Following breakfast, all conference attendees can participate in the free, interactive AMPP Valuing Voices Forum led by speaker Casey Mackert from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. The Forum will explore lessons from "The Ideal Team Player," a book authored by Patrick Lencioni. Ms. Mackert will share practical tools for recognizing, recruiting, and nurturing the perfect team players across various organizations. This session is designed for leaders eager to foster a collaborative culture, human resources professionals searching for genuine team players, and employees aiming to become indispensable members of their teams. Sponsored by MESA, this forum is co-chaired by Kailey Dharam, Mary Macedo of Equity Engineering Group, and Kelsey May of MESA.

"Valuing Voices affirms that we achieve great results not at the expense of people, but by including, honoring, strengthening, and celebrating their unique contributions," Dharam said. "We are thrilled to facilitate an opportunity for members to learn and grow their leadership influence, whether they are in a formal leadership position or not."

As previously noted, all conference participants can attend the free workshop. Breakfast tickets are an additional $15 each for students and $25 for all others.

Formed in 2021 from NACE International and SSPC merger, the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) is the largest global corrosion and coatings organization, uniting 145 years of expertise, serving over 35,000 members in 140 countries.

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