Covestro senior research and development scientist Diana Kelley has received the Manufacturing Institute’s Women Make Award. Kelley was among 130 honorees named at an awards gala held recently in Washington, D.C.
The Women Make Awards program was designed to close the gender gap in manufacturing and honor women and their achievements at all levels of the industry, from the factory floor to the c-suite.
“Diana is a great ambassador for Covestro, both within the company and through her engagement in the community,” said Haakan Jonsson, chairman and president, Covestro. “She has made significant contributions to the success of our business, while simultaneously helping shape the future for other Covestro employees.”
Kelley works at Covestro’s North American headquarters in Pittsburgh. Her work in emissions testing contributes to the polymer supplier’s efforts to better manage climate change. Further, her support of emission-quality control for product formulations has led to expanded collaborations with customers and an increase in sales.
Kelley contributes to the company and her local community through her work with Covestro Toastmasters, Greenlight for Girls, Carnegie Science Center and the Lending Hearts Kites Take Flight for Childhood Cancer event.
“The biggest challenge facing manufacturers continues to be the growing workforce crisis, and women are the industry’s largest talent opportunity; bringing just 6% more women into manufacturing would fill all open jobs in the sector today,” said Carolyn Lee, executive director and president of Manufacturing Institute for Industry Leadership.