Key Associations Weigh In on DEI Progress and Next Steps

Engineering association leaders discuss DEI investment, membership metrics and gaps.

Originally broadcast on June 9, 2023. Now available On Demand.

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Machine Design, in collaboration with the Design & Engineering Group’s WISE (Workers in Science and Engineering) initiative, assembled a panel from major associations (including the Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Women in Electronics) to reflect on progress made in their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts. In an outcomes-centered discussion, they discuss:

  • The association’s role in DEI investment
  • Evidence that diversity programs work
  • Efforts to empower and engage members
  • Diversity fatigue and what keeps them motivated


Rehana Begg | Editor-in-Chief | Machine Design 

Rehana Begg is the editor-in-chief of Machine Design. Her beat focuses on industrial manufacturing, engineering, operations and management. Begg holds a master’s degree in journalism and an MBA in project management. She leads Design & Engineering Group’s WISE (Workers in Science & Engineering) initiative, a hub that compiles coverage of workplace issues affecting STEM fields. WISE won Endeavor Business Media’s Brand DEI Initiative in 2022


Monica Moman-Saunders | Professional Engineer and Fellow | ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 

Monica Moman-Saunders, P.E., has more than 20 years of experience in engineering management, and contract negotiations and management. Moman-Saunders joined the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 1985. She is an ASME Fellow and ASME Governor-Nominee. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from University of Alabama, a Master of Science degree in business and management from Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri, and completed the executive management program at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Roberta Rincon | Associate Director of Research | Society of Women Engineers 

Dr. Roberta Rincon is the Associate Director of Research for the Society of Women Engineers, where she oversees the organization’s research activities on gender equity issues affecting girls and women in engineering, in education and career. Rincon received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and an M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning from UT Austin.  

Jackie Mattox | Founder, President and CEO | Women in Electronics 

Jackie Mattox is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Women in Electronics, headquartered in Southern California. Mattox started her career in the electronics industry during college at a small rep firm in Southern California where she worked her way into the roles of Sales and Distribution Manager, and also took a passionate interest in Strategic Key Account Management. Mattox graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication/Journalism.

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