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A Call for Justice: We Shall Not Be Moved
Our community has experienced too many injustices that have promoted systemic racism and institutionalized oppression. NSBE brings new perspectives from a panel of experts.
and Help us Solve Challenges Faced by the Black Community.
For more than 40 years, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has worked tirelessly and creatively to inspire people of color—from grade school girls and boys through young women and men—to pursue a future in engineering. And, we’ve worked with local communities, small businesses and global companies across this nation to create opportunities for the Black community in STEM.
Plan to join us for the NSBE ALL IN Summit to learn how you can help us scale up the proven programs that we have developed and open the door to opportunity.
Together, let’s commit to real change!
NSBE SEEK Program
Power the growth of SEEK to reach 25,000 more underserved students who will experience an immersive engineering curriculum that is enlightening and inspiring.
Enable NSBE to rapidly scale up 500 new NSBE JR. chapters and attract thousands of new pre-teens and teens to our year-round engineering programs and competitions. Investment in new, compelling content and technology will reinvigorate current members and engage new members.
Fund The Mission
Commit to supporting the mission of NSBE. Empower NSBE to scale up our programs, build out our infrastructure, diversify our support services to members, and amplify our impact.
NSBE Career Academy
Increase the reach and scale of the NSBE Career Academy. New investment will allow us to build content for professional members, including certifications, and offer new online content to supplement SEEK and NSBE JR. to enrich those experiences further.
Chief Diversity &
Inclusion Officer, Bechtel
Kevin is leading the Diversity and Inclusion program at Bechtel. The talent management, promotion process, BRGs and other people processes will be updated to support Bechtel’s inclusion and diversity commitments.
Additionally, Bechtel will partner with several key partner schools and minority professional conferences to attract diverse, engineering, procurement and construction talent to the organization.
As a member of the Bechtel Infrastructure GBU Functional management team, Kevin led the Quality and Six Sigma function and collaborated with functional leaders from Engineering, Procurement, Construction and other functions as part of an integrated leadership team. Kevin’s team was responsible for developing and maintaining certified management systems for Quality (ISO9001) and Collaborative Working (BS11000) and providing Quality Assurance, Quality Systems Engineering and Six Sigma business improvement expertise across the GBU.
Kevin was Corporate Quality & Six Sigma’s Integration and Effectiveness Manager responsible for the development and implementation of the quality and continuous improvement tools throughout the enterprise. Before his Corporate assignment, Kevin was the Field Engineering Manager for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, ensuring the design drawing (IFCs), specifications and supplier documents were implemented during the direct hire (DH) construction field activities.
Previous positions also included Lead Field Engineer (Civil) and Lead Resident Engineer. Six Sigma played a part in Kevin’s Bechtel background as he held a Project Master Black Belt position for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project and was the Six Sigma Deployment Coordinator/MBB/BB for Bechtel’s Communications Business Line.
Kevin earned his Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University.
LESLYE MILLER FRASER, SM, JD
Retired Environmental Appeals Judge, USEPA; National STEM Chair, The Links, Incorporated
Leslye Miller Fraser is a retired attorney and engineer with more than 35 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, spanning environmental and labor law, government regulations, and engineering development and management.
She received both bachelor and master degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from UCLA School of Law. She currently serves as a member of the MIT Corporation, which is the Board of Directors and governing body of MIT where she also is on the Corporation’s Governance and Nominations Committee, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Committee, Undergraduate and Graduate Education Visiting Committee, and Libraries Visiting Committee. Ms. Fraser also is the National STEM Chair for The Links, Incorporated, a 74-year community service organization comprised of professional women of African descent located in 288 chapters in the U.S., the Bahamas and the United Kingdom.
In 2016, with 21 years of federal service, including 15 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Ms. Fraser retired from her position as an Environmental Appeals Judge at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the first person of color to serve in that role. The SES is the most senior career position immediately below the top Presidential appointees in Federal agencies, of which less than 800 of 1.9 million federal employees are African American. Her previous SES positions include serving as Associate General Counsel for Pesticides and Toxic Substances in EPA’s Office of General Counsel, and Director of the Office of Regulations, Policy and Social Sciences in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to joining the federal government, Ms. Fraser worked in the private sector for 11 years, first as a research engineer and manager at TRW, an aerospace company later acquired by Northrop Grumman, where she received a U.S. patent for a material she co-invented for spacecraft systems, and then as a labor and environmental attorney at a major international law firm, Gibson Dunn.
Ms. Fraser has received numerous awards and honors, including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, which is awarded each year by the President of the United States to a small group of federal career SES officials who “consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service” and the NSBE Lifetime Member of the Year Award. She is the immediate past national president of the African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA), the leading non-profit organization dedicated to preparing and supporting African Americans for advancement into the SES. She also is a proud charter member of both the NSBE Chapter at MIT and the Lambda Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first sorority on MIT’s campus.
Engineering – Power Systems Business,
Gary Johansen is currently Executive Director of Engineering, Power Systems Business at Cummins Inc. He leads a team of 1700 engineers, technicians, and support staff across India, China, Brazil, the UK and the US. His teams develop industry leading, sustainable power solutions for the Mining, Marine, Rail, Defense, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, and other markets worldwide.
Gary earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tri-State University after his first two years in community college while living at home and working full time. Upon graduation, Gary joined Cummins Inc., a global leader in Diesel and natural gas engines and power generating equipment. He began his career as an engine combustion development engineer and has since taken roles of increasing leadership and technical scope, as a worldwide chief engineer, platform development leader, and worldwide engineering leader of Cummins’ Power Generation.
Gary is a strong proponent of social responsibility, focusing on equity of opportunity, social justice, and education. He is a former board member of STARBASE Minnesota, which works to inspire young students from economically disadvantaged areas to take on STEM careers. Gary is a former senior partner for corporate giving at the United Way of the Greater Twin Cities (Minnesota). Gary led the creation of the first National Society of Black Engineers “Summer Engineering Experience for Kids” (SEEK) program within Cummins, which is now in its third year. He is senior relationship sponsor between Cummins and Aeon Affordable Housing Partners of Minnesota. He is also a board member of the Courage Kenny Foundation, a non-profit foundation supporting one of the largest rehabilitation hospitals in the United States which focuses on clients with brain stem and spinal cord injuries and disabilities. Within Cummins, Gary is a strong advocate for greater diversity, equity and inclusion, leading or sponsoring numerous local and global initiatives.
Gary’s leadership purpose is Helping Other People Find Their Voice.
Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Sandra Evers-Manly has a varied range of responsibilities which include enterprise-wide charitable giving, corporate citizenship, diversity and inclusion, the employee assistance program, equal employment opportunity, ethics and business conduct, Operation IMPACT (which supports the hiring of Wounded Warriors), workplace accommodations, and sustainability.
She was instrumental in founding, and, subsequently building, the thriving Northrop Grumman Foundation, of which she is President. The Foundation is committed to promoting STEM-related national education initiatives, and, recently, funded and executive produced the film, “Into the Unknown: The James Webb Space Telescope”, which takes a look at the making of the most innovative satellite and the great people behind the scenes. Prior to her current appointment, she was vice president of Ethics and Diversity. She began her career with the company as a summer college intern while attending the University of Southern California.
Her direct reports sponsor and coordinate a myriad of programs and initiatives, including the International Ethics and Business Conduct Officers conferences, as well as 13 employee resource groups with over 260 chapters and 25,000 employees, the Diversity & Inclusion Conferences, monthly Employee Assistance Program webinars, the confidential ethics OpenLine as well as holiday giving and employee recognition programs. Eleven years ago, Evers-Manly successfully organized and continues to oversee the Northrop Grumman Women’s Conference involving all levels of women across the enterprise.
Evers-Manly has greatly enhanced Northrop Grumman’s corporate profile and transparency through the Corporate Responsibility Report (now the Sustainability Report), which has been published since 2008. Her team was instrumental in helping the company receive the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership. This award is given for the exemplary quality of a company’s relationships with employees and communities.
She has been integral in the company’s being named to DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies list for its demonstrated use of measurable diversity best practices and results. Northrop Grumman has appeared on the list for the last ten years and was the first defense contractor to earn this recognition. Evers-Manly’s team was instrumental in helping the company to receive the prestigious Catalyst Award which recognizes companies which promote and increase women in leadership. Northrop Grumman was also recognized by U.S. Business Leaders Network (USBLN) for promoting people with disabilities. In addition, she has received the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Gene Washington Champion Award for promoting diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She received the prestigious Chairman’s Award from Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC). She also received the GRIT Award from the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell After-School Program. In 2019, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black Nurses Association. She is featured in the Summer 2019 edition of Savoy Magazine’s “2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America”.
Evers-Manly has been honored by the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade of 100 Black Men, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha sororities as well as the Omega Psi Phi fraternity along with the Washington, DC, Fishing School, Calvary Women Services, and, earlier this year, was honored by the Mayor and City of Los Angeles.
She is the executive producer of five short films on the impact of gang violence as well as the Academy Award-nominated short film, Last Breeze of Summer. She has developed an animated series, “Imani: the Super Little Engineer”, which introduces girls and students of color to the world of engineering and other STEM fields. It was released in 2019. In October 2018, she released her first children’s book, “Raised by Mrs. Manly and her Letter ‘L’”, from which all proceeds go to charity organizations.
Sandra is the Founder and President of the Black Hollywood Education Resources Center which provides educational programs and helps to advocate the empowering of African Americans in front of and behind the scenes. She has started a new initiative called “Films With A Purpose” which has produced several thought-provoking films bringing awareness to such issues as bullying, aging out of foster care system, homelessness, and key historical events.
She is also a member of the Defense Industry Initiative (DII) and is a fellow with the Ethics Resource Center. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in public administration and, in 2019, received the USC Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Merit Award. She also attended an executive management program at the Wharton School of Business.
National Chair, NSBE
Student, researcher, leader are just a few descriptors of Jocelyn Jackson, the National Chair of NSBE. She is dedicated to using her leadership and voice to make a difference in the lives of other young black women interested in engineering, and to make engineering a more diverse and accepting field for all.
Jackson was recently featured in a NBC News article where she discussed her journey to becoming an engineer, the adversity she has faced along the way, and how NSBE has helped her and other black engineers, especially fellow women, feel more accepted in the profession.
KARL W. REID, ED.D.
Executive Director, NSBE
Dr. Karl W. Reid was named executive director of NSBE on June 2, 2014, marking his return to the organization that gave him his first major leadership experience, 32 years earlier.
For the past 22 years, he’s been a leading advocate for increasing college access, opportunity and success for low-income and minority youth.
Dr. Reid came to NSBE from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), where he oversaw new program development, research and capacity building for the organization’s 37 historically black colleges and universities.
NAJMA C. THOMAS
PCI Chairperson, NSBE
NLI Chairperson, NSBE
Charles Thompson, III
Senior Director, Fund Development and Marketing
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