For Immediate Release: Sept. 1, 2011
By the Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.—Senior officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) will join other industry leaders at the World Diversity Leadership Summit 2011 in New York City, Sept. 6-8.
ONR Director of Research Dr. Michael Kassner, and Dr. Anthony Junior, ONR’s education programs manager, will gather with influential representatives from across defense, public and private industry to discuss the implications of developing and maintaining a diverse workforce.
Junior will moderate a panel focused on the challenges of serving the defense, security and government sectors; the impact of regulatory requirements on diversity; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics’ (STEM) role in the defense and government marketplace.
The summit will conclude with Kassner providing an overview of naval STEM programs aimed at attracting and growing a diverse technical talent pool for the Navy and Marine Corps, during a gala honoring Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans, to be held at the New York Stock Exchange.
“Our message is clear: we are serious about ensuring continued access to a number of technical skills that are unique to the U.S. naval enterprise,” Kassner said. “In particular, the way forward is to attract, inspire and educate young people across the entire cultural, gender and socio-economic spectrum, who are willing to meet this critical demand.”
The Department of the Navy has made long-term commitments to diversity and to investing in K-12 STEM education and outreach. The focus on STEM and recruiting the next-generation workforce is vital to the Navy because more than 50 percent of its scientists and engineers become eligible for retirement by 2020.
The World Diversity Leadership Summit, launched in 2004, gathers senior corporate, government and nongovernmental organization officials from across the globe to focus on the complex challenges and opportunities related to global diversity management. ONR is one of more than 75 organizations, many of them Fortune 500 companies, participating in this year’s event.
About the Office of Naval Research
The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.