Session Speakers

Dana Dawsey

As Dow Texas operations Leader, Dana is responsible for the plant assets, personnel and ensuring the achievement of global objectives. Dana provides leadership and support through daily actions, and provides coaching and guidance to plant teams and individuals.

As co-lead for Texas Operations Inclusion and Diversity Leadership team, Dana collaborates with a team to lead the journey to foster a workplace in which each employee and contractor at Dow feels respected, engaged and valued in the workplace regardless of their background. She has great passion for Inclusion and Diversity and is also active in all ten Dow ERGs including her service as Chair for Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN) and Recruitment and Engagement Co-Chair for Global African Affinity Network (GAAN). She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers.


Dana joined Dow in 2016, after having worked for Caterpillar Inc. in various Operations, Supply Chain, Project Management, EH&S and Inclusion and Diversity leadership roles. She holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management both from Northern Illinois University. She is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Dow Texas Operations Leader & Site Inclusion and Diversity Leader

Dow Chemical

Kelly Kleinkort

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with leading companies to create inclusive workplaces. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, nonprofits and institutions of higher education to build bridges of understanding across cultures and peoples and create inclusive environments. She frequently presents on unconscious bias, inclusive leadership and courageous conversations.


Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University, a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a language certification from Inner Mongolia University of China, where she lived and worked for three years. She is a Fulbright Scholar as well as a Young Sinologist, a fellowship awarded by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Director of Corporate Engagement


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