Eunice Heath: Champion of Diversity in STEM for a Sustainable Future
Global Director, Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability at The Dow Chemical Company
Heath is the Global Director, Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability at The Dow Chemical Company. She has twice been the co-chair of Dow’s African American Network (AAN), served on the AAN Leadership Council and on an inclusion benchmarking team for the CEO leading to major investments in diversity and inclusion within the company. Recently, Heath was named to the Senior Leader Inclusion Council for Dow charted to drive execution of the diversity and inclusion strategy and priorities across the company.
Heath developed a STEM education strategy that was adopted and later evolved to a broader Global Citizenship strategy inclusive of innovation and sustainability. As a result of this strategy, Dow sponsored the National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) Summer Experience for Kids (SEEK). Since 2012, Dow has sponsored almost 2,500 students in summer programs building the next generation of talent for engineering and the sciences. Today, Heath is responsible for defining and implementing the business portfolio environment, health, safety, and sustainability strategy and leading the sustainable products marketing strategy to ensure that innovation investments meet customers’ current and emerging sustainability needs for the Consumer Solutions business unit.
Heath has always been conscious of her position as one of the few African American females to lead a specialty business for Dow and the need to uplift and build the talent pipeline internally and externally. Heath has mentored the next generation of young leaders for Dow originating from India, Japan, China, Europe, and the Americas. She has influenced the Dow organization to embrace greater diversity while personally modeling success and influencing others that are part of under-represented groups to utilize their talents to achieve professional and personal success.
Heath promotes continued gains in the areas of diversity and inclusion across all geographies. She is also focused on continuing to be a sustainability change agent globally influencing and redefining the role of business and society to address the world’s challenges for the planet and for society.
Over the course of my career, I was often the only African American female in business meetings internally and externally. This experience fueled my focus to excel as a business leader and to influence the organization to embrace diversity while influencing others that looked like me to achieve all that their talents demand. It is my passion and duty to pay it forward as others have done for me to increase the number of diverse scientists and business leaders charged with ensuring for a prosperous and sustainable future for generations to come.
B.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Florida; M.B.A., University of Michigan.
Project Lead the Way and Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership