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Cultivating Bravery and Redefining Expectations: The Role for Scientific Societies in Leading Change

Division of Professional Affairs (DPA)

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  |  Denver, ColoradoHyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 5-6

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Billy M. Williams (he, him, his) is the Senior Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion at the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a global scientific community that advances the understanding of Earth and space through cooperation in research. Williams was the Principal Investigator and lead organizer for the September 2016, NSF-funded workshop, Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond and serves as a co-Principal Investigator on the 2017 NSF Grant, ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator on Catalyzing Cultural Change in the Sciences with New Resources and Tracking Tools, a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and is also the Principal Investigator on the 2020 NSF Grant for AGU LANDInG, a project to establish a DEI community of practice and new cohorts of DEI Leaders in the Geosciences. Williams was a member of the 2017-2018 National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Impact of Sexual Harassment in Academic Science Engineering and Medicine, and the 2019-2020 Committee on Increasing the Number of Women in STEMM. Prior to joining AGU as Science Director in 2012, he served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences and as a Global R&D Director at Dow Chemical Company. Williams was the 2019-2020 Ethics Committee Chair for the American Society of Association Executives. He also co-led the development of the Societies Consortium on Addressing Harassment in STEMM – an initiative to advance professional ethics, conduct, climate and culture, now with more than 130 scientific societies members.

Billy M. Williams
Senior Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion, American Geophysical Union (AGU)



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Cultivating Bravery and Redefining Expectations: The Role for Scientific Societies in Leading Change
Hyatt Regency Convention Center
650 15th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States
+1 303 436-1234

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