Published On: 11/24/2015

Final report from SME-sponsored diversity summit available

Industry thought leaders develop toolkit to improving diversity in the workplace

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to announce the availability of the final report and toolkit generated from the work conducted at a unique summit on advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The free report and toolkit are now available online. SME made these resources possible as co-sponsor of the first Diversity in the Minerals, Metals and Materials Professions (DMMM1) summit, held July 2014 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Attended by representatives from government, academia and industry, the summit identified five recurring themes that address diversity and inclusion issues across workplace environments and sectors. The toolkit includes information and interactive links to practical templates and tools to support individuals and organizations in implementing recommendations and best practices emerging from the summit. The report focuses on actionable strategies to address these issues:

  • Mentorship

  • Work-life balance

  • Community

  • Awareness

  • Vigilance

The DMMM1 Final Report: Thinking Globally and the DMMM1 Toolkit: Acting Locally are published by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), the summit sponsor and organizer. “The distribution of these resources would not have been possible without the generosity and foresight of SME and AIME,” said James J. Robinson, TMS Executive Director.

In addition to co-sponsoring DMMM1, SME played a key role in the development of the programming and outcomes. Kray Luxbacher, Associate Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Mary Korpi, Director External Relations, Newmont Mining Corporation served on the summit organizing committee as representatives of SME’s membership. David Kanagy, SME Executive Director, and Jessica E. Kogel, 2013 SME President and Minerals Resource Development Manager, Imerys, also attended the summit, participating in a variety of activities that shaped the content of the final report and toolkit.

To download the report and the toolkit, visit:

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or