Phillips 66 partners with the National Society of Black Engineers
By Allison Stowe
Phillips 66 Corporate Communications
Phillips 66 signed on as a top supporter of the National Society of Black Engineers, one of the country's largest student-run organizations dedicated to the recruitment and retention of Black STEM talent.
NSBE was first founded at Purdue University in Indiana in 1975 by six undergraduates and has grown to more than 17,000 members with more than 500 active chapters across the U.S. and abroad. With its $50,000 donation, Phillips 66 is now a Board of Corporate Affiliates Member of NSBE, which comes with a portfolio of benefits, including access to regional and national conferences and to the organization’s resume database.
“This partnership with the NSBE is extremely important,” said Phillips 66 Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications Sonya Reed. “It allows us to support an organization with a critical mission, for one. And it gives us access to a pool of diverse and talented candidates that will help carry Phillips 66 into the future.”
The partnership with NSBE adds to Phillips 66’s other talent pipeline partnerships, such as the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers.
“I am delighted to welcome Phillips 66 to the NSBE family,” said NSBE National Chair Jocelyn Jackson. “The company’s actions over the past two years show clearly that they know, as we do, that greater diversity and inclusion is the path to a brighter and more prosperous future for American industry and for the nation as a whole.
“NSBE looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Phillips 66, as we work together to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers.”
Phillips 66 has made strides in the past few years to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce — and its retention of underrepresented minority and female employees is an exceptional 96% — but Director of Inclusion and Diversity Natacha Buchanan said much more work needs to be done. She said while the NSBE partnership is still in its infancy, she is partnering with the Talent Management team to identify how to best integrate it into the company’s recruiting efforts.
“NSBE is no doubt one of the premier organizations of its kind,” she said. “We’re going to make sure we tap into all it has to offer as part of our commitment to building an inclusive and diverse workforce.”