Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

AWS Promotes Diversity

AWS values diversity, advocates equitable and inclusive practices, and engages its members and stakeholders in establishing a culture in the welding community that welcomes, learns from, and celebrates differences among people. AWS recognizes that a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to achieving excellence for the Association, its members, and employees.

Quote of the Month

Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see it today. – Jintao Ha

As volunteers we often feel overwhelmed. We are not sure how to reach out to our Section Membership, and encourage participation. One great thing about our membership is we are a diverse group. We are welders, engineers, artists, educators, inspectors, sales, shop owners, and many more occupations. Each individual has so much to offer. Reach out and invite participation.
AWS District 20 Director and Chair of the AWS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Pierrette Gorman

Member Profiles

Erin Meyers

Erin Meyers Coming from a family of blue-collar workers, Erin Meyers is no stranger to working with her hands. As a teenager, she helped her grandfather and father build various home projects, including a deck, her basement bedroom, and a shed. Meyers and her dad are currently building a lake house...

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Andrew Eickmeier

Andrew Eickmeier A true hobbyist, Andrew Eickmeier first tried his hand at metalworking to enhance his wood-carving projects. At the age of 20, he began blacksmithing and learned to upcycle old metal to create art projects and other useful items.  “I would make tools such as punches and chisels, and even blades, out of old materials I could find laying around,” he recalled.

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This year, Victoria Shekastehband and Mitchell Grams were chosen to serve as AWS Future Leaders.

Victoria Shekastehband
Victoria N. Shekastehband
Michell Grams
Michell R. Grams

"I was delighted with the high quality of the application packages for the inaugural class of Future Leaders. There were many outstanding packages, and selection of the final two choices was very difficult for the committee members," explained AWS President Thomas Lienert. "We are very fortunate to have such exceptional candidates for the first Future Leaders group..."

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