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Diversity & Inclusion Council

Join diversity and inclusion officers from mid- to large Cap global manufacturing companies to share best practices, benchmark, and network with peers.

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Council Membership

The Diversity & Inclusion council addresses broad corporate goals around equity, belonging, and attracting a wider range of employees to manufacturing companies. Some recent topics:

• Gender Equity and Engaging LGBTQ+ Communities 

• The Convergence of DEI and Sustainability 

• Advancing Racial Equity and Diverse Hiring
• Women's Leadership in Manufacturing

Interested in how we can help you connect with D&I peers? Apply today, and our membership team will be in touch directly.


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Council Leadership

Athena Polydorou

Athena Polydorou

Managing Director, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Community

Athena Polydorou is the Council Director for the Diversity & Inclusion, Internal Audit, Investor Relations & Sustainability Councils. During her 15+ years as an association executive, Athena has served as the director of over a dozen industry councils and boards, helping senior technology and manufacturing executives exchange ideas, develop best practices and forecast business trends.

Prior to joining Manufacturers Alliance, she held several roles at CTIA – The Wireless Association, including Executive Director of their Foundation, and Director of Wireless Industry Development. She has significant experience in benchmarking and best practice sharing, event management, online communities, and bringing together executives to help one another. Athena earned a B.A. from University of Maryland College Park, a Masters in Telecommunication from George Washington University, and executive education certificates in Corporate Social Responsibility from Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities.

Cara Herzog, Southwire Company

Cara Herzog, Chair

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Southwire Company

Cara began her career at Southwire in 2014 as a training specialist and held many roles within the company's People & Culture team before stepping into her current position. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of West Georgia and is committed to Giving Back by serving with organizations like Women in Manufacturing, Society for Diversity, Project GIFT, Women's Resource Center, Wounded Warrior Project, Advocates for Remarkable Citizens and All Terrain Georgia. 

In addition to volunteering with these groups, Cara is Chair of the Manufacturers Alliance® Diversity & Inclusion Council and a Board Member for the Aimee Copeland Foundation, and she previously served as Chair of the Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation Board. 

Outside of her professional and community commitments, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, exploring new places and cheering on her favorite teams: the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta United.

Lani Hall, J. M. Huber Corporation

Lani Hall

Global Director, Organizational Development & Diversity, Equity, J. M. Huber Corporation

Lani Hall connects business vision and organizational priorities to the human capital strategy to drive desired outcomes. She is described by her customers and clients as an authentic, collaborative, caring, trusted advisor and innovative thought leader with a proven track record of inspiring change and accountability within global organizations. They also describe Lani as courageous with infectious enthusiasm.

Lani is highly skilled at developing sustainable operating rhythms, process tools, and metrics through dynamic business cycles including start-up efforts. She has demonstrated success and execution in multiple industries/functions. She has significant expertise and passion in diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging.