Leadership series aims to foster discussion

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For Robert O. Agbede, CEO of Chester Engineers in Moon, having a diverse workforce is a crucial part of running his company.

To that end, on Monday, Chester Engineers is reviving its CEO Leadership Series from 2011 aimed at fostering discussion among local companies and national business leaders.

In association with the African-American Leadership Institute, the leadership series focuses on social issues with an eye toward solutions.

"This is not going to be just a social event," Mr. Agbede said. "We don't need to get together and praise each other."

He said it's up to companies to look within for answers to questions of diversity.

Past speakers at the leadership series have included Murry Gerber, former head of EQT Corp., John Surma, former CEO of U.S. Steel Corp., and Randall Dearth, former CEO of Lanxess. Monday's speaker is Robert Benmosche of AIG, who is scheduled to speak about economic inclusion.

Mr. Agbede, a native of Nigeria, said many of his efforts toward encouraging diversity have been externally focused: He established a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh to benefit African-American students pursuing engineering careers, as well as an annual award given for recruitment and retention of African-American faculty and students. Chester Engineers has endowments at Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University to support African-American student enrollment in engineering and the sciences.

Monday's event is not open to the public. For more information, visit the Chester CEO Leadership website: www.chesterengineers.com/news-media/chester-ceo-leadership-series.


Kim Lyons: klyons@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1241. First Published October 12, 2013 8:00 PM


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