I was recently asked to speak at the Women Chemists of Color in Industry Symposium at the Spring American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in New Orleans. This request caused me to reflect on the theme  “Pathways, Progress, and Outlook on the Future, for Women of Color” and what it means to me and my career path.   The goal of the ACS Department of Diversity Programs is to “advance diversity and inclusion in the chemical sciences and increase the representation of underrepresented minorities, women, younger chemists, and chemists with disabilities into the science field.”  This vision speaks to me in many ways as it provides opportunities to cultivate a diverse community and environment in the chemical industry.

My pathway to chemistry was simple, I became interested in…