Working Together Towards Equality In The Workplace

Lois Ellen Baumerich - July 2007

NILG Board Remembrance
Lois Ellen Baumerich –  July, 2007

Lois-baumerichA long-time and well respected member of the National Industry Liaison Group Board, Lois Baumerich, died of a heart attack on July 18, 2007 following a steam pipe explosion in Manhattan near Grand Central Station.

Lois Ellen Baumerich worked at Pfizer, Inc. as the director of Employment Compliance in the Legal Division at the time of her death. In this role, Lois provided advice, counsel and technical expertise on employment compliance matters. She was head of Pfizer’s Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity compliance efforts. She was also an advisor to Pfizer’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Prior to joining Pfizer, Lois held various highly responsible positions in the field of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action at A T & T. She had more than 25 years of Human Resources experience and demonstrated experience across various Human Resources functions.

Lois served in leadership capacities in several organizations. She was the past chair of the Northeast Region Corporate Industry Liaison Group (NERC) and was also a member of the New Jersey Industry Liaison Group. At the time of her death, Lois was leading the NERC in chairing the Silver Anniversary of the Annual Industry Liaison Group National Conference, which was held in New York City in August, 2007. In her role as Chair of the Conference, Lois had a thoughtful approach to meetings and always took the time to thank and compliment team members for their contributions and work. She was a strategic leader who always had a plan. As a result of her leadership, NERC was able to move forward and make the Silver
Anniversary conference a model for future conferences.

Lois is one of the five original founding members of the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) Board and served as its Secretary and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. As a Board member of the NILG, Lois exhibited untiring commitment to the principles of equal opportunity and inclusion. Through her efforts, the NILG grew in stature from its humble beginnings of an obscure association to a prominent employer organization of national stature. Lois developed and documented reference materials for officers of the Board, as well for ILG members on How to Develop an ILG and How to Host a National Conference.

As the first Secretary of the NILG Board, Lois provided well-documented notes and issue-tracking documents that assisted the Board in remaining focused on its goals. As Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Lois was instrumental in establishing the mission, vision and goals for the NILG. When the Board submitted comments on regulatory changes, Lois volunteered to manage the tracking and integration of the comments, as well as writing and amending drafts through the final review phase. Lois frequently represented the NILG Board at agency events and meetings.

Lois’s dedication of time, talent, expertise and energy to the NILG, NERC and other professional organizations is an example of her selfless pursuit to support equality, affirmative action and inclusion. We will miss Lois – her quiet but effective demeanor,
her professionalism and kindness, her wealth of knowledge, and her giving spirit. She is a role model for Affirmative Action professionals and will be greatly missed by her colleagues.
Thank you, Lois, for being our Guiding Light. You are missed, but will never be forgotten.

Kenneth E. Coles - September, 2009

National Industry Liaison Group Board Announcement
Remembrance of Kenneth E. Coles, September, 2009

Kenneth ColesIt is with great sadness that the National Industry Liaison Group Board shares with you the news of the death of Ken Coles, a long-time and well-respected member of, and friend to, Industry Liaison Groups. Ken passed away on September 7, 2009, after a
long battle with heart disease.

Ken worked for Bayer Business and Technology Services, serving as Corporate Head of EEO in the Shared Services Center. In this role, Ken directed the Affirmative Action Compliance and Diversity efforts for the Company. Ken’s career with Bayer began in 1974 and spanned 35 years, serving in areas such as Employee Relations, Recruiting, Management Development and Employee Training, Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity.

Ken was active in many professional organizations to include the Chemical Industries for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Equal Employment Advisory Council Board Member, and Board member of the Center of Corporate Equality, serving in 2008 as its first Chair.

During his long career, Ken has been a long-time member of various Industry Liaison Groups. He has been a member of the Pittsburgh ILG for over 25 years, and served as the Chair for five years. He has also been a member of the Mid Atlantic ILG for 13 years, and helped to develop the structure and governance for the Steering Committee and membership guidelines. Ken also served on the National Industry Liaison Group Board, representing the Mid Atlantic region for six years, serving a term as the Vice Chairman of the Board and served as Chair of the Communications Committee. In all instances, Ken provided a clear vision of fair and equitable employment practices in the workplace, and practical and compliant application of the laws and regulations. He also welcomed many new members to the ILGs and offered them guidance and support as they traversed the landscapes of these groups. He will be remembered for his passion for fair employment, vision of fairness, and commitment to supporting ILGs.  Additionally, those who knew him personally have experienced his quick wit and passion for the game of golf. He is truly a friend, and a colleague, whose impression on ILGs will remain with us.