Lydia Finney leads the University Partnerships Program at Argonne National Laboratory, a collaborative, multidisciplinary science and research center. In her role, she works to leverage university relationships to fuel diversity, and to empower Argonne’s employee resource groups in the Lab’s mission. Lydia joined Argonne National Laboratory in 2005 as a PhD scientist, and since then has managed a wide range of increasing responsibilities across Biosciences Division, X-ray Science Division and the Leadership Institute at Argonne. She recently served a term as leader of Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology program, creating greater engagement for that group with Fermilab’s Society of Women Engineers and Chicago’s Association of Women in Science chapter. Lydia now serves as the Lab’s liaison to Argonne’s nine ERG communities and is a member of Argonne’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Her real life experience working in the engineering and technology environment gives her unique insight into its challenges and is the source of her passion for creating connection. Lydia’s advocacy for community extends beyond Argonne as well – she is a Council Member of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, a member of the Chicago Zoological Society Associates. Lydia holds a B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.