CGAConnect Webinar:

Diversity & Inclusion CGA Member Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2:00 – 3:00PM Eastern

(11AM Pacific; 12PM Mountain; 1PM Central)

(part of the CGAConnect 2021 family of online events)



Rich Gottwald – President & CEO, Compressed Gas Association


  • Patricia Hargil – Vice President, Performance Transformation, Messer Americas
  • Cathy Lyttle – Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Worthington Industries
  • Christopher Rodriguez – Vice President, Talent, Culture & Engagement, Air Products & Chemicals

Updated: March 15, 2021

Join CGA President Rich Gottwald for a thoughtful discussion with leaders from CGA member companies on how they foster diversity and inclusion within their work environments, and how other companies can do the same.

Topics to be explored include:

  • Methods to ensure we are hiring from a diverse talent pool
  • Strategies to develop and promote a qualified, diverse pool of employees
  • What does an inclusive environment look like?
  • Ideas for sharing our story with today’s youth – communicating why compressed gases matter and where opportunities lie for the future

This session will include a Q&A session with the audience.

Audience Level:

All those working in the compressed gas industry, including individual contributors, managers, and senior executives, from local family-owned businesses to large multinational corporations.

Webinar Fee

FREE      Employees of CGA member companies

$49      Non-members, per person

About Our Panelists

Patricia Hargil

Patricia leads continuous improvement and large-scale transformation initiatives at Messer Americas reporting to the CEO. She joined Linde (now Messer) in 2015 and led a number of strategic initiatives in areas such as digitalization, procurement, and network optimization. In 2017, she started a two-year project to carve out and divest Linde’s North America business to Messer Group and CVC.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geotechnical Engineering, and a Master of Science in the Management of Technology from Sloan School of Management at MIT. Additionally, she was a founding board member of the nonprofit Academy of Mastery and a spokesperson in the communications industry and in the Women Empowerment Principles Conference at the United Nations.

Cathy Lyttle

Cathy Lyttle is a seasoned people leader and communicator with more than 35 years of professional experience. She has been recognized for her expertise and leadership in the fields of public relations, nonprofit leadership, political strategies, social media, executive communications, employee communications, workplace culture, and strategic philanthropy.

In 1999 she joined Worthington Industries, a leading diversified metals manufacturer with more than 11,000 employees working in nearly 100 facilities in 11 countries. During her two decades at the company she has led internal and external communications, corporate philanthropy, government relations, marketing, and investor relations. With a strong mentoring mindset, Lyttle created the WI Women Network. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Lyttle has received a number of honors for her work as a professional and community trustee.

Christopher Rodriguez

Christopher Rodriguez is responsible for delivering a world-class employee experience at Air Products, resulting in employees feeling they Belong and Matter. His integrated scope of responsibilities includes talent strategy, strategic workforce planning, talent acquisition & sourcing, talent attraction marketing & branding, employee engagement, diversity, inclusion & belonging (DIB), learning & capability development, talent analytics, performance development and succession planning.

Christopher brings more than 20 years of HR leadership and has worked for Fortune 100 companies like Pfizer, LyondellBasell, and Cargill. Before joining Air Products, he served as VP – Talent Management for Memorial Hermann Health System. Christopher holds a BM degree from Oral Roberts University and an MS degree in Organizational Management from Eastern Connecticut State University.