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The Black Engineer of the Year Awards recognize Raytheon leaders

Raytheon Senior Systems Engineer Jane Odero Greene is flanked by top Raytheon leaders at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards in Washington, D.C. Right: Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy. Left: Former Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson.

The gala ceremony for the 29th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) in Washington, D.C., featured special recognition for Raytheon and its leadership, who were honored for their commitment to diversity.

In a segment dubbed “CEO2: The Power of Commitment,” Tyrone D. Taborn, BEYA founder and CEO of Career Communications Group, recognized former Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson for his commitment to diversity and current Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy for carrying that commitment forward.

As he accepted the honor, Swanson recalled his first BEYA conference in the early 1990s, when only a few hundred people attended the event. “Now look at the activities,” he said. “It’s a full production with a year-round impact.”

Swanson then thanked BEYA and Taborn for their partnership “as we have travelled on our diversity journeys.”

That journey included Raytheon leadership’s deep focus on driving diversity and inclusion throughout the company. Raytheon is committed to providing an atmosphere in which all individuals feel valued and empowered to perform at their peak levels, regardless of the many ways in which they are different.

Swanson recalled the history of that mission, saying that “over the years, we moved from awareness to action, with an emphasis on diversity of talent and thought. Behind this focus is a simple but powerful idea: That diversity is a foundation for innovation.”

Kennedy declared the company’s continued commitment: “One of the first things I did in my new role (as CEO) was to reaffirm Raytheon’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to BEYA.”

Kennedy also presented the BEYA award for Most-Promising Engineer in Industry to Raytheon Senior Systems Engineer Jane Odero Greene, who was among 11 Raytheon employees recognized at the awards gala.

Published: 03/10/2015

Last Updated: 03/30/2015

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