Mike Mohn, IIS vice president of Finance and chief financial officer, served on the “It's REAL (Reality, Expectations, Authenticity, Leverage)” panel discussion for the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), during the organization’s recent regional leadership meeting in Dallas.

Mike and five other senior executives from Fortune 100 companies shared their insights and experiences on a variety of workplace-related topics, including: how to have a career and not just a job; key actions to overcome any major cultural barrier; minimizing perceptions and stereotypes that could limit advancement; turnover; and “mentors versus sponsors,” and the traits that can attract their help.

A proactive mentor and advocate of diversity and inclusion, Mike recently served as executive sponsor for the El Segundo Chapter of Raytheon’s Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement (HOLA) Employee Resource Group.

NABA’s History with Raytheon

In addition to highlighting Raytheon’s commitment to providing an atmosphere in which employees feel valued and empowered to perform at a peak level, NABA has historically recognized the company’s dedication to the accounting field and community. At NABA’s 2009 convention, the association honored Larry Harrington, Raytheon vice president of Internal Audit and executive diversity champion, and the Raytheon Internal Audit team, for supporting, developing and growing NABA, while helping the African-American community. Two years later at its 2011 convention, NABA honored Yosief Ghirmai, director of Raytheon Internal Audit for the West Region, with the 2011 National Achievement in Industry Award for his contributions to industry and the community.

About NABA, Inc.

NABA, Inc., is headquartered in Greenbelt, Md., with more than 180 chapters nationwide. It mentors accounting professionals and students interested in accounting careers; represents the interests of more than 100,000 African-American and minorities; and furthers educational, professional and career goals of members in the fields of accounting, auditing, consulting, finance, information technology and tax.

Diversity at Raytheon

Raytheon’s Diversity vision supports all employees in reaching their maximum potential. We focus on providing an atmosphere in which everyone feels valued and empowered to perform at a peak level, while embracing our collective differences, such as age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family history, physical ability or other forms of human diversity. Diversity is a core value and an integral part of Raytheon’s business model.