Last Updated: 09/13/2013*
Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson discussed the importance of diversity, inclusion and education during a lively panel of distinguished leaders at a “JFK50: Justice for All” event at the San Francisco Jazz Center on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.
Left to right: Bingham Chairman Jay Zimmerman, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, NBA player Jason Collins, Bingham partner Thurgood Marshall Jr., NBC News correspondent John Yang, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, and Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson.
JFK50 is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, and this event explored the theme of “Leading With Diversity in a Global Economy” – how diversity issues have affected the career paths of prominent civic, government and business leaders and are influencing the organizations they lead.
Joining Swanson on the panel was Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, NBA player Jason Collins, Bingham McCutchen LLP partner Thurgood Marshall Jr., and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The hour-long discussion was moderated by NBC News Correspondent John Yang.
Swanson welcomed participants in his role of vice chairperson of the JFK Library Foundation by noting that the public values and ideals of President Kennedy live on and need to be embraced by our nation today.
“Civil Rights remains the unfinished business of this country,” Swanson said. “We’ve made great progress since President Kennedy’s time, but we have much more to do. I know we all will do our best to live up to his challenge.”
In turn, Swanson had the last word for the panel and commented on the need for greater diversity in corporate America by saying, “We need to push harder. Don’t be satisfied with the status quo.”
This was the third in a series JFK50: Justice for All events, hosted by Bingham McCutchen LLP and its Chairman, Jay Zimmerman, to inspire and engage a new generation of Americans – business executives, community leaders, educators and young people – to act on President Kennedy’s call for “equal rights and equal opportunities.”
The first event was held at New York’s Lincoln Center and the second event was in Los Angeles at the Museum of Tolerance, where Swanson also participated as a panelist.
Diversity at Raytheon
At Raytheon, diversity is a core value and an integral part of the company’s business model. With strong leadership engagement at all levels of the organization, Raytheon is working toward a work environment where all employees can reach their maximum potential, thus promoting innovation and business growth.
“Today the workplace is where we as leaders must put our values into action," Swanson said. “This is certainly true for us, where we have long strived to live up to the ideals of President Kennedy by supporting an inclusive culture that encourages diversity and diversity of thought, which we believe are important parts of a foundation for innovation.”
Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at Raytheon.
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