Hiring veterans and helping them make this transition is a priority for Boeing, and the company is committed to working with organizations around the world to further this mission.
In 2018, investments in veterans’ organizations increased 70 percent. Funding goes to organizations directly involved in improving technical workforce skills and supporting military families and veterans including support for Homes for Our Troops, Hire Heroes USA and Veterans Transition Network. Learn more »
Employees cheer on veterans around the world at Invictus Games in Australia
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 kicked off this weekend in Australia, where Boeing employees from sites across the country welcomed and cheered on more than 500 competitors from 18 nations who will compete in the weeklong international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veteran service members.
Competitors, family members, friends and traveling supporters gathered for an opening ceremony in front of the Sydney Opera House, where they received a special welcome from the United Kingdom’s Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, who founded the games.
“Be inspired,” he told the crowd. “Allow the examples of service and determination you all see to change something big or small in your own lives. Show the world what ‘Game on Down Under’ really means.”
Gabe, age 6, creates a design of his own to cheer on his dad, an Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competitor in cycling, running and wheelchair rugby. (Boeing photo)
Among the employees who came to show their support was Brisbane-based Neil Smith, director of Defence Programs for Insitu Pacific. Smith served for more than 13 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, mainly on “fast jets” such as the Classic Hornet.
“I can see how Invictus Games helps the competitors enormously,” Smith said. “To have a goal, to go and compete and feel good about themselves, that’s what it’s all about. It’s great to be a part of that and support them.”
The first competitions to get underway were sailing at Sydney Harbour and road cycling along Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden. Other sporting events during the week include archery, athletics — running, jumping and throwing events, as well as indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. Learn more »
Company plays host to more than 6,000 workplace advocates in Seattle, WA
Ryan Dewey, 747/767 tool liaison engineer, came to work at Boeing three years ago and immediately felt like he fit in.
“I instantly saw diversity where I hadn’t seen it before,” he said. “I always had this anxiety at job interviews; I wondered if I would get hired if the hiring managers knew I was gay. At my Boeing interview, the first person I met was a female engineer, and the interview panel was so diverse, it made me want to work for Boeing even more!”
“I feel really proud telling other people that I work for Boeing,” Dewey said. “At events like the Out and Equal summit and this year’s Seattle pride parade, I look around and see all the Boeing employees supporting this mission and I am proud to be one of them.”
Dewey, along with more than 100 other Boeing employees, joined more than 6,000 attendees from around the world at the 2018 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Seattle, where Boeing was the event’s first-ever Host City Sponsor. The three-day event focused on celebrating the progress that has been made and continuing the work to end discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) people in the workplace.
In his keynote speech at the summit’s opening plenary session, John Blazey, vice president of Boeing Global Engagement, shared an emotional personal story with attendees. He acknowledged the historic and ongoing efforts made by the LGBTQ community and their allies to make the workplace equitable for all people. Learn more »
Annually, Boeing and our employees support more than 800 military and veteran’s organizations, events and programs.
Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are employee-led associations that further personal and professional development, promote diversity within the company, and strengthen networking. The ten Boeing groups collectively have more than 100 chapters around the world.
During the 2018 FIRST season, more than 550 Boeing employees mentored 10,000+ students across 628 FIRST teams from 22 states – encouraging an interest and excitement for science and engineering. Watch Video
Boeing’s partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund is giving the students the education they need, and Boeing the talent it needs, to be a pioneer in the future. Find out more about Boeing's $6 million investment in TMCF.