Boeing: ‘Women make us better’

Columbia College students tour Boeing.  
Photo credit: Nigel Smith

Columbia College students tour Boeing. Photo credit: Nigel Smith

Skye Shaw, staff writer

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Ten Columbia College students toured the North Charleston Boeing assembly site Jan. 26.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Boeing serves 150 different countries by delivering technical and professional services.

Women make us better,” said Garth Cook, Ed.D., Boeing’s senior leader, education relations and tour guide. “At Boeing, we address the need for more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Women innovators find a community of like-minded individuals through the Boeing Women in Leadership Association and mentorship opportunities, as well as through the company’s engagement in professional associations, including the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Women in Aviation International and Women of Color in STEM, Cook said.

Leanne Caret, CEO and president of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, was named one of the Fortune’s most powerful women in business.

“Over the past five years, Boeing and the Boeing Charitable Trust have contributed more than $85 million towards community initiatives that have inspired an estimated 3.6 million young women in STEM globally,” said John Blazey, vice president of Global Corporate Citizenship.

Women have performed an important role in Boeing’s history, beginning in 1916 when seamstress Rosie Farrar was hired by William Boeing to stitch together linen wings for the early planes. Since then, Boeing has worked to diversify its workforce and is committed to making continuing inroads in the future, according to the Boeing website.

The tour was sponsored by the Columbia College Center for Career Coaching & Professional Development.


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