GE launched Balance the Equation (BTE) in 2017, and since then GE Aviation employees around the globe have been dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace. March 8 is International Women’s Day, but GE Aviation supports women in STEM every day of the year.
In 2016, we celebrated the first 50-50 gender parity in the history of the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP). In 2017, more than 50% of the Accelerated Leadership Program (XLP) participants were women. This is just a small sampling of the incredible achievements of those tackling this goal, including the Women’s Network and Gary Mercer, vice president & general manager of engineering of GE Aviation. Together with countless volunteers, they worked tirelessly to host seminars, networking and recruiting events, collaborated with multiple universities to promote STEM, created mentorship programs, provided numerous summer STEM camps and so much more! Their dedication to BTE led to women and girls being more than 50% of the 2,000+ participants in these events.
“I am very proud to be a part of the organization the has balanced the recruiting equation,” Gary Mercer said. “We have been committed to this for over two years, and every year has been better than the last. This diversity will set us apart, as the best solutions are proven to come from an inclusive diverse team.”
Keep reading for a few highlights.
The eighth annual GE Aviation Female Diversity Recruitment Leadership Summit was a collaboration between team members from within GE Aviation’s divisions of engineering, supply chain and digital solutions. Thirty women pursuing various technical degrees in engineering and computing majors from top universities across the U.S. came to Evendale, Ohio, to learn more about GE Aviation. The three-day event included leadership engagement, technology tours, professional development, resume and interview preparation and on-site interviews. The summit closed with 19 participants joining GE Aviation for internships!
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The Engineering Design Center (EDC) Academy was a series of four Saturday meetings organized around technical and soft skills trainings. The program was dedicated to female students of technical faculties or recent graduates.
EDC hosted 23 female students from Polish technical universities, together with EDC’s representatives. The first meeting developed their skills during dedicated training sessions related to self-presentation, job interview preparation and recruitment.
During subsequent sessions, the attendees had a chance to learn more about the cutting-edge technologies used in today’s industry, with a strong focus on digital. They also gained perspective on the daily functions of EDC engineers and became familiar with the organizational culture. It was a great chance to partner engineering theory with real-life engineering work.
The GEIQ Team connected with over 800 students as part of a STEM outreach for young women.
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