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SPECIAL REPORT MAKING STRIDES IN DIVERSITY


Black EOE Journal recognizes Raytheon’s BEYA Award Recipients


tiveness Conference in February 2011, a total of eleven of Raytheon’s employees received awards as Modern Day Technol- ogy Leader Honorees for their contribu- tion to the STEM field. Of the eleven, only two received BEYA’s top awards. Benita Fortner, Raytheon’s Director of Supplier Diversity, received a BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Award for Diversity Leadership, while


D Tavon


Brooks, a senior systems engineer at Ray- theon’s Integrated Defense Systems busi- ness was honored with the BEYA Most Promising Engineer Award.


uring the 2011 Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Global Competi-


Benita Fortner Benita Fortner began working for Hughes Electronics Corporation in 1969 and served as the Corporate Liaison Offi- cer and manger of Socioeconomic Pro- grams before it merged with Raytheon in 1998. Fortner has held numerous manage- ment positions throughout her career and has served as the Director of Supplier Di- versity


for Raytheon Company since


2000. She serves as chair of the Advisory Board for the Tuck Minority Business Ex- ecutive Programs and as one of three co- chairs of TRIAD, an aerospace and de- fense industry group which focuses on government small business issues. Fortner is involved in a variety of mi- nority and women business outreach de- velopment organizations for more than twenty years. She is involved in the Wom-


en’s Business Enterprise National Coun- cil, the Business Consortium Fund, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and National Center for Ameri- can Indian Enterprise Development. Fort- ner’s Leadership government leadership roles include the National Chair for MED Week, U.S. Small Business Administra- tion’s Small Business Planning Commit- tee, Southern California Regional Pur- chasing Council, and past Executive Committee Member of NMSDC. As the director of Raytheon’s Supplier


Diversity, Fortner has a responsibility of making sure that Raytheon’s policies and values about diversity and inclusion ex- pand through the entire supply bases which bring in their goal of working with minority owned businesses. “I received the Engineer of the Year Award for Diver-


Tavon Brooks In July 2010, Tavon Brooks was ap-


pointed by Raytheon’s customer, the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office IWS 10D as the Warfare System Definition Integrat- ed Product Team Leader for the CVN 78 Class IWS System Engineering and Inte- gration Program (SE&I). As the Systems Design and Architect of Integrated De- fense Systems, Brooks leads his team of 20 engineers in the requirements and sys- tem baseline definition of the next class of aircraft carrier integrated warfare sys- tems.


Brooks developed key leadership skills and system engineering experience and a member of the Raytheon Rotational Engi- neering Leadership Development Pro- gram. Brooks was the acting lead in 2007 for a test team under the Vehicle Infra- structure Integration Program with Booz Allen Hamilton in Fullerton, California. In 2008, Brooks was selected as a special


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rotational assignment supporting the Air Warfare Destroyer Program for the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney, Australia. Throughout his professional career


with Raytheon Companies, Brooks has achieved significant success and has been awarded many honors including the IDS Technical Honors Award, Individual Achievement Award and Team Achieve- ment Award. Brooks describes his goal with the company as to “continue growing in my position and expand to take my po- sition beyond what is expected.” On his spare time, Brooks enjoys working on community projects because, “you can never do enough, I always try to do more and get the youth excited about math and science.” Brooks is involved in organiza- tions such as NACME- National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and works with local churches to assist in their career days. Tavon Brooks was an outstanding stu-


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