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BLACK ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS 2015 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION


Ozzie Pierce Director, EEO Compliance


The Boeing Company T


o borrow the words of a colleague, Ozzie Pierce championed equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity years before he assumed his current role. Mr. Pierce is director


of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) compliance, including corrective action, and alternative disputes resolution programs. He also served as interim vice president, global diversity and employee rights, human resources and administration at Boeing corporate headquarters from April to September 2014. Tony Parasida, chief human resources officer, Boeing, sees


Mr. Pierce in this light.


“As acting chief diversity officer, Ozzie leads a team of professionals to drive diversity and inclusion across Boeing. In this role, he has made significant improvements: better integrat- ing with our talent management organization, driving expecta- tions for diversity metrics improvement throughout all levels of management, and becoming a respected member of the human resources leadership team.


“Ozzie has dedicated his full career around diversity and employee rights and is passionate about continuing to make Boe- ing a great place for all: employees, customers, community, and shareholders. “Together, we are laying the groundwork to accelerate our progress in developing the diverse talent we need to lead the second century of The Boeing Company.


“Ozzie has had an outstanding record in his 12-year Boeing


career. It is clear to me that his team has the utmost respect for his leadership, in both style and substance. Particularly in his Corrective Action and Disputes Resolution responsibilities, his peers see him as fair and reasonable as he provides an environ- ment of dealing with employee missteps while continuing to represent all employees,” explained Mr. Parasida.


Black Engineer OF THE YEAR AWARDS


CAREER ACHIEVEMENT IN GOVERNMENT


Jacqueline Toussaint-Baker Chief, Commander’s


Action Group Air Force Research Laboratory


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s. Jacqueline Toussaint-Barker’s


impressive record of “firsts” began in 2008, as the first African-American woman technical advisor in her technical directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). There, she was responsible for a $55 million budget and led a 16-member team performing research and development in radio frequency (RF) components and subsystems. In 2010, she was promoted to DR-IV, the very top pay plan of the scientists and engineers career path at the Air Force’s labo- ratory personnel demonstration, which replaced the traditional general schedule (GS-15) structure. She was one of less than 10 African-American senior science and engineering staff within the AFRL.


In 2011, she was handpicked for a Pentagon assignment,


overseeing the Air Force’s $100 million science and technology (S&T) portfolio for sensors and cyber development programs. Her leadership positioned her for her next challenge and another “first” as the AFRL Commander’s Action Group (CAG) chief. She is the first civilian and African American to serve in this critical position and she continues to be a catalyst for change. Her next assignment is another “first,” as chief of the layered sensing exploitation division, which conducts research, exploratory and advanced development to provide efficient sens- ing exploitation for Air Force air, space, and C2 systems. She will be the first African American to lead a technical division, not only within her directorate, but in all of AFRL. Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, USAF, commander, says, “It is difficult to find a person with her talent, ambition, and integrity.” He considers Ms. Toussaint-Barker a role model “to our workforce, especially to women and minority science and engi- neering professionals.


“She seeks opportunities to expose young students, especial-


ly ‘at-risk’ youth, to STEM. She is responsible for the develop- ment of a comprehensive internship program with the labora- tory, ensuring a diversified applicant pool for our future AFRL workforce. As busy as Jackie is with the duties of a CAG chief, she still finds time to mentor our junior workforce and her col-


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