The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is hosting its 42nd Annual Convention next week where more than 10,000 attendees will experience a diverse range of expert presentations, workshops, hands-on demonstrations and networking opportunities. This annual event embodies what NSBE tries to achieve as an organization, which is to “provide the inspiration, education and connections its members need to succeed.” As an exhibitor at NSBE this year, our company is honored to be a part of an event that furthers the careers of diverse engineers and technology professionals.
This year, attendees will join together under the theme of "Engineering a Cultural Change." Not only is this theme inspiring, but it hits close to home for our company, as we are committed to seeking and leveraging differences in order to build a stronger, more diverse and inclusive BAE Systems.

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion at BAE Systems 

We believe that our employees contribute their best work when they feel heard, when they can apply their strengths, and when they feel included as part of a larger vision. That’s why, as part of our journey to become a great workplace, we are committed to hiring, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce that can thrive in an inclusive work environment. In fact, we have a dedicated, employee-led Multicultural Network that embodies this mission by educating, engaging, and empowering our workforce to get involved in employee resource groups (ERGs), networking events, programs, and activities that align to our company’s goals and objectives.  Under this network, ERGs represent various diversity dimensions, such as Women, Black/African Americans, Hispanic/Latino, LGBTQ and Allies, Generations, Veterans, and people with disabilities. All ERGs have a shared goal of expanding understanding and cultural competence, and guiding our journey to greater inclusivity.

Partnering with Volunteer Organizations

In addition to our internal organizations, we also work with several outside organizations, like NSBE, to educate and inspire our workforce and to build connections with potential recruits that would be assets to our company. In fact, through our relationship with NSBE we were able to hire Jesse Ingram, engineer and founding president of African Americans Committed to Excellence, our Black/African American ERG.
“At the time [when I attended a NSBE DC Chapter meeting] I didn’t know a whole lot about BAE Systems, but what I did know was that BAE Systems was a strong partner and supporter of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics outreach activities that we were doing through the DC chapter,” said Ingram, as he reflected on how he was hired at our company after attending a DC NSBE chapter meeting at one of our facilities.
“That experience taught me that corporate partnerships with professional and volunteer organizations do work. They give companies, like BAE Systems, the opportunity to do great work in the community through these organizations, while at the same time exposing professionals to the opportunities within the company.”

Engineering a Cultural Change

With NSBE’s 42nd Annual Convention around the corner, we look forward to being a part of an event that embodies cultural differences and provides us the opportunity to network with diverse engineering and technology professionals. If you’re planning to attend the Convention, be sure to stop by our booth (529) to find out how you can join our highly skilled workforce that provides the world’s most advanced, technology-led defense, aerospace, and security solutions.