Diversity and inclusion are key priorities in Honeywell FM&T’s community program and a major driver of our workforce development efforts.
As part of this commitment, 20 Honeywell employees attended the Women of Color Leadership Conference at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on June 15, 2018. This opportunity not only offered valuable professional development, but also celebrated Honeywell commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The conference’s keynote speaker was CNN’s Anna Navarro, a political Strategist. Navarro’s remarks included observations about the increase in racial tensions, hate crimes, and divisiveness since the 2016 election.
Navarro also expressed optimism about the future.
“It feels a bit to me like a Charles Dickens film. It is the best of times and it is the worst of times,” she said. “We are in the best of times because we are out, we are proud and we are loud. We are unafraid because we are more united and stronger than ever,” said Navarro.
Navarro highlighted the strength of the millions of women who participate in marches and refuse to purchase brands that are aligned with offensive causes. She also emphasized the positive development of more women of color running for elected office.
The event featured a “Power of Sisterhood” theme, driving home unifying principles to inspire all women in the quest for equality and advocacy.
Honeywell also supports a variety of diversity and inclusion initiatives in our community including:
Memberships in the Asian Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Sponsorship of the Women’s Foundation Annual Meeting
A $35,000 technology grant that enabled Central Exchange, the leading professional development organization for women in Kansas City, to offer virtual programming to all its members for the first time. This new funding allows all of Central Exchange’s members and Honeywell’s employees to conveniently participate in Central Exchange’s professional development programming right from their desktops, saving them valuable time.
Forty Honeywell employees attended Central Exchange’s Leadership Lyceum for a full-day of inspiration and leadership development.
Through involvement with the Central Exchange, Honeywell employees have access to a wide variety of professional development events throughout the year.