In 1916, Wong Tsoo became Boeing’s first aeronautical engineer. That same year, Tsoo, who had emigrated from China to study at MIT, designed the Model C, a seaplane used to train U.S. Navy pilots. As WWI approached, the Navy ordered 51 Model Cs, marking the Boeing Airplane Company’s first financial success and its legacy as a military plane manufacturer. Tsoo’s work helped spur a century of engineering innovations, transforming the future of aerospace.
Decades later, Boeing’s employee-led business resource group, Boeing Asian and Pacific Association (BAPA), connects thousands of employees to create environments of equity, diversity and inclusion and to help position our teammates of Pan-Asian descent to innovate and lead with strength.
BAPA’s local chapters help recruit and retain our diverse workforce, promote innovation and represent Boeing’s Asian communities in business and cultural issues. BAPA is committed to programming that helps members further their personal and professional development, network, identify mentorship and leadership opportunities, celebrate the richness and diversity of Asian culture, and engage in company outreach as community advocates, brand ambassadors and leaders.
BAPA also enables employees to reach their full leadership potential through their Leadership and Development (LEAD) program. The virtual program paves the way for leadership growth, visibility and career development opportunities for all employees.