All voices matter and speaking up makes a difference for global inclusion. We’ve made enhancements to learning and development programs for our international teammates and recently launched our Global Talent Project — a significant investment to broaden access to opportunity and advancement for teammates around the globe.
Leadership Next, or LX, is a two-year program designed to develop the next generation of Boeing leaders. A key benefit of LX is that members are part of a global network, but when London-based Elliott Russell joined the LX program, he realized the majority of his cohort was from the United States.
Russell saw how globalization of future talent promotes diverse perspectives, increases networks and enhances innovation, and he hoped Boeing would improve in this area. “There was a feeling that Boeing was a U.S. company with international presence,” Russell said. “Since we are a global company, we needed opportunities to help increase worldwide representation.”
In 2019, leaders directed their attention to developing global talent and increasing awareness of LX. The first year, the LX program had only 1% international representation but by the time Russell graduated the program at the end of 2020, international representation increased to 16%. Today, the program has 24% international membership.
As an LX alumnus, Russell stays close to the program as an International Integrator on the LX Alumni Association and continues to sponsor the Global Learning LXchange, an educational series aimed at further opening the countries where Boeing operates, and their diverse cultures, to LX members.
“Thinking creatively about how we staff and support teams, providing space for new cross-cultural relationships and building trust in one another to perform at our highest possible level is a reminder of how our diversity is not just a strength but a competitive advantage,” Russell said. “Boeing is global, its future is global, and I’m proud that, year over year, there are more opportunities for global leaders to excel.”