Christa Frey, Pilot, Group 10FF Flight Facility
Amna Greaves, Technical Staff, Group 47, Chemical and Biological Defense Systems and Technologies
Diana Hanson, Associate Staff, Group 58, Cyber Analytics and Decisions Systems
Alexandra Karlicek, Associate Staff, Group 74, Structural and Thermal Fluids Engineering
Noel Keating, Project Controls Specialist, Facility Services Department
Ekaterina Kononov, Associate Staff, Advanced Concepts and Technologies
Michael Kotson, Associate Staff, Group 91, Advanced Capabilities and Technologies
Joel Kurucar, Associate Staff, Group 45, Informatics and Decision Support Group
Peter LiBoisonnault, Sr Contracts Specialist, Contracting Services Department
Mark Rabe, Associate Staff, Group 53, Secure Resilient Systems and Technologies
Raul Rios, Assistant Staff, Group 91, Advanced Capabilities and Technologies
Mi-Young Park Schue, Project Business Manager, Program Support Office
Kristi Wakeham, AAP/Diversity Generalist, Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources
The 2018 Excellence Award for Advancing Inclusion and Global Perspectives goes to a group called OPEN—The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Out Professional Employees Network. OPEN began as a grassroots effort led by employees committed to boosting the Laboratory’s ability to recruit, retain, and support LGBT employees, and it has met and exceeded those goals by creating a more inclusive environment, developing educational programs, workshops, and materials, serving as a pivotal resource for prospective candidates and employees, and creating a web presence to support all those efforts.
As one colleague shared: “OPEN has truly been a game changer. The group has constructed a comprehensive education program. It has implemented a social networking forum. It has partnered with other organizations to support the Laboratory’s community outreach. And it has joined HR efforts to recruit a diverse workforce. OPEN not only has created a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT employees, it has advanced a respectful, inclusive, collaborative work environment for all.”
Congratulations to the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Out Professional Employee Network Committee!