In 1996, Hiram Betancourt, a Boeing Human Resources employee from Puerto Rico, attended a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers conference in Seattle. He was inspired to form a network at Boeing to help Hispanic and Latino/Latina teammates reach their full potential—and further Boeing’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
A few months later, Boeing’s second employee-led Business Resource Group was born. Today, Boeing Familia is a connected network of more than 3,500 global employees. The BRG continues its mission of driving equity, diversity and inclusion at Boeing and positioning teammates of Hispanic and Latino/Latina American descent to innovate, lead with strength and advance their careers in the aerospace industry.
Like all BRGs, Boeing Familia is organized around four strategic pillars: Professional Development, Business Alignment, Talent Engagement and Community Involvement. Working in collaboration with the Enterprise Boeing Familia Board and Executive Champions, Boeing Familia’s 19 chapters work to inspire, develop and connect its members through collaboration and community. Members receive personal and professional development, networking, mentorship and leadership opportunities. Boeing Familia also helps further the company’s business goals in a global, multicultural environment, engage in community outreach, and drive awareness for the richness and diversity of Hispanic culture.