“At Raytheon Technologies, we are all leaders with a shared responsibility to ensure everyone can bring the best version of themselves to work,” said Shane Eddy, an executive sponsor of RTX HOLA and the president of Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies business. “Our values of innovation and excellence are fueled from having an inclusive culture where employees feel respected, valued and empowered, and that’s how we excel as an organization.”
“Our ERGs, such as RTX HOLA, play an integral role in creating this environment by bringing awareness about different cultures and providing a workplace in which employees can be themselves,” Eddy said. “In turn, this allows us to attract and retain the best talent and to create an unbeatable team.”
Apart from the big-picture actions recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, RTX HOLA is also looking for everyday ways to show what its members are contributing to the company, said Esther Casas, the group’s co-chair. For example, she wants to encourage Hispanic engineers to develop more intellectual property, apply for fellowships and write whitepapers.
She also wants to inspire the group’s members to pursue promotions and other paths to career advancement – and not to wait for those opportunities to come to them.
“When I grew up, I was told, ‘You should be thankful you have a job. Be grateful and give it 110 percent. Don’t ask for more,’” said Casas, a first-generation American who grew up in El Paso, Texas. “Then later on, I realized I should have asked for this, I should have asked for that.”