RTX WISE enables women to “come together collectively to focus on issues that pertain to our population,” said the group’s co-chair, Nicole Terry.
“Women are unique in that we’re intersectional,” said Terry, using a term for the idea that people often identify with multiple societal groups depending on factors such as gender and race. “We’re very powerful. Our differences strengthen our voices to be heard in a way that will push change forward.”
Creating change includes recognizing that “sometimes, women of color are left out of the conversation,” said Terry, an associate director of sustainment operations management in military engines at Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies business. “As a whole, we want to make sure we are impacting women. But there are also subsets within that group we want to focus on. With that comes making sure everyone’s voice is heard – that’s how you get to the inclusion part.”
Another important goal: building an ally base with men.
“From a management and executive perspective, it is predominantly male, so we need male allies,” Terry said. “We need them to understand, and we need to educate them on our experiences as women so they can be allies in the rooms women are not in or not represented in.”
In addition to the group’s specific priorities, it also maintains a core mission as a resource for women across the company to discover career paths, meet colleagues and learn from one another.
“The women’s employee resource group is so diverse – from a gender, race, career, veteran status perspective,” Terry said. “Some are mothers, some are not. All these different things and more that go into being a woman, and what that might look like for you, are important.”
“Being involved just opens up different worlds for you, and what I’ve learned is that networking really is the key,” she said. “You can be a great worker, but if you don’t have people advocating for you, you may not get as far as you want from a career perspective.”