New VP for IFPTE
Principal selection process?
Ed Wells Partnership training
Looking for help with the Technical
Congratulations to Donna Lehane, a Wichita Council
Rep, who fills an interim
vacancy for SPEEA-area
IFPTE vice president from
the Midwest. As a current
delegate to the Central
States IFPTE Committee,
Lehane attends bi-annual
meetings in Chicago. She is
serving her third two-year
By: John Somerville, TP, Ed Wells
Partnership Program Administrator
Maria Nelson, SPEEA Co-Director,
Ed Wells Partnership
The instructors, Cheryl Bick and Jay
Huffington, are both Technical Principals who
have been coaches in the past and also participated on many of the review boards. Their experience can help applicants be more prepared.
term as elected secretary for this committee. She
is also secretary for both the Midwest Governing
Documents and Midwest Legislative and Public
Affairs (L&PA) committees.
Many highly qualified SPEEA Technical Unit employees could be candidates for Technical Principals, but the selection process can appear daunting. To help, Ed
Wells Partnership (EWP) is offering a class to
assist Tech Unit employees to prepare to apply.
Applicants are encouraged to bring their coach
and supporting manager to the class, so they can
gain tips on how to help guide the candidate
through the process.
SPEEA loses a
Technical Principals, selected through an application package and review board interview process, are recognized by The Boeing Company as
experts in their area of focus.
Application techniques taught in this EWP class
The Technical Principal program provides a growth
opportunity for SPEEA Techs to achieve a position
where they are recognized experts for their contributions, achievements, and potential to meet future
technology, process and service needs.
• How to map achievements to selection
criteria and adding discriminators
• Hints for how and who to ask for letters
The program, which originated in the 1980s, is
similar to the Technical Fellowship program but
is unique to SPEEA Techs.
SPEEA contract admin- istrator, former union officer and longtime
activist Larry Marrell
passed away Dec. 26 after a
four-year fight with pancreatic cancer.
• Understanding the selection process
Marrell, 65, who worked
at the Everett SPEEA hall,
served many years as a union
activist before joining staff
• Understanding the supporting manager’s role
• Understanding the coaches’ role and
in 2010. In addition to his roles as Area Rep and
Council Rep, he was elected to the Executive
Board as a regional vice president and was elected
to four SPEEA Tech Negotiation Teams.
• Preparing for the interview as well as
interview skills and tips
The class is currently scheduled for Wednesday,
March 25 from noon to 4 p.m. Go to http://
edwells.web.boeing.com, click on Advanced
Search, and type “Technical Principal” to
see more details. Also, look for the Ed Wells
Partnership biweekly email to apply for the class.
• Feedback guidelines
A student handout is included along with a tool-kit of helpful items.
For more information about the Technical
Principal program, go to:
https://technical-principal.web.boeing.com/ on the Boeing
“I enjoyed working with Larry as a member-leader
and had the good fortune to work with him as
a coworker on SPEEA staff,” said Ray Goforth,
SPEEA executive director. “Over the course of
those two roles, Larry helped thousands of SPEEA
members. That is just part of his legacy.”
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