New certificate program designed
for technical leadership at Boeing
By Maria Nelson
SPEEA co-director, Ed Wells Partnership
How are you planning for your leadership development?
• Are you waiting for additional responsibilities to be assigned at work?
• Are you deciding between a technical
• Are you depending
on a mentoring
relationship to give
you the visibility
and exposure you
The Global Technical
Certificate could be the
opportunity you’re looking for to help guide
your professional development.
SPEEA-represented engineers and technical
employees are the population which will produce
many future technical, managerial and executive
leaders for Boeing. It’s critical these employees
have access to not only the best leadership training opportunities, but also to have these opportunities specifically tailored for success at Boeing.
Many certificate and master’s programs are
designed for the generic student from any back-
ground or company.
The Global Technical Leadership Boeing certificate program is designed to prepare SPEEA-represented engineers and technical employees
for success as a Boeing leader on either the technical or management path.
Students in the certificate program experience
a broad spectrum of classes taught by instructors from the Boeing Leadership Center, Boeing
subject matter experts
and university professors. The curriculum
covers technical leadership, organizational leadership, global business
acumen, powerful mentoring partnerships and
The curriculum includes
four full-day (8-hour)
courses taught by the
University of Washington
- created specifically for
this certificate program.
To learn more, plan to attend a Q&A WebEx
session at 11: 15 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 10. To sign
up for the WebEx session and for more information, go to the Ed Wells website: edwells.web.
The Ed Wells Partnership is a negotiated
contract benefit focused on technical training and professional development for SPEEA-represented employees at Boeing.
About the new program
Global Technical Leadership Boeing
is a new certificate program offered
through the Ed Wells Partnership in
collaboration with the University of
Washington and Everett Community
College. The course includes four full-day sessions.
Go to edwells.web.boeing.com
Thursday, Jan. 10 - 11: 15 a.m.
new hires learn
about union and
At new-hire orientation, Boeing engineers and technical workers spend about half a day with company representatives, but
less than an hour with SPEEA staff and members.
To cover more ground and answer more questions about the union and contract benefits,
the Northwest Young Members Committee
offers SPEEA 101, a free training at the Puget
Sound halls that includes a $50 gift card for
William Dawkins, who joined SPEEA when
he started at Boeing in September, came to
a SPEEA 101 in Tukwila in October. For
Dawkins, a structures design engineer, the
benefit was finding out how he fits in the union.
“After SPEEA 101, I had a really good understanding of my role as a SPEEA member and all
of the resources available to me,” he said. “We
have a lot of opportunities to take advantage of
and I know who to talk to and where to go for
Wednesday, Jan. 30 - 4:30 p.m.
2414 106th St. SW
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Registration required by Jan. 23.
To be eligible for the gift card, you must be a
dues-paying SPEEA member hired in the past
SPEEA 101 is open to all members interested
in learning more about the union. The location
alternates between Tukwila and Everett.
Machinists 751’s Larry Brown takes reins of state labor council
Larry Brown, legislative and political director of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751, is the
newly elected president of the Washington State
Labor Council (WSLC), AFL-CIO. Brown
defeated Lynn Dodson in the race to succeed
Jeff Johnson as president. Johnson retired at
the end of December.
April Sims, formerly the WSLC political and
strategic campaign director, was elected in an
unopposed race to succeed Dodson as WSLC
Brown’s work and cooperation with SPEEA on
many aerospace worker issues was instrumental in
IAM District 751 receiving a “Friend of SPEEA”
award from the Northwest Council in 2016.
In a note to supporters, Brown praised and
thanked Dodson for her commitment to the
labor movement and for being a trailblazer and
champion of social justice.
“I'm honored to have been given this opportunity.
Regardless of if you voted for Lynne or myself, I
promise to do my best to be a president for all
of us,” Brown said. “Our solidarity is what built
this movement, and our solidarity will grow this
A former inspector at The Boeing Company,
Brown joined the IAM after serving in the
U.S. Navy from 1973-1977. In 1997, he joined
the District 751 staff as a business representa-
tive, the IAM’s equivalent to SPEEA’s contract
In recent years, Brown worked as Machinist’s
751 political director. Elected to the Auburn
City Council in 2017, Brown is a past member of the Board of Trustees for Green River
College and currently serves on the State Board
of Community and Technical Colleges.