Joint Policy Board member puts Ed Wells experience to work
By Karen McLean
SPEEA Publications Editor
RENTON, Wash. - Daren Postforoosh followed advice from
his leads when he first started
at The Boeing Company 20
years ago. They told him to
take advantage of Ed Wells
Partnership learning opportunities.
Initially, he took a few
courses a year, and then
became more involved. He
‘graduated’ to working for Ed Wells as a Subject
Matter Expert on leadership courses he designed
and developed. Then he signed on in 2010 for a
two-year rotational position as a program administrator.
Now he’s representing the Professional Unit on
the Joint Policy Board with Boeing executives,
SPEEA elected leaders and a Technical Unit
representative. The Board oversees decisions
regarding overall governance and funding. The
representatives serve three-year terms.
“What I really liked was the wide variety of Ed
Wells’ classes,” he said about when he first started.
“I could test out different areas, and then I could
focus in on an area where I was interested.”
Through classes, Postforoosh discovered an
interest in negotiations as well as leadership.
He leveraged what he learned in classes toward
his career. For example, he cites lessons learned
for helping him lead a safety analysis while in
His work as a lead engineer for the 737 MAX
systems integration is technical “but also
requires leadership, negotiations and influence
skills,” he said. “Ed Wells has really helped me
to be more effective in this role.”
As he learned, he developed classes as a Subject
Matter Expert for Ed Wells. For the “Essentials
in Leadership” series, he developed a 1.5 hour
course called “Good Leadership Is Based in
Relationships.” Then, he developed an eight-hour
course on persuasive communication which he
continues to teach for Ed Wells on a periodic basis.
“There’s an awful lot of opportunity offered
by Ed Wells to develop in an area,” he noted.
$6.2 million in savings
When he worked as a program administrator,
he helped with 2012/2013 SPEEA contract
negotiations. Knowing Ed Wells is a negotiated
benefit, Postforoosh helped show the direct and
tangible savings the program delivers to Boeing.
Staff found a year’s worth of operating budget
from one class because of the connections made
in the class. The student recruited the instructors who helped him deliver a solution to save
the company $6.2 million.
Postforoosh applied for the opening on the Joint
Policy Board because he wants to see Ed Wells
continue to thrive and offer more courses on-hours. “There may be opportunity with possible
changes on the horizon (in terms of employee
development). I’d encourage (leadership) to take
a closer look at Ed Wells.”
As a program administrator, he saw firsthand
how Ed Wells works as a ‘learning laboratory’
committed to continuous improvement.
“The diversity of thought and the freedom to
experiment led to an exciting, high quality and
broad suite of program offerings,” he said in his
application for the Joint Policy Board position.
“I would like to continue to encourage and promote those values at the Ed Wells Partnership.”
When Postoroosh earned a degree in mechanical
engineering at the University of Washington, he
really wanted to design sports equipment. After a
summer internship designing ski equipment with
just one engineer on staff, he changed his mind.
“I really wanted to work at a company where
I could learn from some of the most respected
engineers in the world working on highly complicated projects.” That led him to Boeing.
He’s grateful to SPEEA for being there when he
has questions. For example, he learned a lot from
lunchtime meetings on benefits during open
enrollment last fall. He followed up with SPEEA
staff on details specific to his family. “For me, it
made a huge difference. Some of the details were
hard to find out. I really appreciated the help.”
Boeing program experience
• 737 MAX
• 767 Tanker
Ed Wells Partnership experience
• Aircraft Modification Services
• Aircraft Assembly Trouble Shooting and
• New Business Proposals
• Course creator
• Program Administrator
• “Essentials in Leadership” series instructor
• “Persuasive Communicating” course
• Instructor Excellence Award recipient
More summer fun with SPEEA
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