Defence contractor partners with gender diversity program

Defence contractor partners with gender diversity program
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The world’s largest defence contractor Lockheed Martin has become a key partner in Australia's leading gender diversity program, Women In Aviation/Aerospace Australia.

Under the partnership, Lockheed Martin Australia will provide 60 spaces for young aspiring women to attend the Women In Aviation/Aerospace summits in Queensland and Victoria this year.

The partnership between the two groups demonstrates that Lockheed Martin is leading the way in increasing female participation in the defence industry, according to chairman of Aviation/Aerospace Australia Adam Burford.

"Lockheed Martin is not only the prime contractor in Australia’s most important defence procurement program of our generation, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but it is also a pioneer in breaking down the barriers our industry faces in increasing female participation in the workforce," Burford said.

"Being led by chair, president and chief executive officer, Ms Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin also has an impressive track record on gender and ethnic diversity – a quarter of the corporation’s employees are women and about 20 per cent of its leaders are women."

Vice president and chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia Vince Di Pietro said, "It’s simply impossible to harness the full power of human ingenuity when members of a certain race or gender aren’t fully represented. By encouraging an environment of inclusiveness, we believe we can build a stronger culture of innovation.

"We recognise diversity and inclusion as a best practice and more importantly as a business imperative. In a highly competitive market, we need to make Lockheed Martin a place where everyone is welcome and able to apply their abilities and skills to solve our customers' toughest challenges."

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