Removing Our Blinders: How Boeing Leaders are Tackling Equity Issues

Thursday, June 16, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
via Zoom
Category: Removing Our Blinders

Boeing executives, Tommy Preston and Edward Rawl, will share their personal stories, their experiences working in partnership on Boeing's corporate diversity efforts, and the value they place in working with nonprofits on racial equity and diversity work.

As SC natives, now leading in a global organization, Tommy and Edward have seen how their efforts in South Carolina are now informing Boeing's DEI efforts nationally and globally.

We will explore their beliefs that this is work where nonprofit boards and leaders, can and must lead and how corporations and nonprofits might work together. 

NOTE: This session was originally scheduled for June 1, but had to be rescheduled to accomodate the presenters' schedules.



Tommy Preston, Jr. - Vice President Ethics Law & Global Compliance, The Boeing Company  

Tommy leads a team of global professionals focused on articulating, amplifying and embedding the company’s values across the enterprise. The Ethics organization also ensures efficient and trusted reporting mechanisms and a strong anti-retaliation policy; works with senior leadership to foster a speak up culture through messaging and employee engagement; and embeds ethics advisors across Boeing business units and sites to identify risk areas, reinforce expectations of ethical behavior and provide bespoke guidance to employees.

Preston is also co-chair of the company’s Racial Equity Task Force, and collaborates with stakeholders to advance key measures of equity, diversity and inclusion within the company. 

Edward Rawl, Jr. - Senior Counsel - Labor, Employment & Benefits Law Group at Boeing

Edward works on a wide range of labor and employment matters related to strategy, counseling and advice, union avoidance, and litigation across the Boeing enterprise with a geographic focus in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and West Virginia, supporting Boeing Commercial, Defense, and Services businesses.

Prior to joining Boeing in 2016, Edward was a partner at Fisher Phillips LLP in Columbia, South Carolina. Edward is a member of Boeing’s 20-member Racial Equity Task Force advising the Company’s CEO and Executive Counsel on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, driving systemic improvements across the enterprise. 

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Adela Mendoza

Executive Director

Hispanic Alliance

Alexandria Russell

Development Manager

Charleston Legal Access

Allison Safford

Strategic Initiatives Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Alyssa McKenzie

Development Officer

Chapman Cultural Center

Amelia Wilks

Community Relations Coordinator

Children's Trust of SC

Beth De Santis


Fact Forward

Betty Parker


Sharper Development Solutions, Inc.

Brenda Shaw

Chief Development Officer

Lowcountry Food Bank

Brooke Robertson

Graphic Designer | Developer

Neue South Collective

Cheryl O'Donnell

Executive Director

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

Craig Currey

Chief Executive Officer

Midlands Housing Alliance

Daniel Mayer

President & CEO

Chapman Cultural Center

David Laird

Able South Carolina

Elmire Raven

East Cooper Community Outreach

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Erin Fisher

Global Engagement - South Carolina

The Boeing Company

Gabby Totokotsopoulos

Business Manager

Charleston Wine + Food

Gail Phillips

Program Manager Pee Dee/Coastal South Carolina

Reach Out and Read - Carolinas

Grace Lewis, CFRE

Executive Director

HOPE in Lancaster, Inc.

Holly Whitfield

Executive Director

Alliance For Full Acceptance

Jamie Moon


Institute for Child Success

Jeffrey Fleming

Chief Operating Officer

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Jennifer Bozard

Chief Operating Officer

One80 Place

Jessica Williford

Director, Global Engagement Southeast Region

The Boeing Company

Joan Hoffman

Chief Operating Officer

Children's Trust Fund of South Carolina

Josh Bullock

Insurance Agent/Resource Specialist

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Justina Siuba

Data Governance Coordinator

South Carolina First Steps

Kaela Hammond

Program & Compliance Manager

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Kathryn Harvey


Neue South Collective

Kati McArdle

Grants Manager

Coastal Conservation League

Katie Reams

Community Impact Manager

United Way Association of SC

Kecia Greenho

Executive Director

Reading Partners Charleston

Kim Clark

Americorps VISTA member

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Kimberly Melick

Director Of Operations

Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas

Koe-Yonna Pushia

Volunteer Engagement Manager

Black River United Way

LaQuinta West

Deputy Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Lauren Luneckas

Executive Director

Children's Museum of the Upstate

Lynn Hutto

HR/Management Consultant

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Marisel Losa

President & CEO

United Way of the Lakelands

Mark Ward

Director of Operations and Member Services

United Way Association of SC

Maura Langston

Business Development Manager


Mauricio Orozco

Public Information Coordinator

SC Commission for Minority Affairs

Megan Seiner

Executive Director

SC Bar Foundation

Melissa Price

Assistant Director

South Carolina Respite Coalition

Michel'le Cathey

Associate Director

The ARK of SC

Millicent Lann

Development & Outreach Coordinator

Justice 360

Nancy Appel

Development Director

Coastal Conservation League

Natalie Jones

Director of Public Programs

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Nate Barber


SC Community Loan Fund

Nysa Hicks

Development Director

Charleston Wine + Food

Oakley Dickson

Executive Director

Youth Corps

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO

United Way of the Piedmont

Regina Ciphrah

Owner & Principal

Verbalizing Visions LLC

Rochelle Williams

Executive Director

Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation

Rusty Infinger

Deputy Director of Operations/General Counsel

SC Legal Services

Sallie Bachman

Chief of Staff

HopeHealth Inc

Selena Anderson

Director, Human Resources

Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands

Spencer Scott

Executive Director

Florence County First Steps

Steven Burritt

Executive Director

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Sydney Conrad

Director of Education and Training

My Sister's House, Inc.

Teresa Johnson

Director of People & Culture

Lowcountry Food Bank

Terra Bell

Community Engagement Coordinator

Smokefree SC

Timothy VanDenBerg


VanDenBerg Law Firm LLC

Tom Swanciger

Executive Director

Father to Father, Inc.

Yokima Cureton


Lancaster County Community Center

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Debbie Nelson

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