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Creating Safe Spaces for All Sexual Orientations


How does heteronormativity present itself in the workplace, and what are the shifts needed to make it a thing of the past? How do companies create equitable policies surrounding family leave and insurance? If a space is safe, does everyone who’s not heterosexual have to be out at work? Here to address these questions and more are Raytheon Technologies’ Vivian Ramos, Senior Manager in Mission Assurance, Allison Whitaker, Senior Manager, Program Management, and Drew Wiechkoske, Data Scientist, Engineering Intelligence, and Fritz Robinson, Senior Recruiter for CIS. They’ll also give their top tips to leaders who want to build safe spaces for all sexual orientations in their organization, and where they can start.

Vivian Ramos

Bridget Finkeldey

Vivian Ramos (she/her) is a Senior Manager in the Mission Assurance organization at Raytheon Intelligence and Space. In her role, she leads the deployment of Advanced Product Quality Planning and Production Part Approval Process (APQP/PPAP) across the supply base for the RI&S business. She is also a member of the APQP Steering Committee in charge of developing and implementing new policies, processes, and requirements for the business. Vivian is a graduate of the Raytheon’s Mission Assurance Talent Rotation program with experience in multiple quality disciplines across land, airborne, and space products. She has more than 15 years of experience with large hardware production programs in roles as Hardware Lead Engineer and Mission Assurance Lead. Vivian has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas Pan-American. She lives in Texas with her wife and three kids.

Allison Whitaker

Bridget Finkeldey

Allison Whitaker (she/her) is a Senior Manager of Program Management at Raytheon Intelligence & Space leading various Electro-Optical Infrared Emerging Technology programs. Allison joined Raytheon Technologies in mid-2020 after spending the prior 10 years at Lockheed Martin leading within a variety of defense projects including the Missile Defense Agency’s ground-based radar systems and the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program. In addition to her job as program manager, she is highly involved in the LGBTQ+ community as a public speaker appearing notably as a keynote speaker at Out & Equal’s 2019 Workplace Equality conference and at Raytheon Technologies in which a portion of her life was profiled in the “Stronger Together” video series. She’s received awards for her work as both an LGBTQ+ advocate and for women’s rights, and is also a best-selling author, “Sometimes it Hurts: A Transgender Woman’s Journey”. Allison is a dog mom to Lucy, published photographer, and avid traveler. Allison has an MBA from Walden University and a BA from Stockton University.

Drew Wiechkoske

Bridget Finkeldey

Drew Wiechkoske (they/them) is a Data Scientist within the Engineering Intelligence Analysis department of Raytheon Missiles and Defense (RMD). They currently support multiple departments of defense contracts as the lead engineer for failure reporting and corrective action resolution, focusing on the visualizations of statistical analyses.

They are the current, sitting Regional President of Raytheon Technologies' employee resource group for the LGBTQIA+ community. Their personal motto is currently "I'm here, I'm queer, I'm an engineer!"

In their free time, they are pursuing a master’s in data analytics and love volunteering with oSTEM Inc., an international organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQIA+ equality in the STEM community, to which they've held various leadership positions over the last 10 years.

Fritz Robinson

Bridget Finkeldey

Fritz Robinson (he/him/his) is a Senior Recruiter for CIS at Raytheon Intelligence & Space. I his role, he helps build an inclusive experience in the Talent Acquisition process from getting candidates into the right positions. Sourcing for unique roles using various tools helping build a diverse and skilled work force for his current managers. He has been with RTX originally Collins Aerospace for over 11 years, after a brief change in industry he returned to the Raytheon in 2022. He has been part Out & Equal for 3 years at Collins, from attendee to managing company branding booth at the Career Fair. He helped connect Collins Aerospace and oSTEM in a partnership for a few years that help building a pipeline for engineering. In 2019 helped manage Annapolis Pride partnership with local IMS team and support as one of the main supporters for their first Pride Festival in Annapolis. Fritz has an bachelor’s degree in Business Administration focusing in Human Resource Management at University of Central Oklahoma. He currently lives in Oklahoma City with his husband and his dog Coco who knows she is the only thing that matters around her.

Noelle Johnson

Bridget Finkeldey

Noelle Johnson is a Global DEI Strategist and Trainer with over a decade of experience working in operations across industries and has been recognized for her expertise on mentorship and sponsorship. Noelle has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, NPR, and more.

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