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Men As Diversity Partners Podcast with Gene Fraser of Northrop Grumman

Gene Fraser, V.P. of Programs, Quality and Engineering at Northrop Grumman, talks with FY17 SWE President Jessica Rannow about Men as Diversity Partners.
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Hi, I’m Jessica Rannow, FY17 President of the Society of Women Engineers and this is SWE’s Diverse podcast series. Please remember to add this podcast to your iTunes and like or follow us on social media. Visit for more details.

Gene Fraser is Vice President of Programs, Quality and Engineering at Northrop Grumman.

Joining me now is Gene Fraser. Gene is the Vice President of Programs, Quality and Engineering at Northrop Grumman. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Gene served for 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a test pilot and commanded a fighter squadron. Since 2002, he’s been with Northrop Grumman working on global security and was program manager for the B-2 Spirit bomber.

In 2014, Gene received the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from SWE which celebrates the work of a man who has made a significant contribution to the acceptance and advancement of women in engineering. He was recognized for establishing the Women in Leadership program in the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sector.

Thanks for joining us Gene.

Gene, you’ve said all engineers need to have the same qualities to succeed as leaders in engineering. They need good technical skills, networking skills, communications skills and social skills. Tell us how you and programs at Northrop Grumman help women develop those skills.

(Questions/Talking Points)

What does Northrop Grumman do to combat unconscious or implicit bias against women in engineering?

Does mentoring play an important role for women who want to advance in engineering?

Northrop Grumman has been a great partner for the Society of Women Engineers for many years. It is a member of SWE’s Corporate Partership Council and sponsors many activities at our annual conference, luncheons, awards, and SWE scholarships. If a company is looking to get more engaged with SWE like Northrop Grumman, how would they do that?

What can men do to be better diversity partners for women engineers?

What can women engineers do to make their companies more diverse?

In changing the culture of organizations to be more diverse, what has been your biggest challenge?

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Gene, thank you so much for joining us. Gene Fraser is the Vice President of Programs, Quality and Engineering at Northrop Grumman.

Listen to our other Men as Diversity Partners podcasts with Ken Barrett of GM and Rick Naples of BD.


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