Diversity Leadership: Joy Fitzgerald, Rockwell Collins

Joy Fitzgerald, Rockwell CollinsJoy Fitzgerald
Director of Diversity and Workforce Effectiveness
Rockwell Collins

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Joy Fitzgerald was hesitant to relocate her family to the predominantly white state of Iowa to accept a job at Rockwell Collins. But when Chairman and CEO Clay Jones showed up at a picnic thrown by the company’s Black resource group, Fitzgerald was convinced that his commitment to diversity was real, she told DiversityInc.

Upon joining the company in 2007, Fitzgerald worked hand-in-hand with Jones to develop the company’s diversity training before being promoted to Senior Manager of the training organization. She has been in her current position since January 2012.

Fitzgerald came to Rockwell Collins with an extensive background in training and nonprofits. Community-conscious, she opened a homeless shelter for women and children, managed a shelter for people with HIV/AIDS, and led a national initiative for the Center for Healthcare Quality to reduce healthcare disparities for underserved populations.

She earned both her bachelor’s degree in organizational development and her master’s degree in strategic leadership from the University of Memphis. Her husband also works for Rockwell Collins, in information security. They have two children.