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No. 48 | Rockwell Collins | DiversityInc Top 50

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The defense contractor makes the list for the fifth year in a row with an emphasis on talent development and supplier diversity.

The company has an executive diversity council, led by President and CEO Kelly Ortberg. There also is a Diversity Advisory Council, which has representation from every part of the organization and meets with the executive diversity council.

By nature of its industry, Rockwell Collins is an obvious employer of veterans, but the Cedar Rapids, Iowa–based company takes it a step further.

The company’s Military and Veterans Employee Resource Group works with the disability employee resource group to create a safe and inclusive culture for veterans.

The group is used to attract and hire veterans, support transition programs, help families acclimate and enhance knowledge of the value of veterans in the workplace. Veterans serve as mentors to students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs and as mentees within the organization.

Rockwell Collins also has an improving mentoring program, which is available globally.


Kelly Ortberg
President and CEO

“There’s a direct link between how we embrace diversity and inclusion and how we meet the unique needs of our aerospace and defense customers. We believe widely different experiences bring different perspectives, which then become a springboard for innovative thinking.”
Rod Dooley
Vice President, Diversity & Integrated Talent Management

“For us, diversity is a growth driver, especially as we continue to expand internationally. Rockwell Collins is more technically capable because of our diverse workforce, and our diversity and inclusion strategies are helping us build a more empowered work environment for all employees.”


U.S. Headquarters: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Global Employees: 18,360

U.S. Employees: 14,805

Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 40


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