As a former engineer, I still miss the hands on part of bringing an airplane to life. But recently, I had the chance to work on a production line using the “lean” manufacturing techniques we talk about all the time. Okay, so we weren’t building airplanes. But I teamed up with other members of Boeing’s leadership team during a retreat in Arizona to build 202 bikes in 90 minutes.
A great team from Boeing gets to work. That’s me on the bottom right.
The Build-a-Bike event was part of an effort by Boeing to reward children in the Mesa School District. The bike recipients, first and third-graders, were selected based on guidelines established by the school district including attendance and classroom achievement.
The bike building marathon is just one way that Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship helps make a difference in the communities where our employees live and work. In total, $147 million from The Boeing Company and its employees were distributed around the world in 2011 through thousands of charitable grants and business sponsorships.
It was truly a pleasure and a lot fun to take part in such a great effort. Congratulations to those deserving students in Mesa and enjoy the bikes!