Boeing Supports Naval Academy Leadership Innovation Lab

Annapolis, MD—A $1 million gift from aerospace leader Boeing will support the creation of the Boeing Leadership Innovation Lab at the United States Naval Academy. The Lab, part of the Academy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, will fuse thought and experimentation to determine how to strengthen, individualize and accelerate the leadership development process, creating an environment where military, government, corporate, educational, athletic and non-profit organizations come to learn how the Academy delivers the most comprehensive, creative and effective leadership development program in the world.

“The Naval Academy’s Boeing Leadership Innovation Lab is unique in its focus on the development of emerging leaders who will operate in highly complex, volatile and dangerous environments,” said John Rudder ’78, vice president at the Naval Academy Foundation, which raises all private funds in support of the Naval Academy. “No other institution is taking on this type of commitment to create the leadership development tools, techniques and concepts needed for these leaders. This effort has the potential to be transformational, not only for the Naval Academy and the Department of Defense, but other organizations who are committed to strengthening and accelerating the leadership development process for their own leaders. We are deeply grateful for Boeing’s investment in this critical component not only of midshipman education, but also of the Naval Academy’s contributions to broader discussions of leadership at the national level.”
Boeing has been a longtime partner of the Naval Academy Foundation in support of a number of the Naval Academy’s strategic priorities, most notably admissions outreach efforts in the communities surrounding the company’s headquarters in Chicago.

“It’s an honor to be partnered with the Naval Academy in its commitment to a tailored, innovative approach to leadership development,” said Leanne Caret, CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “This lab will empower the next generation of our nation’s leaders – I’m proud Boeing is a part of that.”

Boeing’s support for the Leadership Innovation Lab will unfold over five years, beginning with providing the funds needed to develop the initial concept for the lab, continuing with the hiring of a dedicated Boeing Leadership Innovation Lab director, identifying other strategic partners, then providing for the development of a strategic plan for the lab and the launch of initial symposia and other programs.


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