Speaking at Boeing Diversity Conference.

Working with People Who are Different than You

The Dreamliner

Boeing is a leader. This is undeniably proven, not just by how they didn’t let three years of assorted problems and other delays stop the final production of their masterpiece, the new Dreamliner, but by something that matters far more, on a human level. This huge company’s interest in increasing the comfort of a diverse population is shown by giving importance to people whose significance many companies as well as individuals conveniently brush out of their awareness like crumbs off a table. Of course I’m referring to the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities.

What excites me most about this particular opportunity to do two keynotes at a two-day Boeing Diversity Conference are the four breakout sessions one of my partners and I will do in smaller and more interactive settings in the afternoons following my late morning keynotes.

Diversity Workshops

I loved doing prior Boeing keynotes about people with disabilities, but I’m even more passionate about about the smaller meetings after these particular main assemblies. The beauty of break out sessions is the depth of discovery that can take place, both by the participants and the facilitators, when questions are asked and alternative viewpoints considered.

Accepting Diversity

At first, I had a hard time accepting the differences between my life after my crash and my memories of how it had been before my crash. My motorcycle slamming into the truck that ran a stop sign right in front of me changed everything, but that was over 30 years ago. The number of doors that began swinging open, a decade or more after my crash, as soon as I learned to accept and then appreciate my physical disabilities, is just more evidence that:

  1. Accepting the world on the world’s terms is the easiest way to live.
  2. Accepting myself just the way I am is the best way to discover my possibilities.
  3. Accepting myself just the way I am helps me to accept you just they way you are.

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6 Responses to Speaking at Boeing Diversity Conference.

  1. Markellyc October 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    All of Boeing are like family to me.  They were right there supporting us as we fought through the adventure that landed in our lap. 

    You, Al, are also like family.  With the way you showed me that it was, in fact, possible to come out  the other side of this adventure with a Winners Don’t Quit attitude, you really made a difference for me.  (the fact that I get to laugh my way through it all continues to make it fun! 😉

  2. Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    At first it was hard for me to know if you Mark or you Kelly wrote this comment but upon reading it in its entirety, I recognize Kelly’s unmistakable personality. Thank you for continuing to be you Kelly. You are a shining example of human strength and spirit.

  3. PD Whit November 19, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    Al’s keynote speech at the Boeing Engineering Diversity Mini-Conference was inspiring. It drove several messages home including the fact that being “disabled” is the one group that any one of us can join at any time. Al’s story and words of wisdom will make you re-think any notions you had/have about what the limitations of the disabled are. He even makes you think about your own limitations and outlook on life.
    It is easy to say that it was money well spent getting Mr. Scott to speak to us. The feedback recieved from the event participants was 99% positive. I personally enjoyed reading his book as well and look forward to the follow-up.

  4. Anonymous November 19, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    Thank you, Paul. I enjoyed speaking to the audience of engineers. At first, the humor seemed to come as a surprise, but they shifted their thinking quickly and made a very fun group to work with.

    When you told me about it, I realized how honored I am to have made it through the selection process and do keynotes and breakout sessions at the 2 day Boeing Diversity Conference. Thank you for your confidence in me.

  5. PD Whit November 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Al’s keynote speech at the Boeing Engineering Diversity Mini-Conference
    was inspiring. It drove several messages home including the fact that
    being “disabled” is the one group that any one of us can join at any
    time. Al’s story and words of wisdom will make you re-think any notions
    you had/have about what the limitations of the disabled are. He even
    makes you think about your own limitations and outlook on life.
    It is
    easy to say that it was money well spent getting Mr. Foxx to speak to
    us. The feedback received from the event participants was 99% positive. I
    personally enjoyed reading his book as well and look forward to the
    follow-up.

  6. Anonymous November 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I enjoyed speaking to the audience of engineers. At first, the humor
    seemed to come as a surprise, but they shifted their thinking quickly
    and made a very fun group to work with.

    When you told me about
    it, I realized how honored I am to have made it through the selection
    process and do keynotes and breakout sessions at the 2 day Boeing
    Diversity Conference. Thank you for your confidence in me. 

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