Butler County Times Gazette
  • Spirit AeroSystems to receive Butler’s inaugural Corporate Diversity Award

  • Governor Sam Brownback will present Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and the company’s president and CEO, Jeff Turner, with Butler Community College’s inaugural Corporate Diversity Award at a breakfast ceremony at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.
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  • Governor Sam Brownback will present Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and the company’s president and CEO, Jeff Turner, with Butler Community College’s inaugural Corporate Diversity Award at a breakfast ceremony at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.
    “Through Jeff’s visionary leadership, Spirit AeroSystems has led the way for other companies in our region to see diversity in a new light – as a solid business approach that enhances the bottom line,” said Butler President Jackie Vietti. “Butler Community College is delighted for this opportunity to personally recognize and thank Jeff for the difference he is making for his company, his employees and the citizens of South Central Kansas.”
    The Corporate Diversity Award is designed to honor a business or organization that has demonstrated exceptional leadership in valuing diversity in its workplace while also working to transform the broader community into an inclusive environment in which individuals are mobilized to share their unique and composite talents, perspectives and experiences to enact lasting solutions to long-standing community issues.
    “Spirit AeroSystems and Jeff Turner are very deserving recipients of this award, and are excellent examples for other businesses in our state,” said Brownback. “I believe Kansans have special qualities that can give companies a competitive advantage. Companies like Spirit that utilize the diversity of each employee to grow their business, will make our state stronger.”
    “I am honored to receive the first Corporate Diversity Award from Butler Community College on behalf of Spirit AeroSystems,” said Turner. “At Spirit AeroSystems we use diversity to drive business performance.  We ask our entire organization to show dignity and respect for all, including those with different opinions and backgrounds. We strive to use all of the unique characteristics of our workforce to compete in this global environment and drive performance excellence.”
    Vietti believes Spirit’s engagement in and support of the Advance Kansas diversity leadership program has provided a strong foundation to ensure the continuation of the program, for both the well-being of local companies as well as our communities. 
    Tickets for the breakfast ceremony are $75 each and table sponsorships are also available. To order tickets or to request information on sponsorships, call 316-218-6355 or email advanceks@butlercc.edu.
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