Lincoln Employees' African American Network (LEAN)

LEAN membersEstablished in 2013, the Lincoln Employees' African American Network (LEAN) addresses the concerns and issues faced by African American employees and prospective candidates. LEAN works to create a more inclusive environment at Lincoln Laboratory by

  • Supporting the recruitment of top talent
  • Increasing awareness of the accomplishments of African Americans in STEM
  • Providing advice and guidance to help increase the retention, development, and promotion of African Americans at the Laboratory
  • Creating an opportunity for networking between staff members from all areas of the Laboratory

LEAN events are open to all members of the Laboratory community. Since its creation, the LEAN community has hosted and participated in a wide range of events. These events include recruiting efforts, community outreach, professional development seminars and external networking opportunities. Recent events include

  • Professional Development
    • Collaborating with national professional societies
    • Hosting two presentations on mentoring and personal and professional success
    • Assisting Lincoln Laboratory efforts to recruit at national and regional events through professional groups such as the National Society of Black Engineers
  • Social and Cultural Awareness
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast
    • African American history month celebration
    • Lincoln Laboratory Diversity Summit
  • LEAN group collects food for Greater Food BankCommunity Outreach
    • Supporting urban participation in Lincoln Laboratory Science on Saturday
    • Volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank
    • Organizing a school supply drive benefitting Cradles to Crayons

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
In January 2014, the Laboratory sponsored its First Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. This year, a luncheon was held at Hanscom Air Force Base and was attended by more than 220 Laboratory employees. The event featured keynote speaker Dr. Aprille Ericsson, program manager for Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Ericsson detailed how Dr. King’s legacy influenced her life and career. Ericsson was the first African-American female to earn a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first African American female to receive a doctorate in engineering at NASA’s GSFC.

LEAN is one of several employee resource groups at Lincoln Laboratory

For more information, please contact LEAN.


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