Honeywell Lean Specialist Olivia Ighoyivwi and Lieutenant Darwin DuPree were two of 15 Kansas Citians honored as Black Achievers at the 2019 Black Achievers Society Awards dinner on Jan. 17. The annual event serves as part of the city-wide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Olivia began her Honeywell career in Program Management in 2012. Over a year ago she began her current role as a Lean Specialist within Mission Assurance, where she serves as a leader, instructor and facilitator to create a culture that enables continuous improvement across the organization.
In addition to her role, she serves as the Cultural Awareness Chair with the Honeywell Black Employees Network (HBEN). Olivia is active in her church, where she serves in various roles and local community.
Lt. DuPree joined Honeywell in 2011 and currently serves as a Training Lieutenant for Protective Force. He provides leadership training to the protective force officers, dispatchers and command staff to ensure effective execution of federal and institutional requirements.
Prior to joining Honeywell, Lt. DuPree worked in several roles with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and the Scottsdale Police Department in Scottsdale, Ariz. He received numerous awards, including an Achievement and Life Safety Award from the City of Scottsdale for thwarting a bank robbery and chasing down a suspect with a bomb.
Lt. DuPree is a father to three children and makes time to give to the community and to those in need. He has participated in several volunteer activities and works with individuals with disabilities and other outreach programs for the betterment of his family and community.
2019 Black Achievers Engineering Partnership Scholarship
Honeywell is recruiting candidates for our Black Achievers Engineering Partnership Scholarship for promising African American students who are heading to engineering school this fall. The Black Achievers Society Engineering Partner Scholarship is a $5,000 recurring scholarship for African American students who are heading to a 4-year accredited engineering program.
Honeywell plans to award two scholarships this spring to deserving students from urban high schools in the Kansas City area. More information and the link to the applications is available here.