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Boeing Honors Susana Vasquez as ‘Game Changer’

Global aerospace leader Boeing named LISC Chicago Executive Director Susana Vasquez a “Game Changer” in December for her work as an innovator and driver of community development programs that benefit Chicago neighborhoods.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boeing leaders presented the awards at the Garfield Park Conservatory, honoring Vasquez and four others who are sparking change in Chicago.

"Giving back to our communities is important to our employees and a core value of Boeing," said Tony Parasida, senior vice president, Boeing Human Resources and Administration. "These recipients deserve recognition for rolling up their sleeves, taking initiative and solving problems in their neighborhoods and communities."

Vasquez and LISC Chicago were recognized for building stronger neighborhoods through the NCP Neighborhood Network, which supports more than 70 community-based partners in the city's under-resourced neighborhoods. “From education to safety, housing to tech, we’re working with our neighborhood partners to mobilize new resources and advance bold strategies,” said Vasquez as she accepted the $50,000 award.

Other 2013 Game Changer recipients were Deb Moskovits of The Field Museum, for leadership in environmental stewardship in Chicago and Peru; Paul Sznewajs of Ingenuity Inc., for collaboration on the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan; Maggie Blinn DiNovi of New Leaders, for collaborating with Chicago Public Schools to train and develop 200 principals and other leaders since 2001; and Beth White of The Trust for Public Land, for leadership on The 606/Bloomingdale Trail.

"I congratulate the organizations honored today as Boeing Game Changers," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "They are leaders of thought, innovation, service and action.”

Chicago-based Boeing is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. With customers in 150 countries, Boeing works to drive positive change in communities around the world though its community engagement and employee volunteers' efforts.

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