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Scott Drach, MIR

Scott Drach

What I do now:
Vice president of Human Resources for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), one of The Boeing Company's five divisions. Its portfolio includes manned and unmanned aircraft programs, space and satellite systems, intelligence and security systems, and extensive integration expertise. BDS is a $30 billion business with about 50,000 employees worldwide.

My work/job consists of:
I am responsible for providing HR support to BDS and its employees throughout the world. This includes developing and driving organizational effectiveness, cultural stewardship, employee engagement, and supporting the BDS president and CEO on all major initiatives, serving as a key member of the BDS leadership team, partnering with BDS business units and functions to provide HR processes and strategies that deliver value and enable the business to succeed.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
I started my professional career as a college intern with Rockwell International in Shreveport, and continued with the company after graduating from LSUS. When Boeing acquired Rockwell, I continued my career with Boeing, serving in various leadership roles within Human Resources, including Connexion by Boeing®, Boeing Service Company, Boeing Canada Technology and Boeing International, providing human resources services for Boeing International employees in more than 65 countries around the world. I then was selected as the vice president of Human Resources for Boeing Corporate and Shared Services Group. In this role, I was responsible for leading my team in partnering with the business to guide human resources strategies and deploy processes to Shared Services Group and seven Boeing Corporate functions - Boeing Capital Corporation, Communications, Finance, Government Operations, Human Resources & Administration, Law, and the Office of Internal Governance. In 2013, I was named vice president of Human Resources for BDS.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
LSUS was an excellent choice for me. In addition to being affordable, the business school provided an outstanding environment in which to develop critical thinking skills. My wife (also an LSUS graduate) and I have twins who will go to college next year. If they choose LSUS, they will be challenged and receive a high quality education.

Fond memories of LSUS:
One of my favorite memories is planting Crepe Myrtle trees on campus with Rotaract club.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. Paul Merkel was more than a great professor; he also served as an excellent mentor.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS helped me succeed by challenging me to be a more critical thinker and a lifelong learner. One of the habits I picked up is reading a book a month. This is a habit I find very useful in keeping up with current trends.

Advice to college-bound students:
-Show up to class. While experiences outside a classroom are valuable, they won't get you a degree - and a person with a college degree earns, on average, almost twice what someone without a degree will earn.
-Take a course in something that isn't in your major field, or something that doesn't sound that interesting; you may find you like it better than the area you knew you wanted to study (most college students will change their major at some point.)
-There is no such thing as free money; those great credit card deals aren't really that great.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
For aspiring students interested in the HR field, the following ARIES framework is something I recommend:
A - Acumen - Both business acumen and HR acumen. The intersection of these two areas is where excellent HR professionals set the bar.
R - Results - Many people can build a good PowerPoint pitch or give a good speech, but the exceptional HR leaders are the ones who focus on results.
I - Inclusion - One of the most powerful parts of our roles as HR professionals is as cultural stewards of the organization and building a nurturing environment where everyone feels welcome, respected and part of the team.
E - EQ or Emotional Intelligence - Good HR professionals have solid EQ. They understand their strengths and weaknesses, manage their emotions, hold healthy boundaries, and build enduring relationships based on trust.
S - Systems Thinking - Being comfortable in the grey areas and using critical thinking skills to diagnose and resolve issues is a trait of outstanding HR leaders.

Even if you are not interested in HR, take another look at the framework. You may find with a bit of minor tweaking it has applicability in a number of professions.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Be open to new possibilities. You could start out sure of what you want to do with your life, but college is an excellent place to do some exploring and find your passion - and follow the passions, rather than the money. In the end, having a career in a field you love will more than make up for the money.

My toughest professional challenge:
Managing my schedule in a manner that allows me to provide maximum contribution to the organization

My toughest personal challenge:
Making sure I make, not find, time to take care of myself

I've learned this from life:
We live in a wonderful country with amazing opportunities. Where else can people set their own limits on what they choose to achieve?

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
Spending time on the beach with my family and friends reading a good book.