A Message from Our Director
The many critical contributions that APL delivers to our sponsors are made possible because of the commitment and dedication of our exceptional staff members. During the Laboratory’s more than 80 year history, we have learned that our people and teams are at their most innovative and impactful when everyone — regardless of background, expertise, or role — is embraced as a vital and valued contributor.
This report details our continuing progress in developing a workplace that creates that sense of value. The technologies and breakthroughs developed at APL reach their potential only when the staff members who create them are empowered to succeed and thrive. That is why our work in ensuring a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace remains one of our strategic goals.
The Laboratory’s vision is to create defining innovations that ensure our nation’s preeminence in the 21st century. To enable that, APL must continue to strategically drive forward in recruitment, development, and retention of diverse talent, both as an enterprise and within each of our sectors and departments.
I want to close this message by thanking our outgoing chief diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) officer and head of our Talent Services Department, Aili Kujawa, for her unwavering passion and commitment to the Lab and our staff members. The essential work that she and the DEI teams around APL have undertaken positions us well for ensuring our staff have the best environment in which to explore and innovate for the Lab, our sponsors, and the nation. While we will greatly miss Aili, we wish her all the best in retirement.