Heritage Month Spotlight: Marcia Anglin-Livingstone

Marcia Anglin-Livingstone
Manufacturing Manager
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Many differences, one goal

“Here’s a life lesson: be respectful of differences and different views in life. If you have a common goal you can work together successfully.”

That’s a lesson Marcia Anglin-Livingstone lives by. Livingstone, a manufacturing manager at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, came to America from her native Jamaica to attend The City College of New York. She is no stranger to being one of the only women in the room.

Livingstone was one of just three women in her school’s Chemical Engineering class. She graduated in the top 5 percent of the concentration — in a school with a 33 percent Chemical Engineering retention rate.

“I wasn’t intimidated by the lack of women in the engineering department because I always knew STEM was what I wanted to do, even though it was a male-dominated industry.”

Degrees of diversity

What Livingstone was not prepared for was the college’s variety of backgrounds and cultures. She faced these challenges for the first time while working with a diverse team of students.

“I had to go through a unit operations lab and our professor placed us into groups of three,” she said. “He paired me with two men I had never met before. My first thought was that we came from completely different backgrounds — how would we interact? What would we say to each other?”

The two men were from Palestine, and Livingstone was Jamaican. She had never worked closely with people from such a different background than hers, and she credits that experience with teaching her to accept other people and their belief systems.

“I asked them questions about where they came from and their religion. They asked me about mine. We became friends. At the end of the day I was still me and they were still them, and we had an excellent relationship built on respect and acceptance.”

Since then, Livingstone has learned to focus on a group’s common goal and embrace the differences everyone brings to the table. She says this is especially important at Raytheon because it includes so many communities.

“We have such a diverse environment: different ethnicities, religions, backgrounds, social and political beliefs,” she said. “But we are all working for one company. Raytheon’s goals, values and behaviors should be respected because we have one common goal, and that is to make Raytheon successful.”

“It’s not always the smartest people who win. It’s those who are willing to persevere through adversity,” Livingstone said.

Leading her team

Livingstone works in the Airborne Factory at SAS in McKinney, TX.

Often there are challenges in the factory when building hardware — things don’t always go as planned. They have to work long hours and the factory has constant deadlines to meet. This brings challenges to her team’s work and personal lives.

“I’ve always tried to find a way to keep the team motivated,” Livingstone said. “It’s important to know why we’re doing what we’re doing. It’s for our warfighters. It’s our equipment that helps bring them home.”

Our work matters

The mission is close to Livingstone’s heart: her brother is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army.

“I want him safe. It’s personal. For him and the rest of our military, I am focused on quality, performance and cost.”

Livingstone knows her team’s job isn’t easy, and it’s their common goal that helps them to persevere. She defines success as overcoming difficulties to achieve a dream. It’s easy to give up when things get tough, she says, but if you keep your focus and your mind on your goal you will succeed.

“It’s not always the smartest people who win. It’s those who are willing to persevere through adversity,” Livingstone said.