When it comes to government contracting, women have arrived. Look at any major government contractor, and the proof“™s in their executive ranks. But that ascent hasn“™t come easily. It“™s involved its share of hard work, of course, as well as the task of balancing other life pursuits. Recently, ExecutiveBiz asked some of the Washington, D.C., area“™s top women executives one simple question: How“™d you do it? Here, in their own words, they offer tips and insights about how they“™re contributing to an industry they describe as ever-changing and exciting, and how others “” regardless of gender or background “” can do the same.
Teresa Carlson, vice president of Microsoft“™s US federal government business: “I think women were always here. We didn“™t have to arrive. The reality now is we“™re taking the driver“™s seat much more and taking on bigger and bigger challenges.“ Read more >>
Cheryl Janey, vice president of operations, Northrop Grumman“™s information systems sector’s civil systems division: “Being a female leader in government contracting is exciting. We“™ve seen more and more females coming in on both the contractor“™s and government“™s side who have so much to contribute.“ Read more >>
Judy Marks, vice president of strategy and business development for Lockheed Martin‘s Electronic Systems business: “The whole federal contracting world offers everyone opportunities for leadership and contributions. There are so many talented people coming off today“™s campuses. I“™m encouraged and I“™m excited.“ Read more >>
Stacy Mendler, COO, Alion: “I really think the industry has changed and companies want women to perform and take on higher level positions. Companies want women to succeed and help drive growth.“ Read more >>
Suzan Zimmerman, senior vice president of corporate development, QinetiQ North America: “The only glass ceiling is the one you put over your head. If you work hard, and people know you“™re interested in what you“™re doing, there is no glass ceiling.“ Read more >>