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Under Secretary Michèle Flournoy: Don’t Take “No” For An Answer

Under Secretary Michèle Flournoy: Don't Take "No" For An Answer - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Fluornoy
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Fluornoy
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Fluornoy

In a recent interview with the Pentagon Channel, Michèle Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, highlighted the progress that women have made at the Department of Defense and the hope she has for the future of women at the DoD.

Secretary Fluornoy said “We've made a tremendous amount of progress from the 1990's.  During that time if you invited all the senior woman of the Pentagon to have lunch you could probably fit them at a small table, now you'd fill a large dining room.”

Reaching out to and educating women on careers in defense is a priority for Secretary Fluornoy, and she says a key way to do that is through exposure and allowing women to see that defense is a field that will welcome them.  “The more visible women become the more other women will be attracted to the field,“ she added.

Mentorship is also an important part of success, according to Secretary Fluornoy.  She is “very conscious of what I gained from my mentors and I try to spend some time giving back and instilling the value of mentorship in my mentees.”

She believes that every door will be open for women in the military of the future, and that by welcoming them the talent pool will grow by 100%.  “You see the walls coming down and you see a vanguard of women at multiple levels who are just paving the way for those who will follow.“  She said that some of her greatest inspiration comes from women in uniform, and encourages women to follow their dreams and not to take “no” for an answer in their professional life.

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