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Recently, Booz Allen Hamilton and Government Executive Media Group’s Defense One convened a nationwide series of town hall events that firm leaders in our Defense & Intelligence Group and Strategic Innovation Group participated in. We were joined by government officials from across the defense and national security markets in thought-provoking discussions on smarter, better, faster mission success.
The Smart Command Town Hall Series served to advance the idea of enterprise integration as a sensible solution to put interoperable technologies across the enterprise into the hands of warfighters more rapidly and efficiently. At each Town Hall, the focus centered on talking about not doing more with less but rather how do we do better with what we already have.Read more and comment
From Silicon Valley to our nation’s capital in Washington, DC, the gender imbalance in technology and entrepreneurship is a serious issue. The media was abuzz this summer over the diversity statistics of nearly every major technology company which reconfirmed this fact. Recently named White House CTO and former Google executive Megan Smith called attention to it this month in a Washington Post blog post with Mary Grove. With women representing half of the global population, we have an important role to play in an industry that is constantly reshaping how we experience the world around us. The natural question coming out of these discussions is: what can we actually do to change the trend?
Booz Allen Hamilton, along with partner 1776, is collaborating with Startup Weekend DC for its first-ever Women’s Edition on October 3-5 at 1776 and General Assembly. Traditionally, most entrepreneurship events, including Startup Weekend, see more men participate than women. This special Women’s Edition of Startup Weekend DC aims to balance the ratio by attracting and promoting women in technology and entrepreneurship. Women and men alike will gain valuable, hands-on experience founding startups and launching successful ventures. Collaborating in teams, participants will experience what it is like to transform an idea into a marketable and scalable prototype through 54 hours of business model design, customer validation, product development, and pitching.Read more and comment
I suppose you could call me an “eclectic” volunteer. When presented with a host of charitable opportunities organized by Booz Allen volunteers, I feel compelled to check my schedule and match up whatever I can fit in. This gives me a chance to give back to many different causes important to our communities, Booz Allen staff, and myself. I’ve gotten a chance to participate in the Face of America Ride, International Coastal Cleanup, blood drives, and so much more.
The absolute greatest thing is—and I’m proud to say this—I’m not unique at Booz Allen. Recently during a meeting of leaders at the firm, the topic turned to community involvement. Everyone was involved in something. That’s a personal commitment that comes from within and it’s good for the soul, but it’s also evidence of Booz Allen’s culture—our staff care, and as a firm, we care, too.
There’s another great event I’m proud to be supporting—the September 20 Dulles Day Plane Pull benefitting Special Olympics Virginia.Read more and comment
Cindie Baker is an Emergency Medical Responder and Type 2 Wildland Firefighter
I live in a small community near Boulder, Colorado. I moved here 11 years ago for the nature, the outdoor lifestyle, and the quiet after living in New York City for 12 years, and specifically being there for the terrible events of 9/11.
I love the beauty and enjoying the outdoors, but it’s not always so calm. I joined the Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District 9 years ago—as a means to get out of the house (as a full-time teleworker, this is a must!) and from a desire to give back to my community. At first I was part of the citizens’ corps, leading other volunteers and helping with traffic control and evacuations, so that the first responders could focus on their work. Several years ago, I became a first responder myself by completing the department’s 50+ hour Rookie Academy and attaining national certifications as a Type 2 Wildland Firefighter and an Emergency Medical Responder.Read more and comment