The pandemic disrupted life all over the world, so of course it impacted our clients and their missions. Because I’m at Booz Allen, I could respond by reaching into the firm and putting together a multidisciplinary team of our brightest health and data science professionals who were eager to serve and make a difference. We stepped up to support the federal government’s response in many different areas: public health outreach, vaccine development and manufacturing, pandemic data tracking, laboratory supply chain analysis, and more. It was challenging work, and we felt privileged to be a part of it. It was a growth opportunity for everyone involved.
Giving people a chance to step up and stretch and grow is hugely important to me, and it’s a huge part of the culture at Booz Allen. I have a “pay it forward” philosophy of executive leadership. That’s why I’m here—we operate as a teaching organization that empowers our employees to change the world on behalf of our clients.
Later in their careers, when the people on my team look back on their time working for me, I hope they remember how I helped them prepare for their next challenges, and I hope they do the same for the new generation.