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Having a strong sense of community is important to me—you draw so much energy from the people you work with, and it’s often where innovation starts.
I’ve been fortunate enough to find a great community at Booz Allen. Community is just as important outside of work. I find that the best careers are the well-balanced ones, where you work hard to deliver for your clients, but also find time to develop your own interests.
Vice President Raynor Dahlquist is a cyber and technology leader in the firm’s defense business. She focuses on IT and policy modernization and transformation for defense clients as well as developing and integrating the firm’s cyber capabilities.
Before her current role, Raynor served as director of the Booz Allen Cyber Solutions Network capability, which was established by the firm to support the client-facing delivery of our solutions for our clients in both network infrastructure, development of solutions and tools, and demonstrating our capabilities for clients.
She has more than 20 years of experience in strategic direction, financial planning, profit-and-loss oversight, product development and realignment, and marketing.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, she was a senior vice president for VeriSign Inc. She led the naming services division for a leading global provider of Internet infrastructure services.
Raynor serves on the board of associates at Randolph-Macon College, is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Northern VA, a former board member of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, and a current member of the board of the Golf Club at Lansdowne. Raynor volunteers her time to the Backpack Buddies and Grace toGo Ministries of St. James Episcopal Church, serving the Loudoun County community.
She holds a B.A. degree from Randolph-Macon College and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
What excites you about working in cyber? Cyber is a fast-paced and ever-changing field. It’s also multidisciplinary, so you get to work with different people from all across the firm. We may collaborate with systems engineers, data scientists, software developers, management consultants, and others—all on the same project. I love being able to work with so many smart people who approach our clients’ problems from so many different angles. Collective ingenuity is our secret sauce with our cyber expertise.
Why is Booz Allen an ideal firm for someone with expertise and skills in your line of work? It’s rare to find a firm with so many truly talented cyber and IT employees like Booz Allen has—and to have such a large population of them to be women. As a woman working in IT and cyber, I feel empowered here.
Why do you have the career you have? Early on, I was interested in technology and how you can create products and solutions to meet client needs. I have always gotten involved with projects that either are new and need to be launched, or need some innovation or integration. I have relished my role as a technology integrator.
What are the three most pressing needs for your defense clients? Our defense clients are focused on rapidly modernizing their internal and external systems to stay ahead of the needs of the warfighter. In addition, because the threats are truly global in nature, international engagement is vital. Finally, they are shaping their organizations and budgets to take advantage of commercial technological advancements more rapidly and in a more holistic fashion.
What’s scaring your clients? Our clients’ challenges are very public. It’s everything you read about in the news: evolving cyber threats that are global in nature, leadership changes, budget constraints. They’re also worried about how to retain their talented workforce in key areas, like cyber.
What are your three tips for managing and motivating your people? Be available to your staff no matter who or where they are. Have an open line of communication. Two, get to know your people. Care about not just what they do at work, but how things are with their families, hobbies, and communities. And three, create community. We spend so much of our time at work, that creating community is important.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Never confuse having a career with having a life.
What advice would you give yourself as a young professional? Network. Then carve out the time to develop and nurture that network.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A pediatrician. Then I figured out that you had to dissect frogs and pigs to pass the medical school exam. I was crazy about my pediatrician, who kind of looked like Captain Kangaroo and wore funny buttons. He was the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet, so I was pretty sure that I wanted to be just like him.
What were you like in high school? Very busy. I wasn’t in one stereotypical crowd. I was involved in many different activities—student government, yearbook, and sports.
What’s one of your most prized possessions? An old-fashioned beach cruiser with a basket on the front. I first took it with me to college. That bike finally died a slow death when I moved to San Francisco after graduate school. I’ve gotten a new one that looks just like it and I love it.
What’s been your biggest accomplishment so far? Becoming a mom. My son is a complete and total blessing.
What can we do to be happier? This may sound corny, but give grace to yourself and to others. Most of us are working our hardest. We all need to just take a deep breath and give ourselves and each other the benefit of the doubt. Cut yourself some slack, too. We all make mistakes.