Our strategy and technology consultants have empowered our international clients with the knowledge and experience they need to build their own local resources and capabilities.
Our clients call upon us to work on their hardest problems—delivering effective health care, protecting warfighters and their families, keeping our national infrastructure secure, bringing into focus the traditional boundaries between consumer products and manufacturing as those boundaries blur.
Booz Allen was founded on the notion that we could help companies succeed by bringing them expert, candid advice and an outside perspective on their business. The analysis and perspective generated by that talent can be found in the case studies and thought leadership produced by our people.
We've come a long way delivering innovative solutions. But our next chapter is still being written.
Our 22,600 engineers, scientists, software developers, technologists, and consultants live to solve problems that matter. We’re proud of the diversity throughout our organization, from our most junior ranks to our board of directors and leadership team.
I consider myself a “corporate social worker” so it’s probably no surprise that I care deeply about helping others.
As vice president of total rewards at Booz Allen, I’ve lived and breathed compensation and benefits for more than 30 years. I have testified before Congress about pension reform and held leadership roles in industry groups. My work at Booz Allen includes overseeing employee pay, recognition and rewards, and health and welfare plans, as well as mitigating risk and ensuring compliance.
But my responsibilities run much deeper than that. I have increased the firm’s focus on mental and emotional health and introduced tools to help employees get the most out of their medical plans.
Your personal values have to align with the work you’re doing. I come to work every day knowing I’m helping those who are working for the greater good.
Why is Booz Allen a good fit for you? The ethics, the values, the mission-oriented work that Booz Allen does for the government and other commercial businesses just really aligns with who I am as a person and what’s important to me. The type of work we do, the impact we have on the health, security, and safety of our country is really first and foremost in people’s minds at Booz Allen. I think it’s a growth time for Booz Allen, so that’s exciting.
What are some of the most pressing needs in the compensation and benefits space? How to make the best use of our compensation and benefits spend to attract and retain top talent. That’s fundamentally the biggest challenge.
What makes you most excited to come to work in the morning? Certainly the coworkers. I like challenges, I like problem-solving. I like getting to know and learn the business. I like knowing that what we do in my group in particular really has such a personal impact on the employees of Booz Allen.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Be a good listener. And care about your people. Treat them how you would like to be treated.
What advice would you give yourself as a young professional? Go for the opportunities. The most satisfying jobs I’ve had have been ones that really took me out of my comfort zone and that I was actually scared to take. And broaden your experiences where you can.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a school counselor.
That seems similar in some ways to what you’re doing now. Right. I actually started in social work in college at the University of Illinois. I switched to business and graduated with a finance background. I like to refer to myself as kind of a corporate social worker.
What are your top tips for managing and motivating people? Communication is first and foremost. In my mind, it’s being empathetic, finding out what personally drives and motivates an individual. Balance is critical, caring about their physical and emotional health. If people can connect their job to the greater good and the real mission of the company, that’s really critical. And gratitude. It doesn’t have to be monetary. Just recognition and gratitude for the time they’re putting in.
Who is a famous person you identify with? Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy. They both handled a lot of adversity with grace and perseverance. But most importantly, they raised good children in that environment and protected their children and let them be individuals in their own right but instilled the values and the thought of giving back to others that will continue for generations.
What is the most influential book you’ve ever read? To Kill a Mockingbird. Just the values that it brings. I’ve read it a couple more times fairly recently, and it really speaks to me.
What’s something that not many people know about you? I’m one of eight kids. My parents had eight kids in 10 years. I’m a huge sports fan. I met my husband at a Chicago Cubs game, got engaged there. And I’m related to the president of Ireland. He’s my cousin.
Where do you see Booz Allen going in the next 100 years? Being in the forefront and going where the world is going. Whatever is next, we are really cutting-edge in innovation in all that we do. Fundamentally, since the founding of the firm, the essentials were client focus, innovation, solving problems that no one else can solve—and I think those will still be our fundamentals. But it will be much more global.