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.
Through grassroots initiatives, community outreach efforts, and national partnerships anchored by GLOBE (our LGBTQ employee forum), we strive to create a workplace that empowers, supports, and protects all our employees.
Diversity and inclusion are more than just words at Booz Allen—they are core to our culture. Our people are proud of who they are and what they do. And we're proud of them too.
Read some of their stories, in their own words.
Meet Regina Lam
Regina is part of our digital hub in Laurel, Maryland, and works on web content strategy for health clients. At Booz Allen, she found a supportive community—something she’s been looking for her whole career.
Finding a Welcoming Community
I've had a life full of experiences being an outsider. I lived in Tonga, in the South Pacific, where I served in the Peace Corps. Later, I worked as a copy editor in Chile, and earned my master’s degree in cultural studies and gender in Australia. Being queer can make you feel like an “other.”
That’s why it’s invaluable to have a community for people who have otherwise been marginalized. I didn’t have that at any of my past workplaces, so it’s significant to me that it exists at Booz Allen. GLOBE (our LGBTQ employee forum) is a safe space to voice our shared experiences.
Coming out is more than just one big moment. It’s a series of moments. It happens every time you make a new friend or start a new project and you must decide how much of yourself you want to share. Acceptance by the firm gives me a foundation of unflinching courage.
Meet Adrian Gillem
A consultant who works out of the Washington, DC, area, Adrian is a web developer with a flair for design. He's found that tapping into the LGBTQ network here at Booz Allen can lead to professional development opportunities—and friendships.
A Business, Networking, Leadership Advantage
I do front-end web development for government agencies. When it comes to work, I'm really more passionate about creating a digital experience telling a story than simply writing lines and lines of code. I’m also a person of color and gay. I grew up in the Virgin Islands and it’s a very small community. Everyone knows everyone and there’s a direct sense of societal pressure that coming out might not represent your family well, you know, things like that. So, I didn’t really come out until college.
In all, there are three coming-out moments for me. First, I came out to myself, and then I came out to my family and friends. I consider working for Booz Allen as a third “coming out” because that was when I really grew into being myself at work—and taking advantage of the opportunities. Being a part of GLOBE, our LGBTQ forum, lets me work directly with talented people from all over the company. I can take on leadership roles and grow my skill set, from leading communications planning and execution for our Pride 2017 activities to, more specifically, designing engaging print and digital ads for our different Pride sponsorships (AMPA, Black Pride, Trans-Pride, and Capital Pride).
Being a part of the gay community ends up being a business, networking and leadership advantage. As a community, we're as rebellious, rambunctious and driven. And so am I.
Meet Xena Ugrinksy
Xena is a senior vice president in our New York City office specializing in analytics, cloud and cyber. She's also the partner sponsor of our LGBTQ employee forum, GLOBE.
“I like being visible as a fully accepted gay partner and I think it’s important for our LGBTQ professionals to see the firm’s acceptance of us at the leadership level.”
Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future
At 23, I was divorced from my ex-husband. We had an infant daughter, but I soon after realized I needed to come to grips with what I’d been wrestling with my entire life. Ending that marriage was difficult, but I’ve now been with my wife for more than 20 years. To this day, I credit my daughter for supplying me with the strength to create a life true to myself, in order to be the best role model for her.
June is a month to consider the past of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community, to reflect and celebrate how far we’ve come. However, most importantly, we can’t lose sight of how much work we have left to do. I’ve watched—and personally lived through—the progress we’ve made since the mid-80s. Rights we now enjoy, such as the domestic partnership benefits Booz Allen offers, marriage rights, and being able to be our whole selves at work, are often taken for granted. I like being visible as a fully accepted gay partner and I think it’s important for our LGBTQ professionals to see the firm’s acceptance of us at the leadership level.
One of the reasons I feel so strongly about people’s ability to bring their whole selves to work is because I struggled through eight years closeted in a banking environment. It’s been a journey, but I’ve discovered how I communicate my own sexuality largely determines how people react to me and how I’m accepted.
From the day I entered the firm, I’ve been accepted for who I am—an analytics, cloud, and cyber professional—and have been able to fully engage with colleagues and clients (where appropriate) in conversations about my life, my wife, children, and grandchildren. I’ve always tried to be as visible as possible and advocate as much as possible, but it’s still an uphill battle.
It’s an ongoing conversation to continue to progress and to not lose the ground that was so hard won. It’s shining a light on the topic, evaluating where the firm can further invest, understanding the needs of today’s LGBTQ community, and building a supported network of LGBTQ people and straight allies. It’s ensuring that no one feels as though they’re out there alone, by themselves, and the firm doesn’t care.
We are here. We care.
Meet Peter Bingel
He's a staff engineer who joined us when Booz Allen purchased Sparc. Now, operating out of Charleston, South Carolina, Peter's found a community ready to welcome him as a professional—and as a person.
Courage That's Sparked Progress
Even though I didn’t serve in the military, I try to play my part. I choose projects that involve the Department of Defense or veterans in some way. For example, right now, I support the Veterans Benefit Management System. We’re developing the application that the VA uses to process veteran's claims and work them through until they get to award status. Putting money in veteran’s pocket. Money they most certainly earned. This is something that was still a paper process until a few years ago.
For me, if you’re talking about what we at Booz Allen call “unflinching courage,” it definitely starts with those who’ve served. But that’s a value that I also attach to the gay community. That courage has sparked so much progress. When I was in high school fifteen years ago, you didn’t really come out. I certainly wasn’t out in high school. But now, we have the ability to be open at our jobs now and live our lives with our partners. That took the courage of the people who came before us. And now we have the freedom to say, “we are going to be who we are and love who we're going to love.”
The strength comes from our LGBTQ allies too. It's not just about the LGBTQ community, it's about everybody, it's about progressing into the type of society that we all want.
Meet Abraham De La Cruz
Working out of San Diego, Adrian is a technical project manager who's always game to support Booz Allen LGBTQ causes. And he's found that all that work is having an impact.
'Our Culture Revolves Around Inclusion'
One of the best things about working at Booz Allen is the ability to be your authentic self. Based out of our San Diego office, I’ve been with the firm about 8 years. I’ve always felt comfortable—and proud—to discuss the work I do with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community.
A past board member of the LGBT Center in San Diego, my professional coming out was easy and authentic. With GLOBE, our internal forum that nurtures pride through broad community impact, we’re able to take part in engaging events, both within the firm and the greater Southern California community, that open the eyes of many of our straight allies.
Most importantly, I’ve always felt appreciated for the diversity I brought to my team. Our culture revolves around inclusion. Finding champions, mentors, and those who help you to pursue your passions are the ticket to success—and they’re around every corner. I hope that my story gives people an understanding that our firm is a safe space. I like to say that Booz Allen appreciates diversity rather than accepts diversity.