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There was a time when Booz Allen Hamilton's Cheryl Wade thought engineers drove trains.
“I didn’t know how to apply my love for math,” explains Cheryl, who was introduced to engineering through a community youth science and engineering program. It would become her college major—and later her career.
Women and minorities remain vastly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Take cybersecurity: According to a study by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, women make up only 11 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce.
Booz Allen is committed to increasing the number of women in STEM—through awareness, outreach, and advocacy.
Cheryl is passionate about addressing the opt-out points for those interested in STEM-related careers, starting with early inspiration. As co-creator of our STEM Girls 4 Social Good initiative (SG4SG), a movement of Booz Allen women working to strip away the perception that girls lack an affinity for math, science, and technology, she knows that confidence is everything—especially for young women.
“If you don’t have the support system, or role models at home it impacts your confidence and your ability to see yourself as successful in this space.”
- Cheryl Wade, Booz Allen Diversity & Inclusion team leader
“If you don’t have the support system, or role models at home it impacts your confidence and your ability to see yourself as successful in this space,” Cheryl says. “You can’t aspire to what you haven’t seen.”
In partnership with the DC chapter of not-for-profit Girls Inc., the week-long SG4SG initiative pairs high school girls with Booz Allen professionals and summer interns. This exposes young women to STEM careers, while providing vital interaction.
Everyone works together to solve a social challenge. Two years ago, teams tackled human trafficking using data analytics. Last year’s focus was food deserts in urban areas.
Call it a movement of collective ingenuity—and it’s working. Girls are excited about the endless possibilities STEM opens up. One family wrote to Cheryl to share that their daughter won’t stop talking about STEM after participating in SG4SG, and has a new interest in robotics.
SG4SG is only part of a larger movement at Booz Allen focused on opening doors for women in STEM.
For the past 2 years, our Women’s Forum has sponsored Girls in Technology, a DC-area not-for-profit. Tech demos, women in leadership, and diversity are the heart of the initiative. “This is an opportunity to get hands-on with the latest and greatest technology in an all-girls environment and is an example of women supporting women,” explains Jenny Oh, Forum co-chair.
It doesn’t stop there.
In February, we sponsored screenings of the Oscar-winning film Hidden Figures at theaters around the country. Employees were empowered to think about diversity, to start conversations around inclusion.
A month-long series of profiles featuring our own brilliant women—from computer programmers and project managers to engineers and web designers—followed, touching on themes of ensuring equality for women and minorities in the workplace, and the challenges women face every day in boardrooms across America.
Booz Allen's Sharon Johnson works as a cybersecurity engineering lead for the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center. Her take: determined is not a synonym for domineering.
“When a woman is strong-willed and decisive it can sometimes be perceived as bossy or aggressive, and that's not fair,” Sharon says.
At Booz Allen, we have a history of supporting women in the workplace. Every day, we talk about how diversity—of background, experience, and thought—is essential to maintaining the excellence of the work we do. As a leader in the information technology field and a top employer STEM talent, we're committed to increasing the number of women in STEM careers.
For us, that means focusing on recruiting the best and brightest women in their fields and addressing policies needed to attract and retain talented women. We provide comprehensive career support, from mentoring opportunities to professional development, to help women continue to build their skillsets.
Our focus on supporting women contributes to innovative ideas and pioneering solutions, and drives better results—not only for our clients, but for the world around us.
And when it comes to making connections, actions speak volumes, too.
Booz Allen's Teneika Askew, who currently focuses on data analytics for the U.S. Navy, perfectly sums up the need for equal representation of women in STEM-related fields. She cites the necessity of mentorship and fostering a connection. “When you walk through a door, leave it open for the next woman to walk through.”