Booz Allen Executive Vice President John Larson has university degrees in economics, history, and public policy. He has built machine learning models to spot fraud in the mortgage market, helped auto companies market their goods, and addressed challenges in the financial, renewable energy, and maritime sectors. Today he leads Booz Allen’s artificial intelligence (AI) practice. It’s the largest single provider of AI services to the federal government, with more than 160 projects across the public sector.
But if not for John’s personal determination and a remarkable set of educators, this impressive career might have been cut short before it even started. As a teen with dyslexia, John struggled with reading and writing, and due to a gap in his education, he needed to advocate for accommodations to help him succeed.
Booz Allen is proud to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with a look at John’s journey—including where he discusses what receiving the inaugural Dyslexic Edge Award by SDSquared means to him. The firm, which recently received a perfect score for the ninth consecutive year on the Disability Equality Index, understands the importance of neurodivergent talent. It is a subject that John is passionate about—personally and professionally—as he works to build the future AI workforce.