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How Future Works

 

Bridging Learning, Careers and Innovation

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Focus on Diversity.

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How Future Works

 

Bridging Learning, Careers and Innovation

with

Focus on Diversity.

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We're all asked what we want to be when we grow up. From the minute I saw man land on the moon, the answer was very clear to me:  Astronaut.  Now back then, not very many little girls ran around saying they wanted to be an astronaut. In fact, it wasn't till two decades later when the first American woman flew in space! This blindness to my own gender as a potential obstacle to reaching my goals, continued through the years. 

I went on to become an engineer, get my pilot's license, and do as many of the astronaut things I could do, without being one (like flying on the Vomit Comet)! I also reached many of my goals with tons of help from mentors, peers and my wonderful family members. All this led to increasing responsibilities in a male-dominated environment, and ultimately the top jobs in my line of work.

A few years ago, when I was asked to make a presentation at a Women's group, my first reaction was to decline. Upon their insistence, I accepted and asked my staff to collect some data for the presentation. When I saw the data, I was simply astounded! I couldn't understand how the national stats for women in STEM had not only stagnated at low levels over the last 30 years, but were worse in a growing and much needed discipline like Computer Science!

And that led me to a profound realization -- that my belief system was mistakenly based on my own career and an assumption that my industry (defense) was an outlier to the generally improving national  trends of gender diversity in STEM. What else had I been wrong about in my 30-year career? I decided then and there that I'd better inform myself and try to be part of the solution to ensure students, young professionals and those in transition are able to bridge learning to fulfilling careers and amazing innovations and transform their lives.

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