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WOMEN OF COLOR AWARD WINNERS


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Women of Color Award Winners


“INSPIRING CHANGE AND SHAPING THE FUTURE”


uccessful women are women on the move. They never want to stop learning, growing, improving and achieving, noted the editors of Women of Color magazine some years back. Helping women advance by spotlighting their achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has been the core mission of Women of Color magazine’s almost two decade magazine event.


The 19th annual Women of Color STEM Conference showcases another stellar group of Women of Color Award recipients. They are leading companies, inventing the future and changing the world — with proven success in being catalysts and engaging underrepresented groups in STEM pursuits. Get to know 2014’s trailblazers, superstars, all-stars, rising stars, and distinguished achievers. And be inspired by their amazing achievements and excellence in impacting science and technology.


CAREER ACHIEVEMENT – GOVERNMENT


first Black woman to hold an upper management position within the EA-6B program organization, says Ms. Yvonne Davis, head, Range Operations Division, NAVAIR.


In this role, Ms. Baker works with the program manager and deputy program manager on multiple programs and projects that include a government, military and contractor support team of more than 450 multiple-discipline professionals, across geographical locations. She supports strategic planning, tactical execution, resource management and process control and improvement of the entire portfolio of systems under program office purview in excess of $300 million.


Deborah Baker Chief of Staff (PMA 234),


Airborne Electronic Attacks (AEA) & EA6B Office Naval Air Systems Command


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nthony Manich, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), deputy assistant commander for acquisition, calls


Ms. Baker, now at work on her Ph.D., “a role model for government employees.”


Ms. Baker is credited with more than 15 years of leading Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) aircraft development, testing, and sustainment of systems at NAVAIR. She serves as the first chief of staff in the Airborne Electronic Attack Systems, EA-6B office, the third-ranking civilian in the program office and the


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The WOC Career Achievement Award is not Ms. Baker’s first accolade. She has many performance awards and letters of appreciation to her credit. A member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, she is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III career field certified in program management and logistics.


She is a member of the NAVAIR Women’s Advisory Group (WAG), African American Pipeline Advisory Team (APAT) and Federally Employed Women (FEW) — all of which provide an open forum to discuss topics related to women in the workplace.


The WAG charter addresses the need to develop a culture within which women can work effectively in satisfying and rewarding careers. WAG promotes family friendly workplace policies, increasing participation by girls of all ages in STEM initiatives, barrier analysis and barrier removal, women in the military, and enlarging the applicant pool to place more


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