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2014


WOMEN OF COLOR AWARD WINNERS


She headed an information session, conducted career discussions and helped students find appropriate openings. Ms. Parker took it upon herself to personally follow-up with each student through each step of the recruitment process.


Her mentoring extends to younger students as well, as she successfully developed K-12 STEM outreach initiatives on behalf of Lockheed Martin. These initiatives include National Engineering Week and Take Your Child to Work Day activities.


Ms. Parker believes that professional achievement is not only about a career. It also includes helping others succeed with their life goals.


Lamia Spedden Website Designer Staff Lockheed Martin Corporation


During the assembly, one hundred students participated in building a webpage. They learned how easy it is to add real time updates to the site. Ms. Spedden even showed the broadcast of the NASA Mars Rover with simple clicks the students could replicate at home.


Ms. Spedden has a Bachelor of Science in information systems management. She also has several certifications, including a PMP — Certified Project Management Professional.


LaTonya Bowles Industrial Engineering Technician Supervisor Naval Air Systems Command


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s. Lamia Spedden has spent 14 years creating a career that encompasses innovative and creative approaches to system development and communications marketing. She is a respected leader and mentor to customers and employees at Lockheed Martin. Although she is dedicated to her job, Ms. Spedden is also serious about her commitment to community service.


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Education plays an important role in Ms. Spedden’s community service activities. Her commitment to education is for self-improvement, and the betterment of everyone around her. She is an advocate and champion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Her list of volunteer activities shows she takes every opportunity to support STEM activities in the community.


Ms. Spedden tapped into her creativity and created a program to introduce kids to STEM. The program, Coloring Books to iPads, combines STEM with early childhood education. The program is for first grade students at Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia.


Another creative idea allowed her to raise the level of excitement around the I Love STEM Day at Featherbed Lane Elementary School. With the use of an interactive video, she convinced the students and faculty to dance around the gym. The multimedia presentation also showed students how science is part of their morning routine, such as when brushing their teeth, and how riding a bike to school is engineering at work.


Ms. Spedden taught students how to create a website during a technology and social media session at Springbrook High School. She taught the students about blogging, and demonstrated how it can help them communicate with other students, teachers, friends, and family.


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s. Bowles’ letters of recommendation read like she’s a rock star. It is apparent that those voicing their endorsements for a Managerial Leadership Award spent precious time nailing just the right adjectives to convey her performance.


Among her staunch supporters are Daniel Conley, NAVAIR, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, 6.3.1 competency manager; Captain Tim Pfannenstein, NAVAIR, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, executive officer; and D.B. Simmons III, commanding officer, Fleet Readiness Center, Southwest.


Ms. Bowles is Conley’s branch manager of his Industrial Engineering Technicians (IET) group. Conley says Ms. Bowles’ group “has developed a close-knit culture of mutual respect and they all look to Ms. Bowles for the solution and her systematic approach to working on issues as they arise. This has led to inspiring her personnel to achieve goals and work outside of their basic expectations. Her people see her as a role model and look up to her as their voice in the organization. The Navy will benefit from her mentorship of her employees long into the future.”


Conley also called Ms. Bowles a “go to” point of contact for the entire senior leadership, the commanding officer and executive officer. “It is rare to find a talent that will take on as much technical and soft skills issues and be able to resolve them equally well. I am certain she has a storied career ahead of her.”


Simmons explains that Ms. Bowles 24-person IET performs the work of 50 employees. He attributes this exemplary performance to her leadership, innovation, organizational skills and systematic approach to both strategic and tactical tasks [that] motivates her associates to work hard, overcome obstacles, and work at a high level.”


Captain Pfannenstein adds: “From day one, it was obvious to me this phenomenal employee would be an ‘All-Star’ regardless of assignment or task. She proves this each day through her exceptional leadership, team-building, and


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