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and Government Relations for Northrop Grumman Corporation received a 2010 BEYA Award for Supplier Diversity for her efforts in helping advance small, women and minority-owned businesses in the aerospace industry. Pualani has been with the company for over 29 years hold- ing various assignments. In her current role with Northrop Grumman, Pualani is responsible for the direction and manage- ment of all Socio-Economic Business Program issues from a corporate perspec- tive. From her first days with the company


Gloria Pualani, Director of Northrop Grumman Corporation G


loria Pualani, Corporate Director of Socio-Economic Business Programs


ic and cultural achievement among under- served minority high school students. “The enrichment program allows kids to participate in a variety of programs to en- hance their skills,” says Pualani. Gloria Pualani has been recognized by a number of publications for her personal efforts in minority business development and is an active member of the NAACP, Associa- tion of Black Women Entrepreneurs, Na- tional Association of Women Business Owners, The Black Business Association and a member of several national trade as- sociations. Working with many businesses has


as an expeditor chasing parts, to her time in procurement, she has learned about the many different aspects of the company. Using her expertise, Pualani has helped advance the course of small, women and minority owned businesses within the aerospace industry. She is an advocate for increasing business development opportu- nities for veterans and service disabled veterans owned small firms. Pualani has developed and implement-


ed the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program for Northrop Grum- man. She and her team worked on design- ing a fairly progressive outreach program to build strong relationships with the schools that have engineering programs that align with companies in technology. Through the HBCU/MI program, Northrop Grumman has funded a technol- ogy center at Prairie View A& M, a school outside of Houston, Texas with a very strong engineering program as well as an excellence center at California State Uni- versity in Los Angeles and investment curriculum in several schools including: Howard University, Alabama A & M, Uni- versity of Hawaii, and Moran State. An active member of the NAACP,


Pualani enjoys working with and volun- teering with a program called the ACT- SO, a program that is designed to cultivate the technical, scientific and cultural aspect for the youth. It encourages high academ-


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helped her come up with several sugges- tions for new owners. One of Gloria Pual- ani’s biggest suggestions is to “do your homework and develop a business plan that takes you through the first five years of your business, Find out everything that you can about that industry including about your competition and what sets you apart. Know who your potential clients will be and how they are doing financial- ly.”


Despite having much success at


Northrop Grumman, Pualani states that she still doesn’t think she has accom- plished much, “There is still a lot to do and a lot more that I can do and be an asset to the company. I just want Northrop Grumman to have the best Social Eco- nomic Business program in the industry and I want us to continue to be a bench- mark company.” Pualani has been hon- ored as one of the Powerful Minority Women in Business by the Minority En- terprise Advocate in 2010. She has been presented a Diamond Award for her sup- port and dedication to minority business development by the organization J.U.G.S. (Justice, Unity, Generosity and Service, International). As busy as she is at work, she still en-


joys spending time at home with her fam- ily and volunteering in her community, She is a firm believer in living a life of service and is a mentor to the Harriet Tub- man/Cesar Chavez High School Teen Mothers program by being a role model


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and mentor to teen mothers and providing advice, counsel and direction. Pualani and her husband are heavily involved in church activities and support a Christian camp where they are teachers for teens and belong to the senior ministry. She serves as a Respite Foster Parent and teaches Sunday Bible Study for young girls. Pualani enjoys cooking and scrap- booking for her 8 year-old grandson Isa- iah whom she claims is the love of her life. Gloria Pualani attended California


State University in Los Angeles. She re- ceived a Master’s degree from National University and attended law school at Loyola Law School.


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