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Incoming Lockheed CEO Marillyn Hewson on Women in STEM

Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin

In a Nov. 8 address to Lockheed Martin‘s women’s leadership forum, the company’s incoming CEO said eight women served in senior leadership roles at the corporate staff level in 2001.

That number has grown to 350 nine years later, Marillyn Hewson told the audience in Bethesda, Md., according to edited remarks released Thursday.

Lockheed’s center for leadership excellence hosts the annual professional development event, which the company says is attended by women leaders from the firm’s Bethesda headquarters and every business area.

Hewson, a 29-year veteran of Lockheed and its current president and chief operating officer, also addressed the talent pipeline for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, saying the process of investing in leaders begins with inspiring young men and women to enter STEM professions.

Of women who seek a STEM education, Hewson estimated only 26 percent of them enter into STEM careers, while 13 percent of women graduate with computer science degrees and 17.8 percent of undergraduate degrees went to women from engineering schools.

“We need to have more role models,” she said. “We need to have more success stories and celebrate those success stories among women coming into the field.

“We need to spend time with teachers and students and parents and be engaged with them and provide the teachers with tools that would grab the imagination of young women and students in the classroom.”

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