On May 4th the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce sponsored a discussion panel of “Women at the Top of Government Contracting” at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University. Moderated by Lexy Kessler, Partner-in-Charge of Aronson’s Government Contract Services Group, the Panel consisted of Lisa Wolford, President & CEO of Constellation West; DeEtte Gray, President of U.S. Operations CACI International, Inc.; Dolly Oberoi, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board of C2 Technologies; and Mary Williams, President & CEO of MTEQ Inc.
In a lively, informative, and humorous discussion, the panel offered their opinions and experiences on topics including barriers to being a female entrepreneur, diversity in the workplace, balancing work and home, recruiting talent, and the importance of mentorship.
Mary recounted that while she was encouraged when young to pursue a “traditional” path in life for women, she had always rejected the notion that women should have different goals than men. Her brothers wanted to be engineers and she saw no reason why she shouldn’t be an engineer as well. Speaking about barriers to women in the corporate, she said that experience had shown her that being persistent and staying focused on personal, professional, and corporate goals is crucial to being successful.