Title: Raytheon Network Centric Systems ,Software Discipline Director
Education: BS, Southern University and A&M College
What I’m Reading: Black Woman Redefined, by Sophia Nelson
My Philosophy: If I am not having fun at what I am doing, it is time to do something else.
Interests: My incredible grandsons Tyrece and Jamal
What was the best advice you ever received?
“Whatever you choose to do, give it your absolute best.” My dad gave me this advice. To him, the job you do was not as important as the excellence in the execution.
What advice would you give the next generation of African-American business leaders?
Where you come from does not determine where you go. I spent most of my early years in the backwoods of Louisiana –— no phone, no indoor plumbing and no personal knowledge of anyone who had even finished high school. My parents always made it clear to me that I would attend college. They emphasized education was the key to have a different life. I really did not appreciate it at the time, and my parents made many sacrifices to make sure I received a good education and was exposed to things outside of my familiar environment. They made sure I had opportunities to experience some of the things I had only read about in books or watched on television —– and provided me with everything they could so that I can become the person I am today.
Headquarters: Waltham, MA
Business: Aerospace and defense
Annual Revenues: $25b
Number of Employees: 72k