March is Women’s History Month – a national observance honoring the role of women in American history. DLH is proud to have women at the forefront of our company, playing leading roles in our growth and driving value for our shareholders and customers. We checked in with DLH’s four women Executive Leadership Team members to learn more about a few of the history-making women who inspire them.
Kathryn JohnBull, Chief Financial Officer
“I am inspired by Jennifer Doudna for her scientific impact. She showed great determination to break down barriers for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and rebuked the assertion from her high school guidance counselor, who told her “girls don’t do that.” I have an unrequited love for Chemistry, which was my original college major. Ultimately, I switched because I pragmatically saw a clearer career path in business, but I have always had a passion for Chemistry.”
Kathryn learned more about Doudna by reading best-selling author Walter Isaacson’s latest book, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, which she recommends.
About Jennifer Doudna: An American biochemist, best known for her pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing. For this accomplishment she was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Emmanuelle Charpentier. She is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1997. Read more.
Helene Fisher, President, Mission Services & Solutions
“I am inspired by Dorothy Irene Height, an African American civil rights and women’s rights activist. Dr. Height was a significant role model who tirelessly lead the way in addressing and correcting inequities. Dr. Height was an active and beloved member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority which I am also a member. On March 24, Ms. Height would have celebrated her 109th birthday!”
About Dr. Dorothy Height: A civil rights and women’s rights activist focused on the issues such unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness among African American women. Height is widely considered the first leader in the civil rights movement to recognize inequality for women. She counseled American leaders such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon Johnson, and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. Read more.
Jeanine Christian, President, Public Health & Scientific Research
“Katherine Johnson is a tremendous inspiration to me. Ms. Johnson crossed all gender, race and professional barriers. Working in the field of public health and scientific research, I am grateful for women like Ms. Johnson who paved the way and helped make it possible for me to build diverse teams of scientists and researchers of all backgrounds.”
About Katherine Johnson: An American mathematician. The orbital mechanics calculations she made as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the earliest U.S. crewed spaceflights. Throughout her three decade career at NASA and its predecessor organization, Johnson earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations, and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. NASA notes that she holds a “historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist.” Read more.
Jackie Everett, Chief Growth Officer
“I am inspired by Billie Jean King – a tennis icon and advocate for women. She broke down barriers for women athletes and advocated for equal prize money for women. Today she is a social activist and lives her life according to the principles of equality, empowerment, and access.”
About Billie Jean King: A former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She won 39 Grand Slam titles:(12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles), and frequently represented the United States in international competition. Throughout her life, King has served as an advocate for gender equality and social justice. In 1973, at age 29, she famously won the “Battle of the Sexes” — a heavily promoted tennis match against Bobby Riggs, a 55-year-old retired player. King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation. Read more.