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BALTIMORE, MD–Courtney Crittenden, integration lead for Hull, Mechanical and Electrical Systems for the DDG 1000 ZUMWALT Class Program Office, has been recognized as a Technology Rising Star by Career Communications Group, Inc., publisher of US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine and Women of Color Magazine.
All Rising Stars will be recognized during the Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference, which is scheduled to take place October 17-19 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The 2013 Women of Color STEM conference is a multicultural event for women in scientific and technical careers.
The conference features several key speakers who will address the underrepresentation of women in these disciplines, and will also host training seminars that will highlight important topics such as leadership and professional skills, diversity and inclusion, technical leadership and innovation and career outlook.
Currently the integration lead for Hull, Mechanical and Electrical Systems for the DDG 1000 ZUMWALT Class Program Office, Crittenden plans, tracks, coordinates and executes technical efforts for the development of DDG 1000 Integrated Power System (IPS). Crittenden is also the lead coordinator for the DC SEED Program, which prepares underserved students for academic and personal success. She tutors DC SEED Public Charter School students in AP calculus, pre-algebra and basic math. Crittenden also finds time to participate in the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Outreach Program.
Tyrone D. Taborn, CEO of Career Communications Group, calls the awards long-deserved recognition for talented women. "These women are outstanding achievers in very competitive fields where women do not always get a fair shot at leadership positions," Taborn says.
"Women make up more than half of the population of this country and are receiving more than half of the college degrees, yet too many women in today’s work force are trapped in low-paying and low-grade-level jobs," Taborn adds. "Given the growing diversity of the current work force, employers must commit not only to leveling the playing field but also to addressing those inequalities that limit women from achieving their full career potential."
Rising Stars are young women, with approximately one to 22 years in the workforce, who are helping to shape technology for the future.
About Women of Color magazine:
Women of Color Magazine is published by Career Communications Group (CCG), the leader in celebrating diversity and promoting equal opportunity for minorities and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CCG provides leadership in talent management and career development, enabling employers to recruit, retain, and recognize highly qualified minorities.
For more information about this year’s awardees, sponsors, and registration details, please visit www.womenofcolor.net