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BALTIMORE–Marsha Brown-Hackworth, Senior Planner/Scheduler, General Dynamics/NASSCO, has been selected to receive Women of Color Magazine’s Pioneer Award at the 18th Annual 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 Pioneer Award recognizes innovative leaders who have worked in their profession for a remarkable length of time, creating a social and economic impact in their field. Awardees have spearheaded major projects and assignments, broken barriers, and have made professional gains in fields that many women have not occupied.
Brown-Hackworth has served on a number of milestone projects for her organization, including taking the lead on the Quality Culture Process for General Dynamics as an auditor for the planning department. As an African American woman working in a male-dominated environment, Brown-Hackworth has had the privilege to provide support to co-planners and management. Working as a team member and having provided supported to co-planners and incoming staff has given Hackworth a great sense of pride and a strong feeling of accomplishment.
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. The conference 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.
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."
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.