Women in the Workforce: A Journey in STEM that took place on September 2nd featured discussions about the challenges professional women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics experience beginning in grade school and moving through college and into their early careers. Among the topics examined were potential ways to address these challenges and help young women consider STEM careers for their future.
The event highlighted senior career women including those in academia and nonprofits sharing their personal journeys and offering advice to both women and men about how they can work in K-12 and college programs to encourage girls to explore and pursue STEM education and careers, and how they can hire, promote, encourage, mentor, coach and sponsor women STEM professionals in the workplace. These discussions were invaluable for women in their early- to mid-career and informative for women and men about why many girls distance themselves from the path that can lead to successful careers in STEM fields and why many women do not choose to stay in STEM careers. The event concluded with interactive small group sessions and opportunities to network with speakers and other attendees in AFCEA’s professional community.
Definitive Logic’s very own, Monique Thomas, was asked to provide an HR perspective for developing and retaining STEM talent within companies. She also shared her military experience with seeking mentors and sponsors.
Monique Thomas, IT Program Manager
Ms. Thomas is a program manager for Definitive Logic (DL), an IT integration company based in Arlington, Virginia. She directs a 15-member, geo-dispersed team providing Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud implementation and integration services for the Air Force Talent Management community. This effort directly supports Digital Transformation efforts to consolidate and modernize the 100+ Human Resources Air Force legacy systems into the Cloud for 1.2M users.
Ms. Thomas is a United States Air Force veteran, commissioned at the University of South Florida in 1997. She served as Deputy Chief of Protocol for the U.S. Pacific Command and the Chief of Joint Visitors Bureau for Headquarters, RESOLUTE SUPPORT in Kabul, Afghanistan. She deployed in direct support of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and commanded the 366th Force Support Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. She last served at Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, where she implemented Human Resource Information Technology supporting governance, customer relationship management, human capital management, identity management and integration of all talent management projects across the Air Force Talent Management community.
Mr. Thomas earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University in 2004, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1997. She is a certified Project Management Professional and Scrum Master since 2018. She also works with the Board of Directors for the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Project Management Institute. Ms. Thomas currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.