MITRE Named Among Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Champions for Accountability
Northern Virginia encompasses nearly 9,000 executives from traditionally underrepresented demographic groups, including women and people of color. Despite their overall share of the Northern Virginia workforce at 74 percent, only 47 percent hold leadership positions. The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia are seeking to change this, starting with their badging program, “Champions for Accountability,” introduced as part of their research report, Championing Diversity. MITRE was among 54 regional employers recognized for transparency and accountability in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices.
MITRE hosted the inaugural event featuring Dorothy Gilliam, the first black woman reporter at The Washington Post, who spoke and moderated a discussion with chief diversity officers. MITRE’s Stephanie Turner, vice president, inclusion, diversity and social innovation, participated on the panel and served on the research task force. She shared best practices alongside Chief Diversity Officers Nathan Carter from Northern Virginia Community College and Laila Salguero from Peraton.
“Creating a sense of belonging for all employees is essential to building a more inclusive and diverse workforce,” said Turner. “On behalf of MITRE, I am pleased to commend the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce for their leadership in creating the Champions of Accountability and their engagement of the regional business community. As research by the Virginia Community Foundation illustrates, there are many opportunities to strengthen diversity. I’m honored to be working with the many dedicated business executives leading the path forward.”
The Championing Diversity report provides a unique assessment of our region. Equipped with data, ideas for transformation, and incentivized through the badging system, the report serves as a catalyst for other companies in Northern Virginia to make necessary change.