Now Playing – ‘Tenacity: Women redefining leadership,’ a FedScoop film

FedScoop explores the challenges women face in the high-tech workforce and what it takes to succeed in the male-dominated world of federal IT.

It might seem ironic that in 2014, we are still having a conversation about the status of women in the workplace. But while women have made significant advances in terms of equality in the workplace, there is still a significant amount of work to be done.

More often than not, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, there is a shocking lack of female representation.

Women hold just about 32 percent of IT-related positions in the federal workforce, account for just 14.6 percent of Fortune 500 company CEOs, make up 17 percent of Congress, and compose 10 percent of information security professionals. The U.S. is ranked 90th in terms of female representation in the national legislature — behind Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba.

In “Tenacity,” we dive into the root cause for this disparity. Why women, a demographic that brings so much value and so many skills to the workplace, are still woefully underrepresented, particularly in STEM fields. Through the eyes of these women, we begin to understand what their early careers looked like, how the field has changed since they started and the obstacles that remain in today’s work environment.


The federal IT space has a proven track record of women in leadership roles. There is an increasingly growing number of female chief information officers in the federal government and in industry leadership positions. The message: When you put women in leadership roles, good things happen.

What follows is the full 15-minute documentary webcast, plus extended interviews with each of the women who appear in the film.

TENACITY: women redefining leadership

Written, produced and edited by Colby Hochmuth & Dan Verton

TENACITY: The extended interviews.


In order of appearance:

Ellen McCarthy, chief operating officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Alec Ross, former senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Stephanie Hill, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions – Civil

Maria Horton, former CIO, National Naval Medical Center, and CEO of EmeSec.


Marisa Raether, senior principal consultant, Intuitive.IT

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