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At Lockheed Martin, Latisha Rourke prioritizes communication.

Like many companies during the pandemic, Lockheed Martin adapted to a hybrid/remote work environment and Rourke, the vice president of Lockheed’s cyber and intelligence market segment, found herself having to navigate and relay customer and company expectations to employees in a setting where communication had become even more essential.

“Intentional and clear communication drives what we do every day,” said Rourke, who has held this position for 16 months.

It has been communication such as this that has helped Rourke grow at Lockheed, where she’s been for more than 30 years. She remembers a mentor who had an open-door policy who would help her talk through any problem she was having until she was able to solve the problem – and future problems – on her own.

Now, Rourke herself keeps an open-door policy in her own leadership role so that she can provide the same support.

Rourke received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University.

If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?

I would be helping kids learn math. One, I love math and feel like everyone else should, too! Two, being skilled in math can lead to so many other skills and abilities. It’s the foundation of engineering and science. With the emerging STEM positions in the workforce, arming kids with that strong foundation can set them up for success, especially if we find a way to make it exciting and real-world applicable.