Forge is a proud woman-owned and woman-led company. Our CEO is a woman, and 56% of the Leadership Team are also women. In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked the women leaders of Forge to share some of their experiences, motivations, challenges, successes, and advice. Here is what they had to say...

Red Hex c20000.png What factors or traits have led to your success?

“I believe my willingness to put my head down, and just get to work has been instrumental in my personal growth and success. I am always prepared to put in the late nights and long hours - for anyone - no questions asked. And even if there is no personal gain - I simply just want to be helpful. Whether it's a client, or a colleague - going the extra mile for someone will always result in appreciation and loyalty. And with enough time, you’ll build a grateful community that will take you a long way.” {CEO & Founder}

"Curiosity and the willingness to learn and be fearless have been pivotal to my success in innovation.  The belief that anything is possible can be life-changing. To be supported by an amazing organization only makes it more rewarding." {Manager, Strategy & Growth}

"I have always loved being part of a team. I think that contributes to why I have been a success at Forge - it’s truly a team sport. When you can trust your coworkers to do their piece, and they can trust you to work equally as hard, the results are amazing - and it makes the day more fun, too.” {Director, Communications}

Red Hex c20000.png What advice would you give your 25-year-old self?

“Most people are just as unsure about what they are doing as you are, some people just hide it better then others, so don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and fail, because that’s where the growth happens. Invest in deep and meaningful personal and professional relationships, because those are the things that stay with you longer than anything else. {Manager, Regional, Policy, Strategy Division}

Red Hex c20000.png What has been the most significant challenge in your career, how did you over come it, and what did it teach you?

"In my case, my professional side has been dependent of my family side; from being a military child, to a diplomat’s spouse, to taking time to become a mom, I have had to adjust rapidly. This led to constantly reinventing and re-establishing my professional identity. At times, I doubted if I would ever be able to prioritize my career and call myself successful. To remain resilient and relevant, I took lower-grade jobs that offered valuable experience and connections, networked within the local economy for opportunities, took small consulting jobs, and always kept my ear to the ground for opportunities for myself and other spouses with similar struggles. When I look back on my path, I realize I created a unique patchwork of diverse experiences that provide me with a unique perspective for the industry that we are building today. Resilience, patience, humility, and strategic visioning have been the keys to my success. In addition, having powerful role models and mentors helped me keep my goals clear and my mind active." {Manager, Regional, Policy, Strategy Division}

Red Hex c20000.png What advice would you give the next generation of female leaders?

"Don’t be afraid to speak up. Ask the questions. Challenge the room. I think we give too much power to what other people think sometimes, and need to feel confident in our women’s intuition to ask what we believe is important; it likely hasn’t been thought of or discussed yet! We must practice getting out of our comfort zone in order to lead the conversation and that takes practice, so start early with getting uncomfortable!" {Manager, Rapid Capabilities}

“My advice to the next generation of female leaders is embrace your uniqueness, cultivate a people first mentality, be fearless, seek mentorship, and lead with authenticity and empathy. Your perspective, courage, guidance, and humanity will not only shape your success but also inspire others to reach for their own greatness.” {Director, Accounting & Pricing}

"My advice to the next generation of female leaders is twofold. First, prioritize building a solid support network. Surround yourself with mentors, peers, and allies who can offer guidance, support, and encouragement along your career journey. I've been fortunate to have incredible mentors who've been instrumental in my career. I couldn’t have excelled without their guidance. Secondly, always advocate for yourself. Don't hesitate to speak up, negotiate for what you deserve, and take control of your career path." {Director, Special Projects}

"Your ideas are valuable. Sit Forward. Speak up. Build the things. Drive.” {Director, Rapid Capabilities}

Red Hex c20000.png What motivates you today?

"I'm motivated by the fact that we, at Forge, are doing something I’ve never seen done before in GovCon. I’m passionate about our focus on international engagement solutions through expertise and advising. But more importantly, I am motivated to continue to build the work we love because it is providing career paths for every employee – at Forge. My ultimate goal is that we continue to provide multiple avenues of solid, exciting work for each teammate to “choose their own adventure” and grow professionally with Forge. Let’s get everyone to that 5-year sabbatical!” {Senior Director, Regional, Policy, Strategy}

“I am motivated by mentoring and supporting my teams. My team is “why” when it comes to my career. Specifically, I love seeing them take on new challenges, handle tough situations, and grow their careers.”{Director, Foreign Military Sales}

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