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“Women of Courage” speak on overcoming obstacles in their careers

March 15, 2018

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The panel featured speakers sharing their experiences ascending the career ladder in their respective fields.
The panel featured speakers sharing their experiences ascending the career ladder in their respective fields.

Women’s History Month took center stage during a recent panel at Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C. The panel featured speakers, Melody C. Bell, Denise Abrahams, Sharon Wong, Kathryn Glynn and Veronica Villalobos, sharing their career experiences.

Melody C. Bell, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resource Management, Office of Environmental Management gave a special introduction.
Melody C. Bell, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resource Management, Office of Environmental Management gave a special introduction.

“I’m here to give thanks and pay homage to the women in our society who have inspired all of us to display mental and moral strength in the face of adversity,” said Melody C. Bell, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resource Management, Office of Environmental Management, during her introduction. “I have been able to stand on the shoulders of incredible women of courage, character and commitment.”

Bell’s remarks included a reminder of the amazing stories of a few such courageous women, including civil rights activist Rosa Parks, pioneering pilot Jacqueline Cochran, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Kathryn Glynn, Foreign Affairs Specialist in NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control was a panelist speaker.
Kathryn Glynn, Foreign Affairs Specialist in NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control was a panelist speaker.

Kathryn Glynn, Foreign Affairs Specialist in NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control and panel participant, has been with NNSA since 2013. Raised in Japan, she attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served nearly a decade as a helicopter pilot before earning a master’s degree in public policy.

“It’s important in any career to take the work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Do your homework, but don’t be afraid to say ‘I’m not the expert, I don’t know.’ Every job has embarrassments and setbacks. Just tell yourself ‘This isn’t about me. It’s about the mission,’” said Glynn.

Brochures from a special Women’s History Month event recently took place at NNSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Brochures from a special Women’s History Month event recently took place at NNSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.