CIA Serves as Corporate Sponsor for National LGBT Conference
For the first time in its history, the CIA served as a corporate sponsor of the oSTEM – Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – recent national conference in Chicago, and led discussions in the Intelligence Careers conference track. The CIA participated in the event as part of its nationwide outreach to diverse communities with mission critical talent.
Agency officers managed break-out sessions on the topics of STEM careers in intelligence, leveraging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for innovation in intelligence, and the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) allies in the workplace.
oSTEM is a national society that promotes leadership opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) communities in the STEM fields.
Director for Support Provides Keynote Address
The CIA’s Director for Support (D/DS), Susan M. Gordon, spoke to the 100 students in attendance. She shared her insights on leadership, the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies, and the power of an inclusive work environment.
D/DS Gordon described her leadership philosophy and the CIA’s efforts to become an employer of choice for the LGBT community. “I employ your peers at every level in my organization, including senior management. And I know that sexual orientation and gender identity have absolutely no relation to one’s ability to do the job. When you blend LGBT and STEM, you get innovation, different perspectives, connections between complex ideas, and applications that drive bottom-line business results,” she said.
She challenged the oSTEM students—who represented more than 20 colleges and universities around the country—to be role models in the STEM fields, to become the next generation of national STEM leaders, to be bold, and to do great things. She also encouraged students to excel in their studies and to find meaningful ways to give back to the nation.
Members of the Agency Network of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees and Allies were also present to share their personal stories and CIA experiences. One officer noted that, “(The Agency is) not perfect, but we are making CIA a place where employees from all backgrounds can contribute to their full potential.”
Learn more about career opportunities at CIA in STEM fields.