Northrop Grumman's Maggie O'Connell was recognised at the Women in Defence Awards as an 'Unsung Heroine' in her field


Northrop Grumman employee wins award for achievements in defence

Northrop Grumman employee wins award for achievements in defence

Northrop Grumman participated in the UK’s prestigious Women in Defence Awards as a sponsor of the STEM in Defence Award. Northrop Grumman employee Maggie O'Connell also won the Unsung Heroine award.

"Congratulations to the winners of the Women in Defence Awards, especially Northrop Grumman’s very own “Unsung Heroine” Maggie! You're inspiring ambassadors for the work that women do in defence," said Northrop Grumman.

Encouraging women to succeed authentically

The Women in Defense Award is a chance to celebrate the achievements of women working in the defence industry, to hear their stories and understand how this might apply to organisations. Women in Defence UK, who manage the awards, is a network that aims to encourage women to succeed authentically, share experiences, forge networks and increase the number of women joining the defence sector.

By putting talent not gender first, the Award aims to help create a better Britain to demonstrate of the endless benefits of diversity to the workplace and the competitive advantage it gives organisations. With a workforce made up of people from different backgrounds, organisations will be able to get the best ideas to deliver the best solutions for customers.

The 30 finalists were been chosen because they are inspirational, bring innovative solutions and are exemplary ​​​​​​role models for others.

The awards were held in the Imperial War Museum in London, a fitting venue to celebrate the achievements of women in defense both past and present.

Celebrating unsung heroines 

Maggie's award is to celebrate those women who, on an enduring basis, have improved the ‘lot' of people in defence, essential to an organisation's output but never seeking recognition for what they do. 

The judges look for examples of women who work tirelessly and loyally, perhaps over many years; often the mainstay of a business unit, team or group; encouraging others with a kind or good word; or being the cheerful backbone of an organisation; essential to its output and always willing to go the extra mile to support others; never seeking recognition for themselves for what they contribute. 

"Just looking at the number of people who've been honored this evening by making it through to this stage of the competition, the diversity of experience, the fantastic commitment, courage, passion, energy and enthusiasm that they bring in to bear, and these inspirational stories we're hearing through the evening is just fantastic," said Ben Palmer, European Strategy and Business Development Director of Northrop Grumman. 

Join talented women like Maggie at Northrop Grumman

Maggie is among the talented women in Northrop Grumman who chose to develop their careers in one of the leaders in cybersecurity. Join them now to work at a global employer with diversity at its core. 

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