F-35 Program Small Business/Supplier Diversity Lead
Emma has been with Lockheed Martin [formally General Dynamics Corporation] since February 1984. She previously led the F-35 Small Business Program where she achieved exceptional success by engaging with engineering, sustainment, production management, government affairs, and other functional teams to identify strategic areas to enhance small business participation on the F-35 Program. With over 34 years of professional experience, Emma has had the opportunity to work in a variety of increasingly responsible positions with Lockheed Martin, including database management, project/subcontract management, technical publication, supply chain management, corporate contract agreements, mentor protégé administrator, etc.
Emma recently relocated to Palmdale, CA to lead the Advanced Development Program (ADP) Small Business/Supplier Diversity organization. In this role, she collaborates with ADP to ensure small diverse businesses are afforded maximum practicable opportunities to participate in R&D and prototype subcontracting opportunities. These opportunities help achieve small business goals, objectives, and initiatives as negotiated with Lockheed Martin customers. She identifies strategic initiatives to maximize the corporation’s utilization of small diverse businesses at the Palmdale site. Emma serves as a mentor to her colleagues providing training and guidance to help them navigate through their career paths.
Recognized as one of WE USA’s Top 50 Women in Corporate Supplier Diversity, Emma was included among a list of highly esteemed leaders for their level of commitment to small diverse, and women business development that result in exponential gains for our global economy. Emma serves in leadership roles for several organizations; to name a few – co-chair on the Corporate Advisory Board with the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, membership chair for D/FW Minority Supplier Development Council Supplier Diversity Professional Working Group, advisor for Lockheed Martin Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers, as well as work with other organizations and industry peers providing adequate tools and training for small/diverse businesses, to enhance their skills and abilities to compete in the aerospace industry.
A native Texan, Emma holds a Bachelor degree from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX, a Masters from the University of Phoenix, and a degree from Dallas Bible Theological Institute. Emma remains actively engaged in various community service events helping others achieve and succeed.