Wisdom from Women Leaders at Agilent

Women continue to make gains across the broader U.S. economy, but they remain underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs and degrees.

  • In 2015, women filled 47 percent of all U.S. jobs, but held only 24 percent of STEM jobs.
  • Nearly as many women as men hold undergraduate degrees. However, only 30 percent of STEM degree holders are women.

(Data from TNG)

Agilent is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Two of Agilent’s female executives recently shared their perspectives through online industry publications.

Darlene Solomon, Ph.D., Agilent senior vice president and our chief technology officer, is featured in a new eBook.

Technology Networks Group is an internationally recognized publisher that provides access to the latest scientific news, products, research, videos and posters.  TNG’s latest eBook, “Women in Science,” celebrates the exceptional contributions today’s female researchers make to the world of science.

“I don’t think there has ever been a better time to be a scientist or engineer,” Darlene says. “Our world is led by technology wherever you look around, so I say go for it.

“Focus on the areas you enjoy most but also try to include some biology and some data science or information science. They are going to be important and many of the advancements in capability and understanding continue in these areas.”

(You can view a PDF excerpt of TNG’s eBook here.)

Kamni Vijay, Ph.D., Agilent vice president and general manager of our Genomics Division, is featured in an industry magazine.

PharmaVOICE.com is a Website for life-sciences executives and other healthcare-service related professionals.  As part of a year-long series on women and health, the March 2018 issue of PharmaVOICE magazine taps women leaders representing a multitude of the industry’s sectors.

“We all have our own blind spots, but it can be easy to ignore them, and the ways in which they contribute, or stand in the way of our problem-solving and progress,” Kamni says.  “Knowing how to navigate around these blind spots has truly accelerated my results-orientation and enabled me to be very thoughtful about how to build and fuel multi-dimensional, world-class teams.

“Get to know your authentic self and enlist your network to provide you with ongoing feedback: peers, mentors, and even friends who see you in nonprofessional settings.  Your network can provide you with different, but equally valuable, feedback that can help you to fine tune your greatest strengths, leading you to develop a leadership persona built on an authentic set of traits that sets you apart.”


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