In celebration of Women’s History Month in the United States and International Women’s Day (March 8th), we're highlighting five leading Leidos women from around the world. Click here to read about all five.
Caroline Dawson is an IT Services Director in our Defense and Intelligence Group. She has six years of service with Leidos and is based in Canberra.
- Over my time as a Sales Representative with Sun Microsystems and Oracle, I built deep and enduring relationships with my customer base that led to an over-achievement against sales targets for the 9 years I worked in a sales role.
- I led the successful capture of a 20-year strategic partnership with Australia’s leading intelligence agency.
- A little more than two years ago, I moved roles to lead the Australian Taxation Office program. Over the last two years the reduction in attrition and increase in profit have been my two biggest achievements on that program.
- I’m now in the privileged position of leading our IT Services team encompassing both the Australian Taxation Office and the ongoing sustainment of our Defence services supporting our national interests."
Caroline on ... Leadership:
"My leadership style comes from a background of growing up a diplomat’s child and needing to quickly understand the landscape in order to fit in and find my place in the established order of things. It also gave me a great propensity for diversity — I went to international schools with students from all around the globe in both Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea.
"I am, I think, a consistent and calm leader, seeking the best from my team by working with them to achieve outcomes. I hold people accountable and enable them to grow professionally by giving them the autonomy to make their own decisions. I hope my teams would say that I support them, have their backs and drive them to be the best they can be. I am really excited to be participating in the Centre for Creative Leadership this year and further deepening my leadership capability."
Caroline on ... Service:
"Right now my focus is on successfully parenting my two primary school age children, one of whom has a chronic illness that requires ongoing management, along with juggling the demands of school, sporting and other extracurricular activities with full-on work. I’m sure this time-poor situation resonates with many people taking the time to read this!
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