Leading Leidos Women: Sharen Madge in the United Kingdom
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.
Sharen Madge is based in Farnborough, England and has worked at Leidos for four years. She is the Head of Capture for our UK Civil Group.
Sharen on her ... Professional Accomplishments:
"I started my career as a mathematician and have a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. I spent a number of years as a radar systems engineer and was sponsored through my MSc in systems engineering for defence, where I was awarded 'Most Outstanding Student'. I am also a Chartered Engineer and have gained accreditation in ITIL [Information Technology Infrastructure Library].
"I moved over into bid and capture management more than 10 years ago, having spent a number of years supporting proposals as an engineer. I now have extensive experience in capture management, having served as capture lead for a number of significant deals in Leidos and former companies. Most of my experience is in defence and IT, where I have led and won significant value, strategic international deals. I have also won a number of awards for capture management excellence and implementation of business-winning commercial models and frameworks.”
Sharen on ... Leadership:
"I am an inclusive leader who encourages participation and ownership. I like to think that I am approachable and take time to get to know people so that I can support and coach them to achieve their personal goals. I believe that great leaders have a vision, are accountable, and are approachable."
Sharen on ... Service:
"I really enjoy working within Leidos as the culture enables us to bring out the best in our employees. I believe that everyone has a voice and it will be heard — and this is one of the keys to our successful organisation. I enjoy coming to work and helping to make the organisation not only a successful business but also a great place to work. I enjoy mentoring individuals to help them grow and enjoy supporting them in meeting their personal objectives, whether that be a formal qualification such as achieving their Chartered Engineer qualification, developing in their role such as within bid and capture management, or be that in supporting a career move.”
Sharen's Parting Thoughts:
"Working on capture and bid activity can be stressful and occasionally means long hours and working weekends. Inevitably, this can have an impact on our personal lives. Just as I’m keen to see equality in the workplace when it comes to diversity and inclusivity, I also think we need an ‘equality’ between the different aspects of our lives — personal and professional — that ultimately combine to make us who we are.
"Yes, there are intense times at work — and I often thrive during them — but I’ve also learnt the importance of ensuring I enjoy the time I have with friends and family outside of those manic periods in the office. For me, the best way to relax during busy periods is making the time to walk my dogs in the countryside."