Director for the Center of Programs and Technology Operations, MITRE
Dr. Farmer currently serves as MITRE’s Director for the Center of Programs and Technology Operations. Over her 30-year career, Dr. Farmer has led major enterprise initiatives resulting in notable outcomes for NASA, DOI, DIA, DoD, VA, SSA, Census, TSA, and the IRS. Prior to MITRE, she formed and led a practice which provided integral strategic, systems engineering, and organizational capabilities to Fortune 500 companies and Joint Defense Programs (e.g., MRAP and IED-Defeat Protect Force). In the early years, she progressed rapidly as a Chemical Engineer at Eastman Kodak and Eastman Chemical among leadership positions touching Research and Development, Environmental Affairs, Operations, and Finance.
Dr. Farmer enjoys tackling tough business issues, she has conceptualized and implemented several large, complex initiatives. In the process, she has led global businesses and organizations to record levels of growth, efficiency, and/or effectiveness while consistently maximizing stakeholder value. Over the years, this has resulted in billions of dollars in combined savings and revenue growth. Throughout her career, she has enabled thousands of employees to embrace transformations spurred by economic restructuring, new systems integration, federal regulation compliance, major grass-roots construction, and ERP implementation. With a strong quantitative and analytical background and a proven track record of delivering sound business results, she rapidly clarifies complex issues and postulates strategies that drive performance across several functions.
Dr. Farmer holds professional certifications in Strategic Planning, Change Management, Lean Six Sigma (i.e., Master Black Belt), Project Management (i.e., PMP), Decision and Risk Analysis, and Bottom-line Innovation Facilitation. She heavily invests her time and expertise beyond the office toward the community and toward professional development. Her achievements include leading several successful community initiatives along with training, coaching, and/or evaluating clients and colleagues in strategy, process improvement, and project management principles.
Committed to impact in the public interest, Farmer has been recognized nationally and locally for her accomplishments. West Point Military Academy and other notable institutions have recognized her commitment to initiatives in STEM, Leadership, and Ethics. When she won the 551st Point of Light Award, she joined our nations’ everyday heroes who make an impact on their community. As the state of Virginia’s finalist for the White House Fellowship program, she received regional acclaim joining the ranks of the top 5% of leaders in the DC/Virginia area.
Dr. Farmer has led several executive boards including, for example, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE); Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in STEM (LEADS); Crittenton Services of Greater Washington; American Society of Quality (ASQ); United Way; and Girls Incorporated. She has also counseled executive boards including Special Olympics International, NSBE, and UNCF. Dr. Farmer continues to be recognized nationally for her contributions to STEM initiatives. When she represented Virginia as a nominated delegate in the White House Fellowship program, she joined the top 5% of leaders across the United States. When she won the 551st Point of Light Award, she joined our nation’s everyday heroes who make an impact on their community.
Dr. Farmer’s leadership and academic excellence set the tone for her career progression early on. As a Kodak Fellow, Farmer graduated Summa Cum Laude in chemical engineering and later obtained an MS degree in chemical engineering while balancing family, volunteerism, and career. Honing business acumen, she later obtained an MBA as a Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management Fellow. Continuing to strive for excellence, Dr. Farmer earned a doctorate in systems engineering to revolutionize construction of major defense program offices.BACK TO ALL SPEAKERS