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WALK Testimonials

Why Did You Get Involved with WALK?

The following employees explain their involvement in WALK and what it means to them.

Amy Abo, Kaman Fuzing & Precision Products

Amy Abo, Kaman Fuzing & Precision Products

"Leadership is so important in corporate environments. Women’s leadership is equally important because in such a male dominated field it’s easy to get lost. Joining WALK to advocate for women in leadership in our organization was one of my many motives. I’m passionate about closing the gap and seeing more qualified women in leadership positions at Kaman."

Martha Gallagher, Kaman Specialty Bearings & Engineered Products

Martha Gallagher, Kaman Specialty Bearings & Engineered Products

It wasn’t what motivated me to get involved, but who! About three years ago, Chief Human Resources Officer Greg Troy asked me to check out some of the meetings that Darlene Smith, VP & General Manager of Air Vehicles & MRO, had started having with a small group of women from Aerosystems. Around that time, I had also heard about the ‘Lean In’ movement created by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO. This movement explores issues women face in the workplace and how we sometimes hold ourselves back in our careers. I thought this topic would be great for the group to explore and we started having a book discussion, which is how I became more involved. From there, a colleague and I took on more responsibility for the Bloomfield, Connecticut group by adding structure and workshops until the group folded in under the WALK initiative.

Tony Henry, Kaman Industrial Technologies

Tony Henry, Kaman Industrial Technologies

"One of the most important things we can do as a company is to ensure that we are growing Kaman for the future and setting an example for the rest of the industry to follow. I am the father of 4 daughters which plays a big factor for participating in WALK. Because after all they are going to be part of the workforce someday and while they may not go into this specific industry; I feel what we do as Kaman can help shape other companies. There is an obvious low percentage of women in this industry and being part of WALK we can offer some perspective and ideas to help better our company and strengthen its future for all employees."

Denise LaBrake, Kaman Industrial Technologies

Denise LaBrake, Kaman Industrial Technologies

"I choose to become involved in WALK because as a woman in this industry, I understand the challenges women face in the workforce. I believe I have a lot to offer employees as they learn, grow, and work through some of the same situations. I’ve experienced how difficult it is to compete with male colleagues, but I was lucky enough to work for one of the few women leaders at Kaman back in 1995, who became a great advocate and helped me in my promotion. I love to mentor men and women by encouraging their personal growth. By recognizing being the best we can be every day creates balance between work and life. It’s important to success."

Toni Schenkel, Kaman Industrial Technologies

Toni Schenkel, Kaman Industrial Technologies

"I think Kaman’s WALK program is a step in the right direction to encourage women to apply for leadership positions within Kaman rather than searching outside of the company for upward mobility in their career. I am excited to have a part in this initiative and look forward to seeing how it progresses over time."