Two DynCorp International team members were recognized in the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2012 “Women Worth Watching” issue, which showcases female executives working in global companies and features a celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.
Women Worth Watching
“This annual issue is designed to highlight and award companies that support and promote women in leadership. This award is shared with the women executives that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in their careers,” said CEO and publisher, James R. Rector.
Nearly 200 women from all industries are featured in the special issue, with each profile discussing the role of education in their careers.
Ashley Burke, Vice President, Communications at DynCorp International
Ashley Burke, who was selected as one of the “Women Worth Watching,” currently serves as vice president of communications for DynCorp International, also serving as the company’s spokesperson. Burke also leads the Company’s internal and external communications efforts and corporate social responsibility programs and volunteer efforts.
Burke has worked in communications for more than 15 years, previously serving as an executive vice president at Prism Public Affairs and communications director at the Entertainment Software Association.
“With just four percent of the companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list led by female CEOs, the paucity of women in corporate leadership positions is evidence that the advancement of women in the workplace is an issue of great debate,” said Burke in her profile.
On the issue of encouraging future women leaders, Burke commented, “It is incumbent upon all of us to work within our families and communities to ensure that future generations of women see themselves as natural leaders and inherently believe that professional ambition isn’t gender specific.”
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Profiles in Diversity Journal also highlights Hispanic Heritage Month, examining the current challenges facing the Hispanic and Latino community. Education, jobs, language barriers, issues of assimilation and overcoming stereotypes are all factors that are faced as the Hispanic community continues to grow.
Hannah Breshin-Otero, Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment at DynCorp International
Hannah Breshin-Otero, who is highlighted as a noteworthy leader in the Hispanic Heritage feature, is senior counsel for labor and employment at DI and manages labor and employment matters for DI team members worldwide. Prior to joining DI, she was an attorney with the international law firms of Jones Day and Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C., and she also clerked for The Honorable Héctor M. Laffitte, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico.
Breshin-Otero currently serves on the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Legal Education Fund’s Board of Directors.
“My long-time and active involvement with the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) has been invaluable,” commented Breshin-Otero. “It’s a great organization serving an important mission with an impressive network of professionals.”
When asked what kind of advice she would give to the next generation of Hispanic/Latino business leaders, she said, “Work hard and remain true to yourself. Remember to give back to your community and mentor those behind you.”
About Profiles in Diversity Journal
Profiles in Diversity Journal, now in its 14th year, is a bi-monthly magazine focusing on diversity/inclusion in business, government, non-profit, higher education and military settings. The focus of the Journal is on senior leadership, best practices, workforce diversity strategies, and recognition of employee contribution.