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Issue 15
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CEO, Dahl-Morrow International

As head of the successful international executive search firm, with offices in Reston, Virginia and London, Ms. Steinem specializes in senior executive placement, interim management and organizational development consultancy in the high tech, IT, satellite/wireless, telecommunications and defense industries.

Starting her career on Washington's political epicenter Capitol Hill, she brings the experience of several successful careers to her leadership in the executive search arena, where she has emerged as an innovator in the field. For more than fifteen years Ms. Steinem has worked across borders and around the world to foster international business partnerships, searching the globe to make strategic executive placements and building teams on a multinational scale. This established CEO believes success lies in knowing the many cultural dynamics of the client, from the individual corporate climate, to industry trends and regional customs.

She's a frequent guest lecturer at esteemed academic institutions, including Harvard and the Saïd Business School at Oxford, and is often quoted in business and industry publications. Ms. Steinem has served as both board member and president of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) and has worked with the non-profit organization Sister 2 Sister.

1) How did you get started in the satellite business?

Barbara Steinem, our President, went into the recruiting business in the late 70's. At the time, one of the growing sectors was satellite communications. In fact, Barbara worked extensively with clients like SBS, COMSAT and the like. When she came to Dahl-Morrow in 1991, she brought that rich knowledge base and understanding of the segment with her, so naturally, many of her clients followed her. Satellite and Space has been a core strength and focus area for DMI since our origination.

2) How have you been involved in changes brought about in or by this business (innovations, technologies, services)?

We were intimately involved in the identification of talent companies needed to ensure their growth and success within the sector. We monitored the trends (e.g. telemedicine, remote site, search and rescue, and ISR applications) and technological advancements to see where the industry was headed and we worked with our clients to project the technical skills and practical experience required of successful candidates. This was particularly important for the VP, Engineering and Operations positions as well as the Product Managers, Project Managers, Engineers, etc.

3) What do you think was the greatest event/situation/opportunity you experienced?

We are fortunate to have experienced many exciting opportunities, but one of the greatest was the chance to work with a Senior Management Team to build out an entirely new company, Cidera. We worked so closely with management and were so intimately aware of their growth goals and strategic objectives that we could anticipate needs, build harmonious teams in Customer Support, Sales, and Engineering. It is a marvelous thing to work with a blank slate and be such an integral part of the formation of a company.

4) What was the greatest obstacle?

In the past, the greatest obstacle was finding the right people with the right skill set. It was a challenge to find folks because the industry was growing at such an exponential rate and anyone with satellite experience was in great demand.

5) What do you see happening in the next five years in this industry?

We see continuing contraction in the satellite communication space, especially in the Mobile Satellite Communications space. We are not seeing the demand for the Product Developers, Engineers and Scientist that indicate new growth via new applications. However, we do see great potential in the more mass-consumer market sector as the cost, time to market and availability of services is improved.

6) What advice do you have for women interested in entering the industry?

There is still much excitement and many possibilities and opportunities in the Space industry. We believe this sector will require dynamic individuals with a fresh perspective and broad view of the nexus points between communications, information technology and growth application areas such as ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), sensors, biometrics, Search and Rescue, Humanitarian and Telemedicine.


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Issue No. 15:
Women in Space

Spring 2009

General Editor Introduction

From the Guest Editor

Audrey Allison, Dir., Frequency Management Services, Boeing Shared Services Group

Anita Antenucci, Managing Dir. Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace-Defense-Government

Dr. Wanda M. Austin Pres. & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Julie Bannerman, Gen.Counsel, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Sharri Berg, Senior V.P., News Operations, Fox News

Leslie Blaker, DataPath, Inc.

Yvonne Brill, Consultant, Satellite Tech. & Space Propulsion Systems

Michelle Bryan, Senior V.P., Human Resources, Intelsat

Dr. Angie Bukley, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

Catherine Chang, General Counsel & Asst. Company Secretary, AsiaSat

Sabrina Cubbon, Gen. Manager, Marketing, AsiaSat

Yvette Dominguez, Manager, Payload Design Engineering Section, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Chris Ehrenbard, Dir., Broadcast Distribution, CBS

Mary Ann Elliot, Chairman of the Board, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc.

Celeste Ford, Founder & CEO, Stellar Solutions, Inc.

Mary Frost, former CEO, GlobeCast America

Eilene Galloway, NASA Pioneer

Carmen González-Sanfeliu, V.P., Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat

Dawn Harms, V.P., Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Ellen Hoff, Pres., W.L. Pritchard & Co., L.C.

Polly Rash Hollis, Satellite Industry Professional

Britt Horncastle, Satellite Consultant

Susan Irwin, Pres., Irwin Communications, Inc.

Barbara Jaffe, Senior V.P., Advanced Technology and Operations, HBO

Christine King, Deputy V.P., Technical Services & Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Betsy Kulick, Newsletter Editor & Corporate Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association

Penelope Longbottom, Founder & Pres., Longbottom Communications

Joanne Maguire, Exec. V.P., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Andrea Maléter, Technical Dir., Futron Corporation

Joan T. Mancuso, Founder & Executive, Broadband International LLC

Dolores Martos, V.P., Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Brig. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko, Vice Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, L.A. Air Force Base

Eileen McGowan, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Intelsat

Olwen Morgan, Development Engineer

Bridget Neville, V.P. & Gen. Manager, Satellite Engineering & Operations, Sirius XM Radio

Christine Paape, V.P., Space Explorers, Inc.

Rhonda Parson, Manager, Occasional-Use Sales & Traffic Division, EchoStar Satellite Services

Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Dir., National Reconnaissance Office

Jane Petro, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director

Dr. Nongluck Phinainitisart, D.Eng., Pres., Thaicom PLC

Mary Quagliotti, Retired Major General, Army

Radhika Ramachandran, Ph.D., Counsellor (SPACE) & Technical Liaison Officer

Veena Rawat, Pres., Communications Research Centre, Canada

Joslyn Read, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Walda Roseman, Founder & CEO, CompassRose International, Inc.

Farah Suhanah Ahmad Sarji, General Counsel, MEASAT

Jacqueline Schenkel, Founder, Schenkel & Associates, LLC

Kay Sears, Pres., Intelsat General

Gwynne Shotwell, Pres., SpaceX

Marcia Smith, Pres., Space Technology Policy Group, LLC

Pascale Sourisse, Gen. Manager, Land & Joint Systems Division, Thales

Andy Steinem, CEO, Dahl-Morrow International

Nicole P. Stott, Astronaut, NASA

Bambi Taskarelli, Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU

Leslie Taylor, Strategic Planning Division Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Synette Tom, Marketing Dir., Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Marjorie Rhodes Townsend, Satellite Communications Consultant

Diane Tryneski, Senior V.P., Broadcast & Studio Operations, HBO

Diane VanBeber, V.P., Investor Relations, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Intelsat

Barbara Warren, Systems Analyst, International Telecommunication Union

Zhang Yan, Gen. Manager, CITICSat and Chief Rep., Asiasat

UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology: Astronomy Blog

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