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dc.contributor.advisorKiernan, Kathleen
dc.contributor.authorWest, Jonna
dc.dateMar-13
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-08T20:42:58Z
dc.date.available2013-05-08T20:42:58Z
dc.date.issued2013-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/32915
dc.descriptionCHDS State/Localen_US
dc.description.abstractToday, women constitute over 50% of the United States population. Yet, women are still a minority in many workforce fields, including homeland security. A woman currently leads the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and women have achieved high levels of leadership within the federal homeland security apparatus. While great strides are being made, women are still clearly the minority and hold an average of 20% of leadership positions in homeland security related professions, such as law enforcement, fire, and emergency management. These numbers do not reflect the success that women who achieve leadership positions in the homeland security profession experience. Qualitative research was conducted through personal interviews with 14 women who currently hold, or have previously held, top leadership positions in federal, state or local agencies with homeland security responsibilities. Data gathered from these interviews shows that women are succeeding in homeland security leadership positions due to various factors including experience, education, the influence of strong mentors and role models, personality traits like tenacity and confidence, having vision, and their ability to overcome obstacles and barriers and take advantage of opportunities available to them.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/theroadlesstrave1094532915
dc.publisherMonterey California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleTHE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: EXPLORING THE EXPERIENCES AND SUCCESSES OF WOMEN LEADERS IN HOMELAND SECURITYen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderBellavita, Christopher
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorLeadersen_US
dc.subject.authorLeadershipen_US
dc.subject.authorWorkforceen_US
dc.subject.authorWomenen_US
dc.subject.authorGenderen_US
dc.subject.authorGrounded Theoryen_US
dc.subject.authorDiversityen_US
dc.subject.authorMentoringen_US
dc.subject.authorRole Modelsen_US
dc.description.serviceSpecial Projects Manager, Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security, Atlanta, Georgiaen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster Of Arts In Security Studies (Homeland Security And Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security And Defense)en_US


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