photo of Vergenia Shelton with a quote and the Intuitive logo

Vergenia Shelton, President of Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation, is a strong advocate for women in technology, especially STEM related fields. As an Auburn University and University of Alabama in Huntsville graduate, receiving her B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management, she knows firsthand how important encouragement and mentorship is to these women. INTUITIVE is an engineering and analysis firm headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. With more than 23 years of business, they have been able to provide innovative, technical expertise and exceptional products and services to the Department of Defense and commercial customers. Aside from their offerings, they pride themselves on strong ethics, well-rounded culture, and unwavering values. This includes diversifying their teams and valuing each person’s efforts.

Championing women in the workplace is a key priority for Mrs. Shelton as she believes, “Women have a very unique and valuable perspective that is essential to the success of any business”. Shelton leads in a way that encourages a diverse work force and free-thinking atmosphere that values each and every person’s creativity and innovation.

A quintessential part to her career, previously and today, is the aspect of mentorship. Throughout her journey, she has been lucky enough to have mentors who have encouraged her along the way, from college student to now President of an aerospace engineering and analysis firm. Shelton says, “I’ve seen that when girls are exposed to STEM at an early age and have a dependable mentor, their confidence builds and they are able to have a successful career in STEM”. She believes that the future for women in technology is bright, filled with hope and innovation, but that the next generation of women needs to be encouraged and supported along their journey.

To all Women in Tech, she offers a few words of advice:

  • Choose admirable role models and listen to them – Be sure that your champion is someone who believes in you and shares your same values.
  • Step outside of your comfort zone – Some of the greatest moments that propel you forward happen when you raise your hand and take a risk. As a woman in technology, this is where the excitement comes in and you can pursue opportunities in your career!
  • Surround yourself with people who encourage and support you – Find a community that cheers you on and helps you evolve, grow, and learn. These are the people you will carry with you.
  • Believe in yourself and seek out your greatest potential – Perseverance is key to pursuing your goals and making them become a reality. Your confidence is invaluable, hold onto it tightly. When you believe in yourself, others will stand beside you.

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