There’s a talent war going on — and millennials are the main target.
Most companies are well-aware of the fact that millennials will make up 50 percent of the workforce by 2020. This generational shift, combined with the increasing demand for companies to find top STEM talent, has resulted in an all-out brawl to attract and engage the most qualified employees.
Thankfully for consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Alexe Weymouth has a battle plan. Weymouth, 34, is a lead associate at the professional services firm responsible for the creation and implementation of the company’s Millennial Project. The multifaceted program begins with research initiatives on the millennial generation as well as the development of quantitative ways to select university partnerships so that the right talent is being filtered into the company.
Weymouth also developed the company’s “Summer Games,” a competitive internship program in which college students collaborate in teams to develop solutions to multidimensional challenges. The 10-week program allows students to build new technical skills and network with industry thought leaders. Students also explore new areas through the Student Incubator. Senior leaders and clients select the most promising ideas, and finalists are invited back during the academic year to develop their idea into a proof of concept.
“Through Alexe’s leadership and vision, the Summer Games has provided the firm with intern-to-full-time conversion rates of 90-plus percent,” said Kristen Panichella, senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, in Weymouth’s application, “compared to an industry average of 51 percent.”
Weymouth didn’t stop at the college level, though. Recognizing the untapped talent and low number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, she led a weeklong event in partnership with Girls Inc. — a nonprofit dedicated to helping girls succeed in their future careers — to introduce middle school and high school age students to career options in STEM fields. Women from across Booz Allen joined in support of the event by helping through curriculum development, instruction and mentoring.
“Alexe is a model for inclusive leadership in action,” said Cheryl Wade, senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, in her reference letter. “Her energy, millennial expertise, collaboration and leadership continue to be vital to the success of multiple people programs across the firm.”
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