Vice president and general manager of Mission Solutions Sector, General Dynamics Information Technology, Falls Church
Not only has Deb Davis earned a place as a leader at a major Fortune 500 federal contracting company, but she’s made it her mission to help train the next generation of leaders at Falls Church-based General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics Corp. where she serves as vice president and general manager of the Mission Solutions Sector. She is also a member of GDIT’s Intelligence and Homeland Security Division Leadership Team.
With a focus on “high-potential leaders,” as Davis says, her main emphasis has been to expand diversity at the company and grow the talent pool at GDIT and the U.S. Intelligence Community as a whole.
“Our focus on building an inclusive culture and growing the cadre of women and diverse talent in the intel and technology fields ensures that the best minds are tackling our nation’s most complex challenges,” she says.
As a former teacher, Davis has long been interested in career development and also works closely with The Little Bit Foundation, which provides STEM and geospatial education opportunities to underserved students. Davis works to ensure that high school students, transitioning military members and other adults have access to tech training and jobs.
As chair of the GDIT Program Manager Council, Davis also focuses heavily on leadership development within her own company. During the pandemic, she led five virtual companywide program management summits, during which more than 400 program managers connected with GDIT’s senior leaders to learn more about customer engagement, best practices, diversity and inclusion, and emotional intelligence.