Charlene Odom
Charlene Odom
I am honored to mentor such great, inspiring young leaders & know they will make this world a better place.

Charlene Odom R&D Engineer Technician with TE for 7 years. She has mastered her skills in manufacturing and engineering projects for the past 30 years and is supporting various R & D design projects that are disrupting today's marketplace. Charlene's passion is to inspire our next generation of innovators and to encourage them to pursue a career in STEM education. She is an active volunteer and mentor for young students to help them make their vision a reality.

 

  1. Unleash Your Career Potential

Charlene is a TE engineer who shares her passion and advice to robotic students she mentors in STEM: "I challenge my students to write down short and long-term goals, attend job fairs, and volunteer for everything!"

I feel honored to be chosen to work with some of the greatest innovators, and it forces me to keep stepping up my game.
Charlene Odom,
R&D Engineer Technician

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How can mentoring help encourage young women to pursue careers in engineering?

Five years ago, I met a young African American Engineer and was honored to work with her on various projects when I worked for Raytheon LLC. Recently, I met another young lady at TE who is an Engineer Project Manager and that’s when I felt the world shift.  I was born & raised in Queens, NY by some strong women that still inspires me to pay it forward to the next generation of innovators like our youth today. My mother was amazing math teacher and guidance counselor. She taught me the 3 P’s Passion to lead, Power to pursue and Purpose to position yourself to succeed. create a network of friends and co- workers. They nick named me “Queen Bee” because, they had already predicated this in my teenage years that I would have many hives (businesses) and worker bees to lead them.  I always very socially active and persistent. I had a vision notebook of my short and long-term goals. The family moved to Long Island, NY and I graduate H.S at 16 years old.  I went to Farmingdale college in the fall and received an Electronic Technology Certificate. I really like electronics and making magic happen sparked my interests.  I went to the US Air Forces Reserves as Inventory Specialist part- time to serve my country.  I chose to volunteer my first week of pay to gain employment at my first electronics company ( Narda Microwave Inc.)  I received promotions, achievement awards, and many bonus incentives throughout my career. My family obligations made me choose a different path and I could not return to college to get my degree. I got married to an exceptional supportive husband and became CEO of our Home Improvement Business. We relocated our family to Hampton, Virginia to work for TE and raised our children with the same principles and family values. My mom had become terminally ill and I took care of her until she passed 2016. My advice is to listen & learn from people who are smarter and older than you. Find someone to connect and share your interests as mentors.  I am an active mentor/volunteer with our Robotic Championship team, TE African Heritage Resource Group Pillar Leader, board member-Smart One Inc. which provides inclusion activities for mentally challenged children & adults.  I am a member of TE WIN (Women in Network). You should volunteer for job projects and skill training tasks will help increase your knowledge and experience. More importantly, I did return to college pursuing my degree; a promise for mom and myself to never give up. I really try to help as many as I can along the way and I believe team work makes the dream work!

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What inspires you to pursue a career with a global technology leader?

Smart people like myself ask questions, while others are still wondering why! I love collaborating with great minds on a project from the beginning and working diligently to finish a final product that makes me proud to put my name on it. I feel honored to be chosen to work with some of the greatest innovators, and it forces me to keep stepping up my game. There’s always something exciting to learn & explore in the Engineer Lab. One day, I’ll design something cool to make this work a better place. That’s why I work for TE.”

Why TE?  TE= Talent Enhanced people, TE= Teaching Excellence by example TE = Technology Enriched!

Charlene Odom
Charlene Odom
I am honored to mentor such great, inspiring young leaders & know they will make this world a better place.

Charlene Odom R&D Engineer Technician with TE for 7 years. She has mastered her skills in manufacturing and engineering projects for the past 30 years and is supporting various R & D design projects that are disrupting today's marketplace. Charlene's passion is to inspire our next generation of innovators and to encourage them to pursue a career in STEM education. She is an active volunteer and mentor for young students to help them make their vision a reality.

 

  1. Unleash Your Career Potential

Charlene is a TE engineer who shares her passion and advice to robotic students she mentors in STEM: "I challenge my students to write down short and long-term goals, attend job fairs, and volunteer for everything!"

I feel honored to be chosen to work with some of the greatest innovators, and it forces me to keep stepping up my game.
Charlene Odom,
R&D Engineer Technician

1

How can mentoring help encourage young women to pursue careers in engineering?

Five years ago, I met a young African American Engineer and was honored to work with her on various projects when I worked for Raytheon LLC. Recently, I met another young lady at TE who is an Engineer Project Manager and that’s when I felt the world shift.  I was born & raised in Queens, NY by some strong women that still inspires me to pay it forward to the next generation of innovators like our youth today. My mother was amazing math teacher and guidance counselor. She taught me the 3 P’s Passion to lead, Power to pursue and Purpose to position yourself to succeed. create a network of friends and co- workers. They nick named me “Queen Bee” because, they had already predicated this in my teenage years that I would have many hives (businesses) and worker bees to lead them.  I always very socially active and persistent. I had a vision notebook of my short and long-term goals. The family moved to Long Island, NY and I graduate H.S at 16 years old.  I went to Farmingdale college in the fall and received an Electronic Technology Certificate. I really like electronics and making magic happen sparked my interests.  I went to the US Air Forces Reserves as Inventory Specialist part- time to serve my country.  I chose to volunteer my first week of pay to gain employment at my first electronics company ( Narda Microwave Inc.)  I received promotions, achievement awards, and many bonus incentives throughout my career. My family obligations made me choose a different path and I could not return to college to get my degree. I got married to an exceptional supportive husband and became CEO of our Home Improvement Business. We relocated our family to Hampton, Virginia to work for TE and raised our children with the same principles and family values. My mom had become terminally ill and I took care of her until she passed 2016. My advice is to listen & learn from people who are smarter and older than you. Find someone to connect and share your interests as mentors.  I am an active mentor/volunteer with our Robotic Championship team, TE African Heritage Resource Group Pillar Leader, board member-Smart One Inc. which provides inclusion activities for mentally challenged children & adults.  I am a member of TE WIN (Women in Network). You should volunteer for job projects and skill training tasks will help increase your knowledge and experience. More importantly, I did return to college pursuing my degree; a promise for mom and myself to never give up. I really try to help as many as I can along the way and I believe team work makes the dream work!

2

What inspires you to pursue a career with a global technology leader?

Smart people like myself ask questions, while others are still wondering why! I love collaborating with great minds on a project from the beginning and working diligently to finish a final product that makes me proud to put my name on it. I feel honored to be chosen to work with some of the greatest innovators, and it forces me to keep stepping up my game. There’s always something exciting to learn & explore in the Engineer Lab. One day, I’ll design something cool to make this work a better place. That’s why I work for TE.”

Why TE?  TE= Talent Enhanced people, TE= Teaching Excellence by example TE = Technology Enriched!