Amazing Women: Daryle Lademan
I taught for 13 years at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in the 1980’s and 1990’s. At the time, it was kind of a sleepy place at the end of University Boulevard. Now its one of the top five largest schools in the US by student population. But when I was there, the student and faculty ratio was such that faculty really got to know the students. Daryle Lademan was one of my students — one I knew was going to be a huge success in life. Just call me Carnac the Magnificant.
I first got to know Daryle (and Dina, and John, and Rob, and John, and Dave…) in my Scope and Methods of Political Science class known as S&M with the Dragon Lady (yes, that would be me). I held review sessions called S&M Trivia. Suffice it to say everybody wanted to be on Daryle’s team. Additionally, her writing skills got her a student job answering correspondence for the UCF president. She was, quite simply, not just proficient but outstanding at everything she tried.
(I trusted Daryle such that she would often babysit for my young son when I had to go out of town. He loved it as, “Daryle’s fun and we eat out every meal, cause Daryle doesn’t cook….” So, okay, maybe she isn’t a Le Cordon Bleu chef, but likely could be if she tried!)
She also took a space policy class from me…and the subject matter hooked her.
After graduation from UCF, Daryle earned an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from The George Washington University as a NASA Space Grant Graduate Followship recipient. She is also a 1993 alumnus of the International Space University’s summer professional development program and served as a Teaching and Design Project Assistant at the multidisciplinary, multi-cultural school. And then comes her career…
Daryle has served in multiple, high-powered positions in the very male-dominated aerospace field. Daryle has been with BAE Systems Inc. for two years, since January 2013 in the Support Solutions team as Director, Strategy & Planning. Before joining BAE Systems, Daryle had a highly successful, 15-year career in aerospace and defense industry consulting, where she lead or participated in hundreds of engagements covering market analyses, competitor assessments, policy and regulatory tracking, acquisition strategy development, candidate screening, and business due diligence. She served as Principal at the Avascent Group, a leading aerospace & defense consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. She also served as a Director at CSP Associates, Inc. for nearly a decade.
Further, Daryle is active in a number of professional development and community organizations. She is a past-president of Women in Aerospace (2010) and remains active in Women in Defense and Women in Homeland Security. She is also an avid fitness enthusiast and a locally-competitive age-group runner with Capital Area Runners (CAR), completing numerous marathons and half marathons, including two Boston Marathon Qualifiers. And…to say she is a “fan” of the Washington Capitals is an understatement.
Daryle is a successful woman — who has made it on her own. I am proud to say was once one of my students, and remains my good friend!