Harris Corporation's Karen Sledge Featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal's List of "Women Worth Watching"

Top Quote Karen Sledge, vice president — controller at the Broadcast Communications Systems business of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), has been featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal's 10th annual list of Women Worth Watching®. She is one of 131 business representatives whose names were submitted for the recognition by their employers. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 07, 2011 - Each representative shares her personal leadership journey successes in a full-page mentoring essay in the September/October 2011 issue of the publication. The essays are designed to encourage aspiring business leaders, and to help advance women into leadership ranks.

    Sledge's essay discusses her philosophy of goal-driven risk-taking, whether it is just being persistent or taking on career opportunities that are particularly challenging. "There is an art to this kind of risk-taking, one that is grounded in a clear sense of how you want to advance in your career," she said.

    Sledge also encourages relationship building. "It's essential to have a trusted group to help advance your career and improve your leadership abilities, from those who sponsor your initiatives to others you can turn to with tough questions."

    "We'd like to extend our most sincere congratulations to all of the women who are being recognized and honored as this year's Women Worth Watching," said James Rector, publisher and CEO of Profiles in Diversity Journal. "I'm equally proud of the hundreds of companies that employ them. They get it. I hope more young women will take note of which companies are leading the way to full career development."

    "Karen represents the exceptional leadership qualities that are key to making Harris a success, and we salute her achievements as well as those of the many other successful women professionals at Harris," said Jeff Shuman, senior vice president, Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer, Harris Corporation.

    Sledge is an experienced financial executive with an extensive background managing large and diverse teams and projects. She currently is responsible for overseeing strategic planning, financial reporting and forecasting, and internal controls for the Harris Broadcast Communications Systems business.

    Prior to joining Harris, Sledge held the position of vice president of finance at Avaya, a privately held telecommunications company specializing in enterprise network, telephony and call center technology. Prior to her role with Avaya, Sledge spent more than 20 years at Nortel Networks, where she gained global financial expertise during tenures in the U.S., England and Canada.

    Sledge has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a certified public accountant.

    A high resolution photo is available at: Karen Sledge.

    Now in its 13th year, Profiles in Diversity Journal is a bi-monthly magazine focused on diversity/inclusion in business, government, non-profit, higher education and military settings. The focus of Diversity Journal is on senior leadership, best practices, workforce diversity strategies and recognition of employee contribution. More information is available at www.diversityjournal.com.

    About Harris Corporation
    Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

    Contact Information:

    Jim Burke
    Harris Corporation
    jim.burke ( @ ) harris dot com

    Cindy Kane
    Harris Community Relations
    ckane01 ( @ ) harris dot com

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