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Ms. Charlotte Farmer

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MITRE, Principal 

Ms. Farmer, a MITRE Principal, provides services for major organization restructuring, strategic planning, business process redesign, change management, implementation, and project management.  She has served and improved performance for government clients including NASA, DOI, DIA, DoD, and the IRS.  In addition, she has created value for commercial clients across a number of industries including energy, pharmaceuticals, communications, and entertainment.  Prior to The MITRE Corporation, she led an enterprise excellence practice.  In the early years, she progressed rapidly as a Chemical Engineer at Eastman Kodak and Eastman Chemical among leadership positions touching Research and Development, Environmental Affairs, Operations, and Finance.
Farmer enjoys tackling tough business issues; with over 24 years of experience, she has conceptualized and implemented several large, complex initiatives.  In the process, she has led global businesses and organizations to record levels of growth, efficiency, and/or effectiveness while consistently maximizing stakeholder value.  Over the years, this has resulted in billions of dollars in combined savings and revenue growth.  Throughout her career, she has enabled thousands of employees to embrace transformations spurred by economic restructuring, new systems integration, federal regulation compliance, major grass-roots construction, and e-business implementation.  With a strong quantitative and analytical background and a proven track record of delivering sound business results, she rapidly clarifies complex issues and postulates strategies that drive performance across several functions. 
Farmer holds professional certifications in Strategic Planning, Lean Six Sigma (i.e., Master Black Belt), Project Management (i.e., PMP), Decision and Risk Analysis, and Bottom-line Innovation Facilitation.  She heavily invests her time and expertise beyond the office toward the community and toward professional development.  Her achievements include leading several successful community initiatives along with training, coaching, and/or evaluating clients and colleagues in strategy, business process redesign, and project management principles.
Farmer is committed to addressing social issues and has been recognized nationally and locally for her accomplishments.  When she won the 551st Point of Light Award for developing and implementing a corporate Meals-on-Wheels program, she joined our nations’ everyday heroes who make an impact on their community.   She received regional acclaim joining the ranks of the top 5% of leaders in the DC/Virginia area as regional finalist for the White House Fellowship.  Farmer is most proud of her landmark community accomplishments.  While a Girls Inc. board executive member, she helped create “The Challenger”- a mobile unit designed to deliver technology to girls in rural locations; as a Link House executive board member she influenced the design and construction of an emergency shelter for at risk teens; and as a Florence Crittenton (A Solution for Teenage Mothers) board member, she has helped the non-profit Board craft their strategic plan.  Other volunteer work includes board positions, leadership, and/or initiative participation spanning Special Olympics International, United Way, Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Mentor Program, Christmas in April, Kenan Institute Durham Scholars Mentorship, and regional science fair judge.
Farmer meets challenges head-on in balancing family, career, and volunteerism.  The values and strong work ethic planted by Ann and Wilbur Mitcham drive Farmer toward life-long continuous improvement.  Growing up 9th of ten children, Farmer learned to work hard to meet needs and to lead by example.  Farmer’s leadership and academic excellence set the tone for her career progression early on.  Out of high school she claimed the coveted Kodak Fellow engineering scholarship at Tennessee Tech University.  While there, she maintained honors and ultimately graduated Summa Cum Laude in chemical engineering.  She later obtained a masters degree in chemical engineering at the University of Tennessee while balancing family, volunteerism, and career.  In 2000, she obtained a MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management Fellow.  While there, she joined an economics student delegation to examine South Africa’s emerging economy; she studied international strategy in Hong Kong; she tutored MBA students in Finance and Operations; and joined by faculty and other student leaders, she facilitated the first statement of core values for the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Farmer enjoys serving God and her community, cooking, golfing, and traveling with her phenomenal husband Derek and their children (James- 32 year old General Management Consultant, Derel-21 year honors collegiate, and Nia- 17 year old high school JrROTC dynamo).