There are people who work for a company and there are people who inspire change. Game Changers, a limited series, highlights employees who are reimagining the way we work and support our customer’s missions.
Meet Lockheed Martin’s Game Changers.
As a young girl living in Cuba, Clara Rivero-Baleine wanted to change the world. Her passion for helping others and her curiosity in physics led her to pursue a career in science.
When Clara was 16, she and her family fled to the United States in search of a better life where she quickly learned English by watching classic sitcoms and eventually became valedictorian of her graduating high school class. She continued her STEM journey at the University of Central Florida which led her to a position at Lockheed Martin, where she has excelled in her field for nearly two decades.
Clara’s impact at Lockheed Martin spans beyond our products and our people. She hopes to be an example for the next generation of Latina women who are interested in choosing a career in STEM through her advocacy, college outreach and breaking barriers within the workplace.
Jake Murphy’s commitment to ensuring our customers stay Ahead of Ready is personal. Jake attended West Point for four years and became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army in 2009. He deployed to Afghanistan as a Platoon Leader in March of 2011.
It was there that Jake’s life changed in an instant. On July 23, 2011, Jake went on patrol in Kandahar to conduct an intense three-day search when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) meant for a truck, resulting in traumatic injuries and the loss of both of his legs. He remembers a few specific details of the explosion, like the BLACK HAWK® helicopter that helped him escape further danger and gave him the chance to retell what he calls his “alive day.”
It was a long journey to recovery and getting acquainted with his new normal but Jake’s familiarity of having the right capabilities in combat motivated him to continue serving his country from a different perspective. When Jake began his career at Lockheed Martin, he was impressed by the talented engineers and innovative technologies our company develops, as well as the support and resources available for the veteran workforce who have used our systems in real-world scenarios.
Now, Jake leads a team to ensure PAC-3 remains unmatched for our customers amidst increasing global demand for the world’s most advanced air defense missile. He also participates in Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s new hire orientation where he shares his story and offers his unique perspective on the importance of staying focused on the mission.
More than a decade has passed since his “alive day” but when Jake looks at the Purple Heart and Bronze Star he received for his valor, he reflects on the brave men and women who never made it back home, some of whom were close friends of his. He continues his work for them and the thousands of men and women who fight for our freedom every day.