Women’s History Month Feature: Maria Demaree

In honor of Women’s History Month and our upcoming Women’s Forum, the Colorado Chamber is recognizing women business leaders, executives, and job creators who are core to our local Colorado communities. Each of the women featured in the month of March are panelists for the Colorado Chamber’s Women’s Forum on March 15.

Today’s feature is Maria Demaree with Lockheed Martin

Maria Demaree is the Vice President and General Manager for Lockheed Martin Space Special Programs, where her portfolio is focused on delivering high-performance systems and innovative concepts for critical national security space applications.

Demaree graduated Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in systems engineering. She uses her vast education to aid her in her work at Lockheed Martin where she is responsible for multiple complex development programs, operations and maintenance contracts and research and development pursuits. Additionally, Demaree provides advocacy within the legislative and executive branches for programs of record, policies related to the content of the business and the future direction of follow-on architectures.

Demaree’s most important job is being the mom of one girl and two boys. She is a relentless advocate and pursuer of work-life balance, not only for herself, but for her entire organization. One of the secrets of her success in this area has been her supportive and engaged husband.

Along with being an advocate for a healthy work life balance, Demaree is also a passionate advocate for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, particularly around inspiring girls and women to pursue their dreams.

“I believe that women are the hearts of our families and our communities. When we invest and develop women, we improve our communities, our businesses and our families,” says Demaree. “The dream I have for my career is to have used my roles to make a difference in inspiring women to meet their full potential.”

Mentorship is a powerful tool and something Demaree believe greatly in as she has personally experienced the force multiplier of mentoring. Whether it is encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM or advocating for women in our businesses or communities, Demaree believes women must pay it forward and be an advocate for other women.

Connect with Maria Demaree on LinkedIn and join us at the Women’s Forum.