International Women's Day 2021

Feature 8: Brigitte Moten, Teresa Barber, and Sandra Rookey

March 26, 2021

Thank you for joining us this month for our International Women's Day series. In this final post, we express once again how grateful we are to have so many talented and dedicated women working at IMS. Today we make note of three women who demonstrate the IMS Core Value of Ownership Thinking by consistently making improvements and empowered decisions that benefit the entire company. Brigitte is the person executive officers rely upon and partner with to help accomplish IMS strategic objectives, Teresa is recognized by the industry for insightful thought leadership articles and podcasts, and Sandra is a leader driving process improvement, innovation, and results.

Brigitte Moten

Executive Assistant to Executive Officers

Q: What are some challenges you experienced as a woman in your field?

A: Most of my career has been spent in the male-dominated engineering consulting services field. I knew if I was going to market engineering services, I had to develop business relationships with engineers and architects and learn about their professions. To overcome this challenge, I attended classes and seminars and went out to work with them in the field. As a result, I received several industry certifications.

Q: Of the many women throughout history who broke down gender stereotypes who do you admire most and why?

A: Gloria Washington. Her name is not famous, and you probably have not heard of her before, but she was the first woman to become the principal at Southwest High School in Macon, Georgia, which was one of the largest US high schools in the 1970s. Southwest H.S. was a pioneer of the integration and co-ed movements of the late 60s and early 70s. Gloria Washington broke down stereotypes in her field and exemplified courage, intelligence, strength, and grace in both her role on campus and in our community. I am proud that I had the privilege to call Gloria Washington my principal and mentor.

Q: What advice would you give to women who are working or interested in working in your field?

A: I feel most empowered when I can help others accomplish their goals. When I worked on a Habitat for Humanity project, I got to play a part in raising money so that a family could call a house their home. I also once rallied corporations to donate time, talent, and money for schools located in low-income areas. My most empowering experience was when I was part of a team that raised the capital to build the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia.

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Teresa Barber

Director of Industry Relations

Q: Why did you choose a career in the legal services industry?

A: I was drawn to IMS after learning that it existed! There is a company that works with the top scientists, engineers, innovators, and legal practitioners in the world, and company members get to chat with those folks on a daily basis? Sign me up!

Q: As a woman in the legal services industry, what are some experiences you’ve had on the job that made you feel empowered?

A: It's empowering to do the work that I do, and I feel very grateful to be speaking with some of the most influential voices in our industry and to have the opportunity to work alongside very smart, thoughtful colleagues who go all in to serve clients and each other.

Q: What advice would you give to women who are working or interested in working in your field?

A: It's empowering to do the work that I do, and I feel very grateful to be speaking with some of the most influential voices in our industry and to have the opportunity to work alongside very smart, thoughtful colleagues who go all in to serve clients and each other.

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Sandra Rookey

Business Analysis Manager

Q: What are some challenges you experienced as a woman in your field?

A: In my twenties, I was frequently called “sweetheart” and “honey” around the office. I’ve also had my professional expertise dismissed by an external tech recruiter who failed to recognize that it was my responsibility to identify candidates for a new position. At the end of my half-hour description of the skill set we sought, he said, “I’ll speak to [your male boss] and find out what he’s looking for in the role.” I’ve been accused of romantic involvement with higher-ranking male colleagues, and these accusations coincided with successes I achieved in my career. It’s frustrating to have one’s abilities and integrity questioned on the basis of gender, but I choose not to waste my energy on these incidents. Instead, I choose to focus on my work and my life.

Q: As a woman in the legal services industry, what are some experiences you’ve had on the job that made you feel empowered?

A: Shortly into my tenure here, I was assigned to work on a project, and IMS saw value in the skills I brought to the endeavor. My work on that project turned into a permanent role, and the role later turned into an entire department. It's tremendously rewarding to be a part of a team that recognizes my contributions and allows me room to grow.

Q: Of the many women throughout history who broke down gender stereotypes who do you admire most and why?

A: I want to give kudos to a woman I admire, Rebekah Reed. Many years ago I worked as a nanny, caring for Rebekah's baby while she worked at NASA and attended law school. She was teleworking before teleworking was commonplace. While Rebekah's name may not be in the history books (yet), she was a tangible example in my life of a woman who shamelessly, enthusiastically embraced the things that are uniquely womanly (like mothering a child) while succeeding in some of the most challenging professional and academic pursuits. She inspired me to realize that womanhood does not mean sacrificing oneself. We really can have it all and do it well.

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