17: Stella Mercado, Innovating Cybersecurity for National Defense
When it comes to working with large clients, the President and CEO of Mercom, Stella Mercado, is doing just that. Mercom Corporation is a federal contractor serving the world's largest customer — the Federal Government. It has provided solutions sets for the U.S. Navy and even Air Force One. It's certified as an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business and a HUBZone business and focuses on mission-based technology solutions within Defense, Intelligence, Healthcare, and Civilian markets.
While many might be intimidated by working with government entities, Stella and her team never back down from a challenge. She and her team provide solutions that have transformed technology and increased protection within government cybersecurity infrastructure.
Stella received a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia, then returned to the university in 2014 to attend a program in the School of Business. After establishing Mercom in 2000, Stella and her team continue to showcase the importance of trust, accountability, and building strong relationships to succeed within government contracting. Stella shares what she’s learned throughout the years in government contracting, leadership, entrepreneurship, and even lessons she’s learned from being a mother.