STEPHANIE SCHIERHOLZ

RAYTHEON


STEPHANIE SCHIERHOLZ

RAYTHEON

Stephanie L. Schierholz is the manager of Social Media for Raytheon Company. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2011 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security, and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 71,000 people worldwide. As a member of the Corporate Affairs and Communications team, Schierholz is the day-to-day liaison between Raytheon and its external, online communities. She provides strategic communications guidance to Raytheon’s senior management and is an advocate for incorporating emerging communications technologies into its public outreach activities. Schierholz has more than 10 years’ experience leading strategic communications, media relations and public outreach efforts. Before joining Raytheon in February 2012, Schierholz spent five years at NASA. She was an agency spokesperson then NASA’s first social media manager. At NASA, she led the agency’s social media activities, including the flagship Twitter account, @NASA, and Facebook page. She was the architect of social media partnerships with Foursquare and SlideShare and was instrumental in creating and leading NASA Tweetup events to bring NASA’s online followers to in-person gatherings at agency locations. Prior to joining NASA, Schierholz was the director of Communications for the Space Foundation. She began her career at the Space Foundation as its manager of Space Awareness and Policy Initiatives, and was promoted to Communications Associate then manager of Communications. Schierholz has been recognized with three of NASA’s highest awards: the Space Flight Awareness Award, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and Group Achievement Award. Additionally, the Space Foundation awarded NASA’s social media team its Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award for significant contributions to public awareness of, and support for, space programs. She is the 2012 president for Women in Aerospace (WIA), a nonprofit organization that works to expand opportunities for leadership and increase visibility of women in the aerospace community. Previously, Schierholz was the president-elect, the secretary and the historian for WIA. Schierholz also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, an inaugural member of the British Council’s Transatlantic Network 2020, and a member of the Public Relations Society of America. She also serves as a keynote speaker and panelist at social media and public relations conferences. She earned her Global M.B.A. at the McDonough School at Georgetown University and holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and English.