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On March 14, High-Tech Sunday focuses on how one Millennial is living her full to the fullest as a mother, wife, career coach, and professional engineer. Karissa Diggs is an engineering leadership development program (ELDP) manager in Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems division.

The ELDP, which Karissa graduated from six years ago, is a rotational program open to both graduating engineering majors and professionals with some work experience. During her time in the ELDP, Karissa worked in various roles, including systems integration, reliability, and product engineering.

High-Tech Sunday’s weekly program is produced by Career Communications Group for thought leaders, students, and professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) community, to bring a concentrated discussion around technological advancements and achievements based on universal moral principles.

Karissa helps to lead one of Lockheed Martin’s “avenues for students and early-career individuals to gain the experience and exposure they’ll need to prepare for future technical leadership roles.” She also currently serves as the co-site lead for the African American Council for Excellence (AACE) in Owego, NY. Karissa holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Hampton University and Cornell University.

Outside of work, she volunteers as the technology director for Women Reaching Women Global, a nonprofit organization. She also has a vlog titled “Digg Your Career,” which provides career tips to college students and early career professionals. For fun, she enjoys relaxing and traveling with her son, Jeremiah, and husband, Brandon.

Karissa is also the first daughter of Dr. Mark Vaughn, co-host of High-Tech Sunday, and manager of Technical Talent Pipelining for Corning Incorporated’s Technology Community and is the Lead for the Technology Community Office of STEM.

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