Andrew Solomon Speaks at Booz Allen Hamilton on Parenting Children with Differences

On February 27, Andrew Solomon, New York Times bestselling author of Far From the Tree – Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, spoke at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Newman Auditorium in McLean, VA, about the challenges and joys of parenting children with differences. Solomon highlighted examples of the generosity, acceptance and tolerance of families facing extraordinary challenges, and how those challenges impact us as we rise up to meet them, maintaining that differences are what unite us and shape our character. CEO Ralph Shrader and other Booz Allen senior leaders also shared their thoughts on the firm’s commitment to diversity. “Metro DC PFLAG is proud to partner with Booz Allen in raising awareness about LGBT diversity efforts. This event echoed PFLAG’s philosophy of keeping families together.” Tamra-Shae Oatman,Co President

Booz Allen Principal Liz Miller, who led the interactive discussion following the author’s remarks, said, “Booz Allen is proud to be a part of this important event that underscores the firm’s commitment to and appreciation for diversity – in our families, workplace and communities.”

Attendees had the opportunity to meet the author, participate in a Q&A, and network with representatives from sponsoring organizations including Booz Allen Hamilton, the March of Dimes (MoD), the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Organization on Disability (NOD), PFLAG and The TREVOR Project.

About Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology. His most recent book, Far from the Tree, won numerous awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award and selection by the New York Times Book Review as a ‘Top Ten Book of 2012.’ His previous book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (Scribner, 2001), won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, won twelve other national awards, and was included in the London Times list of one hundred best books of the decade.


METRO DC PFLAG is a nonprofit organization of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays who promote the equality and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families and friends through: Support, Education and Advocacy. To learn more, visit

About Booz Allen

Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management consulting, technology, and engineering services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs approximately 23,000 people, and had revenue of $5.76 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2013. In 2014, Booz Allen celebrates its 100th anniversary year. To learn more, visit (NYSE: BAH)

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