DBT40 Honoree: Jen Mathews
Position: Technology Director, Sales & Marketing
Jen Mathews’ motto is “Screw the cow path. Blaze your own trail.” As the technology director for CSC’s SMARTech team — and one of the company’s only female technology directors — Mathews seeks to lead a career and life that sets a positive example for her daughter and other girls.
Mathews started working at CSC 18 years ago as a customer service representative and has since held nearly every marketing role in the company. Now, as a technology director she leads a team of experts responsible for managing the company’s technology, marketing, advertising and more.
When her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah, wanted to join Cub Scouts, Mathews signed up to serve as the pack’s den leader. With the pandemic putting in-person activities on hold, Mathews has had to identify ways for families to satisfy rank requirements that are normally completed in live groups.
Mathews is also a board member and member of three committees with Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a nonprofit health care organization that advocates for people with disabilities. After challenging her fellow board members to step up their financial contributions, Mathews and her colleagues raised more than $15,000 in a few days.
Mathews coordinated CSC’s involvement with Easterseals for several years, including a 2019 Artfulness Event at CSC’s headquarters, CSC’s 2016 donation to establish an Adapted Toy Library at Easterseals, and CSC’s annual sponsorship of Easterseals events.
Interested in assistive technology and other services to help people with disabilities, Mathews spearheaded a “Toy Car Hackathon” to modify ride-on cars so that children with disabilities could enjoy them.
Mathews can recite the Periodic Table of Elements song and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” from memory. She has a collection of more than 50 vintage cameras and has visited more than a dozen national parks.
Her bucket list, which she calls her “Mid-Life Crisis List,” includes doing ballet, aerial yoga, rock climbing, archery, ziplining, river rafting, acupuncture, indoor skydiving, and flying trapeze.
But her favorite things to do are with her daughter.