Karen Whitlow, division chief for the Material Management Operation Center with Pine Bluff Arsenal’s Directorate of Material Management, is the Federal Women’s Program Supervisor of the Year for 2019.

She was honored during the annual Women’s History Month luncheon March 14, according to a news release.

“A combination of people from my team I believe nominated me,” said Whitlow, who has been at the Arsenal 31 years in May. “I was a bit shocked when my name was called. I am honored but humbled to receive this award. I come to work every day and do what I do because it is my job, but I do it mostly because I love what I do.”

Whitlow said when someone takes notice of what you do, it means a lot.

“For me because the nomination comes from the people I work with daily, it means even more. As a leader and supervisor, it’s truly an honor to be recognized and seen in that light.”

Whitlow received her Master of Arts degree in information technology management in December 2010 from Webster University and completed Level 3 certification from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) in April of 2010 as well. She did this by attending night classes. It was quite the challenge with working full time and caring for her family, according to nomination information.

Through the years, Whitlow has progressed up the ladder, accepting challenges and learning from them.

“Being a supervisor can be a challenge at times because you are dealing with diverse people and personalities,” said Whitlow, who was the first female storage supervisor in the history of the Arsenal.

Whitlow has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in information technology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and became an Arsenal supervisor in 2012.

Whitlow resides in Pine Bluff and has two adult children.