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About the Chapter


Women In Defense (WID), a National Security Organization affiliated with NDIA, provides its members with opportunities for professional development and networking, cultivating the advancement of women leaders in government and industry professions.  The Capital Chapter of Women In Defense (WID-DC), formed in 2003, is the largest chapter of Women In Defense, serving members in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area.  We offer social, educational, and networking events to our professionally accomplished members.


Membership in WID-DC is automatic when you become a member of the national organization.

2015 Membership Promotion
Through March 2015 only, bring three (3) new members to any event, and get free admission to any one (1) WID-DC event. Free admission is good for one year, subject to space availability.

Membership in WID is open to all professional women and men whose primary professional activities are related to national defense or any aspect of national security. All WID members are automatically members of NDIA at no additional cost. Benefits of membership include:

  • Networking and Professional Development Opportunities
  • WID Newsletter
  • WID Membership Directory
  • Access to NDIA Job Bank
  • WID Membership Pins
  • Subscription to National DEFENSE (the magazine of NDIA)
  • Automatic membership in both WID-DC as well as the national organization for Women In Defense 

Members are strongly encouraged to participate in meetings, seminars, and committee activities to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship between themselves and the organization.

Membership Dues

Annual (1 year) dues: $40
Lifetime membership: $500
Government & Military dues (1 year): Complimentary - Download/View/Print application

WID offers complimentary one-year memberships to all currently-serving military and government employees. After the first year, annual dues are $40.

As a result of WID's status as an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), WID members are automatically members of NDIA and eligible for the privileges and rights of both organizations.

Membership must be renewed annually, and renewal fees will be due on your anniversary. For example, if you join Women In Defense in December of 2013, you will renew your membership in December 2014.


Sign up online now. Visit
Download/View/Print application and mail or fax it in, or if you have further questions email Kayla Hinrichs at

When mailing in your application, include your check for $40 made out to Women In Defense and mail to:

Women In Defense
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 400
Arlington, Virginia 22201-3061

Note: If you are currently an NDIA member, and are not receiving WID-DC emails, please contact Kayla Hinrichs, Membership Director, at

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Eileen Merton

Vice President  & Acting Secretary

Mary Lockhart


Jeanetta Grover


Vanessa Sims

Program Director

Cat Ostrander 

Membership Director

Kayla Hinrichs 

Mentorship Director

Mary Keeser

Communications Director

Kristi Moe     

Sponsorship Director

Carrie Ciliberto  

Community Outreach Director

Mary Keeser

Chapter Past President

Lori Lindholm


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News & Events

Monthly Social

Join us each 2nd Tuesday!  WID-DC hosts a monthly social hour, at locations around the Beltway, the 2nd Tuesday of every month, food and beverage specials will be featured from 6-8 pm.  Our next monthly is:

January Monthly Social Hour
2nd Tuesday (Jan. 13th), 6-8 pm
Sine' Irish Pub on Pentagon Row
1301 S. Joyce St., Arlington, VA 22202
p: 703-415-4420 f: 703-415-4421

Upcoming Events

WID-DC hosts a variety of social networking, educational, and volunteer activities throughout the year




Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 - 8:45 pm Potomac Riverboat Company at Alexandria City Marina (Cameron & Union Streets), Alexandria, VA 22314 WID-DC invites to join us for a Spring Cruise on the Potomac!

This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous view of DC's sight's  as you connect with fellow members, friends and colleagues of WID-DC.  Please feel free to invite colleagues and peers to this very special event.

Tuesday, April 14, 6 - 8 pm

Jaleo Crystal City (2250 Crystal Dr Arlington, VA)

February 10, 2015

The Capital Grille
5310 Western Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Networking Social 

Please join us and fellow WID Capital Chapter members for our February Chapter Membership Social. Make new contacts and keep old ones alive!  
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Registration is not required, but appreciated. Food and beverage specials available, à la carte.

If you have any questions regarding this month's WID-DC Social or any WID-DC programs, please contact WID-DC's Programs' Director, Crystal Teed at

We look forwarding to seeing you there!

February 2, 2015


Groundhog Golf: A Speed Networking Event

Join WID-DC for a speed networking event.  Three (3) hours of golf time, with club rental, food and non-alcoholic beverages included.   

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Registration: $50 members / $60 non-members

Contact Crystal E. Teed, for more information.

Groundhog Golf

December 19, 2014

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

U.S. Army Blues Band performing "A Stan Kenton Christmas" at the Kennedy Center

Join Women In Defense - Capital Chapter and the Army Blues Band at the Kennedy Center! The Army Blues Band has graciously agreed to exclusively join us for a private post-performance reception. RSVP by December 5.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $25 (members) / $30 (non-members).  Includes live performance, and reception featuring the artists (cash bar).

Register Now! 

December 13, 2014

Arlington National Cemetery

Wreaths Across America

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Participate in this meaningful event by purchasing a wreath for $15, and/or volunteering to place wreaths.

Contact Crystal E. Teed, for more information.

Wreaths Across America

November 13, 2014

Mari Vanna DC,
1141 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

WID-DC Holiday Event

Please join the Capital Chapter of Women in Defense as we get in the Holiday Spirit by enjoying delicious hor d'oeuvres and drinks with fellow WID members. The event will be hosted at the wonderfully festive Mari Vanna restaurant in DC on November 13 beginning at 6PM. We would love for you to join us and bring friends and colleagues.

Once again, we are pleased to be supporting Toys For Tots at this event. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event. Additionally, we are providing the ability to donate at the same time that you register on Eventbrite.

Our Holiday Party will be the first event where WID-DC introduces our new Referral Program! If your referred friend or colleague becomes a WID member, you receive a complimentary registration to the event. Non-members can register on-site the day of or provide an email verification of new member status at the event check-in. Additional referrals count towards future complimentary registrations and incentives. For more information, please contact WID Capital Chapter Membership Director, Kayla Hinrichs.

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Registration Cost:
$10/Members; $20/Non-Members
(Registration on-site is possible $30/Members or Non-Members)

Registration includes appetizers and a limited drink menu. Other food and drinks will be available from the venue at the guests expense.

Register Here:

November 10, 2014

Talbots @ Tyson's Corner
8022 Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22182

WID-DC Volunteer Networking Event

Please join WID-DC in an unconventional "volunteer" activity by shopping at Talbots @ Tyson's Corner to support Final Salute Inc. The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless women Veterans with safe, suitable housing and supporting establishing her plan towards independence. Please consider "volunteering" to attend this event, perhaps updating your wardrobe before the holiday's with something new from Talbots thus supporting Final Salute.

Talbots will donate a percentage of purchases made to Final Salute, or just come, meet Ms. Veteran America and women participating in Final Salute's various activities and make an on-sight donation.

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

September 25, 2014

The Capitol Hill Club
300 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
(Note: there is valet parking available and the Club is across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Metro Lines)

WID-DC Annual Dinner

This year's Keynote Speaker is US Air Force Major General (retired) Sharon Dunbar. Major General Dunbar prior to her retirement was dual-hatted as the Commander of the Air Force District of Washington and the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing, at Joint Base Andrews, MD.

6:00 - 6:45 Networking with Cash Bar
6:45 - 7:15 Annual WID-DC Business Meeting and installation of Board Members
7:15 - 8:00 Dinner
8:00 - 8:30 Keynote Speaker

Cost: $45 Members, $55 Non-Members

To register, please click on and/or cut and paste the following link:

Pre-registration required by Monday, 22 September, 2014


Many thanks to all the WID-DC members who joined America’s Adopt A Soldier Organization in honor of Veteran’s Day in providing a “Veterans and Family Community Meal.” This event provided homeless Veterans and their families a warm, safe and inviting opportunity to enjoy camaraderie, music and a Thanksgiving meal.

 WID-DC Americas Adopt a Soldier

WID-DC’s Holiday Party was fabulous!  Many thanks to all who attended. All agreed the event was a great way to kick-off the upcoming Holiday Season.

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This year’s WID-DC Annual Dinner was held at the Capitol Hill Club in DC. It was a terrific night of conversation, great food and an inspiring talk by our guest speaker, recently retired US Air Force Major General Sharon Dunbar.

The "Power of Mentorship" event was a terrific opportunity to hear from speaker Sarah J. Robbins and have an opportunity to network.

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Cherry Blossom Cruise - it was a glorious spring day for our cruise along the Potomac and a fabulous time for networking as we enjoyed the beautiful sights.

WID-DC braved the snow and sleet to join others in volunteering to deliver Valentine's Day cards and candy to the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in DC. After delivering the cards we sang the military service's songs to the residents as they had their lunch.

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WID-DC joined thousands of other volunteers to place more than 140,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery as a part of Wreaths Across America. All agreed it was very moving and meaningful to join so many this Holiday Season in showing appreciation for the men and woman who protected and defended our Nation at their final resting.

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

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Volunteerism & Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Director, Mary Keeser, has a wealth of experience in Defense-related non-profits, as the Founder of America’s Adopt a Soldier.  In addition to organized group activities throughout the year (see Upcoming Events), WID-DC supports many different organizations throughout the year. 

WID-DC members have supported:

USA Freedom Corps Network; A Million Thanks ; Operation USO Care Package; Defend America; Operation Uplink; Helping Our Heroes Foundation; Army Emergency Relief; Navy -Marine Corps Relief Society; Air Force Aid Society (AFAS); Coast Guard Mutual AssistanceVA Hospital

If you would like to volunteer, or you represent an organization in need of volunteers, contact Mary Keeser, Community Outreach Director, to be matched.


WID-DC members are some of the most highly accomplished women in the Defense industry.  If you would like to be matched with a mentor or mentee, contact Mary Keeser, Mentorship Director, to be matched.

Support for Families

Many Americans are looking for ways to support members of the military and their families. The following are some of the ways you can express your support for our troops, give time and care to their families, and help strengthen their communities. Volunteer with one of the youth serving organizations helping to tutor or take care of children while a parent or caregiver is stationed away from home. Some of these organizations include the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire USA, National 4-H Headquarters and the YMCA of the USA.

Other Opportunities

Donate a calling card to help keep service members in touch with their families:

Sign a virtual thank you card at the Defend America:


These sponsors enable meaningful dialogue among current and future Defense industry leaders.  Their support makes global strategic dominance a continuing reality.  Thank you!

Holm Sponsor: $3,000

Lockheed Martin

Duerk Sponsors: $1,500

SES United Launch Alliance

Brewer Sponsors: $500

The Mayvin Consulting Group, LLC SpaceX
The Meyers Group

If you are interested in discovering the benefits of sponsorship—or of making a donation in any amount—please contact the Sponsorship Director, Michelle Brunswick.

Hays-Hoisington Sponsors: $5,000

Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington were the first women promoted to the rank of general or admiral in the U.S.
military, promoted to the rank of Army brigadier general on June 11, 1970.

• Complimentary membership for five (5) individuals from the sponsoring organization
• Website acknowledgement and link to company website
• Listing in all promotional literature
• Complimentary table at annual meeting and dinner
• 4 Complimentary passes to be used for a WID-DC program (not including the annual meeting and dinner)
• Acknowledgement at annual meeting (plaque of appreciation available upon request)

Holm Sponsors: $3,000

Jeanne M. Holm was the first woman in the Air Force promoted to the rank of brigadier general in 1971.

• Complimentary membership for four ( 4) individuals from the sponsoring organization.
• Website acknowledgement and link to company website
• Listing in all promotional literature
• 2 Complimentary tickets to annual meeting and dinner
• 2 Complimentary passes to be used for a WID-DC program (not including the annual meeting and dinner)
• Acknowledgement at annual meeting (plaque of appreciation available upon request)

Duerk Sponsors: $1,500

Alene B. Duerk was the first woman promoted to the rank of rear admiral in the Navy in 1972.

• Complimentary membership for three ( 3) individuals from the sponsoring organization
• Website acknowledgement and link to company website
• Listing in all promotional literature
• 1 Complimentary pass to the annual meeting and dinner
• Acknowledgement at annual meeting (plaque of appreciation available upon request)

Brewer Sponsors: $500

Margaret Brewer was the first woman promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the Marine Corps in 1978.

• Complimentary membership for one (1) individual from the sponsoring organization
• Website acknowledgement and link to company website
• Listing in all promotional literature
• 1 Complimentary pass to the annual meeting and dinner
• Acknowledgement at annual meeting (plaque of appreciation available upon request)


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Contact Us

The WID-DC Board is composed of 100% volunteers.  We are professionally accomplished women in the industry, who are putting our connections to work for the sake of you, our members.

Mailing address:
Women In Defense
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 400
Arlington, Virginia 22201-3061



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