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About the Chapter

Welcome!

The Capital Chapter of Women In Defense (WID-DC) is your source for networking, professional development and mentoring with other women leaders in the greater Washington DC area, specifically those working in defense-related industries.

This web site is designed to keep you informed of everything that is going on with WID-DC: events, meetings, seminars, chapter news, and more! New events are added frequently, so keep visiting.

WID-DC, formed in 2003, is the largest chapter of Women In Defense, serving members in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area.

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.

Membership

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

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 (one year): Complimentary - Download/View/Print application

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.

Join TODAY!

Sign up online now. Visit http://wid.ndia.org/membership/Pages/default.aspx.
Download/View/Print application and mail or fax it in, or if you have further questions email Kayla Hinrichs at kayrenhin@gmail.com.

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

Already a member? Interested in serving on the WID-DC Membership Committee? email Kayla Hinrichs at kayrenhin@gmail.com.

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Leadership

President

Eileen Merton

Vice President

Mary Lockhart

Secretary

Jeanetta Grover  

Treasurer

Vanessa Sims

Program Director

Crystal Teed

Membership Director

Kayla Hinrichs 

Mentorship Director

Mary Keeser

Communications Director

Kristi Moe     

Sponsorship Director

Michelle Brunswick 

Community Outreach Director

Mary Keeser

Chapter Past President

Lori Lindholm

 

2014 WID Capital Chapter Board Election

The WID Capital Chapter has completed soliciting nominations for our Board of Directors, to be installed at our annual meeting in September 2014.  Service on the Board is for a term of two years, beginning October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2016.  Below is the slate of nominees.  Elections will run from Friday, August 1 through Friday, August 15.
 
The Board thanks all who have offered to place their names in nomination for the various positions.  

Community Outreach Director

Mary Keeser: A former U.S. Army officer, Ms. Keeser has also served in key executive positions with Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton and SRA Corporation. She later launched a government consulting firm, KEMSS, LLC a Woman Owned-Service disabled Veteran Small Business (WO-SDVOSB). Ms. Keeser is also Founder and Chairman of America's Adopt A Soldier®, a certified 501c3 organization.   Ms. Keeser is the recipient of two Patriotic Civilian Service Award's and holds a Presidential Appointment as an active S.S. Board Member.

Membership Director

Kayla Hinrichs: Ms. Kayla Hinrichs is a Civil Maritime/Defense industry professional working in the Washington, D.C. area; she supports the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) as a Maritime Analyst. Her area of expertise is maritime issues—specifically, Arctic vessel traffic patterns, regional futures analysis, and civil-maritime research, and she currently supports strategy-level initiatives for NMIO. Kayla was elected as the WID Capital Chapter Membership Director in 2012. She has thoroughly enjoyed engaging with members and planning events during the past two years, and she looks forward to having the opportunity to continue serving and growing the WID Capital Chapter for a second term.

Crystal Teed: Crystal E. Teed, a licensed attorney, is currently a Corporate ACO for DoD.  In that role, she oversees a Top 40 contractor’s compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and contractual provisions on behalf of all FAR-covered agencies.  Starting this fall, she will be joining the DPAP Contract Policy and International Contracting Directorate for a temporary rotation.  Prior to joining the USG, Ms. Teed was actively involved in the financial services industry as Vice President of Legal and Compliance, and Founder of a small bond firm.  She has clerked officially for Virginia Circuit Court judges, and unofficially (ad hoc) for former Justice Koontz of the Virginia Supreme Court.  Ms. Teed has ample personal experience with charitable fundraising events, and looks forward to contributing that knowledge and expertise to WID as a Board Member.  

Program Director

Crystal Teed: Crystal E. Teed, a licensed attorney, is currently a Corporate ACO for DoD.  In that role, she oversees a Top 40 contractor’s compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and contractual provisions on behalf of all FAR-covered agencies.  Starting this fall, she will be joining the DPAP Contract Policy and International Contracting Directorate for a temporary rotation.  Prior to joining the USG, Ms. Teed was actively involved in the financial services industry as Vice President of Legal and Compliance, and Founder of a small bond firm.  She has clerked officially for Virginia Circuit Court judges, and unofficially (ad hoc) for former Justice Koontz of the Virginia Supreme Court.  Ms. Teed has ample personal experience with charitable fundraising events, and looks forward to contributing that knowledge and expertise to WID as a Board Member.  

Please use the following link to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BQTM97K


Board of Directors - Roles / Responsibilities

Board of Directors - Roles / Responsibilities


 

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News & Events

 

Date

Location

Events

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wid-dc-holiday-party-2014-tickets-13574582943


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.

Agenda:
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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wid-dc-2014-annual-dinner-tickets-12852946509

Pre-registration required by Monday, 22 September, 2014




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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Bylaws

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Programs

Women In Defense Capital Chapter Mentorship Program
Are you interested in becoming a Mentor or receiving Mentoring?

Do you feel that you have experience in your field that you would like to share with others starting out? Or are you new in the defense industry and would like to benefit from the experiences of others?

WID DC is establishing a new Mentorship Program designed to fit your needs.

Program Details:

The Mentorship Program is open to all Women In Defense members.

Its purpose is to enhance job skills, foster career development and increase professional growth while providing wisdom, knowledge and support through positive role models.

To kick-off this new program, we are seeking respected, motivational and supportive volunteers from the community of WID DC members who are willing to give their time as Mentors to facilitate growth in less experienced individuals.

We are also looking for individuals who are eager to become Mentees. These individuals should have a desire to learn and a positive attitude towards gaining their Mentor's wisdom and professional insight to further their professional career choices.

Once volunteers are obtained, we will pair the Mentors with those members who seek Mentoring to ease their transition into the workforce, to gain insight into key career moves and/or to gain a greater satisfaction in their professional growth patterns.

If you would like to volunteer to become a Mentor or a Mentee, please email Mary Keeser at mary.keeser@kemss.com.

Community Outreach

The Women in Defense Capital Chapter wants to provide its Chapter members with current information about volunteering in our community, particularly as it relates to supporting active duty military and their families. We try to highlight upcoming or ongoing events in the links menu to the right, and for each organization listed below.

To suggest a new activity, learn more, or to join the Community Outreach committee of WID, please contact Kaade Wallace at kaade.wallace@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

USA Freedom Corps Network provides individuals with information about service opportunities that match their interests and talents in their hometowns, across the country or around the world. USAFCN is expanding service opportunities to protect the homeland, to meet important community needs and to extend American compassion around the world through partnerships with these and other organizations that create a holistic volunteer service infrastructure.

A Million Thanks is a year-round campaign to show our U.S. Military Men and Women, past and present, our appreciation for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country through letters, emails, and cards. Founded by 15-year old Shauna Fleming, A Million Thanks has sent more than one million thank you notes to members of the U.S. military. Consider writing a letter of appreciation to a soldier.

Operation USO Care Package enables individuals to sponsor a Care Package for a US service member stationed overseas. With the generous support of volunteers, USO Care Packages "stuffs" the packages with items provided by the USO and delivers them to our troops. Each USO Care Package contains at least one prepaid international calling card, one disposable camera, toiletries, sunscreen, and a message of support from a sponsor. Other donated items are included so that the maximum weight of each package is about 2 lbs.

For more information, call Pamela Dickinson, Program Assistant at (703) 696-0994. To join the local USO, visit www.usometrodc.org.

Since 1994, more than 250,000 men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing needed assistance to millions of Americans. AmeriCorps provides trained, dedicated people to help nonprofit groups, both secular and faith-based. Members tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, help communities respond to disasters, and recruit and manage traditional volunteers. At the request of President Bush, AmeriCorps has expanded its work to include projects directly related to homeland security.

Defend America is a web site of the US Department of Defense News about the war on Terror. Through Defend America, you can also sign an online thank you card to members of the US military.

Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about.

Through AMVETS Voices from Home allows serving military members and their families and friends to send and receive instant voice e-mail packages so that they can hear the actual voices of their loved ones, regardless of the schedule difficulties, in remote locations around the world.

The Helping Our Heroes Foundation provides a way for donated funds and services to directly reach our injured military and a way for concerned Americans to volunteer to actively support our armed forces.

Monetary Donations

If you want to donate money, there are many organizations that help military families. Each of the branches of the armed services has a military relief society that offer low interest loans and other emergency financial assistance to military families:

Army Emergency Relief is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff. AER's sole mission is to help soldiers and their dependents by providing them with emergency financial assistance.

The Navy -Marine Corps Relief Society provides, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.

The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force incorporated in 1942 as a non-profit organization whose mission is to help relieve financial distress of Air Force members and their families and to assist them in financing their higher education goals.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is an independent non-profit charitable organization established to provide financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family in time of need. Though CGMA works closely with the Coast Guard, it is not part of the Coast Guard. Its mission is to promote the financial stability and general well being of Coat Guard people through interest free loans, grants, and financial counseling.

Volunteer at a VA Hospital: to honor veterans who bore the lamp of freedom in past conflicts.

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:

Sponsors

The Capital Chapter of Women In Defense would like to thank the following organizations for their continued support:


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

Are you interested in becoming a WID-DC sponsor? The following levels of sponsorship are available,

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)

For more information on becoming a sponsor, or to make a donation in any amount, contact Michelle Brunswick at shellibrunswick@gmail.com.

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Contact Us

Are you a current member interested in serving on a WID-DC committee? Please email the appropriate committee chair for information on how you can get involved.

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2111 Wilson Boulevard / Suite 400 / Arlington, Virginia 22201-3061
Telephone: (703) 522-1820 / Fax: (703) 522-1885
Email: wid@ndia.org