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About the Chapter


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 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: $35
Lifetime membership: $500
Government & Military dues (3 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.


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 $35 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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Eileen Merton

Vice President

Mary Lockhart


Jeanetta Grover  


Vanessa Sims

Program Director

Sarah Rovito

Membership Director

Kayla Hinrichs 

Mentorship Director

Mary Keeser

Communications Director

Kristi Moe     

Sponsorship Director

Michelle Brunswick 

Community Outreach Director

Kaade Wallace

Chapter Past President

Linda McKnight

Board of Directors - Roles / Responsibilities


Catherine Nicholas

Women In Defense - Capital Chapter (WID-DC) expresses condolences to the friends and family of Chapter Member, Ms. Catherine E. Nicholas, following her passing on May 3, 2013, due to complications from a bone marrow transplant for an extremely rare condition, Chronic Active Epstein-Barr Virus (CAEBV).  Catherine served as our Chapter Secretary from October 2011 until she took a leave of absence earlier this year.  Catherine will be remembered as an intelligent woman who was beautiful, compassionate and in possession of a servant's heart.  Her obituary can be found at  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?pid=164666579#sthash.wFd8xfrK.Gf1ReMO8.dpbs.

In addition, the Catherine Elizabeth Nicholas  Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in her memory.  To contribute, please mail donations made out to the Hellenic Woman's Club to:  Ms. Elizabeth Woods, Hellenic Woman's Club, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 7220 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA, 23505.  Thank you.

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News & Events

Upcoming Events




April 2, 2014


DC Cruise 3100 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

WID-DC Networking Event

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join the DC Chapter of Women In Defense for a Cherry Blossom Cruise on the Potomac!  This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous blooming of DC's cherry blossoms 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.  All attendees will need to meet at DC Cruises's location at 3100 K St NW, DC 20007 no later than 5:30PM in order for us all to be on board for when the cruise departs promptly at 6PM.  The boat will return at 8pm.  WID-DC's Membership Director, Kayla Hinrichs will greet you as you arrive at DC Cruise.

To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wid-member-social-cherry-blossom-cruise-tickets-10646099771

Cost: $15 for WID Members & $25 for non-Members

Final day to register is 31 March

Please contact Kayla Hinrichs with any questions.



February 15, 2014


WID-DC Volunteer Opportunity

Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon

Women In Defense - Capital Chapter (WID-DC) invites you to participate in our first community service event of 2014.  We will be delivering Valentine's Day cards to Veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home.  

Location: The Veterans home is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Rd, NW & Upshur St, NW, Washington D 20011. There is parking at the Retirement Home. 

If you are interested in joining other members of WID in this event, please contact WID's Community Service Coordinator Kaade Wallace at kaade.wallace@gmail.com or 651-795-8777.



December 14, 2013


McClellan Arch located on McClellan Drive between Sections 33 and 12

WID-DC Volunteer Opportunity

Time:  Ceremony starts at 9:30 am, wreath laying starts at 10:00 am
This holiday season there will be empty seats in many American homes from men and women who lost their lives in service to our great country. We affirm our appreciation for their sacrifices on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day, but the holiday season is also a good time to show their families that their loved ones are in our hearts year-round. Show that you will never forget the ultimate sacrifice they made by taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to lay a wreath at the grave site of a service man or women. This event is the annual Wreaths Across America Day and will take place locally at Arlington National Cemetery; to participate sign up at this link: http://waa.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1825&pg=entry#.Upgct-Ilju3

Our team name is  "Women In Defense Capital Region." If you have any questions please contact WID's Community Outreach Coordinator at kaade.wallace@gmail.com or 651-795-8777.
Transportation: Parking is available, but limited; volunteer are encouraged to use Metro


December 11, 2013

Washington Marriott at Metro Center

WID-DC Holiday Party

Time:  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Please join your fellow Women In Defense - Capital Chapter (WID-DC) members and friends for our "Holiday Party 2013" at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C. from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on December 11, 2013.
As an annual event, the WID-DC Holiday Party brings together members and friends for a fun and festive evening of networking and celebration!  Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available; each member/guest will receive a complimentary drink ticket.  During the evening, the Chapter will be presenting the Marine Corps with a monetary donation to Toys-for-Tots; additionally, we encourage those attending to bring a donation of a new, unwrapped toy. 

Appetizers will be served.

To Register:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2909996879/eorgf

Registration will also be available on-site; please bring cash or check ($10 for Members & $20 for Guests).  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sarah Rovito at sarah.rovito@gmail.com.



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. 

 Armed Forces - Retirement Home Event  Armed Forces - Retirement Home Event


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  

2013 Holiday Party

WID-DC members and their guests kicked off the holiday season by donating toys and making a contribution to Toys For Tots. The event was a great way to support Toys For Tots, celebrate the holidays with friends, and network.


2013 Annual Meeting and Dinner

WID-DC held their 2013 Annual Meeting and Dinner where the new officers were installed and past officers reviewed the past year's highlights. The highlight of the dinner was the guest speaker, Rear Admiral Katherine L. Gregory, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers.





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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:


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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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