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About the Chapter

Welcome!

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

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 2015, you will renew your membership in December 2016.

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 Kimberly Smith at kimberly.an.simth@gmail.com

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

Women In Defense, Capital Chapter
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 Kimberly Smith, Membership Director at kimberly.an.smith@gmail.com

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Leadership

President

Mary Lockhart 

Vice President 

Cyndi Thomas

Secretary

Maureen Stevens

Treasurer

Rachael Grimsey

Program Director

Cat Ostrander 

Membership Director

Kimberly Smith

Mentorship Director

LeAnn Ridgeway

Communications Director

Meg Reed

Sponsorship Director

Autumn Lorenz

Community Outreach Director

Melissa Blakesly

Chapter Past President

Eileen Merton

 

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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 will be in 2016!

Check out our upcoming Holiday Events on the calendar.
Check back in 2016 for 2nd Tuesday social hours!

Upcoming Events

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

 Date Location Events
December 8, 2015 Mount Vernon, VA

WID DC 2015 Holiday Party!

Please join us for our annual Holiday Dinner, Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from 1830 - 2130.  This year we are hosting a sit-down dinner at the beautiful Mt. Vernon Inn Restaurant located at 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Mt. Vernon, Virginia 22309.

Celebrate the season with your fellow WID members as we enjoy the delicious creations of the Inn, and share our generosity with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  

Please bring one unwrapped toy to include in our donation.
Ticket prices are $55 per person.  Tickets are limited, so be sure to make your purchase soon.

Dress code for this event is semi-formal/holiday.
A special thanks to this year's Holiday Dinner sponsor, DynaCorp International.

WHEN
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

WHERE
Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant - 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, VA 22309 - View Map

REGISTER HERE: widholidaydinner2015.eventbrite.com
Women In Defense - Capital Chapter (WID-DC)

December 12, 2015 Arlington, VA

Women in Defense Capital Chapter to Participate in
2015 National Wreaths Across America Program

Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, acknowledged that Women in Defense, Capital Chapter (WID-DC) has once again joined in the effort to fulfill the national WAA mission of remembering, honoring and teaching under the 2015 central theme: “Cemeteries are for the living.” The WID Capital Chapter will honor veterans on National Wreath Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans at gravesites in Arlington Cemetery to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country are not, and never will be, forgotten.

WID-DC encourages widest participation in this event – please join us!

Details for the WID Capital chapter event:
The Wreaths Across America commemoration will begin with a tailgate meetup and then proceed to the cemetery.

Date: December 12, 2015
Time: 0800 – 0900 (tailgate) 0900 (proceed to cemetery to lay wreaths)
Location: Pentagon City Mall, Level 4 North End (closest to Pentagon)

Join the WID-Capital Chapter for coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts ahead of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.  All WID members and their families are welcome.  Attendees will take Uber transportation to the cemetery with the group at 0900 to honor those who have served our country.  Please be prepared to split the fare evenly with those traveling in your vehicle.  Travel back at a time that suits your schedule.  We look forward to seeing you.

Note that this is a free event, but please RSVP here.

About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission:  Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies each December at Arlington, as well as at hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.

Follow Wreaths Across America on Facebook  and on Twitter.

 

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.

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Bylaws

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Programs


Volunteerism & Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Director, Melissa Blakesly.

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 Melissa Blakesly, Community Outreach Director, to be matched.

Mentorship

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 LeAnn Ridgeway, 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:

Sponsors

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