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WID Greater Los Angeles 

 Greater Los Angeles Chapter 

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About the Chapter

Women In Defense Greater Los Angeles Chapter (WID-GLAC) is the 18th chapter of Women In Defense (WID), a national security organization affiliated with NDIA, which cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security.  WID-GLAC was founded October 2012 to support members in Los Angeles, Orange County, and surrounding areas.  Our membership is comprised of a diverse demographic of women and men from a significant cross-section of aerospace, defense, and national security professions including manufacturing, design & engineering, advisory services, and academia. WID-GLAC is a source for networking, professional development, and mentoring with other women leaders.

This web site is designed to keep you informed of everything that is going on with WID-GLAC and other community events that might be of interest. Updates are made regularly, so we would encourage you to visit the site often.


Cultivate and support the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security in the Los Angeles, Orange County, and surrounding areas.

Chapter Goals

  • Cultivate the advancement of women leaders in government, defense, and national security professions
  • Provide networking opportunities to exchange information and expand professional contacts to promote partnerships
  • Create programs, events and forums that encourage active participation by chapter members and expand membership
  • Offer mentoring program for established professionals, as well as mentoring environment for middle school to college aged girls
  • Participate within the community and volunteer services
  • Support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative (STEMi)
  • Hold a bi-annual workshop/ development programs for our membership and the community to enhance career opportunities
  • Gain corporate sponsors
  • Recognize local women leaders in the defense industry through an awards program


Are you interested in becoming a member? 

Membership in WID is open to all professional women and men whose primary professional activities are related to national defense or support any aspect of national security. All WID members are automatically members of the National Defense Industrial Association (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-GLAC as well as the national organization for Women In Defense
  • NDIA membership is included

Members are strongly encouraged to participate in events, 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

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

Join online TODAY! (scroll down to the bottom of the page and select WID Membership)

Or  Download/View/Print application and mail or fax it in, or if you have further questions email our Membership Director.

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

Women In Defense 

2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700

Arlington, Virginia 22201-3061

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Amanda Clauss

Vice President

Carol Marinello


Ursula Knopp-McKendree


Lisa Kuo
Immediate Past President Sharon Schell

Director Membership

Kris Acosta

Director Programs

Lisa McHugh

Director Sponsorship

Jeanne Innis-Olson

Director Special Projects

Mary K. (Kathleen) Boyle

Director of Communications

Stephanie Young


Thomas McKendree

Military Liaison

Kim Smith
Head of Social Media Carolyn Lyding
NDIA Liaison Eileen Leonhardy

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News & Events

Nominations for the board will be due July 21st. August 4th, ballots will go out, August 22nd, ballots are due and September 1st, Board Elected.

Chapter Newsletter
WID GLAC Newsletter - Volume I
WID GLAC Newsletter - Volume II




August 21, 2016 The Hotel Maya
700 Queensway Drive
Long Beach, CA 90812

WID-GLAC 4th Annual White Party!

We look forward to this event every year which serves as a fundraisier for the WID National HORIZONS Scholarship that awards outstanding students pursuing careers relating to U.S. national security and defense. During this event, we will honor three stellar leaders in our local community with a "Service to the Flag" award representing three distinct groups:  Government/Military (TBA); Industry (TBA) and Community (TBA).

Please be sure to join us!

September 2016 Virtual Elections
October 26, 2016

Bob Hope USO Long Beach, 200 Pine Ave, Suite 240, Long Beach, CA 90802

Annual Meeting of the Women in Defense Greater Los Angeles Chapter
November 10, 2016 The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB

Please join the NDIA's and WID's Greater Los Angeles Chapters for an informative DCAA Panel discussion!

Keynote speaker: Mr. Don Mulllinax (SES), DCAA Western Region Director
When:  Thursday, 10 November 2016
Where:  The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB CA
Time:  9:00 Registration; 9:30 - 11:30 Program
Cost:  Free to Industry and Government

December 2016 TBA Christmas Celebration

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Download/View/Print Bylaws of the Women In Defense Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

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HORIZONS Scholarship Program

WID-GLAC is working towards contributing to Women In Defense HORIZONS Scholarship Program, which has made 116 awards of more than $180,000 to deserving recipients pursuing education toward a career in national security since 1990.  Learn more about HORIZONS at WID-GLAC is also looking to partner with other philanthropic organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area.  Upcoming events will be posted to our events section.  To suggest a new activity, learn more, or to join our philanthropy programs please contact Vicki Hines,


WID-GLAC would like to thank the following companies for their contributions and support:




For sponsorship interest and opportunities, please contact, Jeanne Innis Olson,, (310) 480.4418.

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Contact Us

If you are interested in joining or learning more about WID-GLAC please contact Nellie Gupta,

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2101 Wilson Boulevard / Suite 700 / Arlington, Virginia 22201
Telephone: (703) 522-1820 / Fax: (703) 522-1885