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 Minnesota Chapter 

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About the Chapter

Established in April 2011 as the first presence of Women In Defense in the upper Midwest of the United States. Professional development and networking advantages are available to the many defense-related industries and the military in Minnesota and surrounding states. 

This website is designed to keep you informed of everything that is going on with WID-MN. Information and events are added frequently so keep visiting.


Membership in WID-MN 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-MN 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

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 August of 2011, you will renew your membership in August 2012.


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

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

Already a member? Interested in serving on the WID-MN Membership Committee? Email


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 President Cheryl Evans
 Vice President Gretchen Prater
 Treasurer Melissa Sawin
 Secretary Heidi Reiss
 Communications Shelly Nelson
 Membership Kathy Neumann


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 News & Events

The WID Minnesota Chapter welcomes guests, new members and members visiting from other chapters to attend our events.

Upcoming Events




July 15, 2014

Sealed Mindset – Firearms Studio
5121 Winnetka Avenue N
Suite 110
New Hope, MN 55428

Membership Meeting / Defensive Flashlight Training

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Sealed Mindset in New Hope welcomes WID Members and Guests to a 2‐hour Defensive Flashlight II interactive event at their 10,000 square foot training facility.

‐ Learn awareness skills to increase your vision in unfamiliar environments
‐ Explore how our bodies react to stress and what we can do to counteract our
   own physiology
‐ Re‐program your body's startle flinch to keep you two steps ahead in a 
   defensive encounter
‐ Learn how to integrate a defensive flashlight into your safety toolkit when you 
   travel overseas

Cost: Members $40; Non‐Members $45

The event will begin with refreshments and networking, followed by a short meeting to go over chapter events.

Please contact to register.

Join today and support your local WID Chapter. Sponsorships available, contact for details.

We are looking forward to a fun-filled night and hope to see you there!



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  Download/View/Print Bylaws of the Women In Defense Minnesota Chapter.


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Encouraging students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is one focal point for the Minnesota chapter. Please stay tuned for more. STEM is important not only to Minnesota’s economic stability but to the nation’s security as well. WID and NDIA support efforts to draw and keep students in STEM-related endeavors and careers.

Dress for Success:
Chapter leaders are researching how Dress for Success can benefit the communities the WID Minnesota Chapter serves. Established in 1997, Dress For Success has helped countless disadvantaged women enter the work force with gently used dresses and suits in every size. The donations of clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and even computers have changed many of these women's lives.


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Contact Us

The WID Minnesota Chapter welcomes your questions. We also are accepting new members. For more information, please email


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