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.
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 August of 2011, you will renew your membership in August 2012.
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 WID.Minnesota@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-MN Membership Committee? Email WID.Minnesota@gmail.com.
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News & Events
The WID Minnesota Chapter welcomes guests, new members and members visiting from other chapters to attend our events.
June 10, 2013
8000 Norman Center Drive, #400
Bloomington, MN 55437
Unique Professional Development Event with Women in Defense - Minnesota, Career Partners International and Azule Staffing
Get ready for your next career move, job, fellowship, or internship with an Extreme Professional Makeover with Women in Defense - Minnesota and Career Partners International (CPI).
Are you ready for that promotion? What's the status of your resume, cover letter, business card, references, 30-second pitch? Do you look your professional best? Do you know who to reach out to and how to use the right resources? What's your time line? We'll tackle these questions and more.
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Owner, Leaderscapes Inc
Leadership Coach and Business Advisor
"Women as Leaders: Winning in the Workplace"
In addition to our Keynote Speaker, our Extreme Professional Makeover will give you the chance to have one on one personalized assistance with the topics listed below. Bring your current resume.
Resume Writing Consultants - Reviewing and critiquing your current resume or advising on how to get started.
Interviewing Consultants - Coaching on the Do's and Don'ts of interviewing.
Photographers - Photographing you for a professional business photo which will then be emailed to you. This will be great for your LinkedIn account, bio and company website.
Social Media Experts - Helping you set up LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter to network and offering advice on how to use social media to get ahead in the business world.
Career Makeup Artists - Applying cosmetics and advising on the proper use for professional events.
Business Attire Consultants - Consulting on self presentation for every occasion.
Get more information
October 29, 2012
Annual Meeting and Silent Auction
Please join us Monday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m. for our Annual Membership meeting.
Networking begins at 4:30 p.m. and appetizers will be served. The business portion of the meeting including election of board of directors follows at 5:00 pm.
More information to come.
September 10, 2012
Sealed Mindset – Firearms Studio
5121 Winnetka Avenue N
New Hope, MN 55428
Membership Meeting / Awareness & Defensive Flashlight Training
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Sealed Mindset in New Hope welcomes WID Members and Guests to a 2‐hour Awareness and Defensive Flashlight interactive event at their 10,000 square foot training facility!
Join retired Navy SEAL Larry Yatch and his wife Anne, a Foreign Service and International Security specialist, for an adventurous evening where you will:
‐ 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
$10.00 discount on 2 person teams if you register by 8/18/12
The event will begin with refreshments and networking, followed by a short meeting to go over chapter events.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Join today and support your local WID Chapter. Sponsorships available, call Heidi at 952‐250‐7297 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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The WID Minnesota Chapter welcomes your questions. We also are accepting new members. For more information, please email WID.Minnesota@gmail.com.
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