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 3WID - Women In Defense National Conference 

3WID - Women In Defense National Conference 


"National Security Issues: In the Know and Leading the Change"

Event Number

Event Date
10/10/2012   to 10/10/2012 

Event Location

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, VA

Event Contact
Taryn Crowder, CMP, or (703) 247-9478 


WID National Annual Dinner--Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Featuring a prominent speaker and dinner with old friends and new.
Hon. Erin C. Conaton
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

WID National Conference--Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Senior-level government and industry leaders will address national security topics you should know and understand. Make contacts for your business and professional growth.  

Representative Topics:

  • Women’s Paths to Executive Leadership
  • Defense Budget: What Sequestration Means to You
  • Women at War
  • View from the Services
  • Cyber Security – Separating Fact from Fiction: Partnering with Industry to Pace the Threat
  • The Strategic Outcome in Afghanistan
  • Leading Change in Times of Fiscal Constraint


Download/Print/View the Conference Agenda (Updated 10/9/12)


7:00 AM - 5:00 PM     
Registration Open

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM     
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM   
- Ms. Tricia Ward, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton; National President, Women In Defense
Opening Remarks
- Honorable Sean O’Keefe, Chairman and CEO, EADS North America; Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM     
Keynote Address
- Ms. Lynne M. Halbrooks, Principal Deputy, Inspector General, Department of Defense

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM   
Panel: Women's Paths to Executive Leadership
- Honorable Mary Ann Gilleece, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP; former Deputy Undersecretary, Department of Defense (Acquisition Management)
Ms. Deb Alderson, EVP, Strategic Development, SRA International
- Ms. Sally Wallace, VP, Business Operations, DRS Technologies
- Ms. Lucy Reilly Fitch, SVP, Corporate Communications, SAIC
- Maria Giesta, Chief of Staff, Staff Director and Scheduler, Congressman Barney Frank (MA-4)

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM   
Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM  
Speaker: Defense Budget — What Sequestration Means to You (Click here to view her presentation)
- Ms. Jenness B. Simler, Professional Staff, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Panel: Women At War
- LCDR Erica Dobbs, USN, Executive Officer, Naval, Communications Security Material System (NCMS)
- LtCol Julie Nethercot, USMC, Operations Chief J-6, Joint Chiefs of  Staff
- CDR Lynn Archeson, USN, United States Naval Academy
- CAPT Andrea Marcille, USCG, Director, Leadership Development Center (Invited)
- COL Laurie Farris, Director, Operations, JFHQ/AIR
- LTC Anita Vinson-Britman, USA, NGB ARNG

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM   
The HORIZONS Scholarship Luncheon
- Brenda McKinney, WID HORIZONS Scholarship Director
Speaker: The Charismatic Leader
- Ms. Cynthia Burnham, Leadership Consultant; Executive Presence & Speaking Coach; Author

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM      
Panel: View from the Services
- Ms. Karen Conti, Director, Business Development, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
- RDML Gretchen Herbert, USN, Commander, Navy Cyber Forces
- RADM Sandra Stosz, USCG, Superintendant, Coast Guard Academy, USCG
- Col Suzanne Kumashiro, USAF
- Dr. Grace M. Bochenek, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. AMC
- Dr. John D. Burrow, Executive Director, MARCORSYSCOM

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM   
Speaker: Defending Cyber Space: Are We Ready?
- Ms. Debora Plunkett, Director, Information Assurance, National Security Agency

3:45 PM - 3:55 PM     
Networking Break
3:55 PM - 4:40 PM   
Speaker: The Strategic Outcome in Afghanistan
- CAPT Heidi Berg, USN, Military Assistant, Office of Director of National Intelligence; Deputy National Intelligence Officer, National Intelligence Council; Commanding Officer, NIOC Bahrain

4:40 PM - 5:25 PM   
Speaker: Leading Change in Times of Fiscal Constraint
- Ms. Elizabeth (Beth) McGrath, Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense

5:25 PM - 5:30 PM   
Closing Remarks
- Ms. Tricia Ward, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton; National President, Women In Defense

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM   
Networking Reception




Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
900 S. Orme St.
Arlington, VA 22204
Tel: (703) 521-1900

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
900 South Orme Street
Arlington, VA 22204
Tel: (703) 521-1900

A small block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA, at a special negotiated rate of $199.00/night , for those who will be attending the conference. 

In order to ensure the discounted rate, you must make your reservations early and ask for the “National Defense Industrial Association - Women In Defense” room block. Rooms will not be held after Friday, September 14, 2012 and may sell out before then. Rates are also subject to change after this date. To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly: 1-800-325-3535.


Download/Print/View the attendee roster (by last name)
Download/Print/View the attendee roster (by organization)

Online Registration is now CLOSED!

Pre-registration will close at 5pm EST on Wednesday, October 3; after this date, you must register onsite.

Registration Fees





(Now - 09/28/12) 

(After 09/28/12)




Industry NDIA Member



Industry Non-NDIA Member




Download/Print/View the registration form and fax it back to 703-525-1885

(Please note that there is an additional fee to attend the 2012 WID Annual Dinner. In order to register, please visit the event website at

Please note, online registration will close on September 28, 2012.  You must register onsite after this date.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy
Cancellations made before September 21, 2012 will receive a refund minus a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after September 21, 2012. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Please submit all changes or cancellations in writing to Taryn Crowder at

Sponsorship Opportunities


Platinum Sponsor:

 Northrop Grumman
Gold Sponsor:
  Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsor:
Future Skies
Silver Sponsor:
   Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC)
  SRA International, Inc.


At most events, a sponsorship enhances your marketing mix. At this event, you can highlight your offerings and
opportunities for women and show your support for advancing and recognizing women in all aspects of national

As a sponsor at the WID National Conference, in addition to marketing your products and services, you can:

  • reach impressive women in a cost-conscious way,
  • share your company's message about diversity and opportunities,
  • network with industry, military, and government representatives,
  • support the professional development of women in national security.

Plus, some sponsorships offer exclusive seating at the HORIZONS Luncheon.

Five sponsorship levels help meet your needs, including one just for small businesses. Some include conference
registrations and advertising. All include at least:

  • your company logo on the event web site,
  • signage recognizing your sponsorship,
  • sponsor ribbons for your representatives,
  • recognition throughout the event.

Questions: Jane Patrick Casey (703-247-2564;

Cultivating and supporting the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security is the mission of Women In Defense. If you share this core value, join us at this conference!

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