HIGHLIGHTS, WOMEN IN DEFENSE NATIONAL Program/Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012-September 30, 2013)
Despite the frustrations of sequestration and cutbacks in industry and government, Women In Defense had an excellent year. PROGRAMS. Combined attendance at WID national and chapter events exceeded 3,600. National hosted three events. The Service to the Flag Award was presented to the Honorable Carolyn H. Becraft at the Women’s History Month event. HORIZONS SCHOLARSHIP. Celebration of our scholarship program’s 25th anniversary began with the October 2012 conference and will end with the 2013 annual dinner. HORIZONS Scholarship Director Brenda McKinney worked closely with her committee, the board, chapters, and staff to meet the ambitious goal of $50,000. As of 9/13/13, we are close!
MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTERS. WID will end the fiscal year with more than 4,400 members. Over the past decade, membership has grown more than fivefold.
CHAPTERS. WID has 21 chapters. Four were added this year: Greater Los Angeles, Space Coast, Greater Tampa Bay, Greater OhioValley. Chapters are responsible for most of our membership growth. At midyear, chapters had drawn more than 3,300 defense professionals to a variety of events. Two chapters—Tennessee Valley and Capital—celebrated their tenth anniversary (current chapter form). Of our total membership, 97% fall within the boundaries of a chapter.
COMMUNICATIONS. WID National communicated with members and the defense community through its quarterly newsletter, Network Notes, and its website. WID officers conducted several interviews with reporters this year. Three members of the press reached out to us because of our Women’s History Month Event/Service to the Flag Award: ClearanceJobs.com; Federal News Radio; and talk show “To the Contrary.”
FINANCES. Membership dues and events funded operating revenue. WID is expected to end fiscal year 2013 with a positive balance, ahead of last year’s results.
Election Results Announced
2013 WID NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The results of the recent election for WID National Officers are as follows:
Vice President: Amy Courter, International Air Cadet Exchange Association
Treasurer: Lori Lindholm, Lockheed Martin
Secretary: Treva Langston, Northrop Grumman
In accordance with bylaws, Karen Conti, Raytheon, moves to the position of president from vice president, and Tricia Ward, Booz Allen Hamilton, becomes immediate past president. Continuing in the second year of her term as HORIZONS Scholarship Director is Brenda McKinney, Kelly Government Solutions. New board members will be installed at the October 4 Annual Meeting.
WID National Celebration Draws Press Interest
The WID Women’s History Month Celebration and presentation of the Service to the Flag Award drew interest from the press.
• PBS talk show To the Contrary featured WID National President Tricia Ward for its Women's History Month story. Watch the interview by clicking here.
• Service to the Flag Award recipient Hon. Carolyn Becraft and HORIZONS Scholarship Director Brenda McKinney were interviewed for a story in ClearanceJobs.com
• Listen to the Federal News Radio interview of Carolyn Becraft by clicking here.
Women's History Month Celebration Featured
Service to the Flag Award Presentation
In celebration of Women's History Month in March, Women In Defense National recognized the brave women who serve our country through the military, government, and industry. "We have to pause to reflect on our history. If we don't write it down or we don't celebrate it, then it is like it has not happened," said WID National President Tricia Ward. Tricia is pictured opening the program in a slide show of the March 10 event. Click here to view.
The March 10 event took place at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial at Arlington Cemetery (pictured below). As part of its efforts to honor women in defense, WID presented its Service to the Flag Award to one of these distinguished women, the Honorable Carolyn H. Becraft. In accordance with the WID mission to cultivate and support the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security, the award recognizes high-achieving members in national security.
Learn more about the 2013 recipient Hon. Carolyn H. Becraft by clicking here. Learn about the 2013 WID Women's History Month Celebration and award presentation by clicking here.
The Service to the Flag Award includes a citation and an Ann Hand pin. Read the citation by clicking here.
Read an article in ClearanceJobs.com about women in cleared jobs, including comments from Ms. Becraft, by clicking here.
Service to the Flag Award recipient Carolyn Becraft (seated right) is pictured with BrigGen Wilma Vaught and members of the WID board Brenda McKinney, Becky Patton, Tricia Ward, Karen Conti, and Margaret DiVirgilio