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NDIA Appoints Ashley Bunce as Women In Defense Executive Director

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NDIA’s Women In Defense Announces 2016 HORIZONS Scholarship Recipients

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The Honorable Christine E. Wormuth, Ms. Lisa Atherton Honored as NDIA's 'Women In Defense' Service to the Flag Awardees

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NDIA, WID Leadership Congratulate General Lori Robinson on Nomination to Serve as Commander of U.S. Northern Command

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WID National Conference Showcases Leaders Delivering Innovation to National Security

WID announces the lineup of speakers for the 2016 national conference on Wednesday, March 9. Read the press release here.

Vice Adm Jan Tighe to Serve as Keynote for WID HORIZONS Scholarship Dinner.

WID's annual HORIZONS scholarship dinner is taking place Tuesday, March 8. Read the press release here.

WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter Professional Development Luncheon - January 22, 2015

WID National President, Karen Conti, addressed the importance of being a lifelong learner and having a career development advocate at the WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter's first professional development luncheon. Click here for press release.

 WID Conti Presenting
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Clambake at the NDIA Undersea Warfare Conference in Groton, CT - September 23, 2014

Clambake at the NDIA Undersea Warfare Conference
L-R: Lt Gen Larry Farrell, USAF (Ret), President & CEO, NDIA;
Colleen Murphy, President, WID New England Shoreline Chapter;
Karen Conti, WID National President; Carrie Pfieffer, In-coming
President, WID New England Shoreline Chapter

WID Service to the Flag Day Event - June 16, 2014

WID held this inaugural event on June 16, 2014, in Arlington, VA, to celebrate Flag Day and present the Service to the Flag Award. The purpose of this annual award is to recognize members who have served national defense and security, supported military service members, and/or facilitated partnerships between industry and the military. Registered attendees were invited to tour the Women in Military Service to America Memorial; the only major national memorial honoring the women who have served in our nation's defense, during all eras, and in all services. WID bestowed its prestigious Service to the Flag Award to Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, USAF (Ret), President, Board of Directors, Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc. followed by a keynote presentation from the Honorable Debbie James, Secretary, U.S. Air Force.

Tricia Ward and Karen Conti  Brig Gen Wilma Vaught

Hon Debbie James  Karen Conti, Brig Gen Wilma Vaught, and Hon Debbie James

Amy Courter and event attendees  Treva Langston and Karen Conti


WID National Conference - March 5, 2014
Intelligence Community News - Article on Ellen McCarthy's Speech at the WID Conference

WID Annual Dinner - March 4, 2014

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WID National Conference - March 5, 2014 - “Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times”
Hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton

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WID Iowa/Illinois Chapter Spring 2014 Fashion Show Featured on Local TV Station:
PSL 3/5/14 - Women In Defense Fashion Show

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:; 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.  

Did You Know?
WID Members Have Portal to Jobs

Members of Women In Defense have free access to job opportunities listings through the NDIA Monster Career Services Portal Plus, if your company has corporate membership in the National Defense Industrial Association, you can enjoy a discounted rate for job vacancy postings by accessing the NDIA portal.

 WID National Chapters, and Others Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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