WID GTB was pleased to host a joint holiday social earlier this month with the Global SOF Foundation, Tampa-St. Petersburg AFCEA Pelican Chapter, NDIA Tampa Bay, and FDCA. The event was held on December 5, 2017 and offered more than 100 defense industry professionals the opportunity to network and celebrate the holiday season. View all of our event pictures: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterTampaBayChapterofWomenInDefense/
The Women In Defense Greater Tampa Bay (WID GTB) is pleased to announce their new officers for 2018. The officers were sworn in on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at WID GTB’s annual meeting. Ms. Debbie Miller, Business Relationship Manager at Celestar Holdings Corporation, was elected as the organization’s President and is responsible for continuing the momentum of the previous board through professional development, networking and programming for both women and men who are part of and support the defense industry. “Women In Defense is an integral part of the Tampa Bay Defense community,” explains Ms. Miller. “I am excited to work with the community and WID GTB Board of Directors to build even more robust, relevant and progressive programs for our membership base – and create a valuable resource for the region.” Other WID GTB officers include: Jennifer Metz, VP & Partner of SE2S, was elected as Vice President; Jennifer (Jenny) O’Connor, Director of Business Development for Maynard Cooper Gale/Florida Market was re-elected as Secretary; and Rita Maxwell, Senior Financial Management Executive at VATC, Inc. was re-elected as Treasurer. WID GTB Directors for the 2017-18 fiscal term were also appointed and include: Julie Hillson, Jacobs Engineering Group, Membership Director; Melinda Farmer, SenComm, Director of Sponsorship; Mollie McLaughlin, The Dark Star Group, Director of Communications; Sally T. Woodward, Shutts & Bowen, Director of Scholarship and Valerie Ellis, Luminary Global, Director of Programs. ###
WID GTB is pleased to announced the funding of its first scholarship to Pinellas County K-12 students attending STEM Academics Camp this summer. To learn more about Pinellas County School’s STEM program, and WID GTB’s contribution, click here to watch a short video. The scholarship was a result of the Chapter’s annual fundraiser to fund scholarships for local young women desiring to pursue a degree in a STEM field. Last year’s Inaugural Fundraiser Event, “Boots, Brews and BBQ” was held on October 27, 2016 at 81 Bay Brewing Company, and catered by Mission BBQ. It was attended by more than 80 local defense industry professionals and active duty military and raised nearly $3,000. Watch for details about this year’s event!
WID GTB is pleased to announce its Chapter Facebook page is live! Click here to access the site. We encourage you to visit the page, post comments, view our event pictures and connect and network with your peers. A big thank you to our Communications Deputy, Mollie McLaughlin, for developing and launching the page!