March 4, 2016

WID GTB Chapter Leadership Team Building

Have you ever wanted to find out your true strengths and how to leverage those within your organization? Have you ever thought if you knew the strengths of your coworkers you could harness this information to work more effectively as a team? The Women In Defense Board was looking for a great team building exercise to start off our FY2015-2016 terms and decided to leverage a session with Marie Murray, a leading Human Capital Strategist trained in building high-performance teams using the Gallup StrengthsFinder.™ Gallup asserts that teams that know their strengths become “more engaged, more productive, and happier.” Last month the Women in Defense Executive Board took part in the Gallup StrengthsFinder™ guided by Marie Murray, our local Strengths coach. She was able to effectively draw out the strengths of each individual WID board member and taught them how and why they should “borrow” others’ strengths in order to push their organization to peak performance. Marie personalized a Gallup StrengthsFinder™ workshop to our team’s time constraints and specialized purpose. She took the results of the Board’s Gallup reports before the team building session and had real insight prepared. Marie led us in an engaging session and taught our team how to leverage our strengths to work together and how to engage with our members and the greater Tampa Bay defense community.  After reflecting on the team builder, WID GTB President, Janel Brown, said “I highly recommend Marie and this type of strengths based team builder.  It would be a true asset for any company or organization that is committed to success and wants to form a stronger team. “ Now, you might be asking yourself, “How can my organization take part in Gallup Strength Finder™?” It’s easy!!  Contact Marie and she’ll guide you to the accessible resources. “Gallup’s Strengths Finder assessments have helped millions of people discover what they do best.  Start using your strengths today.” See what it can do for your organization!  You can learn more about Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder™ at
November 16, 2015

WID GTB Chapter Vice President Debbie Miller Wins 2015 Military Appreciation Award

Congratulations to Ms. Debbie Miller, Executive Assistant to the CEO and the Military Affairs Coordinator for Celestar, and WID GTB Chapter’s Sponsorship Director for being recognized as the Bob Cutler Volunteer of the Year. Established in 2003 to honor Bob Cutler, a 28 year volunteer of the Military Council of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, this prestigious award is presented each year to a volunteer that represents Bob’s commitment to Tampa Bay’s armed forces. Ms. Miller received her award at a Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce event attended by more than 500 guests and Florida Governor Rick Scott and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The event also had leadership from all five service branches. “Debbie is an outstanding leader and has worked tirelessly to build relationships between MacDill AFB and the Tampa Bay Community,” explains WID GTB Chapter President Trudy Daniels. “She always strives to “give back” and honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom.” Debbie’s volunteer work with National Defense Organizations is extensive. In addition to being a WID GTB Chapter Board Member, she is the Military Council Member & Co-Chair 2015 Military and Veteran Support and Recognition Committee for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Secretary for the AFCEA Pelican Chapter, Member of the Membership Committee for AFCEA International and a member of NDIA. As Celestar’s Military Affairs Coordinator, she is heavily involved in multiple military support and national defense organizations by coordinating Tampa Bay industry events as well as programs to assist in the transition from military to civilian status in order to keep our veterans working and living in the Tampa Bay area. We congratulate Debbie on this prestigious achievement!
September 3, 2015

Women in Defense Elects New Board Members

The Greater Tampa Bay chapter of Women In Defense (WID GTB) is pleased to announce its newly elected board for 2015-2016. Newly elected president Janel Brown is the Director of Special Operations Solutions at Digital Globe’s Tampa Office. The Naval Reserve Officer is excited about the continued growth for WID in the next year. “We had a great inaugural leadership team that grew our membership base to more than 175 women and men in just two years,” Brown explains. “I’m really looking forward to continuing to offer our members superb programming and professional development opportunities and also seeing the impact we can create not just in the defense community, but the Tampa Bay area as a whole.” Click here to read the full release.