The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women In Defense held its Annual Meeting and Scholarship Award Breakfast on September 15 at the Jackson Center. Our keynote speaker was Ms. Laura M. DeSimone, MDA Director for Acquisition.

Ms. DeSimone shared her personal background, talked about her love of her country being instilled in her at a young age by her father who served in the U.S. Navy, and provided words of wisdom for our attendees.

“We all have stories,” Ms. DeSimone said. “It’s important that we share them and continue to support and encourage each other.”

Our 2016 scholarship winners were also recognized during this event. Congratulations to Miranda Durbin, Athens State University; Kellie Johnson, University of Alabama in Huntsville; and Claire-Isabelle Staschus, University of Alabama in Huntsville!

Thank you to our scholarship sponsors: AVISTA Strategies, Cortina Consulting Group, Davidson Technologies, Five Stones Research Corporation, NTS, Kord Technologies, S&B Financial Consultants, and Troy 7, Inc. Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Lockheed Martin and NDIA.