2019 WID-TVC Annual Meeting & Scholarship Awards Ceremony 

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense celebrated its Annual Event and Scholarship Awards Ceremony on October 30, 2019 at Rocket City Tavern. Thank you to all who joined us for this great event.

We were honored to hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Lisa Watson, Program Manager for the NASA Human Landing System Program at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Congratulations to our scholarship recipient, Amanda Drury, graduate student at Athens State University, majoring in Supply Chain Management and Contracts Management!

September Mentorship Event

We had a wonderful Mentoring Event on September 17, featuring Carolyn Farmer, Deputy Program Manager for the All Up Round and Canister (AUR+C) within the newly established Army Hypersonic Project Office.

Carolyn presented on the Power of Focus to Influence Personal and Professional Change. Thank you so much for speaking to our members on this important topic. We had an incredible turnout, and thank everyone for joining us.

A special thank you goes to IronMountain Solutions for donating their facility for this event!

Werner Von Braun Memorial Dinner

In September, WID-TVC members attended the Werner Von Braun Memorial Dinner at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.

Each year, this event honors individuals and groups by presenting several awards and scholarships centered around aerospace, engineering, science, and more.

We are SO incredibly proud of The Nerdettes FIRST Robotics Team for receiving the Rising Star Award!!! This award is presented each year to a young person or team reflecting superior performance in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). This group is such an inspiration. These young ladies are truly making an impact through their dedication to learning about the world of robotics, support of each other, and passion for giving back to their communities. Way to go, Nerdettes!!!

This event also serves to celebrate space exploration with so many that have helped make this country, state, and community so influential and successful in our nation’s space program. It was a treat to hear from Keynote Speaker Leonard David, award-winning space journalist.

Thank you to INNOVIM for sponsoring our table. We had a wonderful evening!

Stars & Strikes Membership Social

Thank you to all who joined us for our final membership social of 2019!

We had a blast at Stars & Strikes on August 15 playing “wacky bowling” in the VIP section, enjoying drinks, snacks, and door prizes, and chatting with members!

We have so enjoyed getting together with members at our monthly socials this year. These events gave us an opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed setting while enjoying various activities around town. We look forward to all the fun that is to come in 2020!

2019 Small Business Awards

We had a wonderful evening at the 2019 Small Business Awards, put on by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, on August 13!

WID-TVC was honored to be named a final contender for the Nonprofit of the Year category for the second year in a row. Congratulations to the winners in our category, Greater Huntsville Humane Society and Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments!

We are so grateful to be part of the incredible Huntsville community, and had a great time celebrating the success of the organizations and businesses that make it up!

X-Golf Membership Social

WID-TVC members gathered for our monthly membership social on April 11, 2019 at X-Golf Huntsville. We had a great evening networking, enjoying food and drinks, and participating in virtual golf!

2018 WID-TVC Annual Meeting & Scholarship Awards Ceremony 

The 2018 WID-TVC Annual Meeting & Scholarship Awards Ceremony was held on October 25 at Redstone Gateway. We were honored to have Ms. Eileen Drake, CEO and President of Aerojet Rocketdyne, serve as our keynote speaker. Attendees received annual chapter updates and this year’s scholarship recipient was recognized. Thank you to all who attended this event!

WID-TVC Holds June Monthly Membership 

The WID-TVC June Monthly Membership was held June 14 at Rocket City Tavern! We heard from Mrs. Constance A. Hambrick, Office of Small Business Programs HQ, US Army Contracting Command.

As a passionate advocator for small businesses, Mrs. Hambrick spoke to our members on her lessons learned throughout her career thus far, in the areas of friendship, communication, obstacles, and perseverance. Mrs. Hambrick also discussed the importance of growing from successes and failures and how she measures the two.

“I measure failure by when one stops trying,” she said. “I measure success one accomplishment at a time.”

To wrap it up, Mrs. Hambrick encouraged attendees to have courage in both personal and work life as a kick-starter to success, quoting Oprah Winfrey: “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”

Thank you for joining us, Mrs. Hambrick!

Nerdettes Robotics Team Wins First at National Competition

WID-TVC sponsored the Nerdettes Robotics Team for their participation in the Hydrodynamics Inaugural Lego League International Open in Legoland, CA, May 18-20, 2018.The Nerdettes won first place in Strategy and Innovation in the robot design category. This award recognizes the team that uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high-performing robot. The team’s use of risk management and mission selection strategy is what helped them secure a first place trophy. Read more here.

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