Spirited Art Holiday Social, Nov. 22, 2015

We had a wonderful time at the WID Annual Holiday Social at Spirited Art! Our members spent the evening socializing, enjoying snacks and wine, and creating a beautiful holiday themed painting.

WID-TVC 2015 Annual Meeting, Oct. 1, 2015

Thank you to our keynote speaker, Ms. Julie Schumacher, Deputy to the Commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command for such an inspiring speech, “Lessons from the Ladder”.

Women In Defense Board, 2014-2015

Left to Right –  Mikia Potter, Judy Hardin, Corby Dellarocco, Kathy Broad, beth Medley, Debbie Fraley, Leigh Christian, Kathy Gardner, Edwina Musante, Cindy Kurt, Not in picture:  Mary Bissell, Rokichia Haywood


Women In Defense Service to the Flag Ceremony, Washington, DC
WID-TVC Member, Maj General Paulette Risher was honored, and Kathy Broad, 2015 WID-TVC President attended to support the event.  The Service to the Flag Award recognizes members who have served national defense and security, supported military service members, and/or facilitated partnerships between industry and the military. Congratulations, Paulette!

Women In Defense Program Sponsored by Lanier Ford Law Firm, April 28, 2015
WID-TVC met at Lanier Ford Law Firm on April 28, 2015, for a luncheon program on contracting with the Federal Government.  Dale Gipson and Tracy Marion presented on Bid Protests and Organizational Conflicts of Interest. Thank you to Lanier Ford Law Firm for hosting us!

2015 Women In Defense Tennessee Valley Chapter Scholarship Awardees, April 2015
The WID-TVC awarded scholarships to two outstanding students, Elizabeth Patterson and Dallas Behrens! The WID-TVC Scholarship Program provides scholarships to deserving women in our local communities, universities, and in the workforce, who are pursing degrees in fields of study including security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, and economics.  Congratulations to Elizabeth and Dallas!

WID-TVC President Kathy Broad and QTEC sign Mentor/Protégé Agreement with Northrop Grumman
Congratulations to our WID-TVC President Kathy Broad and her company QTEC for signing a Mentor/Protégé Agreement with Northrop Grumman on April 7, 2015!

The Department of Defense’s Mentor-Protégé Program is approaching its 25th anniversary this year, and two local companies are taking advantage of some recent changes to the program. The Missile Defense Agency has selected Northrop Grumman to be the mentor company to protégé QTEC, a local woman-owned small business.

Northrop Grumman and QTEC partner

This will not be the first time Northrop has mentored a small company. They have actually worked with 110 small businesses since 1992, but it is the first time they have participated in this program without it being through a specific DoD program of record.

“Right now within the defense department and all of our customers there is really a push in expanding the industrial base and bringing more small businesses on board, so a lot of our goals tend to be oriented towards bringing those companies on board,” said Dan Verwiel, the Vice President of Integrated Air and Missile Defense Division of Northrop Grumman.

Verwiel sat alongside QTEC CEO Kathryn Broad Tuesday morning to officially sign the 36-month agreement in which Northrop will assist the company in further developing their engineering and technology capabilities, business infrastructure, and business development.

“Things like program management, earned value, cost management in terms of how the government tends to operate,” said Verwiel, “there is a very rigid structure that we tend to go through with the government particularly on large contracts, small businesses just don’t have that expertise.”

Northrop and QTEC have worked together for more than a decade. As with many larger companies, they contract smaller businesses to handle certain aspects of the big government contracts.

“Companies like ours recognize the importance of what they can bring to the mix. We don’t see them as competitors at all, they are our team mates and part of our function in dealing with some of these large efforts is making sure our teammates can deliver the way that we want to deliver.”

“We are excited to have been chosen by MDA and Northrop Grumman for the program,”said CEO Kathryn Broad. “We are excited to learn the new technical capabilities that we don’t have in niche areas like Data Systems Engineering, information assurance,  and cyber security, and (sic)  refining our QTEC business practices so that we can compete for sub contract and prime contract awards.”

QTEC has operated in Huntsville since 1998 and began working with Northrop in 2001. The company specializes in engineering, analytical, technical, and program management support.

Oakwood University is also involved in the program, providing information security training to QTEC personnel so that these employees may obtain certain security credentials.

For more on Northrop click here and for more on QTEC click here. 

WID-TVC Co-sponsors WBCNA’s Woman Owned Small Business Event – Innovative Strategies
Women in Defense Tennessee Valley Chapter co-sponsored the WBCNA Woman Owned Small Business event – Innovative Strategies for doing business with the Government on April 7, 2015.  Over 100 attendees learned from the Government experts, Primes, successful Women Business Owners, supportive companies to government contracting, and Small Business Administration Deputy Erin Andrew on how to best do business with the government.