2016 Mentoring Series: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Your Goals Featuring Sheriff Ana Franklin

Women In Defense Tennessee Valley Chapter (WID-TVC) was proud to host Ana W. Franklin, Morgan County Sheriff, for our 2016 Mentoring Series: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Your Goals on Monday, November 28 at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Read more about the event here.

2016 Women’s Aerospace & Defense Networking Event

The Women’s Aerospace and Defense networking event was held Thursday, November 17, at Cinemark Monaco, and it was a great turnout! At least 75 men and women attended the event put on by Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Raytheon, and WID-TVC.

2016 Annual Membership Meeting and Scholarship Breakfast

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. 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! Read more about this event here!

19th Annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium

The Women In Defense Tennessee Valley Chapter participated in the 19th Annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium, held at the Von Braun Civic Center August 16-18. The SMD Symposium is the leading education, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community. Read more about our success during the event here!

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Women In Defense Tennessee Valley Chapter Vice President Leigh Christian received the Moquin Award for Professional of the Year for our entire community! Women In Defense is proud to recognize Leigh for her hard work, incredible networking skills, and professionalism in everything she does. Congratulations, Leigh!!! Read more here.

2016 MDA Small Business Programs Conference

The 2016 MDA Small Business Programs Conference was held June 8-9 at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL. Women In Defense Tennessee Valley Chapter supported this event by running the registration tables. The program included briefings from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Small Business Programs, the Directors of MDA Acquisitions, MDA Contracts and Program Office officials on relative upcoming MDA procurements. The MDA Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) was also in attendance to discuss small business opportunities, one on one, with individual company representatives.

NOVA Networking Event

President Corby Dellarocco and Communications Director Elizabeth Griffith represented Women In Defense Tennessee Valley Chapter at NOVA Huntsville’s Hangar Party at the Huntsville International Airport on May 20. NOVA was established to serve as a directory of local community groups for young professionals. Read more about the event here!

WID 2016 Mentoring Series Session 1

WID-TVC held its first session of the 2016 Mentoring Series on April 29 at the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Myra Gray, Executive Director of the U.S. Army Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Activity (USATA-TMDE) served as our speaker. Dr. Gray spoke on “Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Your Goals”. Thank you, Dr. Gray, for sharing your insight with us!

2nd Annual WBCNA WOSB Event – “Converting Contacts Into Winning Contracts”

The 2nd annual WBCNA WOSB event was an action-packed day full of insights from leaders in Huntsville’s world of Woman Owned Small Businesses. The event, titled “Converting Contacts Into Winning Contracts”, was purposely held in the month of March, as it is Women’s History Month. We heard from various speakers, networked with individuals from the defense industry, and gathered lessons learned from panelists.

Local STEM Project Featured in ASME Poster Contest

The Greengate School Dyslexia Project, developed by a team of senior mechanical/aerospace engineering students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and funded by WID-TVC, was recently featured at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Southeast Student Professional Development Conference. Read more here.


WID National Conference, March 8-9, 2016

The WID National Conference is held March 8-9 in Washington D.C. As part of this 2-day event, a silent auction will be held to raise money for WID HORIZONS Scholarships. Each WID chapter provides a basket to be auctioned off, and WID-TVC President Corby Dellarocco carried this basket on behalf of our chapter. It includes:

Signed copy of Gen. Ann Dunwoody’s book, “A Higher Standard”
Huntsville local author Jim I. Owens, Jr. book, “Forty Lessons in Leadership”
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center coffee mug
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center shot glass
$25 Starbucks gift card
Assorted Lindt Truffles
Fresh Market Regular Jo’ Coffee

Find out more about the HORIZONS Scholarships here.

Membership Appreciation Reception, February 23, 2016

WID-TVC held its Membership Appreciation Reception on February 23 at the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce. Attendees enjoyed breakfast and networking with other members. The board presented updates on events, programs, and opportunities that are coming up in 2016. We have an exciting year ahead!

NDIA 2016 Membership Dinner, February 11, 2016

NDIA Tennessee Valley Chapter put on a beautiful dinner reception for its members on February 11 at the Jackson Center. Ms. Lisha Adams, Executive Deputy to the Commanding general – U.S. Army Materiel Command, was the keynote speaker, and 2016 NDIA officers were installed by MG (R) Barry Bates, member of the National Board of Directors/Trustees for NDIA. Congratulations to our WID-TVC President, Corby Dellarocco, on her installation as an NDIA Officer!