Women In AFCEA
AFCEA offers resources to help women advance their careers through leadership development, education, events and networking. Women who participate in AFCEA activities and events gain new skills, engage with mentors and make lasting connections that help them excel in cyber, defense, intelligence and homeland security disciplines and related technical areas. AFCEA actively works to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions through its Women in AFCEA initiatives and panel discussions that occur throughout the year.
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This event is part of this year's virtual WEST conference.
Not attending WEST? Register for this event at https://event.afcea.org/WESTWomenAppreciationReg.
June 30, 2021 at 2:30 pm EDT: Women in Space
Our annual Women's Appreciation Event is held in conjunction with AFCEA/USNI WEST. This year the event will be held virtually and the theme is Women in Space. Lt Gen Nina Armagno, Director of Staff, HQ U.S. Space Force will keynote. The event will conclude with the honoring of this year's women's appreciation award winners.
Virtual Engagement Series
These events are free to attend and open to all women AFCEA members.
August 3, 2021 5:00-6:30 pm EDT: Women in AFCEA Virtual Summer Speed Networking Event
Mark your calendar for this inaugural women’s event organized by Jessica Tayson and Lauren Beward of our Aberdeen Chapter! More information to follow.
This event - the second in its series - is open for registration at https://event.afcea.org/AFCEAWomeninSTEM2021.
Sponsorships are available - contact Susan Emert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second event in this series will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia. These events target early- to mid-career women, with speakers and panelists discussing challenges experienced throughout grade school, the college years, and entry into the workforce. This event will include networking with speakers and attendees in the AFCEA community during an onsite reception.
Many of our past events have been recorded and can be viewed on the Women in AFCEA YouTube Channel.
Virtual Engagement Series
May 25, 2021 at 5:00 pm EDT: Women in AFCEA Annual Mentorship Night
This inaugural annual premier women’s event focused on an interactive exchange between four senior-level woman STEM professionals representing government, military, industry and academia, moderated by Ms. Linh Nguyen of our AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter.
- Lt Gen Mary O’Brien, Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects Operations
- Ms. Jenna Seidel, SES, NSA/CSS Representative to USINDOPACOM
- Ms. Anne Wagner, Vice President, Novetta
- Ms. Ashlee Magosin, Chief Financial Officer, Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation
April 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm EDT: Women in AFCEA Quarterly Mentorship Night
Cheryl Waldrup, Chief Growth Officer at Strongbridge, LLC, Ms. Waldrup holds over 25 years of IT and federal contracting experience, supports several organizational boards, holds numerous awards and recognitions and is an accomplished author. The session discussed her career journey, advice on mentoring and other topics, and concluded with an interactive Q&A exchange. It was moderated by Lauren Beward, Business Development/Proposal Manager at Bravura Information Technology Systems, Inc.
March 16, 2021 - Women's History Month Social
Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, USN (Ret) spoke with Women in AFCEA about her journey as the first woman Chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps, first woman Chief Chaplain of the U.S. Navy, and in her current position as first woman Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. Her fascinating story is shared here:
Women in the Workforce: A Journey in STEM
The event highlighted senior career women sharing their personal journeys and offering advice to both men and women about how they can encourage young professionals in the workplace. These discussions were invaluable for women in their early- to mid-career and informative about why many girls distance themselves from the path that can lead to successful careers in STEM fields. The event concluded with interactive small group sessions and opportunities to network with speakers and other attendees in AFCEA’s professional community. Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, USN (Ret.), during her keynote speech, shared her story about overcoming barriers: https://www.afcea.org/content/hidden-biases-and-artificial-barriers-didnt-stop-navy-officer.
Women in Cyber Panels are popular sessions at the TechNet Cyber symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, at TechNet Augusta in Augusta, Georgia, and at TechNet Asia Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. Audio of our panel at TechNet Augusta 2018 is available.
Women in STEM Series
SIGNAL Media, the official media of AFCEA, has an online series on successful women in STEM, which was awarded an APEX writing excellence award, and SIGNAL continues to report on and cover topics that support this intiative.
Women's Appreciation Event
The Women's Appreciation Event is held in conjunction with AFCEA/USNI WEST in San Diego. WEST attendees enjoy networking with senior leaders in their community; followed by either a documentary showing, panel, keynote speaker/ or fireside chat; concluding with the honoring of several women receiving their women's appreciation awards.
Women's Appreciation Awards
Several women each year are honored with the Women's Appreciation Awards for what they have done to elevate women in their network/workplace/professional community. The awards are presented at the Women's Appreciation Event each year in San Diego.
Women roles in AFCEA
Find your role in AFCEA from the examples of our current women leaders shown below:
Be part of the solution and choose to help mentor future women leaders in academia, government, military and industry. (MORE...)
Life-long learning is crucial to staying on top in technical fields and to improve leadership capabilities. AFCEA encourages women educators to join our efforts in mentoring and offering internship opportunities to talented women who are majoring in a STEM-related field. We also offer discounts on educational programs and offer continuing education credits at many of our events. (MORE...)
Join the discussion with AFCEA regarding why more females are not entering the workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. (MORE...)
To broaden your career horizons, you must expand your personal and professional connections. Women In AFCEA helps you build and maintain business relationships with government and industry leaders. (MORE...)
How can AFCEA help to encourage women to study STEM subjects in school, pick a career in a STEM field, and stay in that career? AFCEA International President and CEO Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.): “It is imperative that the entire AFCEA community be proactive in providing incentives and support for women pursuing opportunities in the science technology, engineering and math fields. We are dedicated to promoting the importance of women in STEM through our events, our chapters and across our strong volunteer base.” (MORE...)
AFCEA provides opportunities for women at various stages of their career. AFCEA members learn, mentor and support those in the global security community during chapter and international meetings and conferences. Women in AFCEA Testimonials (MORE...)
Surveys indicate that STEM-related majors and careers continue to be male dominant. Women in AFCEA offers several leadership and mentoring activities to support and encourage women to delve into the science, technology, engineering and math fields to change the demographic landscape for future generations. If you are a Women in AFCEA, we encourage you to share lessons learned, accomplishments and words of wisdom throughout the organization. Fill out a Women in AFCEA speaker form to be a contributor, keynote or panel member at AFCEA conferences and events held worldwide. (MORE...)
For those women not educated in STEM fields, employers need to offer retraining options in order to entice those with the proper aptitudes to switch careers. AFCEA members also enjoy benefits on Continuing Education credits. (MORE...)
Unintentional stereotyping can have a huge impact starting as early as the lower grade school levels and continuing on throughout a women's career. “A teacher’s power to influence can extinguish a girl’s elementary school dream of becoming a rocket scientist or help it to flourish,” according to the National Education Association, citing a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. (MORE...)