Women's Appreciation Event

Celebrating Women in Leadership with AFCEA

Thursday, February 18, 2016
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall A, San Diego Convention Center

Our third women's appreciation event was a huge success with more sponsors and attendees than ever!  Women and men enjoyed drinks and refreshments while networking with senior leaders in the IT, communications and related fields, followed by viewing of the documentary The Computers with an introduction and question & answer session by its founder, Kathly Kleiman.  The graduates of the Leadership Forum focused on Women in Leadership were recognized, and the event concluded with the presentation of the women's appreciation awards for 2016. More information on the documentary, the awards and the leadership forum is below. 

Documentary Viewing

The Computers is a documentary describing the work of six brilliant young women who programmed the world's first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, in 1945-46 as part of a secret World War II project. Background on the film can be found at the ENIAC Programmers Project websiteThe women, part of a group called "Computers," initially hand-computed ballistics trajectories for Army artillery filing tables.
Later six were chosen to be the first programmers of ENIAC (created to automate these trajectory calculations). The women learned to program ENIAC without programming languages or tools (for none existed) - only logical diagrams. By the time they were finished, ENIAC ran a ballistics trajectory—a differential calculus equation—in seconds. Unfortunately, when the ENIAC was unveiled to the press and the public in 1946, the women were never introduced; they became invisible.

The ENIAC Programmers Project has devoted more than two decades to researching the work of the ENIAC programmers, recording their stories and seeking recognition for their accomplishments. They worked closely with Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) on research and with the award-winning Palfreman Film Group (BBC/NOVA/Frontlines) on the production of the film.

The Computers was shown at the Seattle International Film Festival and InspireFest in Dublin. It runs 20 minutes. Watch the trailer.


Appreciation Awards

This ceremony recognizes and honors AFCEA members who have gone above and beyond to further the careers of women in numberous ways, including supporting their professional development; acting as a mentor; promoting STEM scholarships to female students; sponsoring or advocating for a promotion for highly qualified female candidates; contributing to development of opportunities for females in the workforce, etc.  See the five award winners for 2016!

Leadership Forum Focused on Women in Leadership

With a focus on practical application of the topic of leadership, the AFCEA Leadership Forum is a professional development program for individuals in mid-level management positions from the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. Attendees actively participate in a program (12 instructional hours) that combine lecture and classroom instruction with key leader presentations. These key leaders come from senior positions in the military, government, industry and academia. The course is complemented throughout by rich participative interaction and both formal and informal networking opportunities. Graduates of the Women in Leadership course held at WEST 2016 were recognized during the Women's Appreciation Event 2016.

AFCEA thanks the following companies

for their generous support of the 2016 Women's Appreciation event












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