Women in AFCEA Fall Event: October 2014

Women in AFCEA held their first annual Fall Event entitled Risk to Results at AFCEA International Headquarters on October 28, 2014.

Over 70 men and women listened to opening remarks by Linda Gooden, Chair of AFCEA International's Board of Directors, LTGEN Robert Shea (Ret), President and CEO of AFCEA International, and John Meincke, Vice Chair of the AFCEA International Board of Directors. The keynote speaker, Shelley Smith, founder and president of Premier Rapport, captivated the audience with an interactive and enlightening exchange that demonstrated how achieving success requires making genuine connections. She outlined what she called the Wave of Connectivity, which depends on the importance of knowing yourself, identifying your most productive efforts, and focusing on delegation and accountability. "What is your 60 second elevator speech?" Smith asked. In pairs, the attendees shared their 60-second overview and learned key techniques from Smith to improve their personal and professional brands.

Jazz music, energized conversations and champagne toasts greeted each attendee. Vases on each table inscribed with inspirational quotations highlighting the accomplishments of women in technology served as anchors to pull the evening's theme of "Risks to Results" together. New connections were made and passions about supporting and mentoring women in technology were discussed. The attendance of AFCEA and Government leaders, AFCEA members, as well as those new to AFCEA proved the value of providing women the tools to grow.

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