Women's Appreciation Award
This award recognizes and honors AFCEA members, regardless of gender, who have gone above and beyond to further the careers of women. AFCEA contributions will be more heavily weighted than professional performance in the decision process. Winners are selected by members of the Women's Award Committee. The award will be presented at the annual Women's Appreciation Event held at WEST each year. AFCEA staff are not eligible for this award.
Women's Appreciation award winners - presented at WEST 2018
The Women's Appreciation Award nomination will be graded on the following:
- Supported the development of female business and/or government professionals by facilitating introductions with prospective experienced mentors
- Personally acted as a mentor to one or more female students or business/government professionals
- Actively supported and promoted STEM scholarships and careers (in business and/or government) to female students at any educational level
- Sponsored or advocated a highly-qualified female candidate for a new or increased position in her company or government
- Actively developed, or contributed to developing, shared opportunities for females in business and government to network, learn new skills, share best practices, celebrate accomplishments, and develop professionally
- Must be a current AFCEA Member
- Must have been an active participant and leader in AFCEA at the chapter and/or HQ International level for at least two years before being nominated for this award
- Individuals cannot nominate themselves
Women Appreciation Award Winners 2018
From left: Tamara Greenspan, Kathleen Berganski, Ashley Becker, Abigail Wilson, Sharon O'Malley Burg
All winners were recognized at the Fifth Anniversary Women's Appreciation Event at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 during AFCEA/USNI WEST in San Diego.
Manager, Union Square Innovation Center, Ernst & Young
Senior Manager, Cyber Operations Division, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Sharon O'Malley Burg
Senior Advisor, C.A.C.I. International Inc.
Government Cyber Security Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Women Appreciation Award Winners 2017
From left: Alvie Johnson, Dr. Marion Michaud, CMSgt Diane Slazinik, USAF, Col Kim Montfoort, USAF (Ret), Mary Allison Yourchisin
These winners include the first male recipient recognized for his support of women in the IT field. All winners were recognized at the Women's Appreciation Event from 4-6pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 during WEST in San Diego. Read here for more information on this annual event.
Mr. Alvie Johnson
Director, Business Development, Leidos
Marion Michaud, Ph.D.
Technical Director, Cyber Security Technical Center, The MITRE Corporation
Colonel Kim M. Montfoort, USAF (Ret)
Technical Support Lead, Telos Corporation
Chief Master Sergeant Diane Slazinik, USAF
Superintendent, 375th Communications Group, United States Air Force
Mrs. Mary Allison Yourchisin
Vice President, Special Operations and Joint Agencies, AC4S
Women Appreciation Award Winners 2016
President, Business Development Technologies
Teresa Duvall, CDR, USN (Ret)
Navy Authorizing Official Division Head, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command
Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Vice President, Cybersecurity and Network Management, Telos Corporation
President and CEO, SiloTech Group
From left to right: Ashley Becker, co-chair Women in AFCEA; John Meincke, Vice Chair of the Board of AFCEA International; Denise Desien, award winner; Lt Gen Robert M Shea, President and CEO of AFCEA International; and Andi Fehl, co-chair Women in AFCEA
From left to right: Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, master of ceremonies and past winner; Ashley Becker, co-chair Women in AFCEA; Natalie Givans, award winner; Teresa Duvall, award winner; Kathy Kleiman, keynote speaker; and Andi Fehl, co-chair Women in AFCEA
From left to right: Ashley Becker, co-chair Women in AFCEA; John Meincke, Vice Chair of the Board of AFCEA International; Charisse Stokes, award winner; Lt Gen Robert M Shea, President and CEO of AFCEA International; and Andi Fehl, co-chair Women in AFCEA
Women Appreciation Award Winners 2015
Vice President, General Dynamics Information Technology
Former Senior Director of the Educational Foundation
Senior Vice President, Inmarsat
Educational Foundation Board of Directors
Shirley Adams and Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch with their women's appreciation awards at WEST 2015
Norma Corrales and Doreen Jakubcak were not able to attend but submitted the following remarks.
Norma: Although I am surprised and honored by this award, it has not been earned by me alone. I believe in TEAM AFCEA - all caps! Particularly, in the field of education, AFCEA education, it has been the TEAM of AFCEA International, the Educational Foundation, and the wonderful AFCEA chapters that has made all efforts possible. That TEAM should also include the many AFCEA friends in academia, the military academies and military educational institutions, as well as the incredible Foundation staff and the loyal and dedicated volunteers who support our goals: the Board of Directors, Education Committee members, and scholarship judges. Without these individuals, we are mute. I would like to share this honor with all of them, too many to name individually.
Doreen: Thank you to AFCEA and the selection committee for this wonderful honor. AFCEA has been and always will be special for me. Through this great organization I have made lifetime connections and friendships. There aren't many organizations where you can be across the globe, step into a chapter event, and immediately feel welcomed and at home. In the 30+ years of my affiliation, AFCEA has continually embraced new initiatives to foster participation of women and minorities and identify better ways to serve our membership. It has been a privilege working with the Educational Foundation for the past several years. There is no organization more dedicated in their mission to provide educational opportunities in STEM disciplines, and it has been very gratifying to see the stories of how the Foundation has positively impacted students.
Women Appreciation Award Winners 2014
CAPT Danelle Barrett, USN
Chief of Staff, COMNAVCYBERFOR
Booz Allen Hamilton
Former Executive Director, AFCEA International
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