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.

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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. 

Women in the Workforce: A Journey in STEM

September 2, 2020 - A Virtual Forum

Now available On Demand to those who could not attend the live event: 

This virtual event featured discussions about the challenges professional women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics experienced beginning in grade school and moving through college and into their early careers. Among the topics examined were potential ways to address these challenges and help young women consider STEM careers for their future.

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:



Women in Cyber Panels

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 in the Workforce: A Journey in STEM 

The second event in this series will be held Wednesday, September 1, 2021 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.

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:


The Women in AFCEA program offers special networking opportunities throughout the year, including the Women in AFCEA appreciation event each winter in San Diego. (MORE...)

Build the Next Generation

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...)

Make a Difference

Join the discussion with AFCEA regarding why more females are not entering the workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. (MORE...)

Leadership Development

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...)

Encouraging Women in STEM

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...)

Career Opportunities

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...)

Busting Stereotypes

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...)


Women in AFCEA is a sub-category in the AFCEA International awards program. Winners are honored and celebrated at an AFCEA International conference and highlighted in SIGNAL magazine.  (MORE...)

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