Women's Appreciation Event 2018


A Celebration of Women in AFCEA!

Wednesday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall D, San Diego Convention Center


Women in AFCEA celebrated its fifth anniversary Women’s Appreciation Event at AFCEA/USNI WEST on February 7. Sponsored by Walker & Associates with Ciena Corporation, Bloomberg Government, and JTSI Incorporated, the event was attended by almost 400 women and men. It focused on the huge strides made by Women in AFCEA towards their goals of increasing the number of AFCEA women members, and raising the participation and visibility of women as speakers, committee members and award winners within our community. An Honorary Host Committee comprised of high-level leaders in the AFCEA community, including past Chairs of the Board, was thanked for making the growth and success of Women in AFCEA possible.

The Women’s Appreciation Event this year was headlined by Rear Admiral Danelle Barrett, U.S. Navy, who engaged the audience with a highly entertaining account of Barbie and Ken to summarize gender bias, the necessity of being willing to fail in order to succeed, and to “fail with grace”, sprinkled throughout with “sea stories” of being a woman in a man’s world. Rear Admiral Barrett received a heartfelt standing ovation for her remarks.


The event concluded with the presentation of the Women’s Appreciation Award to five AFCEA members for their leadership roles in mentoring, supporting and advocating for women in a professional capacity. After accepting their award, the winners each spoke to the audience to share personal experiences.

Women in AFCEA then honored Jane Brightwell of Walker & Associates as its Star Supporter for the past five years, as a founding member of the Women Subcommittee, and a sponsor representative of all Women in AFCEA events. Award winners from the past five years will be recognized at AFCEA International Headquarters on a plaque in the entrance lobby.


Check out last year's women's appreciation event!

AFCEA thanks the following

for their generous support of the 2018 Women's Appreciation Event


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