Success Stories

We Are The Network

"AFCEA has afforded me opportunities to advance my leadership skills and benefit from mentors who changed my life. I've benefited from the friendships, contacts and relationships via AFCEA by growing Young AFCEAN membership and Women in AFCEA. AFCEA encouraged my entrepreneurial spirit that enabled me to effect change by recognizing more women, providing more women with leadership roles and impacting AFCEA International's future strategy. I value AFCEA for providing a platform for me to emerge as a confident and results-driven motivator."

Ashley Becker, Manager, Financial Services, Ernst & Young LLP and Co-Chair of Women in AFCEA

"I joined AFCEA to support the important work of our defense, intelligence and security community. Give a little of your time or give a lot; participation is encouraged at all levels.  I've been able to meet an incredible amount of people with many diverse experiences, which has enriched my life tremendously, both personally and professionally.  Want to give back to your community? Want to increase your knowledge and skills? Want to build your network? Want to support the men and women who give so unselfishly to this country? AFCEA is the place for you."

Sandi King, Federal Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc. and past Chair of Women in AFCEA

"AFCEA was pivotal in assisting me when I launched my business with the support, education and networking that was offered. The camaraderie, not just from our chapter but also from AFCEA International, brought insight, understanding and perception to the government/contractor rules of business."

Patti Hamilton, President and CEO, Hamilton Consulting Solutions Corporation and Women Subcommittee Member

"In almost 10 years of collaboration with the AFCEA Rome Chapter I have learned to work with many institutions and companies sharing energy, ideas and skills, while building strong relationships with all the people I met and worked with. For me it is more than networking; I feel part of a collaborative community committed to developing new topics in innovative technology and supporting their dissemination."

Fiorella Lamberti, Marketing Communication Manager, Leonardo-Finmeccanica S.p.a. and AFCEA Rome Board Member

"A long career with many AFCEA touchpoints has created wonderful opportunities to learn, grow and give back – professional colleagues, international policy perspectives, shared challenges and solutions, and developing the cadre of future contributors – what’s not to like?!  I encourage women to engage – it’s a rewarding experience."

Lucinda T. Spaney, Director, The MITRE Corporation National Security Engineering Center and AFCEA International and Chapter Board Member

"I have been a part of AFCEA for almost six years but only started getting heavily involved the last three years. AFCEA has brought me so many amazing opportunities to grow as an individual. I used to be terrified of public speaking, but being the Publicity Lead for the Kaiserslautern Chapter for the past two years has given me the confidence I needed. Without becoming a part of AFCEA I don't think I would have been able to grow as much in my professional career as I have."

SSgt Amy L. Kern, USAF, Air Force Cyber Defense Supervisor and Publicity Chair, Kaiserslautern Chapter 

"AFCEA has provided me with industry enablement and networking opportunities I wouldn't otherwise have. I appreciate the caliber of progams AFCEA creates; they're always worthwhile."

Annie John, Technical Sales Lead, Cognitive Solutions Team, US Federal, IBM

"Since Women in AFCEA bloomed from the AFCEA infrastruture it has allowed me to connect with other like-minded women.  We seek networking, mentorship and new pathways to success.  It's difficult on your own and Women in AFCEA gives us a forum to connect."

Melissa Williams, CEO, MeKei Networks & Data Solutions 

"Being a member of AFCEA allowed me to stay up-to-date on current IT topics and trends in the field of Bundeswehr and Homeland Security while on maternity leave.  I was able to attend events and cultivate and expand my network.  Today - back at work - besides the national network, I enjoy having the international connection as part of Women in AFCEA."

Katja Frintrop, Head of Division, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services and Board Member AFCEA Bonn e.V.

"AFCEA's networking, education and leadership opportunities have been invaluable career builders for me in government and industry. Access to top executives, ahead-of-the-pack information and influential experiences are AFCEA hallmarks that no other professional organization can match."

Mimi Browning, President, Browning Consulting Group, Retired SES and ex-Small Business Subcommittee Chair

"The AFCEA community has taught me to be a better employee, manager and leader. The mentorship and growth opportunities i have received grew exponentially as I became more involved on a committee and then board level."

Tamar Mintz, Account Manager, Highlight Technologies (women owned small business) and Regional Young AFCEAN for the National Capital Region

"Serving AFCEA over the past 10-plus years has been an honor and a privilege. AFCEA is a leader in providing neutral forums to communicate, stimulate and maximize new technology and innovation. Its contribution to  national security through STEM scholarships and educational programs exceeds that of any other organization."

Shirley Adams, Former Vice President, General Dynamics Information Technology and current Regional Vice President, Southern California

"The resources, networking and opportunities for professional growth that AFCEA offers have been invaluable to me throughout my career. AFCEA actively seeks diversity in membership participation and leadership roles and has enabled me to give back to AFCEA in ways that help others advance."

Sue Hoffman, Former Booz Allen Hamilton Consultant and Regional Vice President Representative to the Executive Committee


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