Success Stories

We Are The Network

"Women in AFCEA started as an idea, and never could have anticipated the impact that it would have on others and me. Appreciate that the opportunity to establish and advance the committee and mission enabled me to grow as a leader. This experience directly motivated me to take risks at work and create new innovative capabilities. By sharing the stories of our amazing women AFCEA members to men and women, we were all moved by the amazing pioneering accomplishments of our award winners that served as a catalyst for more women to share their stories. Grateful that the women in AFCEA have bonded as family and mentors as we continue to make waves at AFCEA, professionally and personally. Truly a movement involving all members to take chances and make things happen."

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

"Located at the junction of knowledge and collaboration, AFCEA consistently exceeds my expectations.  From vital insights into information technology trends to invaluable networking opportunities, the benefits of membership are countless.  "Women in AFCEA" has broadened my perspective on the powerful synergies between government/military and industry and strengthened my connections with other professionals around the world."

Roseanne Cinnamond, Industry Relations Analyst, ViON Corporation and Co-Chair of AFCEA International Membership Committee

"I joined AFCEA and immediately became an active member by becoming VP of Women’s Outreach for the Fort Knox Gold Vault Chapter. Being active in this role has allowed me use my talents to set a standard of excellence in the chapter, network and to proudly give back to my extended community. It’s not always about what an organization can do for you, but what you can do for the organization."

Kathryn Thompson, QA Analyst Senior, SAIC and VP of Women in AFCEA Outreach Fort Knox Gold Vault Chapter


"I have been a member of AFCEA for over Fifteen Years.  It truly has allowed me opportunities and Relationships that I know will last my lifetime.  I have been actively involved in Central Maryland Chapter– WIIG “Women In Intelligence Group” for the last 5 years.  I have forged relationship that have helped me grow as a business leader and allowed me to give back to other women by getting involved in Mentoring / Educational Scholarships (STEM), Speaker Events and participate with other fantastic Women internationally. "

Jami Kirkwood – CEO and Director of Recruiting, Automation Career Consultants ( ACC)

"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

"Joining AFCEA at first had been just because my supervisor told me to, but it has grown into being a part of who I have become. With each year passing I have been able to network and be mentored by some of the most amazing people I have had the privilege of ever knowing. AFCEA is truly a community and family that prides itself I’m not only the STEM career fields but in lifting one another up and helping all in becoming a better version of themselves. I believe if I had not joined AFCEA and especially the Women’s Committee and Young AFCEAN executive committee I would not have become the person I am today."

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

"I joined AFCEA to gain broader exposure to Intel Community people and practices.  Networking opportunities provided significant insight into industry trends, development of teaming relationships, and collaboration with customers which, in turn, played a pivotal role accelerating my career.  I believe deeply in AFCEA’s support for STEM education. I am particularly thrilled to be affiliated with an organization that values diversity and inclusion, while striving to empower women in STEM."

Kathleen Berganski, Lockheed Martin Senior Manager 

"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

"Located at the junction of knowledge and collaboration, AFCEA consistently exceeds my expectations.  From vital insights into information technology trends to invaluable networking opportunities, the benefits of membership are countless.  "Women in AFCEA" has broadened my perspective on the powerful synergies between government/military and industry and strengthened my connections with other professionals around the world."

"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

"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



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