In addition to expanding my network and making lifelong friends, WID connected me to many new opportunities and experiences that I wouldn’t have found otherwise.
I’m a member of numerous professional associations and attend a lot of events to do business development for my company. WID is different for me because I can relax and enjoy the camaraderie of people who understand what it is like to have too much to do.
It is easy to get stove piped and only interact with people that you work with. At the chapter events, I’ve met women (and men) from all different commands, and even different government agencies.
I’m a team leader in a government agency at Aberdeen Proving Ground and sometimes I feel alone. Women In Defense’s professional development programs have filled in the gaps for me and helped me get through some hard times.
At this stage of my career, Women In Defense is an opportunity for me to give back and help mentor the next generation of women into positions of leadership.