in Defense
Michigan Chapter

5th Annual Women's Business Forum

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Lawrence Technological University
21000 West 10 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075

The Women In Defense Michigan Chapter is bringing together experts in several key professional growth areas for the 5th annual Women’s Business Forum. Please join us on March 20th for an informative, enriching, and enlightening day of professional development. The women who attend will also discover additional tools to enhance their careers.
WID Members $75
Non-Members $95
Students $45


11:00am – 11:30am Registration/Networking
11:30am Lunch
12:00pm – 3:55pm TED Talks, Speakers, and Panel
4:00pm Networking at the Nomad Grill in Southfield, MI
(Restaurant attached to the Premier Best Western Hotel)
Marcia Price, Founder & CEO of Vector Analytics

Marcia PriceMs. Price is the founder and CEO of Vector Analytics, a firm which leverages data science and natural language processing techniques to provide software solutions and analytics. Vector serves end users and Software-as-a-Service platforms primarily in the advanced materials, defense, government, and aerospace industries. Clients include DuPont, Honeywell, BAE Systems, and the Department of Defense. She holds a Masters degree in Data Science, an MBA, and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering."

Donna Edwards, Community Relations Officer

Donna Edwards is the Community Relations Officer for the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command. Edwards is a senior communications professional with more than 25 years of experience working on branding & reputation management, employee communications and corporate social responsibility issues in nonprofit, government and for-profit positions. In this position she serves as an advisor to senior TACOM leaders on external relations matters and oversees a comprehensive community relations portfolio.

Prior to her position at TACOM, Edwards was the Director of Education and Communications at ArtServe Michigan for eight years. She was a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years, and she also worked as the Director of Joint Advertising Operations for the Department of Defense for four years. In addition to her communications work, she has experience working in governmental relations, education and advertising.

Laurie Tannous

Laurie TannousThis year, we are fortunate to have Laurie Tannous for our "Get it in a Minute", a discussion regarding personal situational awareness. Laurie is a Front lines Customs officer, seasoned immigration lawyer, and a Government relations liaison. Few people in the world have the background and experience that is held by Ms. Tannous in her understanding of the complexities involved in fighting human trafficking. Human Trafficking is continuing to make headlines from stories of potential abductions for supermarket parking lots right here in Michigan. This discussion will serve as a good reminder to our attendees of the importance of being intentional and aware of our surroundings, not just for ourselves, but for others.

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