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Women in Defense Michigan’s 11th Annual Black-Tie Gala to Honor Female Leadership and Participation in U.S. Defense Advancements

2019 Black Tie Gala

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 - (Rochester, Michigan) – The Michigan Chapter of Women in Defense (WID), a nationwide organization that serves to empower women in U.S. Defense and National Security, announced today that it will host its 11th annual Gala on the evening of Friday, November 8, 2019. Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor, Garlin Gilchrist III, has been invited to be the keynote speaker for this red-carpet affair to be held at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI. This year’s theme, "Casino-Night”, promises to bring an entertaining feel to this must-attend Black-Tie Gala that will honor women leadership in U.S. Defense.

This premier event is attended by the most influential leaders in Michigan’s Defense Corridor and serves to recognize the academic and leadership accomplishments of women in this sector. Join us for an elegant night of fine dining, champagne, a short recognition program, and a great afterglow reception to celebrate women who have made significant contribution in the areas of Defense innovation, product development, and business development.

WID will honor Excellence in Leadership by recognizing Colonel Nancy Dakin, of the 127th Air National Guard Wing at Selfridge, Michigan.

Women in Defense HORIZONS-Michigan Scholarships will also be awarded to young females looking to pursue a STEM-related career in National Security. WID established the HORIZONS-Michigan Scholarship program in 2009 to encourage female participation in the defense interests of the United States, and to provide development opportunities to women already working in these fields. From program inception to date, over $120,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

Leading sponsors for this event include the National Defense Industrial Association Michigan and AM General.

To purchase Gala tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-defense-11th-annual-black-tie-gala-casino-night-tickets-63255456774

Women in Defense – Michigan Chapter to Honor Marion Whicker for Excellence in Leadership

ROCHESTER, MI – Marion G. Whicker has been selected to receive the 2017 Women in Defense-Michigan (WID-MI) Excellence in Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to U.S. defense and national security throughout their careers. Whicker will be honored at the WID-MI Ninth Annual Black Tie Gala to be held on October 27 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester.

In her over 30-year career with the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Whicker served in a variety of roles including Item Manager, Weapon System Manager, Branch Requirements Officer, and in Fleet Planning Positions for both the M113 and Combat Engineer and Material Handling Systems (CE/MHE) programs. She has also held leadership positions including Group Leader for Petroleum and Water Systems and Logistics Group Leader in the Development of Product Support Integration Directorate (DE PSID). Currently, Whicker is the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command Acting Executive Director, Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC).

The Black Tie Gala will also honor industry leaders and young women entering science, technology, engineering, and math educational programs through the Horizon Industry Awards, Junior Horizon Awards, and Horizon Scholarships.

  • The Horizon Industry Awards recognize defense and national security professionals who distinguish themselves in their field and help their organizations achieve critical business objectives and goals.
  • The Junior Horizon Awards encourage high school women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States.
  • The Horizon Scholarships also encourage women to pursue careers related to national security and defense as well as provide development opportunities to women already working in these fields. To date, $100,000 scholarships have been awarded.

WID-MI is accepting applications until the beginning of September for each of these awards. For more information or to nominate an outstanding Michigan woman, visit www.wid-mi.org.

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