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