November 8, 2011

(l to r) Julie Wood, VP, Monica E. Emerson, Amy Courter, President

Women In Defense (WID)-Michigan recently announced the winners of its Horizon Industry Awards for exceptional individual and team work, as well as its HORIZONS-Michigan scholarship recipients.

The awards were presented during its third annual Black Tie Gala held Friday, Nov. 4. The event also recognized WID-Michigan’s Excellence in Leadership honoree Monica E. Emerson, Navy diversity officer, U.S. Department of the Navy and assistant secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

“We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to host our Black Tie Gala again this year,” said Major General Amy Courter, president of WID-Michigan, USAFX/CAP and chief information officer, VisionIT. “It’s a great way to celebrate the defense community and recognize current and future professionals in our industry.”

The Horizon Industry Awards recognized those who have distinguished themselves in their field and have assisted their organizations in developing new ideas and exceeding business goals. Winners include:
• Product Development Award – Jillian Warner, BAE Systems;
• Business Development Award – Karen Arondoski, Michael Arondoski, Bobby Freeman and Jeff Maxwell, I.F. Metalworks;
• Supply Chain Development Award – Muge Cody, ManTech International; and
• Innovation Award – Joanne Cavanaugh, Kelli Baranski, Scott Hall and Katie Post, General Dynamics Land Systems Maneuver Collaboration Center (mc2) team.
In addition, WID awarded two HORIZONS-Michigan scholarships, totaling $17,000.

Established in 2009, the scholarship program encourages females to pursue careers related to the national security and defense industries of the United States and provides development opportunities to women already working in these fields. The recipients of this year’s scholarships include:
• Jamie Lee Schaub; and
• Vitora Djokic.