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Excellence In Leadership

The Women in Defense Michigan Chapter established the Excellence in Leadership Award in 2009 to recognize women who have made a significant contribution to U.S. defense and national security. Award recipients will be honored at the 9th Annual Black Tie Gala. This award recognizes female senior executives in the defense industry that embody the values of WID- MI.

Nomination Criteria:
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the defense industry
  • Connected to Michigan (work history, education, etc.)

WID-MI is calling on all companies and organizations, WID members, and non-members to nominate individuals who have demonstrated leadership, strength, and dedication to the organizations they support.

Nomination Form

Nominations must be submitted by June 5, 2018, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Recipients are honored at the WID-MI Black Tie Gala on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Award Recipients:


Ms. Marion Whicker,
Executive Director of the U.S. Army TACOM's Logistics Center


COL(R) Patricia Sellers,
Business Development Manager for Tracked Combat Vehicles, Robotics and Autonomous Systems
General Dynamic Land Systems


Dr. Jennifer A. Hitchcock, SES
Executive Director, Research and Technology Integration
United States Army TARDEC


MG Gwendolyn Bingham
Commanding General
United States Army TACOM


Mrs. Teresa M. Takai
Chief Information Officer
Department of Defense


Major Carrie M. Atkinson
United States Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, Joint Force Provider Officer


Monica E. Emerson
Navy Diversity Officer,
U.S. Department of the Navy and Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs


Colonel Jeanne Smith Hooper
Chief of Staff
US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management command


Janet W. Bean
Executive Director
Integrated Logistics Support Center
TACOM Life Cycle Management command

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