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WIDGHR to Host 10th Annual Professional Development Day

WIDGHR to Host 10th Annual Professional Development Day
WIDGHR to Host 10th Annual Professional Development Day
WIDGHR to Host 10th Annual Professional Development Day
Women In Defense Greater Hampton Roads


NORFOLK, Va. - Women in Defense, Greater Hampton Roads (WIDGHR), will host the 10th Annual Professional Development Day Conference on September 19, 2019 at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, Virginia Beach, VA.

WIDGHR is a local chapter of the National Security organization, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and is the fourth largest chapter in the country. Tickets are $60 for members, $65 for non-members). A limited number of sponsorships are also available, visit our website for more details at

The event is marked by a wide array of breakout sessions supporting the conference theme*

Fueling the 51%: Connect ~ Empower ~ Succeed.” 


Event Speakers: 

  • Keynote Speaker: Rear Admiral Ann Burkhardt, Department of Defense, United States Navy.
  • Guest Speaker: David Wickersham, District Director for Congresswoman Elaine Lura
  • Guest Speaker: Louisa Strayhorn, LSA Consulting USA, LLC


Panel Discussion Speakers: 

  •  Barbara E. Carson, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development at the SBA
  • Kathryn Murphy, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC)
  •  Betsy Barron, Retired DOD Sr. Civilian
  •  Ron Lewis & Latesha Ford, LTC2 Consulting


Breakout Session Speakers: 

  • Christa Halda, Conceptual Consulting
  • Eileen Gwaltney, Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer
  • Sarah J. Schmidt, ReavesColey, PLLC
  • Alvean Lyons, Alvean Lyons Consulting
  • Diane Sessoms, Dia Beaute Stylist
  • Benita Adams, The Second Act With Benia Adams, LLC


Attendees with pre-paid registration will be provided a free professional photo headshot, compliments of Shelly Koziana Photography, on the day of the event.  For more details on the conference breakout sessions and to register, visit 


Women in Defense Greater Hampton Roads

Women In Defense (WIDGHR) Greater Hampton Roads, A National Security Organization, was formed in April 2010 for women and men across the Greater Hampton Roads region in National Security and Defense sectors. WIDGHR enables its membership to network with colleagues in various industries, expand their professional knowledge, and further their careers advancement and business growth. Additional updates information about WIDGHR is found on our website or on Facebook, as well as Twitter and LinkedIn.

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