10th Annual Professional Development Day Conference

10th Annual Professional Development Day Conference
Women In Defense Greater Hampton Roads Professional Development Day annual conference

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 www.widghr.org.


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
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