Welcome to the
Women in Defense
Tennessee Valley Chapter
Women In Defense (WID), a National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Affiliate established in 1985, engages, cultivates, and advances women in all aspects of national security. The Tennessee Valley Chapter (TVC) of WID was established in 2003. Our mission is to provide a supportive environment for professional growth and career development, with opportunities to become engaged and gain knowledge, leadership skills and strategic connections through STEM education, mentorship, and networking.
Who We Are
Women In Defense was founded to engage, cultivate and advance women in all aspects of national security.
Women In Defense is an organization for those seeking to deepen their understanding and relationships within the US defense and security arena through skill enhancement, relationship cultivation, leadership development and career advancement. Across the country, Women In Defense is comprised of women and men from industry and defense organizations of every size; all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces; Government agencies, academia, think tanks, associations, and professional services. Women In Defense represents current and next generation thought leaders in the defense and security sectors. This empowerment organization provides its members a business environment for professional growth via National and Chapter educational programs, awards and scholarships and collaborative WOSB and STEM/STEAM initiatives.
Why We’re Here
To create a diverse national security workforce equipped with the knowledge, leadership skills, and connections necessary to best serve our nation.
What We Do
As an affiliate organization of NDIA, Women In Defense provides dual paths of engagement. Women In Defense membership includes the benefits of NDIA membership— providing a national, collaborative community of advocates promoting best practices, policy and technology for warfighters and others who ensure the safety and security of our nation. Individually, members also have the benefit of local chapter participation, allowing deeper involvement and impact through strategic networking and educational events, mentoring opportunities, scholarship programs and community service.
To provide women a formal environment for professional growth through strategic networking, education, and career development
To educate the public on the challenges of serving/working in defense and national security
To encourage women of all ages to engage and influence the areas of defense and national security through work in government, industry and the military
To recognize academic achievements of women pursuing STEM/STEAM, and success of women in defense and national security related professions
To actively be in service to organizations and causes supporting the well-being of the defense community and promote volunteerism in our respective localities
WID-TVC supports our members and community through the following areas of focus:
WID-TVC membership is FREE for government employees and active military, and only $40/year for industry and academia members. It includes a complimentary membership to our parent organization, the National Defense Industrial Association, a subscription to National Defense magazine, and access to numerous social, networking, and professional development gatherings as well as opportunities to support our community. For more information on becoming a member, please visit our JOIN NOW page.
Our Scholarship Program actively shapes the future defense, space, and national security workforce through annual scholarships. We encourage the study of STEM professions that support our national defense and security.
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Our Mentorship Program provides many professional development and networking events throughout the year and encourages development of professional female mentor-mentee relationships. Click here to learn more.
Our STEM Outreach Program has been actively involved in supporting schools and communities across North Alabama for over ten years. The program provides over $15,000/year in STEM project funding support, and provides numerous industry professional volunteers for career panels, mock interviews, technical competition judges, technical speakers, and many other STEM events. We emphasize support to under-served students and encouraging young females interested in STEM.
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Challenger Elementary STEM Night
UAH Girls in Science and Engineering Day Camp