Women in NOVA Committee (WIN)
WIN's volunteer Board,Sub-Committees and WIN membership work to increase awareness and diversity, and influence positive change throughthoughtful outreach, event sponsorship, networking and mentoring.
WIN Panel Luncheon - Influential Women: Share their Insight to Success
24 April 2014
The Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner, Virginia
11:30 – 12:00 Registration; 12:00 – 1:30 Main Event
Mark your calendars for WIN’s upcoming panelist luncheon featuring successful government and industry women executives. This event will be moderated by Hilary Fordwich, Founder/Contributing Editor CBS at Strelmark, LLC and CBS Radio. WIN’s panelists will respond to and field questions on leading and achieving success, as well as share their view and visions for 2014.
- - GUEST SPEAKERS - -
President & CEO, Sotera Defense
Chairman, President & CEO, Data Systems Analysts
Senior Vice President, CGI Federal
Vice President, Health IT Systems, Northrop Grumman
President & CEO, The Parker Group, and former CIO, HUD
The April WIN event will also support a local charity that provides business suits and accessories (shoes, purses, blouses) to lower-income and disadvantaged women. Please consider bringing a woman's suit that is clean and in good repair. We will collect all items at the event.
June 20, 2014 - Coffee Talk
July 15, 2014 - Technical Topic Breakfast
October 2, 2014 - Evening Networking Social
Check back regularly for event details.
About WIN's February “FY14 Federal Outlook” Event
WIN’s 4 February 2014 – “FY14 Federal Outlook” breakfast was attended by over 65 people. It was a unique and intimate opportunity to hear guest panelists, Sharon Jones, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, DISA, Lucian Niemeyer, recently retired Professional Staff Member, Committee on Armed Services for the U.S. Senate, and George Meyers, Managing Partner, The Meyers Group, share their valuable insights and experience. The morning was full of lively discussion, questions and answers. When moderator Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch asked the panelists to leave the group with one message, each provided advice based on their unique perspective:
Sharon Jones advised to be aware of new technology; DISA is looking for the next generation of technology to support the war fighter. She recommended that companies refresh their game plan and strategy periodically based on technology changes. Ms. Jones also advised to not use a blanket approach when addressing the different government agencies. A unique and tailored perspective will better serve an organization’s opportunity for recognition.
Lucian Niemeyer confirmed that the FY14 Authorization bill has the same small business set-asides as in previous years. Small businesses tend to overlook the opportunity to use legislation to level the playing field. Mr. Niemeyer recommended that organizations establish a long-term plan based on anticipated legislation. Your organization will be well positioned when legislation and your strategy line up.
George Meyers recognized the importance of innovation. A successful approach to winning business may include bringing case studies of how innovation has improved the operations in the private sector to the government.
He also recommended that to better penetrate particular sectors, organizations should read local and military installation newspapers, get involved in local organizations, and invest in the community and chamber of commerce. By channeling this information, businesses remain aware of challenges within that sector, and are able to develop solutions to their problems.
The panelists unanimously agreed that though the Federal outlook for FY14/15 was challenging, there was great opportunity for all.