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Women's History Month

Women's History Month \
For this Women's History Month, we encourage you to take a moment and share a notable accomplishment of a woman you admire -- with your children, your colleagues or even just your friends.
Start a conversation about the many contributions and advancements made by women throughout history...you never know what you might learn!
And, if you are really gung-ho, take a moment to browse through the resources developed by Scholastic.  Start a project with your child or just learn more about the many women that have shaped and molded the world.
Phenomenal Women
by Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.

I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.

I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.

I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.  
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.

I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.   
March 16 Sharie Bourbeau, Assistant Commissioner, CBP

Register now!

Sharie Bourbeau
Assistant Commissioner
Principal Executive for Program Development, CBP 

March 16, 2012

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Battelle Memorial Institute, Crystal City, VA



Join us for lunch with Sharie Bourbeau, Principal Executive for Program Development with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at DHS.  She was promoted late last year to work with the Commissioner to align mission and programs for CBP.  She will discuss her journey through the ranks in public service, her priorities and challenges at CBP and how we can help!

Please welcome her!


About Sharie

Sharie Bourbeau became the Principal Executive for Program Development with U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2011. In this capacity she is responsible for institutionalizing a strategic framework to ensure programs, activities and resources are aligned with the Commissioner's goals, objectives and stated mission outcomes.


Prior to this assignment she served as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA) Along with the Assistant Commissioner for OTIA, she is responsible for ensuring technology efforts are properly focused on mission and for strengthening effectiveness in acquisition and program management. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Bourbeau was the second Deputy Under Secretary for Management for DHS. In this capacity, she ensured the Management Directorate meets its mission goals by providing direction to a staff of Senior Executive Service (SES) members, SES-equivalent employees, and senior federal employees. Ms. Bourbeau led the day-to-day operations of the Management Directorate and provided strong direction across line-of business chiefs: the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Information Officer, the Chief Human Capital Officer, the Chief Procurement Officer, the Chief Administrative Services Officer, and the Chief Security Officer.


Before coming to DHS, Ms. Bourbeau served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, where she was the civilian executive advisor for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training, and education resources, budgeting for Navy personnel and for developing the information systems and tools to effectively manage the Navy Total Force. Ms. Bourbeau also served as the Executive Director of the Naval Sea Systems Command. In this capacity, she was the senior civilian in the Navy's largest engineering and acquisition system command, with direct responsibility for a professional and industrial workforce in excess of 53,000 with an annual operating budget of more than $30 billion that provided the design, development and construction, maintenance and modernization of the Navy's ships, submarines and embedded systems.


In her career, Ms. Bourbeau served as the Deputy Commander for Corporate Operations with the Naval Sea Systems Command; served as the Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4), and Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Marine Corps; and served as the Deputy Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair.


Ms. Bourbeau began her career at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, DC, as a contracting intern. She later became a contracting officer responsible for the negotiation and administration of major shipbuilding contracts for both new construction and overhauls. Ms. Bourbeau is the recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the Department of Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Department of Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Department of Navy Meritorious Service Award Medal.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Kimberly Purlia  

Kimberly Purlia 

Managing Partner 

Purlia | Parris, LLC





Laura Bennett, Edaptive Systems 


Laura Bennett

Business Development Representative

Edaptive Systems 


Edaptive systems 



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April 12  Angela Drummond, CEO SiloSmashers
Angela Drummond

Join Women in Homeland Security 
for the exciting launch of our 
WOSB in Homeland Security Series
(woman-owned, small business) with
Angela Drummond, CEO

SiloSmashers is an industry-leading, strategy, management and technology consulting firm, located in Fairfax, VA. The Native American woman-owned business was founded in 1992, by Angela Drummond-Rodgers, to help the Federal Government break down organizational silos and establish collaborative work environments that deliver successful programs, aligned with mission requirements.


Learn more about Angela, her passion and drive to make SiloSmashers a success and her stellar record of excellent service to the federal enterprise.  Angela will share -- with humor and grace -- the stresses of building a business, the balance needed professionally and personally and the drive that keeps her coming back for more.


SiloSmashers has worked on a wide range of projects, for numerous government Departments and Agencies such as; Homeland Security, General Services Administration Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency Transportation, Justice, Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Interior.

About the WOSB Homeland Security Series
The WOSB in Homeland Security Series invites prominent, successful women in the homeland and national security space to share their strategies, advice and counsel to up and coming woman-owned businesses, those considering starting a business and those pursuing a career in large corporations.  The intimate roundtables provide an off the record look into the life of a CEO, some of the challenges and many of the triumphs on their path to success.  The series is NOT limited to small businesses, however, the emphasis is on pathways to success and what it takes to get there.
Support WHS this year!
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 Share your pot of gold with WHS!
 Share your pot of gold with WHS!





Thank you for being a valued member of Women in Homeland Security. 


WHS is made up of an amazing group of women like you, committed to securing our nation and improving their professional lives.


The volunteers of Women in Homeland Security work very hard to keep our organization vibrant, exciting and FREE.  We can only do this because of the wonderful sponsors and supporters that contribute to our mission and capacity each year. 
We have started our new fiscal year and would like to reach out to our community, you, for your support. We have an exciting line-up being planned for this year. For example, next week we have Sharie Bourbeau, Prinicipal Executive, Program Development with DHS CBP. In April we have invited the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Coast Guard to come speak with us.
Additionally, we will prepare our usual extravaganzas for National Preparedness Month and CIO panel for Cyber Security Awareness Month.  We'd love your input and participation!
We've also launched two new initiatives:  our WOSB Luncheons featuring successful, savvy CEOs from our community and our STEM Talk & Tours that include bringing our children to see the amazing work we all do with science and technology.  

These are just a sampling of the events that are being planned and we could not pull it off without your generous support. We have something for everyone and every budget, large or small business. 


Please contact me for more information on how to get involved today!!






Rosemarie Franz

WHS VP, Development



In 2012, several friends have joined us again:
Second year as Founding Sponsors:
Courtney Bromley & Cecilia DeCamp, IBM
Silver Sponsors:
Second year as a Silver Sponsors:
Charmaine Edwards, BAE
BAE Systems 
Nancy Peters, CACI
March Book Club:  Border Management Modernization
Border Management Modernization

Border Management Modernization
Edited by Gerard McLinden, Enrique Fanta, David Widdowson & Tom Doyle 


Border clearance processes by customs and other agencies are among the most important and problematic links in the global supply chain. It takes three times as many days, nearly twice as many documents, and six times as many signatures to import goods in poor countries than it does in rich ones. Delays and costs at the border undermine a country's competitiveness, either by taxing imported inputs with deadweight inefficiencies or by adding costs and reducing the competitiveness of exports.


As countries have come to realize the importance of trade in achieving sustainable economic growth they have progressively lowered tariffs, established regimes to encourage foreign investment and pursued opportunities for greater regional integration. This progress has, however, been undermined by the high costs and administrative difficulties associated with outdated and excessively bureaucratic border clearance processes which are now often cited as more important barriers to trade than tariffs. Inefficient border processing systems, procedures, and infrastructure result in high transaction costs, long delays in the clearance of imports, exports, and transit goods, and present significant opportunities for administrative corruption. They essentially undermine a country's competitiveness in the international marketplace.   
March Report:  Supply Chain Security

U.S. GAO:  Supply Chain Security:  Container Security Programs Have Matured, but Uncertainty Persists over the Future of 100 Percent Scanning  
DHS has made some progress in developing and implementing container security technologies to protect the integrity of containers and to scan them. GAO reported in September 2010 that DHS's Science and Technology Directorate initiated four container security technology projects to detect and report intrusions into cargo containers. However, operational testing had not occurred to ensure the prototypes would function as intended. Therefore, GAO recommended that testing and evaluation occur in all environments in which DHS planned to implement the technologies. DHS concurred and has made progress implementing this recommendation. To prevent the smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials, CBP, in coordination with the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), has deployed over 1,400 radiation portal monitors (RPM) at U.S. ports of entry to detect the presence of radiation in cargo containers. Since 2006, GAO reported on problems with DNDO's efforts to deploy a more-advanced and significantly more-expensive type of RPM. Among other things, GAO reported that an updated cost-benefit analysis might show that DNDO's program to replace existing equipment with the advanced technology was not justified. After spending more than $200 million, DHS ended the program in July 2011. 
WID invites you to Women's History Month Celebration

WID Chapter Women's History Month Celebration

EVENT:  Women's History Month Celebration


Please join your fellow Women In Defense - Capital Chapter (WID-DC) and Women In International Security (WIIS) members and guests at the Event "Women's History Month Celebration" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 30, 2012. 


WID-DC is pleased to partner with WIIS to host our second annual celebration of Women's History Month at a networking buffet lunch.  The event will feature a keynote speaker and several female authors representing national security careers and their associated publications. 


Please note that the CSIS facility is accessible by car or Metro.  CSIS is one block away from the Farragut West Station on the orange and blue lines and within a few blocks of the Farragut North Station on the red line.  Several parking garages are located in close proximity to the CSIS facility also.  Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate on-site registrations.



Have a Great Month!

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