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Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale
 April Fool!!!
APRIL FOOLS!  GOTCHA!
(SEC. NAPOLITANO HAS NOT CONFIRMED TO SPEAK TO US!)
 
April showers bring May flowers and hopefully a host of other growth as we kick off our first membership drive!  Forward this to a friend today!
 
We had a wonderful conversation with Fran Townsend to a packed auditorium thanks to sponsorship from Lynn Anne Casey, CEO of arcAspicio and Anne Petera and Marsha Malone of Lockheed Martin who graciously hosted us in their fabulous Crystal City facility.  We had some great Q&A and learned why Ms. Townsend pursued her career, got her recommendation for book club and began to understand her role and challenges as Special Assistant to the President.  Thank you for all of the great comments and the continued input for speakers and future guests!
 
N E W S
We have a new logo! Unveiled at the Townsend event it is now 
viewable on our website!
 
Upcoming luncheons....
In other news we have confirmed Jamie Gorelick, former Assistant Attorney General of the United States and member of the 9/11 Commission to discuss cyber policy in May and Roxana Bacon, Senior Counsel at USCIS to discuss her role, the Department and her challenges in June.

Supporting our Fallen Heroes.... 
Members Ellen Howe of L-3 and formerly of TSA and Jena McNeill Baker of the Heritage Foundation have referred a new powerhouse member, Janice Kephart, former 9/11 Commission counsel and current National Security Director for the Center for Immigration Studies, to Co-Chair a fundraising drive and event on behalf of WHS for the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation.  WHS is working to support a young woman who lost her leg overseas -- the Foundation -- with the money WHS raises -- will provide an education for her children.  Please read on for more details on this important effort and join the Host Committee for this project.
 
Friends in High Places....
WHS' friend Nawar Shora was recently awarded the FBI Director's Community Award for the Washington Field Office for his work educating FBI officials and others about Arab Americans.  (Many of you may remember him from our Happy Hour at Sequoia where he discussed his book, the
Arab American Handbook.) He has recently joined TSA in the Office of civil rights and liberties.  Read more here from the Washington Post. Many Congratulations to him!
 
S P O N S O R S H I P
We've had a great response to our request for sponsorship.  As you'll see, for SOME reason, Ms. Correa has a number of supporters who have come through for this event.  Please check them out in this newsletter and on the website.  Thank you to everyone supporting WHS and we look forward to new sponsors for Gorelick and Bacon!   
 
J O B S  &  O T H E R  
Scroll down if you're looking!  Numerous high paying positions are available with WHS members.  Send your job announcements in and PLEASE...let us know where you are and where you're going!  Email your news to womeninhs@yahoo.com
 
See you at Happy Hour at Mie N Yu April 13th!  (I'll be back from Belgium -- and I'm just saying...there might be chocolate!)
 
Kristina Tanasichuk
President & Founder
 
 
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Happy Hour at Mie N Yu   APRIL 13th
RSVP
Happy Hour Every Second Tuesday! 
  
MieNYuJoin us at Mie N Yu
for exciting ambiance and unique drink specials!  
 
WHEN:  April 13th   5:30-8:00 pm
Interested in sponsoring happy hour?  Email us.
 
WHERE:  Mie N Yu
3125 M St NW
(between N 31st St & N Wisconsin Ave)
 Washington, DC 20007
 (202) 333-6122
 www.mienyu.com
 
SPRING MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
 
belly dancersPRIZES!  RECOGNITION!  ADMIRATION! 
Enjoying WHS' activities?  Share the news!  April will bring spring flowers...and the first Women in Homeland Security Membership drive!  Help WHS "grow" to serve you better!
 
Prizes include: 
WHS t-shirts, free tickets to events, "bling" and more!  Stay tuned for details but the referrals start now -- Get your WHS  "dollars" for every friend you bring into the fold.  Simply direct them to our website to register and let us know who sent them.  For every referral you receive $5 WHS dollars.  Redeem them for prizes and treats in the month of April. 
Happy Spring!
 
Soraya Correa       APRIL 27
RSVP  
Soraya Correa, DHS 
Join us for our Brown Bag Luncheon with
Soraya Correa
Director, Office of Procurement Operations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 
WHEN:  11:30 - 1:00pm  April 27
WHERE:  The Farragut Center
Join us for a Brown Bag lunch to hear from one of the busiest and well regarded officials at DHS.  Ms. Correa will join us to discuss her role at the Department, her career in the Federal government, DHS' procurement plans and EAGLE II. Join us for this informal conversation with one of the most powerful women at the Department!
 
 
Thank you to our sponsors!
 
 Lynn Ann Casey, CEO, ArcAspicioLynn Ann Casey, CEO, arcAspicio
arcAspicio
 
 
Kimberly Purlia, VP, ASRC Management Services
Kimberly Purlia, VP, ASRC
belly dancers
 
 
Sue Hopkins, President & CEO, DSCI
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale 
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale
Jamie Gorelick May 18 on Cyber Policy & DOJ Law Enforcement
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale 
Join us for lunch with
Jamie Gorelick 
Partner, WilmerHale; former Deputy Attorney General of the United States | 9/11 Commission
WHEN:  May 18;  12:00 - 1:30
pm
(Can you sponsor this important event?  Contact us!) 
 
Fresh off the exciting Cyber Shock Wave event on CNN, join us for a fascinating lunch with one of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in homeland security today. 
 
Ms. Gorelick was one of the longest serving Deputy Attorneys General of the United States, the second highest position in the Department of Justice. In that role, she supervised the litigation and law enforcement divisions of the Department, including the United States Attorneys Offices. Ms. Gorelick arrived at Justice from the Department of Defense, where she was General Counsel.  She was also Assistant to the Secretary and Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Energy, and was presented with the Secretary's Outstanding Service Medal.

Ms. Gorelick has served on numerous government boards and commissions. She was a member of the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the "9/11 Commission"). She also was a member of the CIA's National Security Advisory Panel, President Bush's Review of Intelligence Committee and President Clinton's Advisory Committee to the Presidential Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (which she co-chaired), among others. She was a member of the Commission on Science and Security at the Department of Energy and is currently serving on the Continuity of Government Commission.
 
Roxana Bacon  June 15 on Customs & Immigration
Roxana Bacon, Chief Counsel, USCIS
 
Join us for lunch with
Roxana "Roxie" Bacon
Senior Counsel
United States Customs & Immigration Service (USCIS)
 
WHEN:  June 15; 12:00 - 1:30  Mark your calendar!
(Can you sponsor this event?  Let us know!)
The appointment of Ms. Roxana Bacon as USCIS Chief Counsel brings exceptionally deep and strong immigration law expertise, management and leadership experience, and personal qualities to this important role at USCIS. 
In her 35 years as an immigration law practitioner and policy advisor, Ms. Bacon has, among other things, been a partner with the international firm of Bryan Cave, where she served on the firm's Executive Committee and as resident manager of the Phoenix office, and later founded her own firm, Bacon & Dear, which she grew from 10 to 150 persons.  Ms. Bacon also taught immigration law as a visiting professor and adjunct professor at Arizona State University College of Law and served as a judge pro-tempore on the Arizona Court of Appeals. 

Among her many professional achievements, Ms. Bacon was the first woman to serve as the president of the Arizona Bar Association, the first woman to serve as general counsel to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and a recipient of the American Bar Association's Margaret Brent Award, its highest award given to women lawyers nationally.
 
Featured Charity:  No Greater Sacrifice
 
Janice Kephart
Jena McNeill, Policy Analyst, Homeland Security at the Heritage FoundationEllen Howe, L-3 
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale 

 

 

 
Hello WHSers!
We are Janice Kephart (Director of National Security Policy at the Center for Immigration Studies and former Counsel to the 9/11 Commission), Jena McNeill Baker (Policy Analyst with the Heritage Foundation) and Ellen Howe, (Director at L-3 and formerly with TSA) .  We wanted to personally invite you to join us in supporting a cause very near and dear to our hearts, the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation. 
 
On behalf of WHS, we are working with the NGS as WHS' domestic charity for 2010 to provide a college education for a soldier who lost her leg overseas.  We'll be getting you more information on this effort but wanted to extend an invitation to you to join the Host Committee for this fundraising effort.  Please contact WHS to sign up!
 
Please join us at the NGS'
3rd Annual Freedom Award
May 19, 2010
Andrew Mellon Auditorium
 Honoring
 General James T. Conway, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps 
 
No Greater Sacrifice ("NGS") serves to bridge the educational development for the families of our nation's fallen and wounded heroes. The men and women of the United States Armed Forces  risk their lives every day for our country and our way of life. There is no greater sacrifice: to serve, to work, to fight - and if need be - to lay down one's life for the cause of freedom. In making this sacrifice, every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine, is forced to leave his or her loved ones back home. For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, our job is to help finish their work by raising funds to pay for college tuition and graduate degree programs for their children.

Please join us!

Chatting with Fran Townsend
 
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale
 
Many of you joined us for a really intimate and inspiring talk with Frances Fragos Townsend, former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Counterterrorism.  Celebrating St. Paddy's Day with green cupcakes and all we had guests all the way from Ireland and even Mississippi!
 
 
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale 
We learned a lot about Ms. Townsend's upbringing and the upsetting event that led to her now infamous career as a prosecutor, an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Coast Guard and as one of the President's top advisors.  We also had a vigorous discussion about the need for better education tracks for those in the Department of Homeland Security to develop a better understanding of the various perspectives and missions of homeland security.
 
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale 
Thank you for our sponsor, Lynn Ann Casey of arcAspicio and our hosts Anne Petera and Marsha Malone of Lockheed Martin.
Book of the Month:  Paris 1919
 
Paris 1919 - Fran Townsend's recommended read
 
Paris 1919
Recommended by Fran Townsend at our March meeting Paris 1919 will provide a great read and an even greater appreciation for the complex global issues we face today.

Review From Publishers Weekly
A joke circulating in Paris early in 1919 held that the peacemaking Council of Four, representing Britain, France, the U.S. and Italy, was busy preparing a "just and lasting war." Six months of parleying concluded on June 28 with Germany's coerced agreement to a treaty no Allied statesman had fully read, according to MacMillan, a history professor at the University of Toronto, in this vivid account. Although President Wilson had insisted on a League of Nations, even his own Senate would vote the league down and refuse the treaty. As a rush to make expedient settlements replaced initial negotiating inertia, appeals by many nationalities for Wilsonian self-determination would be overwhelmed by rhetoric justifying national avarice. The Italians, who hadn't won a battle, and the French, who'd been saved from catastrophe, were the greediest, says MacMillan; the Japanese plucked Pacific islands that had been German and a colony in China known for German beer. The austere and unlikable Wilson got nothing; returning home, he suffered a debilitating stroke. The council's other members horse-traded for spoils, as did Greece, Poland and the new Yugoslavia. There was, Wilson declared, "disgust with the old order of things," but in most decisions the old order in fact prevailed, and corrosive problems, like Bolshevism, were shelved. Hitler would blame Versailles for more ills than it created, but the signatories often could not enforce their writ.
 
WHS University:  Paper of the Month
 
GAO Report on Aviation SecurityWe all want to be better and smarter at our jobs and in our understanding of terrorism, its origins and the latest information on how we may stop it.  WHS will offer papers and documents from think tanks, universities, research facilities and other organizations to help you on your journey to be the best.  The feature this month is:
 
Featured Job Seekers, Job Fairs and Jobs!
 
Charlene Unitan on vacation!
CPA/Tax Attorney
Who has worked and thrived at Hilton Worldwide, Rolls Royce, Lucas Films, PWC and more...Meet Charlene Unitan!  (With people like Charlene unemployed thank goodness I have a job!)
 
 
Hello all,
My credentials as a CPA and Tax Attorney, with 15+ years of broad tax experience in international, federal, state and local taxes, strategic global planning, transfer pricing, FAS 109/Fin 48, audits and compliance affords experience in a variety of industries, a medium-sized publicly held company and Fortune 500 environment as stated below.  My passions are international strategic and operational tax planning for international business development as a member of the executive team responsible for global strategic  business planning and developing a world class tax team to support dynamic growth.  Please contact me for resumes.
 
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHaleProject Manager/Stategic Business Development
How can a woman this young have this much experience?  Starting early and staying on track.  Meet Denise Kukrer, formerly with ITT.
 
Hi WHS!
I am looking for my next challenging opportunity that includes identifying, qualifying, and positioning the Homeland Security Business within a growing organization. My hard work, professionalism, and dedication to organizational success have resulted in significant accolades and increased responsibilities throughout my career. My superb organizational skills, firm understanding of market segmentation, analysis, and awareness of the bottom line proved highly beneficial with ITT and I'd love to bring these talents to your organization! 
 
 
CAREER EXPO -- APRIL 17 -- Don't Miss it!
Defense Information Systems Agency
Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations
(DISA/JTF-GNO)
Saturday, April 17, 2010 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fort George G. Meade, McGill Training Center 
US Citizens Only
Photo I.D. required to enter Ft. Meade
Bring your resume -- interviews held on the spot!

 
 
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Don't forget to check out South Park's take on homeland security.  Visit the website to lighten up your day! 

Make it a Great Week!
SouthPark on Homeland Security 
 
Kristina Tanasichuk
Founder & President, WHS
womeninhs@yahoo.com