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Welcome to Fall!
We're excited to invite you to some exciting programs this fall: several DHS CIOs joining us next week, Gale Rossides from TSA speaking with us in early November and an incredible holiday event focused on our spirit of giving.

In other news we have centralized registration to one portal at eventbrite.  We are happy to get feedback from you on the system if you like it and its user interface.

Next month we look forward to unveiling our new website.  Sapient Government Services has been working hard to develop a fabulous new site with numerous new features:  several blogs (mentoring, emerging technology, job seeking among others); exclusive internship opportunities from some of our top members; and many other exciting features that will be outlined in next month's newsletter.  We look forward to your input of its usefulness and certainly things you'd like to see added....and if you have aspirations to blog and become a leader in our community, let us know!
October 14  DHS CIOs for Cyber Security Awareness

DHS FY11:  A Look at the Challenges Ahead

Margie Graves 
Margie Graves

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Leslie Hope
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Citizen and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security

Sandy Peavy
Chief Information Officer, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Department of Homeland Security

In honor of Cyber Security Awareness month, please join WHS  for this interactive session with the top CIOs from DHS where we will discuss the FY11 programs and current challenges facing their Directorates.  Panelists will also provide insight on how DHS collaborates across the department toward the "One DHS" mission.

WHEN:  October 14, 2010; 11:30am - 1:30pm
WHERE:  The Heritage Foundation Auditorium
214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002 Directions

Special thanks to Linda Morris of Strategic Analysis for sponsoring this important lunch.

Thank you to Mitzi Mead of Accela Consulting and Jena McNeill and Jessica Zuckerman for working to host this important event in their lovely auditorium!

Booz Allen Hamilton Joins WHS as Silver Sponsor!


Booz Allen Hamilton

Many heartfelt thanks to our latest Silver Sponsor, Booz Allen Hamilton!  I think it's time for a podium sign!  Special recognition goes to Janet Lyman and Amy Scheuer of Booz Allen Hamilton who really went to bat for us and made this very important contribution happen.  Please take a moment to thank Janet and Amy when you see them at our next event!
POSTPONED!  WHS Cocktail Auction

ATTN!!The Silent Auction has been postponed
to December -- please stay tuned for more details! 


Silent Auction for the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation

Join WHS for the No Greater Sacrifice Cocktail Auction!
DECEMBER, 2010 at the WHS Holiday event
VIP Tickets:  $50.00; FREE if you're with the government

November 3 Luncheon with Gail Rossides, TSA


Join us for lunch with

Gale Rossides
Assistant Administrator

Transportation Security Administration
Department of Homeland Security

WHEN:  November 3, 2010; 11:30am - 1:30pm


Assistant Administrator Rossides has a unique perspective on the TSA -- one of the first officials to make the Agency a reality -- she understands and operates at the highest levels assuring that TSA continues to evolve into an even more successful, highly regarded agency. 


The national news tends to beat up and ask questions later.  Particularly the fast paced nature of communications allows innuendo and false stories to travel at lightening speed.  Join us to hear what is really going on -- how much TSA has managed, and how responsive and aware the Agency is to the threats the nation faces from both domestic and international actors.  

Don't make us brown bag!  If you can sponsor, please contact us.  We will work with your budget to make this a great event for your company. Sponsorship of this event includes branding on all Cyber awareness materials that will be distributed at the event.

Book of the Month:  Cyber War


This month's book club selection continues our focus on Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Cyber War by Richard Clarke has been hailed as a ground breaking account of how a severe cyber attack can cripple our economy and nation.  In this battle, we cannot lack for imagination and Clarke walks us through in detail what could happen if we do not consider the possibilities....

Richard Clarke book tv

Click left to hear Richard Clarke on BookTV, discussing Cyber War, the history of the internet and why it wasn't developed to be "Secure."
WHS University: Focus on Cyber

GAO Cyber report

Focus on Cyber
How is DHS doing?  GAO recently released a look at how the Executive Branch is implementing 2009 cyberspace policy review recommendations.  Find out what they said by clicking on the left.

Movers & Shakers....

Congratulations to our WHS Movers & Shakers!
Washington, D.C. is one of the most recession proof in the country...congratulations to the following movers and shakers advancing in our community!

Kimberly Purlia has advanced to EmeSec as Vice President of Business Development and DHS PACTS Program Manager.   EmeSec is a professional consulting service company that specializes in management consulting services in Information Assurance (IA), Healthcare IT, Logistics and All Hazard Preparedness, Advisory and Assistance Services, Policy Development, Privacy,  and Information and Data Protection.  Mary Ellen Condon has joined Customer Value Partners as

Director of Information Protection Solutions within CVP's CIO Solutions Practice.  Ms. Condon most recently served as Principal,

Assurance and Resilience (cyber security) at Booz Allen Hamilton, has over 30 years of executive level experience in Government and Industry, leading IT and Information Assurance programs.  In this role, she won the President's Award at the FED 100 Award Dinner in 2010 for work across government and industry to enhance the mutual goals of better and more cost effective constituent programs.  Ms. Condon's Government career includes leading a multi-agency USDA business program, the Federal Feeding program, now called WBSCM.  At CVP, Ms. Condon will work directly with Federal clients to help them improve their Information Protection Programs, helping agencies ensure reliability of privacy and security, as well availability of the right information at the right time for the right person.  Sandy Baer, formerly of Ridge global has moved to Bloomberg Government where she will apply her extensive expertise at a new division that will report on, analyze and quantify the impact of government actions on business and industry.   Kelly Woods Vaughn has joined the Wiser Company Business Development staff, with over 15 years experience in Capture Management and Business Development. Utilizing her experience within DHS, GSA and C4ISR markets, she is currently serving as Capture and Business Development Manager within DoD, DHS and the Aberdeen area.  Founded in 1996, Wiser Company is a multi-disciplined small business firm employing 250 professionals. Daryle Lademan, former Director of the Civil Aviation Environment with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has joined BAE Systems as a Director of Strategy and Planning.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Kristina Tanasichuk
President & Founder

Our mission
The Mission of Women in Homeland Security is to provide a professional organization for women working in the field of homeland security.  As a relatively new field, the organization strives to provide women with a forum to learn about the many facets of the discipline and to build the connections necessary for their own professional development and for the connections needed to understand the full spectrum of homeland security. 

Women in Homeland Security is also committed to assuring that we never forget the threat of terrorism and the need for our nation to maintain its vigilance -- despite the absence of a terrorist attack since September 11, 2001.