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November 30  WHS Spirit of Giving Holiday Auction 



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Join us for the Women in Homeland Security
"Spirit of Giving" Holiday Auction 

November 30, 2010; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Selex Systems Integration, Washington, D.C. 

VIP Tickets:  $50.00; FREE if you're with the government

Register today!


Thank you to our major donors:

Carnival Cruise Lines Foundation *  Southern Maryland Women's League  *  Highlight Technologies *  Well Oiled Wine Company 

Enjoy holiday cocktails and fabulous, heavy hors d'oeuvres as we prepare for the holidays by shopping for our loved ones and supporting those who serve.  There's something for everyone on your list!    All proceeds of the auction will go to the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation.

Live Music * Holiday Libations * Shopping for a Good Cause

Sneak peak at our exclusive auction items:
Two hour F-35 Lightening II & F-22 Raptor simulation (Anne Petera, Lockheed Martin)
Two hour GameTruck Video Game Party (Ellen Howe, L-3)
8 Tickets to Anaheim Ducks in Grant Thornton's private box (Kara Tamaiolo, Grant Thornton)
Nusta Spa $150 gift certificate (Janet Lyman, Booz Allen Hamilton)
One week at Marriott Palm Springs (Linda Keene Solomon, Deloitte)
Two Suntrust box Wizards tickets with special guest C. Thomas McMillen, Chairman & CEO, Homeland Security Capital Corporation (Barbara Moffatt, New Directions)
Ipod Nano (Marc Pearl, Homeland Security & Defense Business Council)
Two PNC Club Tickets to Washington Nationals (Faye Fields, IRTI)
Elizabeth Ardened Door $100 gift certificate & scented candle (Jennifer Kirkhoff, Deloitte)
and MUCH more....donate your item today and get on our holiday tree of heroes!

 Thank you to our gracious host for donating one of the most beautiful venues in D.C. complete with a full view of our sparkling city at night, imported Italian leather and a glass staircase leading to the stars:

Ariel Scheirer, Selex Systems Integration
Selex Systems Integration

Flags Across America with Commandant Papp



Commandant Papp & Senior Chief Theresa Padilla







USCG Flags Across America 

12th Annual Veterans Day Event

Over 100 families joined us to honor fallen U.S. Coast Guard service men and women at Ft. Myers bright and early Saturday.  USCG Commandant Papp, Master Chief of the Reserve Forces Mark Allen (one of the founders of flags across America) among other notables in the USCG shared some treats sponsored by WHS and placed flags on USCG graves.  WHS member Senior Chief Teresa Hass and Chief Teresa Padilla joined the Commandant for a photo op. 


The caravan of families had the rare opportunity to travel through Arlington Cemetary to Coast Guard Hill where a number of USCG families are buried.  Take a moment to view all of our photos at WHS' new flickr photostream or on facebook!


See photos from all events at flickr:


For more information about Flags Across America or to volunteer or donate, please visit their site.

December 2 Kristin Ittig, Partner, A&P on SBA Set-Asides


Kristen Ittig
Join us for lunch with

Kristen Ittig, Partner
Arnold & Porter 

11:30am - 1:00pm
Location TBD


If you are a CEO, executive or want to strike out on your own in a homeland security business this important conversation is just for you!

Many of you know that the SBA recently released its final rule effective February 2011 to direct 5% of federal contracting dollars to go to woman owned and small businesses.  Kristen will join us to discuss the new rule, what it means for your company, and how you can take advantage of this to achieve even greater success.  She specializes in federal government contracts law, federal procurement and small business issues. 

You can read about the SBA rule here.

You can read more about Kristen and why you should spend some time with her here. 


To register, donate or volunteer, please go to eventbrite: 



January 12  Michael Chertoff, fmr Secretary of Homeland Security

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff

Join us for lunch with

Michael Chertoff
former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Co-founder & Principal, The Chertoff Group

11:30am - 1:00pm
Booz Allen Hamilton - Crystal City
1550 Crystal Drive Suite 1100 room 1132
Arlington, VA 22202


Many forget that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is a mere teenager compared to other departments of the federal government.  DHS' growth and maturity was guided and helped tremendously by former Secretary Michael Chertoff who continued its ascent to the critical role it plays today.  Work remains and everyone in Washington,D.C. has an opinion about what should be done.  However, few people have the experience and insight both inside and outside the Department to really matter.  Join us for lunch with this extraordinary person to discuss his experience, insights from his book (featured as January's book of the month club choice) and answer the now infamous WHS question -- what would YOU do as Secretary if the politicians were not around!


Thank you to our sponsor:

Janet Lyman


Janet Lyman

Senior Vice President 

Booz Allen Hamilton





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WHS in the News


Frances Fragos Townsend

WHS Featured in 100 Years of Women in Law Enforcement

In 1909, Los Angeles social worker Alice Stebbins Wells petitioned Mayor George Alexander and the City Council, requesting that an ordinance providing for a Los Angeles Policewoman be adopted. Not only was the measure passed but on September 12, 1910, Mrs. Wells was appointed as the nation's first female policewoman with arrest powers.

In September 2010, a number of events took place to celebrate the 100th anniversary including law enforcement conferences and expos as well as an anniversary gala.

To coincide with the events and the anniversary, the Los Angeles Women Police Officers & Associates has commissioned the production of a special commemorative publication. Entitled 100 Years of Women in Law Enforcement.  Rich Cooper of Catalyst Partners wrote two great articles for this special edition, one highlighting Women in Homeland Security and the other, a terrific interview with former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Fran Townsend. 


Read the articles here:

Protecting America: Women Leaders in the Homeland Security Area


An Interview with Fran Townsend
November's Extraordinary Read:  The Starfish & the Spider


The Starfish
The Starfish & the Spider
The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
by Ori Brafman & Rod Beckstrom


Those of you who attended the Gale Rossides event November 3rd learned firsthand that WHS has a bookclub!  We raffled off two wonderful books -- one on the history of Britain's MI6 and the other, Tony Blair's A Journey:  My Political Life.  November's read is a must for everyone working in homeland security, those who think they have their market sector under control, and those who want to understand some of the trends of the future.


The Starfish & the Spider shows how organizations like wiki, craigslist, and napster are transforming traditional sectors and what this means for everything from the music you buy to how terrorists organize.

If you are interested in joining some other folks to discuss this phenomenon, its impact on our world and work with some other intelligent, interested people, let us know!


WHS University:  GAO report on WMDs


There has been much ado about the cargo plane with explosive printers directed to the U.S. in early November.  The Senate Armed Services committee, however, is worried about the possibility of WMDs being successfully smuggled into our country.  This month's report discusses WMDs and how to better align our resources and strategy to deter and thwart them.

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Actions Needed to Track Budget Execution for Counterproliferation Programs and Better Align Resources with Combating WMD Strategy


WHS Needs a Photographer!


Volunteer to take pics at WHS events!WHS Needs a Photographer!

Like taking photos?  Outgoing enough to make people pose?  We need you!

Great events deserve great photos -- help us represent the fabulous speakers and members who attend our events by volunteering to be WHS' photographer!  We've got the camera and the SD card, all we need is YOU!  Volunteer today. 


Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving! 


Happy Thanksgiving!Kristina Tanasichuk

President & Founder, WHS

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