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Lin Meyer, Marsha Malone, Anne Petera & Kristin Lillard


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Barbara Moffatt, Tom McMillen & Kristina Tanasichuk


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Stewart Baker, Janice Kephart, Rob Strayer & Molly Wilkinson

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness to pull another into the light. -- Norman B. Rice  


Nearly $18,000 raised at the Spirit of Giving Auction!

Over 100 WHSers joined us to raise money for the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation and do a little tax deductible holiday shopping.
  HUGE thank you to Barbara Moffatt of New Dimensions Consulting who served as our auction chair.  Barbara did a tremendous job organizing a lovely event -- please pass your congratulations on to her.  And if you need someone to help your company get the job done -- Barbara is your gal!  Send her a note today.



About No Greater Sacrifice

Thank yous go to Janice Kephart, Chair of the NGS Initiative for WHS and Ariel Scheirer of SELEX Systems integration for hosting us in her beautiful office.  Also a heartfelt thank you to all of our donors and attendees!  Through all of your generosity, WHS was able to raise nearly $18,000 for the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation. 

The men and women of the United States Armed Forces risk their lives day in and day out to defend our great nation and the values it holds dear. There is No Greater Sacrifice than that made by these brave Americans: to put themselves in harm's way so that others might live and prosper. In doing so, some pay the ultimate price via life or limb, leaving behind the families who love them.

No Greater Sacrifice ("NGS") was created to pick up where these heroes left off: to raise funds to support the educational needs of children and families. In so doing, we do our part - no matter how small - to honor this sacrifice and our commitment to our men and women in uniform. NGS accomplishes its mission in part by partnering with charities already on the ground.  You can still donate to this great cause here.   Please specify that this is a WHS donation -- any amount helps!


WHS is now considering our next charity partner for 2011 -- if you have ideas, send them our way





January 8 Fashion Show Hosted by Lord & Taylor


WHS Fashion show -- Model for us today! 








Join WHS and Lord & Taylor for the

"What to Wear" Fashion Show

January 8, 2010 | Lord & Taylor | Dulles Town Center

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register today! 



For over 100 guests, Lord & Taylor will help you start your new year in style and catapult you to that next promotion!  So grab your friends and join us to update your look or learn the latest trends in workplace-dress.
Appropriate dress for the workplace has blurred given recent trends in fashion.  In our industry, however, nothing much has changed and that chic, trendy outfit may work against you in job interviews and advancement.  Join us to see what to wear in the workplace and what to wear on your weekends.  For those looking to find a job, you'll see a good sense of appropriate interview style.   The L&T runway fashion show will feature both executive style options in addition to fun weekend wear.  WHS models will feature brands such as Anne Klein, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tahari and more...

Lord & Taylor will also host us with: 
  • Beauty Master Class with national make up artists from Estee Lauder;
  • 25% off discount for the day;
  • DJ accompanied runway fashion show;
  • Free goodie bags with samples and treats!

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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





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



December's Extraordinary Read:  Homeland Security


Homeland Security by Michael ChertoffHomeland Security:  Assessing the First Five Years
by Michael Chertoff

Buy it now. 

In anticipation of the Secretary's talk with WHS on January 12, we invite you to read his book.  As we approach the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, have we done enough?  How have recent attempts been thwarted and what can we do better? 

In 2003, the President and the U.S. Congress established the Department of Homeland Security. From the beginning, its mission was clear: prevent terrorist attacks, protect against threats to America's safety and security, and prepare the nation to respond effectively to disasters, both natural and man-made. This monumental mission demands a comprehensive strategy. It also requires a crystal-clear explanation of that strategy to Americans and their allies worldwide. In a revealing new book, Homeland Security: Assessing the First Five Years, Michael Chertoff provides that explanation. In a refreshingly candid and engaging manner, America's former homeland security secretary depicts the department's long-term approach, what it has achieved, and what it has yet to do.

The strategy begins with the threats America faces, from terrorist groups like al Qaeda to hurricanes like Ike or Gustav. "Once these threats are identified," Chertoff writes, "we can confront them, using every tool at our disposal. We can stop terrorists from entering the country, and discourage people from embracing terrorism by combating its lethal ideology. We can protect our critical assets and reduce our vulnerabilities to natural disasters. We can plan and prepare for emergencies and respond in a way that minimizes the consequences. And we can work closely with our allies abroad to reduce the risk of future disasters." In each of these areas, Chertoff informs the reader what the nation has done and what it still must do to secure its future.

How well has this strategy fared in a post-9/11 world? Since that fateful day, there have been no global terror attacks on American soil. Yet in the face of continued dangers, Michael Chertoff warns repeatedly against complacency. He urges America and its leaders to strengthen their resolve, stay the course, and build creatively on past successes.


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:  OIG Report on DHS Management Challenges


OIG November 2010

DHS OIG:  Major Management Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security 

The DHS Office of the Inspector General issued its latest look at the Department's management challenges last month.  While the document did not hold any surprises it reinforced the numerous department-wide and operational challenges faced by Janet Napolitano's management team.   Acquisition management, information technology management, grants and financial management, critical infrastrucutre protection, border security, among others topped the list as priorities for the Department.  Click on the report on the left to read the full report.


See you in the New Year! 

 Happy Holidays from WHS!

Kristina Tanasichuk

President & Founder, WHS

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