Happy New Year from WHS!
January 8 Reaching Capacity!  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 Godiva chocolates!

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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





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February 11  Tina Gabrielli, Director, Risk Management & Analysis, DHS

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 Tina Gabbrielli
Join us for lunch with

Tina Gabbrielli
Director, Office of Risk Management & Analysis, DHS

11:30am - 1:00pm
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To try and protect everything from everyone:  ludicrous.  To judiciously analyze and assess our risks:  Tina. 

Tina W. Gabbrielli is the Director of the Office of Risk Management and Analysis (RMA), National Protection and Programs Directorate, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She leads the Department's efforts to develop and implement an integrated risk management framework to address the overall analysis and management of homeland security risk. Her office advances the Secretary's risk reduction focus and helps ensure decisions regarding policies, programs and resources across the Department are driven by a consistent and purposeful risk-informed approach. She is also responsible for conducting strategic integrated risk analysis. 
Prior to her current position, Ms. Gabbrielli was the Senior Director for Contingency Planning and Field-Based Preparedness in the National Preparedness Task Force at DHS where she was responsible for drafting the DHS Pandemic Influenza Plan, the first department-wide contingency plan. In addition to her planning responsibilities, Ms. Gabbrielli co-chaired the National Response Plan and National Incident Management System review and revision process, and managed the Department's Special Events and Principal Federal Officials (PFO) programs, including all training, coordination and support for the PFOs. 
In a prior position, within the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), Ms. Gabbrielli was the Director of the Contingency Planning and Support Division. In that position, she not only did planning, but also coordinated IP's incident management mission in support of the National Response Plan, led the development of the IP Incident Management Cell and provided operational support to field elements during catastrophic events.
When Ms. Gabbrielli first came to DHS, she served as the Director of Intelligence Coordination and Special Infrastructure Protection Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. She was responsible for coordinating intelligence at a variety of levels, including preparing executive briefings for the White House. During this time, she was responsible for the preparation of the STAR, a classified national risk assessment for the President. She also served as the Department's Program Director for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. 
Prior to joining DHS, Ms. Gabbrielli was an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As an AUSA, she developed and chaired the Anti-Terrorism Task Force for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she organized and oversaw the District's response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2002, she represented the U.S. Department of Justice in Baku, Azerbaijan in meetings with high-ranking government officials on terrorism legislation and related matters.
Ms. Gabbrielli served in several other positions as an AUSA, including Chief of
Terrorism, Chief of Violent Crimes, Chief of Major Crimes, and Deputy Chief and Acting Chief of the President's Drug Task Force and Narcotics Section. Her work has included domestic and international terrorism, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear issues, narco-terrorism, agri-terrorism, risk assessments, indications and warnings, and terrorist tradecraft.
Ms. Gabbrielli received her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.



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January'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:  The DHS Risk Lexicon


DHS Risk Lexicon

DHS Risk Lexicon  (click pic to read)

The DHS Risk Lexicon makes available a common, unambiguous set of official terms and definitions to ease and improve the communication of risk-related issues for DHS and its partners. It facilitates the clear exchange of structured and unstructured data that is essential to the exchange of ideas and information amongst risk practitioners by fostering consistency and uniformity in the usage of risk-related terminology for the Department.


This is the second edition of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Risk Lexicon and represents an update of the version published in September 2008. More than seventy terms and definitions were included in the first edition of the DHS Risk Lexicon. The 2010 edition includes fifty new terms and definitions in addition to revised definitions for twenty-three of the original terms. It was produced by the DHS Risk Steering Committee (RSC). The RSC, chaired by the Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate and administered by the Office of Risk Management and Analysis (RMA), has produced a DHS Risk Lexicon with definitions for terms that are fundamental to the practice of homeland security risk management and analysis. The RSC is the risk governance structure for DHS, with membership from across the Department, formed to leverage the risk management capabilities of the DHS Components and to advance Departmental efforts toward integrated risk management.

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