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We create engaging forums where members can explore possibility and discover opportunity. Join us at an upcoming professional development seminar, networking event, or informal happy hour gathering.

Women In Defense Greater Los Angeles Chapter  is proud to announce our Service to the Flag Award Recipients!

April 4, 2023 

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 

Join us for an exciting and engaging afternoon while presenting the Service to the Flag Awards and   Networking reception.

Our event will be at The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills in the Waldorf Room.

We look forward to seeing you here!

The recipients of The Service to The Flag Awards are:

  • For the Government Category: Deidra Eberhardt, SES is the Director of Requirements, Integration and Strategy, Space Systems Integration Office, Space Systems Command at The Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA.

  • For the Industry Category: Cindy Ayloush, CEO of Hydraflow

  • For the Community Category: Delores Druilhet Morton, CEO of Step Up

Please join us on April 4, 2023 at The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills in the Waldorf room.

Ticket prices: Members: $60

Non Members: $70

Government employees and students: $25

Pivoting to Success in the New Environment at 2022 Farnborough International Airshow 

July 18, 2022

3:00PM PST


Join us at the 2022 Farnborough Airshow for an energizing event with rich insights and great advise to be shared by our panelists on pivoting to success in the new environment.

  • Nicole Huque, Board & CEO, Executive Search K&A Partners

  • Heather Bulk, President & CEO, Special Aerospace Services 

  • Heidi Grant, President of Business Development, Security & Global Services

Southern California Executive Leadership Panel

June 9, 2022

5:30PM PST


Join us for an exciting and engaging panel of A&D leaders!  Networking time to follow panel discussion - you don't want to miss this opportunity to meet with this esteemed group of  women leaders!

  • Holly Bertrand, COO, ExoAnalytic Solutions

  • Kathleen Boyle, Chairman & CEO, Verify

  • Natalia Sephton, CEO,  M&R Engineering

  • Tamara M. Christen, President, Networks Electronic Company

Leadership and Presidential Fellows:  Innovative Women in Military Space

Sept 2, 2021

5:30PM PST


You don't want to miss this evening with two amazing officers from the US space force!

Please join us for an evening with Ms. Shannon Pallone, Senior Materiel Leader, Tactical SATCOM Division, Los Angeles Air Force Base and Ms. Layla Bryant, Chief of Legislative Affairs, Space System Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base. 

Leading, Learning, and Launching:  Innovative Women in Military Space

June 2, 2021

5:30PM PST


You don't want to miss this evening with two amazing officers from the US space force!

Please join us for an evening with Col. Erin  Gulden, Senior Materiel Leader, Atlas V and Delta IV Divison Launch Enterprise at Los Angelels Air Force Base and Lt. Col. Ryan  Rose, Materiel Leader and Chief, Small Launch and Targets Division Launch Enterprise at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Virtual Speaker Series - Virginia Suveiu, Esq., Chief Safeguard Office, Balance to Success

February 4, 2021

5:30PM PST


CMMC discussion for 2021 & beyond..

Please join us for a CMMC overview from the legal perspective and a Q&A session afterward!  There are lots of new career opportunities in cybersecurity and compliance!

Virginia A. Suveiu, Esq., Chief Safeguard Officer at Balance to Success, is a California attorney and educator. She is currently editing a handbook on Risk Management and the Law for Routledge.  Virginia is a mediator and arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Bar Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Contract Management Association-Orange County. She is affiliated with and has been invited to speak to professional organizations on business law-related issues. She is an active member of the State Bar of California and admitted to the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Virginia has held numerous positions in academia, including founding dean and professor, as well as an instructor and content developer for UC Irvine, from where she was given the Distinguished Instructor Award.

Virtual Speaker Series - Antoinette Balta, Executive Director, Veterans Legal Institute

November 19, 2020

5:30PM PST


Antoinette Balta is WID-GLAC’s recipient of our 2020 Service to the Flag award for the community category.

Ms. Balta is the Executive Director and a Co-Founder of the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI). VLI provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. Since co-founding the Veterans Legal Institute in 2014, over 6,000 local low income veterans have benefitted from free legal services.

Her innovation moves our chapter, and we are proud to celebrate her accomplishments and support her continued success as a community leader and voice for the heroes of our United States.

Please join us for a celebration of Ms. Balta's accomplishments, to listen to her remarks, and for a Q&A session afterward!

Virtual Speaker Series - Shelli Brunswick, COO Space Foundation

August 20, 2020

5:30PM PST


Shelli Brunswick brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the journey and opportunities available to women - from traditional higher education to the US Air Force and her current roles as COO and executive leader of the Center for Innovation and Education at Space Foundation; chair of Women in Aerospace (WIA); host for the annual Women's Global Gathering; and as a 2020 UN Space4Women mentor.  


The lack of diversity in the space technology workforce has become a systemic problem.  Women and minorities are an untapped demographic and resource.  With our daily lives increasingly reliant on space-based technologies, it is imperative to provide women with awareness, access, training, connections, and mentoring for the expanse of workforce and economic opportunities available.  


Shelli's focus  for 2020 is workforce development and economic opportunity initiatives at Space Foundation.  For the $424B global space economy to reach the forecasted $1-3T value by 2040, it will require new strategies and approaches to address the workforce shortage, skills deficit, and innovation gaps that presently exist.  Today, every country, community, and citizen are connected to space.  As such, the growing space economy presents extraordinary opportunities for women that span every avenue of interest.   

Virtual Speaker Series - Dr. Claire Leon, Ph D., Director, Systems Engineering & Engineering Management, Loyola Marymount University

May 6, 2020

5:30PM PST


Creating a Stronger STEM Pipeline:  Improving the Perception of Engineering Careers for Women


Dr. Claire Leon, Ph. D. will provide a briefing based on her dissertation research, industry, and government experience.  Questions and brainstorming will follow. 

Watch Presentation Here!  

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