2014 Business and Professional Women’s Foundation Recognizes Contributions Made by Joining Forces Mentoring plus Champions Women in History – Making History Event
Posted by Crystal Williams on March 26, 2014
2014 BPW Foundation Women in History – Making History Event Recap
Last week, Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation welcomed over 250 guests at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. for the organization’s 2nd annual event celebrating women veterans of all ranks and eras, military/veteran spouses, caregivers of wounded warriors, and survivors of fallen service members. Partners, sponsors, and champions of BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® (JFMP) career development program shared employment tools and resources to broaden program engagement and provide networking opportunities for JFMP participants.
BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett welcomed the audience, and Dalena Kanouse, President and Chief Executive Officer, MTCI delivered a heartwarming keynote about how she ended up at the helm of MTCI after the death of her military veteran husband. “It wasn’t until the day before he passed away that Sam told me that he wanted me to take over the company.”
Jackie Bradford, NBC4 President and General Manager, kicked off a series of two career development panels moderated by NBC4 anchor Erika Gonzalez. Participants on the first panel, “Tools & Resources for the Civilian Workplace,” included Christine Ayers (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), Ellen Gardner (Citi), Kia Silver Hodge (Northrop Grumman Corporation), and Beverly VanTull (Bon Secours). Jennifer Finder (BAE Systems), Wendy Warren (NBC4), and Crystal Williams (BPW Foundation and MetaLogix, Inc) led the second panel, “Social Media Strategies for Career Success. Suni Harford, Managing Director & Regional Head of Markets for North America, Citi summarized key learning from both panels.
The networking reception and awards portion of the evening began with a toast from Roslyn Ridgeway, Chair, BPW Foundation Board of Trustees and remarks by Maureen Casey, Managing Director, Military & Veterans Affairs, JPMorgan Chase. Guest speaker Cara G. LaPointe, Commander, United States Navy; White House Fellow, Office of the First Lady spoke on behalf of Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama, “Women’s History Month is an important time to recognize the victories, the struggles and the stories of all women who have made our country what it is–especially those of women veterans and military/veteran spouses who have sacrificed so much for our country.”
A highlight of the evening was the recognition of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® Champions
The Angel Outreach Award was presented to Courtney Banks Spaeth by BPW board member Velma Hart for Courtney’s substantial “prospecting” efforts to raise awareness and cultivate critical new financial support for Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® through her personal and professional networks. The founder and Chief Executive Officer of NSAWW, Courtney has broadened the footprint of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® by introducing new funding prospects, as well as resources and career opportunities for JFMP participants. Her efforts have led to new partnerships that will enhance and expand the program’s reach and capacity within the national security and defense contractor arenas and beyond.
BPW Trustee Leslie Wilkins and Dave Mooney President and CEO of Alliant Credit Union Leslie Wilkins, BPW Trustee traveled from Hawaii to present the Innovative Programming Award to Alliant Credit Union Foundation for providing critical financial literacy resources for Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® participants. Dave Mooney, President and CEO of Alliant Credit Union, was one of the first private sector leaders to pledge his company’s support during our 2010 Joining Forces for Women Veterans Summit. Since then, Alliant Credit Union has championed Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®, contributing both funding and valuable employee resources to building the program’s inventory of financial tools. Thanks to Alliant, every JFMP participant can access confidential, free one-to-one financial counseling, planning, and more as they strive to achieve financial security for themselves, their families, and their businesses.
Venita Garvin, BPW Board, presented the Action with Compassion Award to Booz Allen Hamilton for the company’s ongoing support for military and veteran families. Robin Portman, Booz Allen Hamilton Executive VP, first approached BPW Foundation with an idea to expand JFMP resources to meet the complex employment needs of female caregivers of wounded warriors. Robin opened her heart—and Booz Allen Hamilton’s purse—assembling a team that has grown to build and serve a robust caregiver community through JFMP online as well as at Walter Reed Hospital.
Rosalyn Ridgeway, BPW Chair was happy to present the Grassroots Award -BPW North Carolina for being an “early adopter” of the Women Joining Forces Program and substantial, successful community grassroots efforts to raise awareness and cultivate support for Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® throughout North Carolina. They have reached out to women veterans and included them in the many activities, workshops and conferences designed to support working women. BPW/NC members exemplify BPW Foundation’s motto “Working Women Helping Women Work.”
Please visit our virtual Honor Wall, and honor the patriotism of women veterans, military/veteran spouses, female caregivers of wounded warriors, survivors of fallen service members, and the women who impact your life. Click Here
We are grateful to the generous sponsors whose contributions made this wonderful event possible!