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Join us for the 2016 Naval History Conference on 8 and 9 September at Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy.
The Athena Conference: Heroines of Past, Present and Future
will highlight groundbreaking women across a myriad of battlefields.
The conference coincides with the 40th anniversary of women at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Registration is required to attend. Please visit the registration tab above to register.
The conference is hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy with support from
The William M. Wood Foundation.
Please park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Upon arrival at the stadium lot, please tell the attendant that you will be attending the 2016 Naval History Conference. Parking will be FREE of charge, and shuttle service will be provided to Alumni Hall on the U.S. Naval Academy Yard. All visitors over the age of 16 must have a valid government issued picture ID.
On 8 September, shuttle service will be offered continuously to Alumni Hall beginning at 10:30AM, and the last shuttle will depart Alumni Hall at 4:30PM. There will be no shuttle service for the 7:00 pm Special Thursday Evening panel.
On 9 September, shuttle service will be offered continuously to Alumni Hall beginning at 7:00AM, and last shuttle will depart Alumni Hall at 12:45PM.
Note for active duty/retired military: Only those with a USNA ID Card or a DOD credential, including military retirees and dependents, may drive onto U.S. Naval Academy Yard. However, due to construction on the Yard, particularly around Alumni Hall, parking is VERY LIMITED. We recommend that all attendees please park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and utilize the shuttle service provided.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE NAVY-MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM:
FROM POINTS NORTH:
From I-95-South exit onto I-695-East and then take the I-97-South exit. Follow I-97 south until it merges into Route 50 East toward Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp. Follow directions "From Route 50" below.
FROM POINTS SOUTH:
Take I-95-North, MD Route 2 North or U.S. Route 301 North to Route 50. Travel east to Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and then follow directions "From Route 50" below.
FROM POINTS WEST:
Follow Route 50 East from Washington, D.C. towards Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp. Then follow directions "From Route 50" below.
FROM POINTS EAST:
Follow Route 50 West toward Annapolis to Exit 24B, Rowe Blvd and follow the directions "From Route 50" below.
FROM ROUTE 50:
From Route 50, follow Rowe Blvd to second stop light, Taylor Avenue, and make a right turn on Taylor. Follow the signs to a right turn into the Blue Parking Lot.
Registration is required to attend. Registration options include:
Full Conference - 8 September, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm; 9 September, 8:45 am to 11:45 am
Day One only - 8 September, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Day Two only - 9 September, 8:45 am to 11:45 am
Special Thursday Evening Panel* - 8 September, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
*Shuttle service to and from Alumni Hall will not be provided for the Thursday evening panel. Please keep in mind that only those with a USNA ID Card or a DOD credential, including military retirees and dependents, may drive onto the U.S. Naval Academy Yard. Please contact [email protected] if you need assistance.
Please contact Member Services for registration assistance.
|11:00AM - 12:00PM||Day One Registration |
|12:00PM - 12:15PM||Welcome Remarks |
|12:15PM - 1:15PM||Kickoff Luncheon Keynote |
|1:15PM - 1:30PM||Break |
|1:30PM - 3:00PM||Panel Discussion -- Blazing the Trail: How Did Military Women Clear the Path? |
|3:00PM - 3:15PM||Closing Remarks |
|7:00PM - 8:30PM||Panel Discussion -- Leading with No Exceptions: How Will Military Women Do it? |
|8:00AM - 8:45AM||Day Two Registration |
|8:00AM - 8:45AM||Continental Breakfast |
|8:45AM - 8:55AM||Welcome Remarks |
|8:55AM - 9:50AM||Morning Keynote |
|9:50AM - 10:00AM||Break |
|10:00AM - 11:45AM||Panel Discussion -- Conquering the Labyrinth: How Are Women in Society Charting Their Own Course? |
|11:45AM - 12:00PM||Closing Remarks |
CEO and Chairman, General Motors Company
Mary Barra is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company. Barra was elected Chairman of the GM Board of Directors on January 4, 2016, and has served as CEO of GM since January 15, 2014.
Under Barra’s leadership, GM is working to lead the transformation of personal mobility through advanced technologies such as connectivity, electrification and autonomous driving. Barra has also established a strategic direction based on putting the customer at the center of everything the company does, all around the world.
Prior to being named CEO, Barra served as Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain since August 2013, and as Senior Vice President, Global Product Development since February 2011. In these roles, she was responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of GM vehicles around the world.
Previously, Barra served as GM Vice President, Global Human Resources; Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering; Plant Manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; Executive Director of Competitive Operations Engineering; and in several engineering and staff positions.
In 1990, Barra graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business after receiving a GM fellowship in 1988.
Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1985.
Barra is a member of the General Dynamics Board of Directors. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Economic Club and as a member of The Business Council. She is also a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees, the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees for the Detroit Country Day School.
In 2014, Barra and her husband, Tony, chaired the Detroit International Wine Auction, raising a record $2.4 million for scholarships and community arts programs through the College for Creative Studies. In 2012, they chaired the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 30th annual dinner, which raised nearly $1.7 million for cancer research.
In 2015, Barra was ranked first on Fortune magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” In 2014, she was named to the Time 100 and Forbes magazine named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”
Flag Aide to Naval Academy Superintendent; USNA Class of ’10; and member of first Naval Academy class of women to serve on submarines
Writer; former Executive Director and Founder of Service Women’s Action Network; and former Marine Corps Captain and Company Commander
Anuradha is a writer, activist, yoga teacher and Marine Corps veteran. Her memoir UNBECOMING will be published by Atria, a Simon and Schuster imprint, in 2018.
Anuradha is the founder and visionary behind Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), a non-profit organization that played a major role in dozens of historic policy reforms within the United States Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs between 2009 and 2014, including overturning the ban on women in combat. A former Marine Corps Captain and Company Commander, she served in uniform from 1999-2004 and was the second woman to complete the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor trainer school, earning a black belt in close combat techniques.
As a military and veterans civil rights pioneer, Anuradha spearheaded national policy reform, legislation and litigation to overhaul the military justice system, open combat assignments to women, curb military rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment, improve VA services for women veterans, and guarantee reproductive health care to service women. She has advised the White House and the United Nations and testified several times before the Senate and House of Representatives.
Anuradha is a regular media commentator on issues related to national security, women’s rights, civil rights, and women’s leadership, has been featured in hundreds of news outlets, and is the recipient of numerous awards.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where she specialized in international security and human rights policy.
Under Secretary of the Navy
Dr. Janine Davidson is the 32nd Under Secretary of the Navy. On behalf of the Secretary of the Navy, she is responsible for all Department of the Navy affairs to include Navy and Marine Corps integration, acquisition, finance, personnel, legislative affairs, and research and development. As Under Secretary, she oversees the management and oversight of an annual budget in excess of $170 billion and is responsible for the health and well-being of nearly 900,000 Sailors, Marines civilians and their families. She also serves as the Chief Management Officer for the Department of the Navy, ensuring efficient management of the Department’s resources through sound business practices.
Secretary Davidson has almost 30 years of experience in military operations, national security policy, and academic research. From 2009 to 2012, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, where she oversaw the formulation and review of military war plans and global force posture policy. Previously, she served as Director for Stability Operations Capabilities in the office of Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, where she was the founding Director of the Center for Complex Operations, an interagency organization focused on enhancing civilian and military performance in the field.
Following her earlier time in the Pentagon, Davidson served as a presidentially appointed member of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, which recommended changes to service structure and management policies. She also served as a member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board and as a senior advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander, NATO.
As an analyst and academic, Davidson was most recently Senior Fellow for Defense Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she is also a life member. She has taught national security policy and political science at Georgetown University, George Mason University, and Davidson College, and is the author of numerous articles across a range of defense issues. Her 2009 book, Lifting the Fog of Peace: How Americans Learned to Fight Modern War, examines organizational change and institutional learning in the U.S. military.
Davidson grew up in a Navy family in California and Virginia and was commissioned as an Air Force second lieutenant in 1988. She flew combat support, airdrop, and humanitarian air mobility missions in the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East in both the C-130 and the C-17 cargo aircraft, and also served as an instructor pilot at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She was a Distinguished Graduate of Air Force Squadron Officers’ School and was the first woman to fly the Air Force’s tactical C-130.
Davidson received her Master of Arts and a doctorate in international studies from the University of South Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. For her previous civilian government service, Davidson was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
First woman four star in the military; former Commanding General, Army Materiel Command; and author, A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General
General Ann Dunwoody is the former commanding general of one of the Army's largest commands, the U.S. Army Materiel Command. She is the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve a four-star officer rank, and U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno called her "quite simply the best logistician the Army has ever had." She led many divisions at home and abroad and commanded at every level. She also supported the largest deployment and redeployment of U.S. forces since WWII. The author of A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General, Dunwoody shares what nearly four decades in the military taught her about effective leadership, revealing the core principles that guided her to her historic appointment. Through engaging stories and battle-tested insights, she offers audiences practical, tactical advice to lead and achieve with maximum success - no matter the size or scope of their organization. Spunky and a straight shooter, she is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau.
Dunwoody led the transformation of the Army's logistics organizations. She was responsible for research and development, installation and contingency contracting, foreign military sales, supply chain management, and more. She also oversaw all of the depots that supported supply, maintenance, manufacturing, and ammunitions. AMC had more than 69,000 employees and presence in all 50 states and 145 countries, and Dunwoody managed a budget of $60 billion dollars and was responsible for oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts. She also led the Army's global supply chain in support of Iraq and Afghanistan and contingency operations in Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan.
Among Dunwoody's many accomplishments came several career and military firsts. In addition to becoming the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general, she was the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992, and she became Fort Bragg's first female general officer in 2000. Dunwoody was also the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command. In 2005, Dunwoody became the Army's top-ranking female when she received the promotion to lieutenant general (three stars) and became the Army's deputy chief of staff, G-4 (logistics). She received her fourth star in 2008.
General Dunwoody led a highly decorated career. In addition to her military honors, she was named one of New York MOVES Magazine's "2013 Power Women" and selected to be the 2013 Grand Marshall for the Veterans Day parade in New York City. The NCAA recognized her with its highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award, and the National Conference on Citizenship gave her its Franklin Award. She was also recognized as a 2001 Distinguished Alumni for the State University of New York at Cortland and was the recipient of the 2004 National Defense Transportation Association's DoD Distinguished Service Award and the 2007 Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Distinguished Service Award.
Dunwoody is currently the president of First 2 Four and serves on the board of directors for L-3 Communications, Republic Services, and Logistics Management Institute.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for a New American Security and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2009 to 2012)
Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of DoD’s 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress.
Prior to confirmation, Ms. Flournoy co-led President Obama’s transition team at DoD.
In January 2007, Ms. Flournoy co-founded CNAS, a non-partisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies. She served as CNAS’ President until 2009.
Previously, she was senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for several years and, prior to that, a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University (NDU).
In the mid-1990s, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. She has received several awards from the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Ms. Flournoy is a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the Defense Policy Board, the DCIA’s External Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Aspen Strategy Group, and a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She serves on the boards of The Mitre Corporation, CSRA, Amida Technology Solutions, The Mission Continues, and CARE, and is a Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group.
Ms. Flournoy earned a bachelor's degree in social studies from Harvard University and a master's degree in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where she was a Newton-Tatum scholar.
Founding Partner, SellersEaston Media; Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International; Fox News commentator; and Senior Associate and Host of Smart Women Smart Power, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Former American soccer player; two time Olympic gold medalist; and FIFA Women's World Cup winner
Drug and Migrant Interdiction Chief, Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement; 2010-2011 White House Fellow at NASA; first woman to command a Coast Guard vessel in a combat zone; and first woman in the Coast Guard to earn the Bronze Star
A native of Vienna, Virginia, CDR Harrison graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1995. CDR Harrison first served as a Deck Watch Officer on U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) STORIS (WMEC-38) in Kodiak, AK, followed by service as Executive Officer of USCGC KISKA (WPB-1309) in Hilo, HI, Protocol Officer for the Commandant of the Coast Guard in Washington, DC, and Commanding Officer of USCGC AQUIDNECK (WPB-1336) in Fort Macon, NC, and later Manama, Bahrain. In March 2003, CDR Harrison led AQUIDNECK during the invasion of Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon returning from the Arabian Gulf, CDR Harrison served as the Senior Instructor of the Maritime Boarding Officer School in Yorktown, VA, and then established the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, SC, where she served as Executive Officer. She returned to sea in 2006 as Executive Officer of USCGC LEGARE (WMEC-912) in Portsmouth, VA. After earning a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University, she was responsible for strategic oversight, policy formulation, and Congressional briefings for programs representing $2.7 billion of the Service’s operating base as a Program Reviewer in the Office of Budget and Programs. CDR Harrison earned a second master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University in 2010.
In 2010, CDR Harrison was chosen by President Barack Obama to serve as of one of 13 White House Fellows for 2010-2011 during which she served as a senior advisor to the Administrator of NASA and acting Deputy Chief of Staff of NASA. She then served as a Strategic Analyst in the Strategic Management and Doctrine Directorate before assuming command of USCGC NORTHLAND (WMEC 904) in Portsmouth, VA. After NORTHLAND, her research as the Coast Guard’s first National Security Affairs Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution focused on the Arctic and sexual assault prevention. She reported to the Office of Management and Budget’s National Security Division in July 2015 as a Program Examiner for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She reported to her current assignment as the Coast Guard’s Drug and Migrant Interdiction Chief in June 2016.
CDR Harrison’s awards include the Bronze Star, Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal and Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
In her personal time, CDR Harrison is active in many volunteer public service organizations. Most notably, she has been a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) since 1999.
Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; and Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Kathleen Hicks is senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program at CSIS. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on U.S. foreign policy; national security strategy, forces, and budget; and strategic futures. Dr. Hicks previously served in the Department of Defense as principal deputy under secretary for policy, a Senate-confirmed position with responsibility for assisting in the development and oversight of global and regional defense policy, strategy, and operations. She also served as deputy under secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and forces, leading the development of the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and crafting guidance for future force capabilities, overseas military posture, and contingency and theater campaign plans.
Dr. Hicks was a senior fellow at CSIS from 2006 to 2009, leading a variety of national security research projects. From 1993 to 2006, she was a career civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, rising from Presidential Management Intern to the Senior Executive Service. Dr. Hicks received numerous recognitions for her service in the Department of Defense (DOD), including distinguished awards from three secretaries of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She also received the 2011 DOD Senior Professional Women’s Association Excellence in Leadership Award. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.P.A. from the University of Maryland, and an A.B. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College. Dr. Hicks was a presidentially appointed commissioner for the National Commission on the Future of the Army. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Boards of Advisors for the Truman National Security Project and SoldierStrong.
Secretary of the Air Force
Deborah Lee James is the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its nearly 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of more than $139 billion.
Ms. James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector. Prior to her current position, Ms. James served as President of Science Applications International Corporation's Technical and Engineering Sector, where she was responsible for 8,700 employees and more than $2 billion in revenue.
For nearly a decade, Ms. James held a variety of positions with SAIC to include Senior Vice President and Director of Homeland Security. From 2000 to 2001, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Business Executives for National Security, and from 1998 to 2000 she was Vice President of International Operations and Marketing at United Technologies.
During the Clinton Administration, from 1993 to 1998, Ms. James served in the Pentagon as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. In that position, she was the Secretary of Defense’s senior advisor on all matters pertaining to the 1.8 million National Guard and Reserve personnel worldwide. In addition to working extensively with Congress, state governors, the business community, military associations, and international officials on National Guard and Reserve component issues, she oversaw a $10 billion budget and supervised a 100-plus-person staff. Prior to her Senate confirmation in 1993, she served as an assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.
From 1983 to 1993, she worked as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee, where she served as a senior advisor to the Military Personnel and Compensation Subcommittee, the NATO Burden Sharing Panel, and the Chairman’s Member Services team.
Ms. James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative area studies from Duke University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield; and journalist
National Security Analyst, FOX News
Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland is FOX News’ National Security Analyst. She appears regularly on FOX News and FOX Business News. Ms. McFarland anchors DEFCON3 and writes a regular column for FOXnews.com. She is also the weekly national security commentator for several national radio shows.
Ms. McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations: as an aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger on the NSC Staff (1970-76); member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Staff (1981); Senior Speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and later the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (PA) and Pentagon Spokesman (1981-84). Ms. McFarland received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award for her work in the Reagan Administration (Distinguished Service Award, 1985). She ran as a Republican candidate for the US Senate from New York (2006).
Ms. McFarland is a graduate of George Washington University (BA), Oxford University (BA, MA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD program, all but dissertation) with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China and the Soviet Union. She received Graduate
Fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (Hubert Humphrey Fellowship).
Ms. McFarland is a Senior Fellow of the American Conservative Union. She is also a board member of The Jamestown Foundation, a Distinguished Advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She is married to Alan Roberts McFarland, founding member of McFarland Dewey & Co. They have five grown children and five grandchildren. The McFarlands reside in Long Island.
First Democratic woman Senator elected and first woman to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo
Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. In its global food and beverage portfolio, PepsiCo has 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo's main businesses include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. With more than $63 billion in annual net revenue, PepsiCo makes hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world.
Mrs. Nooyi is the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s promise to do what’s right for the business by doing what’s right for people and the planet. It’s the company’s commitment to sustained growth with a focus on Performance, Human, Environmental and Talent Sustainability. Mrs. Nooyi was named President and CEO on October 1, 2006 and assumed the role of Chairman on May 2, 2007. She has directed the company's global strategy for more than a decade and led its restructuring, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc., the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo's anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo's history.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mrs. Nooyi served as President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2001, when she was also named to PepsiCo's Board of Directors. In this position, she was responsible for PepsiCo's corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations and information technology. Between February 2000 and April 2001, Mrs. Nooyi was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi also served as PepsiCo's Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 1996 until 2000, and as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning from 1994 until 1996.
Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Mrs. Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company. She was part of the top management team responsible for the company's U.S. business as well as its worldwide industrial businesses, representing about $10 billion of ABB's $30 billion in global sales.
Between 1986 and 1990, Mrs. Nooyi worked for Motorola, where she was Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, having joined the company as the business development executive for its automotive and industrial electronic group. Prior to Motorola, she spent six years directing international corporate strategy projects at The Boston Consulting Group. Her clients ranged from textiles and consumer goods companies to retailers and specialty chemicals producers. Mrs. Nooyi began her career in India, where she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and at Mettur Beardsell, Ltd., a textile firm.
In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors, Mrs. Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of U.S.-India Business Council, The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Tsinghua University. She is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and was appointed to the U.S.-India CEO Forum by the Obama Administration.
She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence
Vice Adm. Tighe was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and raised in Plantation, Florida. Tighe is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as a cryptologist. She studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute. She graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in 2001 with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics.
Tighes’s previous tours include duty with Naval Security Group Activities in Florida, Virginia, Japan, VQ-1 and Naval Information Warfare Activity. She also had staff assignments on the Headquarters of the Pacific Fleet, Naval Security Group, Naval Network Warfare Command, and served as executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Cyber Command. Tighe commanded more than 2,800 multi-service and multi-agency personnel at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii in Kunia.
As a flag officer, Tighe served as Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet; U.S. Cyber Command Deputy J3; OPNAV N2N6 director, Decision Superiority; Naval Postgraduate School interim president; and deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet.
In July 2016, she assumed duties the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, and the 66th Director of Naval Intelligence.
Tighe wears both the Information Warfare pin and Naval Aviation Observer wings, earned while deployed as an airborne special evaluator aboard VQ-1 EP-3E aircraft in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
Tighe has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (second award), the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (fourth award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Tighe is a member of the Acquisition Professionals Community and holds a Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in Program Management.
Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot 2d Civil Affairs Group (CAG), Co-Founder of No Exceptions
Katelyn van Dam is a Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot currently assigned to the 2d Civil Affairs Group (CAG). Previously, she served at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, where she led the testing and development of curriculum for the Marine Corps’ newly commissioned officers. Major van Dam is also a member of the Women In International Security’s Combat Integration Initiative where she is involved in the effort to strengthen the military by creating opportunities for women to lead and serve across all specialties.
Prior to serving at The Basic School, Major van Dam flew for Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, based out of Camp Pendleton, CA. During that time she deployed to conduct combat operations in Afghanistan and counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa/Gulf of Aden.
Major van Dam is a 2005 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in International Relations. She earned her naval aviator “wings of gold” in 2007. She is a native Californian who loves to surf, play beach volleyball and go hiking with her husband.
President Emeritus, Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc. and first woman to deploy with an Air Force bomber unit
Retired Air Force Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught served in the United States Air Force for over 28 years, retiring in 1985 as one of the most highly decorated women in U.S. history. Throughout her career, General Vaught forged new paths and pioneered opportunities for the servicewomen who would follow. A Vietnam veteran, she was one of the few military women in that war who were not nurses. And, when she was promoted to brigadier general in 1980, she was one of a handful of women in the world who had ever achieved that distinction.
While her military accomplishments are extraordinary, General Vaught's most lasting contribution will be her successful efforts related to the Women In Military Service For America Memorial where she was the driving force that built and now operates the $22.5 million memorial. Located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, the Women’s Memorial is the nation’s only major memorial to pay tribute to the some 3 million women who have served in the nation’s defense. The Memorial stands as a place where America’s servicewomen can take their rightful place in history and where their stories will be told for future generations. Because of Wilma Vaught, the American people and visitors from around the world can learn of the courage and bravery of tens of thousands of American women who, like her, have pioneered the future.
Among General Vaught’s many military awards and decorations, are the Defense and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Air Force Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. Her many distinctive civilian achievements include the 1998 National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs Veteran Advocate of the Year Award, 2000 National Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee, 2003 National Women’s History Month Honoree, and the 2003 The Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion Award. She was awarded the Intrepid Award by the National Organization for Women in 2006, the US Air Force Woman of Distinction Merit Award in 2007, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Women’s History Month Honoree in 2008 and in 2010 was inducted into the US Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame. More recently in 2012, she was the first recipient of the USAF Brigadier General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award as well as a recipient of the Sea Services Leadership Association North Star Lifetime Achievement Award. The White House honored her as a Champion of Change in 2013 and she was awarded the NSDAR President General’s Medallion. In 2015 the National Graduate School established in General Vaught’s honor the Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught Military Women Service Scholarship.