About WID Liberty Chapter.

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Mission

The mission of WID Liberty Chapter is to empower and advance women in all areas of the defense industry, academia, government, and the US Armed Forces. Women in Defense provides a dynamic environment for personal and professional growth through networking, mentoring, career development and educational programs.

Vision

The vision of WID Liberty Chapter is to be the leading organization that connects, develops, and inspires professionals in all areas of national defense.

 

Our Story

Women in Defense (WID), a National Security Organization, is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), which was established as a non-profit organization in 1985.  Through the efforts of several women leaders, the Liberty Chapter was established in 2017 to enable members of the greater Philadelphia defense community to participate locally in this unique organization. WID Liberty Chapter is comprised of defense professionals in all stages of their careers, from senior to entry level, members of the military, Department of Defense contractors and government employees.

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Click on the links below to find out more about WID National and NDIA:
WID National
NDIA

Leadership

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President

Margaret “Margot” Margle

Margot is the Sr. Executive Director, Business Development for Sabre Systems, Inc., a mid-sized software and systems engineering company that specializes in providing mission critical solutions for defense, civilian and commercial customers in the areas of Cyber, C5ISR, Business Intelligence/Data Analytics, and Digital Transformation. She is responsible for creating new business opportunities through strong customer relationships, while also providing value to executive decision makers and influencers. Margot also currently serves as Secretary of the Lakehurst Small Business Roundtable.

Prior to Sabre, Margot was the Director of Convention and Education Programs for the Association of Old Crows responsible for coordinating national and international seminars, classified and non-classified technical symposiums, awards banquets and exhibit programs.

Margot is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Md. where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business and Finance. She is an avid cyclist, runner and enjoys cooking and reading fictional novels.

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Vice President

Kim Buchinsky

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Secretary

Rachel Kaluhiokalani/Jeannie Whitfield

Rachel Kaluhiokalani/Jeannie Whitfield serves as Secretary of the WID Liberty Chapter.

They play a critical role in fostering communication and diligence through proper management and utilization of important records such as meeting minutes and the chapter's bylaws.

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Treasurer

Grisel Velazquez

Grisel Velazquez serves as Treasurer of WID Liberty Chapter.

In her role, she is charged with overseeing the management and reporting of the chapter's finances.