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Our Mission


WIDGHR will invest in Hampton Road’s current and future workforce through meaningful professional development, mentorship, scholarship, and educational programs. WIDGHR will solicit and reflect military, government, academia and industry involvement and support to inspire our members, cultivate leaders, and develop professional relationships for positive impact on Defense
and national security.

Women In Defense (WIDGHR) Greater Hampton Roads, A National Security Organization, was formed in April 2010 for women and men across the Greater Hampton Roads region who are engaged in national defense and security.

About  Us

Organization Goals

  • ​Provide a forum for the exchange of information and the expansion of professional contacts to promote partnerships between WIDGHR members and local military, government, state, civic, academic and contractor organizations.

  • Develop a network for the edification, support and sharing of experiences and opportunities in the Defense industry.    

  • Through networking, community outreach, and communication, provide members with opportunities for professional development, mentorship, and participation in programs that support national defense and security.

  • Create programs, events and forums that

  • encourage active participation by chapter members as well as increase WIDGHR’s organizational impact on the community. 

  • Cultivate the advancement of women to positions of leadership within government, defense, and national security fields.    

  • Assist in the educational development of women in disciplines involving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

  • (S.T.E.M).   

  • Distinguish WIDGHR as an organization unique in the Hampton Roads community which highlights and encourages women to excel in ​Defense and national security programs.    

  • Work effectively with local women business and defense/national security groups in Hampton Roads to achieve common goals.

Our Values 

  • Promote professional leadership and development. 
  • Inspire women to share and achieve business and personal successes.
  • Provide networking opportunities for career and business growth and support. ​

Working Hard for you

Women In Defense (WIDGHR) Greater Hampton Roads, A National Security Organization, was formed in April 2010 for women and men across the Greater Hampton Roads region who are engaged in national defense and security.  WIDGHR enables its membership to network with colleagues in various industries, expand their professional knowledge, and further
their careers advancement and business growth.  Our programs throughout the year draw on the talent and expertise of
industry leaders from a broad range of business enterprises and are designed to:

       

  • Promote professional leadership and development.     

  • Inspire women to share and achieve and share business and personal successes.

  • Provide networking opportunities for career and business growth and support.


Our monthly luncheons are held the third Thursday of every month (regular check WIDGHR’s calendar of events for date changes).  A 30-minute reception/networking opportunity precedes each event, affording our guests the opportunity to make connections with WIDGHR membership.  During the luncheons, notable speakers from the field of defense, national security and

other related fields share their experiences insights into techniques and methods for success.

Women In Defense Greater Hampton Roads

Recognizing and promoting the Advancement of Women In Defense

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