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Welcome to Our Chapter

Women in Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter, a National Security Organization, is a non-profit professional networking and development organization for women and men across Michigan who contribute to national defense and security.

WID MI at MDEX Alyssa Roth taking a picture with Gov Gretchen Whitmer

Formed in 2007...

The Michigan Chapter strengthens and influences the defense and national security industry by inspiring women, cultivating leadership, and growing professional relationships.

Events

Jun 20
WID-MI Superstar Networking | June 2024
Watermark Bar & Grill - 24420 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
Jul 18
WID-MI Superstar Networking | JULY 2024
Rehmann - 1249 Griswold Street #Suite 201, Detroit, MI 48226

Why Join WID Michigan

Professional Growth

Members can access a business environment that fosters professional growth through strategic networking, education, and career development.

Educational Benefits

Members can participate in national and chapter education programs, enhancing their knowledge and skills in the defense and security sectors.

Networking

Members benefit from increased engagement opportunities, professional contacts, and informative programs through NDIA affiliation.

WID Matters

WID Michigan is the largest chapter in the country. Our goal is to continue to lead nationally while partnering with other chapters. Whether you’re here for networking, education, mentorship or just to have fun, WID Matters.
Play Video about WID Matters

The video opens with a golden background and the words, “WID Matters.” Upbeat pop music plays in the background.

Various photos appear, showing Women in Defense (WID) Michigan (MI) members at various events. These depict networking events, the WID MI golf outing, a holiday party, award ceremonies, and sponsored events.

Sue Tellier, President of WID MI, begins to speak.

Sue: “So obviously, there’s a ton of people here tonight because they recognize how important it is to keep women in the Defense Industrial Base, and I know personally that we have people in the room who invited their high-school-aged daughters or their young daughters so that they could see role models and they can see examples of women who are doing something that they might want to do eventually as well. We have scholarship recipients here who we are encouraging with our dollars to stay in our industry and to make sure that they’re going to Michigan Universities and going into STEM careers. Everyone in this room recognizes why that matters.”

The words, “Connections Matter: Professional development and networking.” This is followed by photos of WID MI members at professional and networking events, like the Small Business Summit, WID MI Golf Outing, and more.

The next title is “Support Matters: Advancing women leaders in government, defense, and national security.”

The next shots hows sponsor logos. Partners include NDIA Michigan, Association of the United States Army, and AFA. Annual Sponsors include Macomb County Michigan, Systems X, BAE Systems, Rehmann, and Rheinmetall.

The next title reads, “Development Matters: Mentoring for established professionals and middle school girls through college-aged women.”

The next screen reads, “The Future Matters: Our Pi Day program is approachable, fun, and crafted to inspire curiosity and confidence in the world of STEM.” This is followed by photos of the Pi Day program. They feature female students engaging in STEM learning through hands-on activities.

The next title is, “Education Matters: Educational development of young women in technological fields in support of STEM.” 

A scholarship recipient begins to speak from off camera.

Scholarship Recipient 1: “Because I’m an engineer, I actually wound up doing the math, and the folks over there (at WID MI) have saved me well over 150 hours of work at my part-time job. For me, this is a phenomenal opportunity because it frees up so much time for me to better focus on my studies and engineering-related extracurriculars.”

The screen reads, “9 Young Women, $18,750 Scholarships.”

Another scholarship recipient begins to speak off camera.

Scholarship Recipient 2: “What the scholarship means to me is that it’s helped me get involved in the defense industry and learn more about the different careers and different aspects I can get involved in.”

The screen reads, “Financial assistance for higher education through school and college scholarships.”

Scholarship Recipient 1: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the Michigan Chapter of Women in Defense.”

The golden title screen with “WID Matters” reappears before fading to black.

The video opens with a golden background and the words, “WID Matters.” Upbeat pop music plays in the background.

Various photos appear, showing Women in Defense (WID) Michigan (MI) members at various events. These depict networking events, the WID MI golf outing, a holiday party, award ceremonies, and sponsored events.

Sue Tellier, President of WID MI, begins to speak.

Sue: “So obviously, there’s a ton of people here tonight because they recognize how important it is to keep women in the Defense Industrial Base, and I know personally that we have people in the room who invited their high-school-aged daughters or their young daughters so that they could see role models and they can see examples of women who are doing something that they might want to do eventually as well. We have scholarship recipients here who we are encouraging with our dollars to stay in our industry and to make sure that they’re going to Michigan Universities and going into STEM careers. Everyone in this room recognizes why that matters.”

The words, “Connections Matter: Professional development and networking.” This is followed by photos of WID MI members at professional and networking events, like the Small Business Summit, WID MI Golf Outing, and more.

The next title is “Support Matters: Advancing women leaders in government, defense, and national security.”

The next shots hows sponsor logos. Partners include NDIA Michigan, Association of the United States Army, and AFA. Annual Sponsors include Macomb County Michigan, Systems X, BAE Systems, Rehmann, and Rheinmetall.

The next title reads, “Development Matters: Mentoring for established professionals and middle school girls through college-aged women.”

The next screen reads, “The Future Matters: Our Pi Day program is approachable, fun, and crafted to inspire curiosity and confidence in the world of STEM.” This is followed by photos of the Pi Day program. They feature female students engaging in STEM learning through hands-on activities.

The next title is, “Education Matters: Educational development of young women in technological fields in support of STEM.” 

A scholarship recipient begins to speak from off camera.

Scholarship Recipient 1: “Because I’m an engineer, I actually wound up doing the math, and the folks over there (at WID MI) have saved me well over 150 hours of work at my part-time job. For me, this is a phenomenal opportunity because it frees up so much time for me to better focus on my studies and engineering-related extracurriculars.”

The screen reads, “9 Young Women, $18,750 Scholarships.”

Another scholarship recipient begins to speak off camera.

Scholarship Recipient 2: “What the scholarship means to me is that it’s helped me get involved in the defense industry and learn more about the different careers and different aspects I can get involved in.”

The screen reads, “Financial assistance for higher education through school and college scholarships.”

Scholarship Recipient 1: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the Michigan Chapter of Women in Defense.”

The golden title screen with “WID Matters” reappears before fading to black.

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Scholarships

Support college and high school women with a passion for STEM

WID Michigan’s scholarship programs are designed to provide funds for outstanding women who intend to join the defense industry. Each scholarship is directly supported by our annual events.

Mentorship

Support the next generation of women in defense

Our mentorship program is designed to foster professional growth at any career stage. Protégé learn from their mentors and mentors can help shape the future of our industry.

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WID Michigan Partners

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