Women in Defense Lunch & Leadership Series – May 2021 Event


Women in Defense - Michigan Chapter

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Join WID-MI for a monthly virtual program that includes esteemed speakers and topics aimed to educate, motivate and inspire.

May Featured Speaker: Marion G. Whicker, Executive Director, U.S. Army TACOM Integrated Logistics Support Center – Operation Warp Speed

Join WID-MI for a monthly virtual program that includes esteemed speakers and change-makers covering personal and professional development topics aimed to educate, motivate and inspire.

Marion G. Whicker is the Chief of Supply, Production and Distribution for Operation Warp Speed. The Operation’s mission is to develop, manufacture and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to 300 million Americans on an accelerated timeline.

In her Operation Warp Speed role, Ms. Whicker oversees and coordinates efforts to expand and ramp up manufacturing, ensures the procurement of necessary equipment and supplies and leverages new and existing partnership to assist in vaccine delivery. From its inception, Operation Warp Speed has embraced a “whole-of-America” approach to meet its goals.

Ms. Whicker was selected for the temporary position based on her 30-plus years of defense and logistics expertise.

In her permanent role, Ms. Whicker serves as the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command’s Executive Director of Integrated Logistics Support Center. In this position she oversees the readiness of the majority of Army maintenance, fielding, new equipment training, supply chain management and system readiness. Ms. Whicker has direct oversight for a major Integrated Materiel Management Center with more than 3,200 combined military and civilian employees. She provides the senior leader logistical support to almost 500 new acquisition programs, representing 63% of the Army’s new programs. She also manages sustainment support for more than 10,000 major end items, ensuring operational readiness and support to the majority of the Army’s major weapon systems. Additionally, Ms. Whicker provides leadership of a major logistics organization to include Weapon Systems Program Management, Materiel Management, Maintenance, Customer Support/Readiness, Integrated Logistic Support, and logistics support to five Program Executive Offices and associated Program/Project/Product Manager Offices. Ms. Whicker was selected as a member of the Army’s Senior Executive Service in June 2018. The Senior Executive Service represents a group of top executives with outstanding leadership skills, common values, and a deep understanding of the U.S. government. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Iowa Wesleyan College and has a master’s degree in Leadership from Central Michigan University. She received the Women In Defense’s excellence in leadership award in 2017.

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