The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) and Rhode Island Women in Science and Engineering (RIWISE) held an inaugural event for women in science and engineering positions including technical professionals, educators, and students last Tuesday, November 14 at the Atlantic Resort in Middletown. The collaboration between SENEDIA and RIWISE is an effort to build a stronger community for women in science and engineering to provide networking and mentorship opportunities and to advance their career opportunities. Over 50 women attended.
The event offered networking opportunities and a presentation led by Dr. Chris Demchak, the Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Professor and Chair of Cyber Security and the Director of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies at the U.S. Naval War College, who discussed the cyber ecosystem. In particular, she highlighted her current research efforts focused on the need for a Cyber Operational Resilience Alliance.
“Last week’s event made great strides toward building a vibrant community of women in Rhode Island who are leading the way in science and engineering,” said Molly Donohue Magee, Executive Director of SENEDIA. “We are excited to foster and support meaningful dialogue and networking among these exceptional women.”
SENEDIA and RIWISE’s collaboration is funded as part of a Real Jobs Rhode Island grant supporting SENEDIA’s workforce development efforts for the Rhode Island Defense and Technology Cluster. RIWISE plans to meet on a quarterly basis and are welcoming new members at no cost. If you are interested in learning more about RIWISE, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.