AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter (AFCEA-CMD) is a non-profit membership association dedicated to providing an ethical, interactive forum for sharing knowledge and building relationships across government, military, industry and academia.

Our Chapter focuses primarily on enabling the intelligence missions of today and tomorrow through education and investment in talented people.  We accomplish our goal by promoting the continuing education of current IT professionals, and supporting the education of future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Each year, proceeds from our corporate sponsors and Chapter events enable us to award over $200,000 to qualified students and teachers through scholarships, endowments, and grants.

Chapter News

In May, the chapter held their annual Awards Night to recognize their scholarship and grant recipients. Jessica Morgenstern, vice president, Scientific Education, presided over the presentation of 17 $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors pursuing STEM education at the college level starting this fall; three college-level scholarships at local Maryland colleges and universities to which the chapter endowed funds for STEM scholarships; and two military scholarships to an enlisted service member pursuing a cybersecurity degree. In addition, Joe Karolchik, chair, Kickstarter Grant Committee, presented 17 grants, each worth up to $5,000, to K-12 schools in the Central Maryland area, totaling $73,000. During the network reception before dinner, attendees participated in five demonstrations of how the K-12 schools are using STEM in the classroom. In addition, the chapter presented Sean McGowan, director of member and chapter services, AFCEA International, with a check for $25,000 for the AFCEA Educational Foundation. The event was attended by over 350 people and was a tremendous success.
"A remarkable and inspiring experience" were the words used by one attendee at the WIIG In A Minute conference, which took place in April. WIIG In A Minute is one of the signature events held by the Women In Intelligence Group, and its purpose is to foster information sharing via conversational mentorship circles. Each circle is hosted by a subject-matter mentor, who imparts expert insight quickly and candidly while attendees freely engage via Q&A and networking. The event at BrainTrust Holdings was well attended, and Denise Desien, WIIG president, BDTI, along with Shana Cosgrove, event chair, Nyla Technology Solutions, facilitated activities with the help of several other outstanding volunteers: Margot Blackard, SRC Technologies; Maria Booker, Booker DiMaio LLC; and Ceil Paul, BrainTrust Holdings. This year's mentors brought esteemed insight from a variety of different perspectives and continued the evolution of the event with the addition of the category, Business Strategy - Ask Me Anything. Mentors hailed from both government and contracting communities, technical and non-technical perspectives, and represented both large and small business interests. The mentors included Lisa Auld, senior program manager, Praxis Engineering (Key Area - Program Management); Tori Boats, trusted advisor, speaker, Leidos (Key Area - Business Strategy, Ask Me Anything); Linda Drake, director of business development, BAE (Key Area - Business Development); Jami Kirkwood, founder, Automation Career Consultants (ACC) (Key Area - Recruiting); Janelle Romano, senior National Security Agency civilian (Key Area - Engineering); and Jenny Smith, director, Raytheon (Key Area - Executive Leadership).
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Upcoming Events

06/19/2019Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) Social
NFP, 8945 Guilford Road, Suite 145, Columbia, MD
07/10/2019YAC Social
Nottingham's, Columbia, MD
08/05/2019Summer Intern Presentation Showcase (SIPS)
CACI, 2720 National Business Parkway, Annapolis Junction, MD
08/14/2019YAC Social
Nottingham's, Columbia, MD
09/05/2019AFCEA CMD Monthly Member Luncheon - September
Live! Hotel at Arundel Mills, Hanover, MD
09/10/2019Technology Over Bagels with VMware
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD
09/11/2019YAC Social
Nottingham's, Columbia, MD
09/14/2019Cycle4STEM
Western Maryland Rail Trail, Fort Frederick State Park, MD
10/08/2019Technology Over Bagels with ServiceNow
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD

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