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Featuring The Honorable Deborah Lee James
23rd Secretary of the Air Force
Author, Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success
TBD Fall 2020
George Mason University Fairfax Campus
Johnson Center Georges
Join the Women in Business Initiative (WIBI) during Women's History Month for an interactive luncheon and moderated presentation by Deborah Lee James, as she discusses her new book "Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success." Her book is available for on-site purchase and signing!
Deborah Lee James has a three-decade track record of leading, transforming and driving lasting change in the US government and in private industry. As only the second woman in history to lead a branch of the male dominated US military, Deborah faced high stakes challenges as Secretary of the Air Force, the CEO equivalent of a 660,000, $140 billion enterprise. For three years during a period of unprecedented political dysfunction, she led the effort to recruit, train and equip the premier air, space and cyber force on the planet, sending forces forward to combat ISIS in the Middle East, reassure European allies against a resurgent Russia and preparing forces for possible combat operations on the Korean Peninsula. Earlier in her career, Deborah was a senior executive at defense giant, SAIC, where she led a $2 billion enterprise during a time of enormous change within the company. Along the way, Deborah raised two children as a single mother. Through personal stories from her days as a young professional, as a business leader at SAIC and from the halls of the Pentagon, Deborah reveals her approach to surviving, thriving and leading through change and dysfunction at the intersection of politics, business, and family.
Annual Women in Business Fundraiser
Thursday, April 29, 2021
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Country Club of Fairfax
The Women in Business Initiative Advisory Board Executive Committee has decided that this event will be best received and successful in spring 2021. We recognize the impact that these measures will have and fully appreciate your understanding. The Tour of South America Wine Reception will feature networking opportunities, awards, and scholarship fundraising. Locally owned Vienna Vintner Wine Shop will provide wines from around South America.