Second Annual International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame induction of 16 on October 27 in Orlando
Washington, D.C. (August 5, 2012) - The International Network of Women in Emergency Management (inWEM) will host its Second Annual International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame Gala Reception and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 27, 2012. The event will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. at 5:30 p.m.
Held in conjunction with the International Association of Emergency Management Sixtieth Annual Conference and Emergency Management EX 2012, inWEM will honor 16 extraordinary women who are pioneers and contemporary leaders in the fields of civil defense, emergency management, and homeland security in local, state, tribal, and federal government and global innovators in critical infrastructure facilities; volunteer, faith, and community-based organizations; the private and nonprofit sectors; academia; the military; and private industry.
First Vice President of inWEM, Ms. Kay C. Goss, CEM, said, “The profession of emergency management has many great women leaders who build the profession everyday through extraordinary efforts for all phases (preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery), for all hazards, and for all stakeholders.
“By celebrating both former and current women who are leaders in emergency management, we learn from each other by sharing best practices and lessons learned. We are stronger together as we solve the challenges and opportunities when emergencies happen, while also building the future.”
The inductees, representing Pioneers (achievement prior to 1970) and Contemporary Achievers (1970 – present,) were selected for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions in the fields of civil defense, emergency management, and homeland security in communities around the world. The inductees also were selected because of their commitment to women’s and girl’s causes and for their ability to motivate and inspire young women envisioning careers in public service and emergency management.
The 16 distinguished women to be inducted into the 2012 International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame during the ceremony are:
1971 - Frances K. Dias, first female Regional Director in the federal government, state and local government Defense Civil Preparedness Program, Department of Defense; currently FEMA (USA)
1977 - Martha Braddock, staffed the Congressional Committee which held the hearings and wrote the bill leading to the formation of FEMA and 1979 was the first Director of Congressional Affairs for FEMA (USA)
1979 - Honorable Corinne "Lindy" Boggs, U. S. Congresswoman and member of the Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over FEMA, led a continuous effort to improve and adequately fund emergency management until her retirement in 1990 (USA)
1982 - Myra T. Lee, the first president of NCCEM, following the transition of United States Civil Defense Council to NCCEM, currently IAEM; and in 1984, one of the coordinators of the 1984 Conference of Women in Emergency and Fire Service Management (USA)
1991 – Dr. Edna Adan Ismail, founder of the Edna Adan University Hospital and civil service trailblazer for safe motherhood initiatives and representative of the World Health Organization (Republic of Somaliland)
1999 - Dr. Derin Ural, creator of a new Center for Excellence in Disaster Management at Istanbul Technical University, including a Master's Program in Emergency Management (Turkey)
2001 - Ann M. Beauchesne, first Director of the National Governors’ Association’s (NGA) Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USA)
2002 – Hilary Styron, first female emergency manager at U. S. Library of Congress and 2003first female Emergency Manager for the U. S. Senate (USA)
2003 - Barbara Childs-Pair, the first African American female to serve as a State Emergency Management Agency Director and in 2006 the first African American female to serve as the State Homeland Security Advisor for the District of Columbia (USA)
2004 - Lynda Zambrano, founding Executive Director of both the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council and the National Tribal Emergency Management Council (USA)
2007 - Elizabeth B. Armstrong, MAM, CAE, first Chief Executive Officer of International Association of Emergency Managers - Global (IAEM)
2009 - Kristin Hoskin, CEM ®, first female President of IAEM (Oceania)
2009 - Nancy L. Ward, first female Acting Administrator for FEMA (USA)
2011 – Hui-Shan L. Walker, MPA, CEM ®, First Asian American IAEM-USA President and IAEM Global Board Chair (USA)
Tickets to the Hall of Fame Gala and Reception are $55 per person including hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. An advance ticket is required and purchase must be made by Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Onsite registration is limited to space available. Click here to register online.
Those attending the 2012 USA-Annual Conference who desire to attend the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame should select this as an “add-on” event within their online registration by clicking on “add event” and selecting the inWEM Hall of Fame Event. The event registration fee will be added to the total registration amount due.
To only attend the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, register using registration type = Pre-Conference Session or Optional Event Only (Registrant not attending conference) and from there click on “add event” and choose the inWEM Hall of Fame Event to purchase a ticket. The event registration fee is added to the total registration amount due. If anyone attending the ceremony would like to partake in the training being offered that day, or attend any other part of the conference, they must register either for the day they are attending, day rates applicable, or for the entire conference.
Get information about the Hall of Fame Gala and Reception here. More information about inWEM is available at iwWEM.org.
A number of sponsorships for the inWEM Hall of Fame Gala and Reception are available. Click here to view sponsorships. For additional sponsorship information, contact inWEM First Vice President Kay C. Goss, CEM® at 703-593-2762 or firstname.lastname@example.org inWEM Second Vice President Evelyn Rising at 575-602-1317 or email@example.com.
The inWEM Hall of Fame Awards honor the contributions women have made in the advancement of women in civil defense, emergency management and homeland security. The Hall of Fame is a major initiative for the International Network of Women in Emergency Management to recognize women pioneers and leaders in the fields of civil defense, emergency management and homeland security. The women are leaders in local, state, tribal and federal governments; volunteer, faith and community-based organizations; private industry and nonprofit sectors; and, academia and military services.