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Old Dominion University Partnered with Women in Defense Greater Hampton Roads for Virtual Networking Events

Women in Defense logo and ODUOnline logo on a blue background.

ODUOnline, Old Dominion University's Office of Distance Learning, was proud to partner with Women in Defense Greater Hampton Roads (WIDGHR) to deliver several virtual events focused on professional development.

The first event was WIDGHR's Industry Day. This annual event is designed to help  companies and businesses connect with women within the defense industry for developmental opportunities, networking, encouragement and professional development.

Traditionally an in-person event, challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic forced Industry Day to be conducted online to maintain social distancing guidelines. Despite this shift in environment, Industry Day was a huge success.

"I was impressed with how smoothly the event went," said Jimettra Lundy, Vice President of Women in Defense Greater Hampton Roads. "[ODU] was a godsend, and the team was wonderful to work with. Everything went smoothly and we received so many compliments. We will definitely partner with ODU for events to come."

The next event, WIDGHR Professional Development Day, took place on May 14th and featured speakers and workshops to assist local women in defense to connect, find resources, and build critical skills in their industries. Speakers for WIDGHR Professional Development Day included Congresswoman Elaine Luria and Christie Thomas, Vice President of Contracts and Pricing at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Ship Building.

You can learn more about WIDGHR by visiting their website: https://www.widghr.org/