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Media Advisory: Interviews Available at the 28th Annual Sea Service Leadership Association’s Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium


Professional and leadership development symposium is largest gathering of military women in the country.

Washington, D.C. – The Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA) is hosting its 28th annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, the largest gathering of military women worldwide. The two-day symposium will be held June 11-12, 2015 at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside in San Diego, CA and will feature some of the nation’s most prominent female military leaders, as well as various presentations, including:

  • Effective Leadership: The “Self Developed” Leader
  • Leadership Super Power
  • Inspiring Leaders: A model for inspiring yourself and others everyday
  • Mapping Your Financial Future

In addition to keynote speakers, spotlights, and professional development sessions, the two-day event will feature the highly anticipated Female Leaders Panel, which includes influential female service members from all service branches, as well as the Joint Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 11.

What: 28th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium: Progress and Possibilities: Embrace our Future Now!

When: Thursday, June 11 at 8:30am- 7:30pm PST

Where: Wyndham San Diego Bayside

1355 North Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Author of the New York Times best seller Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Vice Admiral William Moran, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education)                       

Vice Admiral Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/ Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Tanya Biank, Author behind Lifetime TV’s “Army Wives” and “Undaunted: The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen in Today’s Military.”

CAPT Jonathan S. Spaner, Sector Commander San Diego,

ADM Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Why: The 28th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium: Progress and Possibilities: Embrace our Future Now will focus on opportunities for women in the military while exploring options for the future. The Symposium exemplifies SSLA’s proud tradition of providing exceptional professional and personal development resources for women in the military and remains an invaluable tool for networking, mentoring, education and leadership development.

On Friday, June 12, the Symposium continues with an early morning yoga session at the County of San Diego Recreational Park, followed by a keynote session hosted by AAFMAA on financial planning before participants are grouped by service branch for a day focused on specific issues facing individual military services, including: Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

What: 28th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium: Progress and Possibilities: Embrace our Future Now!

When: Friday, June 12 at 6:00am- 5:00pm PST


Wyndham San Diego Bayside

1355 North Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101


MG Gwendolyn Bingham, TACOM Commander

Mr. David Brinkley, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff G3/5/7, HQ TRADOC

LTG Mary Legere, DCS G2

SPAR, Ms. Vivian McRae

BG Michael J. Meese, USA, Ret., PhD, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary


BG Tammy Smith, US Army Reserve Deputy Chief of Staff

CAPT Jonathan S. Spaner, Sector Commander San Diego

ADM Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard

Vice Admiral Nanette M. DeRenzi, 42nd Judge Advocate General of the Navy

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ U.S. 10th Fleet

Rear Admiral Elaine C. Wagner, Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Wounded, Ill and Injured

To RSVP, receive more information, and place interview requests, please contact Nicole Tieman, 202-414-0799,

About SSLA:

Established in 1978, SSLA is the only non-profit, non-political organization recognized by the United States Sea Services dedicated to providing professional development through networking, education, and mentorship of women from the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Corporate Directors Hold CEOs Responsible for Cyber Breaches

A recent survey conducted by NYSE Governance Services in cooperation with security vendor Veracode is creating a buzz. The survey of nearly 200 directors of publicly traded companies offered some interesting insight into how cybersecurity is viewed at the board level.

The attention being paid to cybersecurity is evidenced by the fact that 80 percent of the respondents said cybersecurity is discussed atcyber Tuesday option 3 nearly every board meeting.  That level of attention is consistent with the finding that two thirds of the directors surveyed are “less than confident” that their companies are “properly secured” against cyber attacks. Perhaps the single most compelling finding of the survey came in response to the question “Who do you hold accountable when a major breach occurs at your company?” The directors made it very clear that the CEO has primary responsibility for the company’s capability to defend itself against cyber breaches.  The aftermath of breaches at SONY and Target may be setting a harsh precedent for expectations of how CEOs must handle response.

Not surprisingly, the top concern associated with a cyber attack is the potential for brand damage.  The loss of brand value consistently is ranked as a leading concern for corporate boards, but reputation historically has been viewed as an intangible asset whose value is difficult to measure.  Deloitte’s 2014 global survey on reputation risk quotes a World Economic Forum study that states on average more than 25 percent of a company’s market value is directly attributable to its reputation. Boards now seem to be recognizing that maintaining reputation through effective mitigation of damage is far preferable to and much less expensive than working to restore reputation.

Directors clearly have gotten the message that vendors and suppliers can be a substantial source of cyber risk. Over 70 percent of those surveyed by NYSE Governance Services and Veracode said they have significant concerns related to risk imposed by third party software in their systems.

The survey offers another sobering reminder of how rapidly cyber risks are changing corporate culture and shaping the conversations in the board room and the C suite.


By Tom Davis, SDI Cyber Risk Practice

SDI #CyberTuesday offers insights and commentary on cyber risk management by SDI’s trusted cybersecurity, privacy and data security experts, skilled practitioners whose decades of experience working for governments and corporations around the world distinguish them as strategists and crisis managers.

You can view previous blog posts on cyber risk management here.

June 2, 2015

Summer Beckons, Memories Linger

147864707_51837e6a43_mAhh, the sweet days of summer, when scurrying to retrieve lunch for an office desktop meal turns to loitering coatless in the sun, seduced by thoughts of an early escape. When at day’s end, feet are freed from their leather bindings to glory in the tickling grass. And when memories of summers past feed a yearning for times that can never be replicated, only enjoyed with the fondest of thoughts. Summer is made for memories.  Where do yours take you?

  • Strawberry and ice cream socials next to the river. Yum!

– Susan Davis

  • 4th of July at the Bettendorf, IA Band Shell followed by fireworks where I learned to write my name using a sparkler

– Lisa Miller

  • Catching bullheads on a cane pole while evening stole across the river. Nothing better than watching that red and white bobber start bouncing and then disappear.

– Tom Davis

  • Watching the sunrise from the St. Louis Arch

– Aliza Bran

  • Bringing Trader Joe’s popcorn and dark chocolate peanut butter cups to watch outdoor movies at the Yards Park in the Navy Yard

–  Leila Barzegar

  • Picnics in Meridian Hill Park on hot summer Sundays

–  Nina Foster

  • Going crabbing at the beach in North Carolina every summer with my family; least favorite memory – falling off the dock while crabbing when I was five years old. Ouch!

– Austin Courtney

  • Water skiing on Squirrel Lake with best friend, Jane

 – Jayne Davis

  • Running around my neighborhood the summer after Harriet the spy came out and writing journals and stories about my neighbors

– Nicole Tieman

  • Road trips to water parks

– Adrienne Lee

  • Hard to choose one: Opening day at the neighborhood pool — new bathing suit, new sun glasses, getting pushed into the pool by a cute boy; Watermelon, homemade peach ice cream, staying up late, catching lots of fireflies in a jar

– Judy Whittlesey

  • Family trips to beach in Cape May, NJ

– Dan Gregory

  • For the past 24 years my whole family has gone to OBX during 4th of July week. On the 4th, we spend the day at the beach, do a big family cookout and go watch fireworks at Corolla Lighthouse. It’s a given every year and that’s where I’ll be. It’s a memory, experience and tradition I’ll always treasure.

– Allison Kluh



By Jayne Davis, SDI

June 1, 2015