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Susan Saadat appointed Vice President for the Americas at Thrane and Thrane
Susan Saadat

...at global satellite and radio technology developer Thrane & Thrane. Susan, who started in January 2012 will head up the firmís operations in North and South America, from the Thrane & Thrane Inc. headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Joining Thrane & Thrane Inc. from her previous role as Senior Vice President of Sales Engineering and Operations at ORBCOMM and having held executive positions at Caprock, Comsat and Intelsat, Susan is a seasoned senior telecommunications executive. She has devoted her entire career to the communications sector and brings with her extensive experience in technology, strategy & business development, and operations management. Susan obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from Syracuse University, NY, her Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MBA from George Washington University. She is currently serving a two year term on the board of Women in Aerospace, an organization dedicated to expanding leadership opportunities for women and increasing their visibility in the aerospace community.

Jean Stafford recognized for Honorable Mention for the 2011 Enterprising Women of the Year Award
Jean Stafford

Enterprising Women has named the 2011 winners of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award and I have received an Honorable Mention. Since the magazine said they received an unprecedented number of nominees from throughout the world, I am gratified to have been chosen by the editorial team and advisory board fo the magazine. (To see the list of winners for 2011, and those awarded Honorable Mention, please visit www.EnterprisingWomen.com) Recognition was based on the financial success of Executive Coaching for Women, my commitment to mentoring and giving back to support other women in business, and the leadership I have shown in our community. The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration will be held March 11 in Boca Raton, FL.

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Vangent's Gio Patterson makes ExecutiveBiz's annual list of Top 10 Business Development Executives
Gio Patterson

With over 25 years' experience in government contracting, Gio Patterson can say this with confidence: the key to any company's success is its people. So when Patterson was named senior vice president of corporate development for Vangent in May 2008, she began assembling a world-class team. That team has since grown by 50 percent. "Our aspiration is to be over $1 billion in revenue, that requires this army of business developers executing on the pipeline," she says. "We hire people with passion," she adds. "If you can get all that working, you'll have extraordinary results." The proof? She won over a billion dollars in new business and contract extensions and secured a more than $4 billion pipeline for fiscal year 2010 and beyond.

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New President of Women in Defense, Washington, DC Chapter installed
Linda McKnight

ECW proudly announces the office of President of the Capital Chapter of Women in Defense is again held by an ECW alumna. In late September 2009, Linda McKnight, V.P., Sales and Marketing, and Global Policy for Kellog, Brown and Root Services (KBR) took the gavel from Candace Vessella, Captain (ret.), U. S. Naval Reserve and formerly V.P., Government Relations at BAE Systems. The ceremony took place at The Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. At the same time, Kecia Reyes, also an ECW alumna, assumed the office of Treasurer. Kecia is the Business Development & Legislative Analyst at Thales Communications, Inc. Congratulations and thanks to all of you for your service to Women in Defense.

The Corporate Blogging Book
Debbie Weil

Just published is Debbie's new book, "The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get It Right". It is being tauted as THE authority on corporate blogging by the likes of Wired magazine and big names in the blogosphere. You can download the 1st chapter free from Debbie's website. And, in another twist of cosmic connectivity, Debbie sites Sprint blog, "Things That Make You Go Wireless" as a Fortune 500 blog example. That project was started and written by none other than ECW Alumnae Vicki Warker until her recent departure from Sprint to Intelsat. Congratulations, Debbie!

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New Sr. VP Global Marketing at Intelsat
Vicki Warker

Vicki Warker joined Intelsat as the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, reporting to Jim Frownfelter on September 11. Her extensive marketing and senior-level management experience make her an ideal fit to move Intelsat forward. At the forefront of the evolution of global data communications for more than 20 years, Vicki joins Intelsat from Sprint Nextel. In previous lives Vicki worked with GE Global Exchange Services, Concert Communications and BT North America.

The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management
Julie Chapman

Julie Chapman has been piloting NPower Greater DC Region since it was known as Technology Works for Good. Now that she's President, the non-profit has been selected as one of the five finalists for The Washington Post 2006 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. This award recognizes an organization's outstanding achievements in nonprofit management. The award winner is selected through a competitive process by a panel of individuals with a wide range of expertise in nonprofit management and is managed by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Good luck, Julie! For more information on NpowerGreater DC Region, click on "Read More."

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I'm Norma Byron and I'm in the ammo business
Norma Byron

ECW Alumnae Norma Byron has been known to introduce herself this way. Byron owns the only woman-owned munitions business in the U.S., The Ashlawn Group. Last summer the U.S. Army Armament, Research and Engineering Center awarded Byronís firm a contract to prototype fuel cells. Now the Ohio Department of Development has awarded a grant for that project which could create as many as 400 manufacturing jobs.

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Smart Business Ideas: Marketing
Kelly Harman

Good marketing is tantamount to a satisfying and ongoing conversation. Kelly Harman reinforces the message that meekness is not a virtue when it comes to marketing.

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BusinessWeek: Meet the Innovation Gurus
Jeneanne Rae

When it comes to out-of-the-box thinking, Jeneanne Rae is one of the Magnificent Seven.

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