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WITI Boston Regional Network
Women on the Front Lines: Leading in the Defense Industry - Sponsored by Raytheon

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This panel discussion expands upon WITI Boston's series about women leading in various industries. Past events have focused on Bio-Tech, Bio-Science, Finance, Venture Capital, and IT.

Not often a first thought for women, the defense industry can be an interesting, challenging and great career move. We'll find out what it takes to make it into the defense industry, what the work is like, what are the challenges and benefits. Our distinguished panel of experts will give us an inside view of what it's really like being a woman working on the front lines!

About Our Speaker(s)

Anne McCrory
Editor in Chief, CIO Media Group brings 10+ years IT journalism experience and an MBA to the position of Editor in Chief. Most recently the chief marketer at a network security events company in Boston, she brings strong business experience and a deep understanding of IT challenges to her role. Anne is a 10-year veteran of Computerworld, where in various senior editing positions she led award-winning news teams and launched new sections. She has won multiple news awards from the Association of Business Publication Editors and was a finalist for a Jesse H. Neal National Business Award for best news coverage. Earlier in her career she was a daily newspaper journalist and freelancer for such publications as The Hartford Courant, The Boston Globe and Newsweek. She holds an MBA with honors from Boston University.

Joanne O’Rourke Isham
Vice President of Strategic Development, National Security Solutions, BAE Systems, has served in this position since joining BAE Systems in June 2006.

Before joining BAE Systems Joanne was a career officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She retired from the CIA in 2006 as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. From September 2001 until her retirement she served as Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Immediately prior to her appointment as Deputy Director of NGA, Joanne served as the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the CIA. In this position, she was the principal executive overseeing the CIA’s scientific and technical program with particular responsibility for clandestine technical activities and Agency-wide research and development. A highlight of her tenure was the founding of the CIAs venture initiative, In-Q-Tel. Prior to that appointment, Joanne served as CIA’s Associate deputy Director for Science and Technology, the next most senior position in the senior directorate.

Other senior management positions Joanne has held is as Director of Congressional Affairs for the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), managing with Congress for the CIA and overseeing the congressional and legislative interests of the DCI. She also served as the Deputy Director of the Resource Management Office on the Community Management Staff (CMS) and as CMS’s Director of Program Analysis. Ms. Isham also spent a number of years on assignment to the National Reconnaissance Office where she served as Director of Legislative Affairs and as program monitor for National Programs.

Joanne was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the Director’s Award. She has also received the NGA Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the DIA Director’s Award.

Joanne is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and lives in Northern Virginia with her family.

Lynne Zieter, Raytheon's Director of the New England Engineering Center
Provides a balance of strategic and tactical focus to the Program Eengineering (PE) Center to ensure that the PE Center has leadership vision and so that operations align both with current and over-the-horizon Engineering and NCS Business goals.

Lynne has been with Raytheon in a number of management and engineering roles since 1992. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she received both her B.S. and M.A.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at:

    Raytheon Amphitheatre
    Waltham Woods, 870 Winter St.
    Waltham, Massachusetts 02451

Directions to Raytheon Company
870 Winter St.
Waltham, MA
From East (Boston and Logan Airport) or West (Worcester) via Mass Pike
Exit Mass Pike at the I-95/128 interchange and take I-95/128 North.
Follow I-95/128 North for approximately 2 miles to Exit 27B (Wyman St./Winter St.).
At the lights at the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Wyman St. Remain in the right
lane and bear right at the yield sign onto Winter St. Remain in the right lane and cross
back over Rt. 128.
(Continue with “Directions for All” below.)
From the South (Dedham/Newton)
Take Rt. I-95/128 North to Exit 27B (Winter St./Wyman St.) and proceed as above from
Exit 27B.
From the North (Burlington/Lexington)
Take Rt. I-95/128 South to Exit 27B (Winter St.). When coming off the exit, stay in the
far right lane and follow Winter St. (Continue with “Directions for All” below.)
Directions for All
Remain in the far right lane through two sets of lights, passing the Doubletree Hotel on
your left.
Travel around the Cambridge Reservoir (on right) for approximately 0.5 mile (pass
AstraZeneca on left).
Turn left at the granite sign announcing HealthPoint and Waltham Woods Corporate
Travel up the hill approximately 0.3 mile to a second granite sign for Waltham Woods
(860-890 Winter St.) on the left. Follow the road sharply to the right passing the
Massachusetts Medical Society on the left (860 Winter St.). Continue approximately 0.2
mile to green signs with arrows announcing the Raytheon entrance on your left.


5:30 PM - Registration, Networking & Hors d'Oeuvres, Beverages
6:15 PM - Announcements & Introductions
6:30 PM - Panel Discussion
8:00 PM - Q & A
8:30 PM - Adjournment


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Jo-An Thomas ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.