Diversifying Women’s SIG Leadership

The USNA Women’s SIG was established in 2017 to provide a network for alumnae throughout the alumni association to perpetuate the history, traditions, memories, and growth of the Naval Academy and bind alumnae together in support of the highest ideals of command, citizenship and government. A Charter was drafted, reviewed and approved by the Alumni Association Board of Trustees. At its inception, the SIG leadership team was formed from a call for volunteers via the usna-women email group. Voting for the SIG Officers was open to all alumnae. Officers were elected for a two year term.
In late 2018, a call was made via the usna-women email group and via the USNA Women’s SIG Facebook page for volunteers to fill the leadership positions. Everyone who volunteered was offered a position on the leadership team. Voting for the SIG Officers was open to all alumnae. Officers were elected for a two year term.
As we approach the expiration of the second two year period, it is time for the Women’s SIG to review and revise the Charter to ensure a more diverse and inclusive leadership team. Our Charter is posted on the Women’s SIG Facebook page.
The SIG leadership team is establishing two committees to help improve the selection of the next leadership team.
1) Charter / Bylaws Review Committee – a committee of no more than 10 members to propose a new Charter and/or bylaws. The committee should be a diverse cross section of SIG members headed by a current SIG board member. The current leadership team will ultimately approve a revised Charter and Bylaws and will submit the Bylaws to the Alumni Association Board of Trustees.
1) Nominating Committee – a committee of no more than 10 members to propose / vet candidates for elected positions as described by the new Charter/Bylaws. The committee should be a diverse cross section of SIG members headed by a current SIG board member. The current leadership team will ultimately approve the slate for elections.
Additionally, the SIG leadership team has approved establishing a committee to propose and vet highly qualified candidates for the Distinguished Graduate Award program and draft nomination packages for submission via Alumni Association procedures. The committee should have no more than 10 members and should be a diverse cross section of SIG members headed by a current SIG board member.
You must be a member of the Women’s SIG to be selected for one of the committees or serve on the leadership team. See the information below to become a member.
To allow for maximum participation, committee members will be assigned to serve on one committee. Committee members will be selected in such a way as to distribute volunteers to form diverse and inclusive groups representing the diversity of alumna. No selection process will ever meet the expectations of every single member, but the SIG leadership team will strive to be as fair, open, and transparent as possible.
If you are interested in participating in any of the three committees, please use the following link to submit your information to via Google Forms. Input must be received by July 19th to be considered.
Barbette Lowndes ‘80
President, USNA Women’s SIG
1) Simply go to our Facebook page and request to become a member. Our membership chair, Holly Johnson, will do a quick vetting to see if there is a logical connection to the Naval Academy Alumni Association and then add you to the member database.
USNA Women SIG https://www.facebook.com/ groups/1451325081552796/
2) If you are not a Facebook user, you can simply email Holly Johnson at
holly_johnson@juno.com and let her know you want to join.

Fireside Chat – USNA Women in STEM

Earlier this year we put out a “Save the Date” note for the Women’s SIG STEM 1-day conference “EXPONENTIAL CHANGE: WOMEN TRANSFORMING STEM CAREERS FROM THE MILITARY AND BEYOND” with CAPT Wendy Lawrence, USN (ret.) as the key note speaker.  Due to COVID-19, this conference has been postponed until 2021. In the mean time, we are moving forward this year with a series of fireside chats “USNA Women in STEM” in which we will weave the STEM topics into our continuing conversation regarding our path to end racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry.

Our first USNA Women in STEM guest will be CAPT Wendy Lawrence, USN (ret.) ’81,  a four time Shuttle astronaut and the first woman as well as the first openly LGBTQ alumna to be awarded the USNA Distinguished Graduate Award. CAPT Lawrence will be chatting with LCDR Erica Reid-Dixon ’08 with a few prepared questions followed by a discussion with the viewing audience.  

Registration for the Zoom session for our first Fireside Chat with CAPT Wendy Lawrence ’81 at 1700 PDT on Thursday, July 30, 2020: 


You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Thursday, Jul 30, 2020 1700 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and adding it to your calendar.

Schedule for the USNA Women in STEM series:

  • Thursday, July 30th, 2020 at 1700 PDT: CAPT Wendy Lawrence, USN (ret.) ’81 and LCDR Erica Reid-Dixon ’08 – WATCH VIDEO HERE, contact Linda Postenrieder: post82@whidbey.com 415-235-9413 for video access
  • Thursday, Sept 10th, 2020 at 1700 PDT: Junior Officer forum featuring women alumnae from the 21st century
  • Thursday, Nov 12th, 2020 at 1700 PST: Cyber Security

You MUST register in order to attend this event.

If you have ideas for future featured guests and panelists, please contact Linda Postenrieder: post82@whidbey.com 415-235-9413.

Linda “Postie” Postenrieder ’82
USNA Women’s SIG STEM Steering Committee

Seeking Summer Seminar Mentors

Dear SIG Members,

We have a very special opportunity for you! The Women’s SIG is awarding scholarships to 3  young women to attend Summer Seminar at USNA in early June. We want to pair each young woman with a SIG Member Mentor to connect with them by phone or in person a few times before and after their Summer Seminar experience. We feel this connection will support them in having the best possible experience. The young women are from underserved communities in these cities: 1) Pahokee, FL, 2) Flint, MI, and 3) Irving, TX. If you would like to be a mentor to one of these young ladies, please respond to this email immediately. I will schedule a quick call to give you more details about expectations and goals for this project.


Stefanie Goebel
USNAAA Women’s SIG, Western Region VP
520-955-3370 mobile

The 5th Annual Service Academies Global Summit

The 5th Annual Service Academies Global Summit
June 11-13, 2019 in Annapolis, MD

Download the 2019 Agenda

Download the 2019 Flyer

FREE registration to the first 50 active duty officers O6 and below, click here for more information:

Speakers include the 5 Academy Superintendents and:

2019 Distinguished Graduate Award Medal Ceremony

Honoring Recipient and Women’s SIG member; CAPT Wendy B Lawrence, ’81
Friday, 22 March 2019
4:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall – USNA

ADM Charles Lawrence, ’58 and CAPT Wendy Lawrence, ’81

The classes of 1959, 1967, 1971, 1973 and 1981 and members of the USNA Women Shared Interest Group have reserved seating sections. If you did not already RSVP, seating is also available in the general seating sections of Alumni Hall.

CAPT Wendy Lawrence, USN (Ret), NASA Astronaut

Immediately following the DGA ceremony, members of the Women SIG and Sisterhood of Mother B will gather with CAPT Wendy B. Lawrence ’81, USN (Ret) near the stage in Alumni Hall to present her with a couple congratulatory gifts and take a few pictures. 

Following the DGA activities, All members of the Women SIG and Sisterhood of Mother B are invited to network at McGarvey’s starting immediately following the ceremony.  CAPT Lawrence will join the party following the formal DGA dinner.

CAPT Lawrence, USN (Ret) with Midshipman

Please send your pictures of the event to usnawomensig@gmail.com