The Leadership Foundry Strives to Assist More Women to Serve on Corporate Boards in Washington, D.C.-area; Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Program Participants

Fairfax, Va. – May 6, 2013 – Women in Technology (WITTM), the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C.-area technology community, today announced The Leadership Foundry’s first participant to be appointed to a corporate board, Vincette Goerl. Goerl now serves on the Board of Advisors for FedBid, Inc, the fully managed online marketplace for business and government commerce. The Leadership Foundry was launched in 2011 by WIT to assist more women to serve on corporate boards in the Washington D.C.-area.

The Leadership Foundry provides intensive board training sessions as well as formal and informal networking and mentoring opportunities to assist women in obtaining their first corporate board seat. A Steering Committee of seasoned board members advises both the program and the participants.

“The Leadership Foundry helped me develop the skills and provided the access to people and organizations necessary to successfully identify, pursue and achieve a position on a corporate board,” stated Goerl. “I’m excited about the opportunity with FedBid and confident that the training I received will help ensure I have a positive impact on the organization.”

Goerl, a member of the inaugural class for The Leadership Foundry, has a successful track record as a leader, problem solver and financial manager in the Federal government, consulting services industry and non-profit organization boards. She became a member of FedBid’s board of advisors on April 1, 2013.

“WIT has developed an amazing program in The Leadership Foundry, and we’re pleased to benefit from the amazing talent the program attracts and cultivates,” stated Ali Saadat, Board Chair, Founder and CEO for FedBid. “Individuals like Vincette strengthen our board and the organization with their insight and experience. After nearly 40 years working as a federal financial management professional and executive leader, her understanding of procurement at every level will be a true asset to our board of advisors.”

The Leadership Foundry is currently accepting applications for its 2014 program. More details and the application can be found at:

“We are immensely proud of Vincette and The Leadership Foundry,” stated Nancy Lamberton, president of WIT. “The Leadership Foundry provides an amazing platform for executive women who are looking to take the next step in their careers and advance to the boardroom, to not only make an impact at a single corporation, but within our technology and business communities.”

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