The Trenton & District BPW ,Belleville BPW and the Quinte West Chamber are honored to be hosting a Women in Business event on Thursday January 18, 2018 at 8 Wing Trenton
Lieutenant-Commander Kelly Williamson, Senior Public Affairs Officer for the 5th Canadian Division, has recently been named one of the Women’s Executive Network top 100 Most Powerful Women for 2017.
LCdr Williamson is a CAF public affairs officer (PAO) by trade, and will speak to us about her experiences pertaining to leadership as a female in the CAF, and overcoming obstacles throughout a career that has taken her all over the world.
LCdr Williamson on deployment in Nepal with Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (2015)
She was nominated by her superior officers who recognized the outstanding work she’s done in her more than 20-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Williamson began her noteworthy career in the CAF as a Royal Military College student in her late teens.
After graduating from the RMC, Williamson began her naval career as a maritime surface warfare officer. She gained invaluable experience in this position, but her true passion lay in communications, a passion driven by her aunt, her role model, who had also worked as a public affairs officer. So when a fork in the road presented itself, Williamson decided to jump ship and try out a new career in the military.
“It’s been a whole new set of adventures ever since then,” stated Williamson.
Not long after making the switch, Williamson was deployed with the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
Since then, Williamson has also deployed to Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Cote d’Ivoire.
In 2015, she deployed again with DART to Nepal, this time as a senior public affairs officer.
In July of this year, Williamson was posted to the 5th Canadian Division. Here she works alongside the commander to help connect everyday citizens of Atlantic Canada with the Army.
On Nov. 23, the 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Leadership Summit was held in Toronto where Williamson, along with her fellow recipients of this year’s honour, were recognized. The Leadership Summit touched on topics such gender diversity in organizations and how to be successful in business.
We are honored to have LCdr Williamson speak to our local business women.