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Session Description

The Power of Women In the Industry (Day Two)

In a field that is predominately female staffed, having women in leadership is critically important to industry growth. Panelists will discuss professional topics that are affected by gender, the powerful position available to women, and how to tap into shared opportunities and challenges.


Marina GorenMarina Goren
Smart BD Consulting

Marina Goren is the President/CEO and founder of Smart BD Consulting, a successful Capture/Proposal support consulting firm, serving over 30 Federal Clients and providing innovative solutions, such as “Proposals As A Service”. Ms. Goren teaches a variety of custom-tailored Proposal Development and Capture courses, developed for her clients, and was a speaker at 2014, 2015 and 2016 APMP Bid and Proposal Conferences, as well as numerous APMP Chapter conferences and webinars. Prior to starting her own company, Ms. Goren had a successful business development career at companies such as ASRC and Raytheon and helped grown ASRC Primus from 2 to over 1,600 employees in just over 5 years.

Christina Lewellen Christina Lewellen, CF APMP
VP of Business Development and Operations
Association of Proposal Management Professionals

Christina Lewellen, CF APMP, is Vice President of Business Development and Operations at the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. She earned her MBA at Rochester Institute of Technology and has worked as an executive at trade and professional assocations for nearly 15 years, after having started her career in journalism. She joined APMP International in 2015.

Stephanie SpearsStephanie Spears, CPP APMP
Director of Bids & Proposals
EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.

Stephanie M. Spears, CPP APMP is the Director of Bids & Proposals for JVCKENWOOD and has spent more than 20 years in the Business Development and Capture industry. Stephanie is known for organizational transformation and for investing in highly skilled workers and best-in-class processes to ensure the long-term sustainability of a business and the BD&C profession as a whole.


Helene CourardHélène Courard, CF APMP Fellow
Director | Global Enablement – Global Proposal Center

With over 20 years’ experience leading and motivating teams to success, Hélène has been engaged with APMP-NCA since 2007. She has chaired several committees, mentored junior members through the NCA Mentor-Protégé program, and is currently serving as NCA’s Vice President. She is the Director of Unisys Corporation’s Global Proposal Center, leading a team of more than 30 professionals in the preparation and delivery of winning proposals worldwide for national, state, local, and commercial clients. She holds a BA from Saint Joseph’s University, and JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, and is an APMP Fellow.

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