The AIM HIGH SERIES FOR YOUNG WOMEN is an annual knowledge-sharing event sponsored by St. Margaret’s School through its Wiley H. Wheat Center for Innovative Learning. AIM HIGH engages middle school, high school, and college-age girls in a discussion on the scope of potential for supporting a major sector of the workforce.

Our first AIM HIGH focused on opportunities for young women to lead in the support of our nation’s defense. The discussion ranged across the spectrum of workforce opportunities, from attending a service academy and serving as active duty personnel, to working as civilian staff, a contractor, or as a volunteer.

Format: Facilitated panel discussion, including Q&A, followed by informal breakout discussions and light refreshments.

Facilitator: Dr. Penny Potter, Director of Executive Education, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University


  • Frances C. Wilson, EdD, LtGen USMC (Ret.), past President of the National Defense University
  • CDR Christa Almonte, USN, USNA ‘99, Naval Attaché Designate to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Capt. Emily O'Neill, NH Army National Guard, analyst in the Digital Media Division, Army Chief of Public Affairs
  • LCDR Jennifer Albert, USN Reserves, MSAE, USNA '05, Naval aviator and aerospace engineer
  • Sandra Shepard, Associate Counsel, Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Cadet Trinity Bea, United State Military Academy West Point

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