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NCBDA Women in Defense Forum

August 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

8-17-17 NCDBA Women In Defense Forum


When Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT Add to Calendar




UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator 202 Main Street Pembroke, NC 28372 Driving Directions

August 17, 2017 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Networking opportunity 3:00-3:30 pm.  Meeting will begin promptly at 3:30 pm. UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator

202 Main Street

Pembroke, NC 28372

  REGISTER NOW! Advanced registration required.

Speaker:  René Locklear White

Sanctuary on the Trail, Inc.

Title  Military Infrastructure, Careers, and Food as Medicine  by An Officer and a Healing-Chef





René  Locklear White, Lt. Col. USAF (R)

President, Sanctuary on the Trail™

Culinary and Horticulture Specialist, Boulder Crest Retreat Veteran Wellness Center


René joined the Boulder Crest Retreat team as Head Chef and horticultural specialist in January 2017. As a self-taught, award winning culinary artist, René aims to prepare 5-star nutritious, seasonal meals for veterans staying at the retreat. Overseeing the Wallis Annenberg Heroes Garden, René manages the organic garden just steps away from the kitchen. René helps immerse participants in a farm-to-table experience with practical take-home knowledge and skills. She believes that growing and preparing food in a good way is part of the healing exchange and vital to reducing suffering for our military veteran families – one ingredient at a time.

Before arriving to BCR, René earned a Bachelor’s degrees in both Math & Art and Master’s degree in Diplomacy. She has worked with people of influence fostering critical interagency partnerships with the Pentagon, White House, State Department, Secretary of Defense, news media, embassies, etc. Her highest valued product managed was a $250 million dollar contract solicitation. She is a Veteran; a U.S. Air Force retired Lt. Col. with 22 years active-duty military service and humble Native American Lumbee Indian Warrior.


She currently volunteers in various community positions to support culture, arts and education and received President Obama’s Call to Service Award for volunteerism. When not at BCR, she and her husband lead their own Native American Indian non-profit Native American Church of Virginia Sanctuary on the Trail helping leaders, bringing recognition to contributions of indigenous people to reduce suffering. Biennially she leads a Native American festival called The Gathering, attended by thousands in Northern Virginia. She is a proud daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and resident of Bluemont.




 NCDBA WOMEN IN DEFENSE Chair:  Freda Porter, PhD Porter Scientific, Inc., website Co-Chair:  Susan Bales Bales Consulting Group, LLC

Mission Statement:  Empower women business leaders in the NC Defense industry. Sharpen leadership skills and establish best business practices. Encourage and brainstorm. Elevate other WID members through our own connections. _______________________________________________ Open to Members and Non-Members.  Guests are allowed to attend up to 2 meetings per year.  We hope you will consider a membership with the NCDBA to continue participating in our committees.

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August 17, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tammy Everett


UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator
202 Main Street
Pembroke, NC 28372 United States
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(910) 775-4000

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