Our Vision Statement

ABWA Oceanside Charter Chapter is dedicated to enhancing the personal and professional lives of local women. Building strong personal relationships between Chapter members provides a safe, supportive environment for members to grow and develop. The focus on leadership, continuing education and community involvement positions our Chapter as the premier women’s business organization in Brevard County.

ABWA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Business Women's Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

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Meeting Information

Fourth Tuesday of Every Month
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration is $30.00 for ABWA Members and $35.00 for Guests
Eau Gallie Yacht Club
100 Datura Drive
Indian Harbour Beach, FL

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Contact Information

ABWA Oceanside Charter Chapter
P.O. Box 360151
Melbourne, FL 32936
Anita Carbone
Membership Chair

Welcome to The ABWA Oceanside Charter Chapter

June 25, 2019 Dinner Meeting

Featured Speaker:  Rita Willcoxon

Launch STEM Careers Project

Founded by retired NASA female engineers in 2015, Launch STEM Careers is a project under the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) NASA Alumni League.  The project was started to inspire, encourage, and support young girls, grades 4 through college seniors to pursue careers in Science Technology, Engineering, and Math, STEM.  STEM professionals across Brevard County provide female students with mentoring and hands-on experiences to help them excel in STEM.  Rita, a co-founder of the project, will discuss the Launch STEM Careers Project objectives, including training and mentoring, and the exciting progress that has been made during the past four years.   
Rita Willcoxon is a retired executive engineering manager, whose career spanned roles with the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and General Electric. After retiring from a 24-year career at NASA at the end of the Shuttle Program in 2011, Rita worked for General Electric in their Transportation Division and served as a Global Engineering Leader responsible for the design, development and deployment of train signaling and intelligent control systems for railroad and mining companies around the world. 
Prior to retiring from NASA, Rita was the Director of Launch Vehicle Processing at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where she was responsible for processing and launching three space shuttles - Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour - processing the Constellation vehicles, and managing a work force of approximately 5,400 civil service and contractor employees.
Preceding that appointment, Rita served as Deputy Director of Shuttle Processing and in other key senior leadership positions at Kennedy. In those roles, among others, she developed advanced spaceport and range technologies and systems in support of the agency's Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Expendable Launch Services Programs and in support of future NASA programs. In addition, she led several agency teams, including Reinvention of Station and Shuttle Utilization and the development of agency capability roadmaps in support of NASA's Exploration Mission and more.  
She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and extended her education with a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering Management from the University of Oklahoma in 1986. She is married to Jim Willcoxon, former principal of Melbourne High School, and has a daughter, Erica, and a son, Grant.

Dinner Menu Selections

House Salad

Meat:  Skirt Steak Chimichurri - Fried Plantains, White Rice

Seafood: Mahi ala Veracruzana - Seared Mahi, Pickled Jalapenos, Olives, Avocado, Capers, Oregano, Lime, Cilantro, White Rice, Fried Plantains

Vegetarian:  Vegetable Tagine- Chickpea, Zucchini, Eggplant, Sweet Potato, Onion,and Raisins in a Savory Stew served with Basmati Rice

 Meal includes rolls and butter, coffee or tea 
Cost:  $30 for ABWA Members and $35 for Guests
Glass of Wine $9




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