Signature Events

While we are always changing and growing as an organization, we have a few signature events we do annually that make us who we are. Below you can learn more about these key events and when they are likely to take place.


Holiday Party

In December WAN hosts a holiday party to celebrate our amazing network and shine a light on women in science. We select an incredible and talented woman to receive our Women of the Year award. This night is a fun, lighthearted, party that serves to honor our members and close out another year of WAN with drinking, networking, and a silent auction.

Anacostia River Clean Up

Every summer, with the help of Boating in D.C., we host a river clean up on the Anacostia. Boating in D.C. provides those willing to help clean up trash free kayak rentals on Sunday mornings. In 2017, we were able to pick up about 100lbs worth of trash just in a few hours! Thankfully, this is less trash than was found during the 2016 river clean up.

CHOW Networking Event

Each Capitol Hill Ocean Week, the Women's Aquatic Network hosts a networking luncheon. In 2017, however, WAN added a panel discussion on fostering connections between freshwater, coastal, and marine communities. We plan to be back at the 2018 CHOW with another panel, luncheon, and networking opportunity.


Our most popular Fall event is by far the CMTS BBQ! Hosted by WAN and the Committee on Marine Transportation Systems, the BBQ serves as one of our more informal events. There is a live band, some door prizes, drinks, dancing, and even cake! We could not do this incredible event without the help of our Advisory Board Member Helen Brohl and the whole CMTS team.

Professional Development Opportunities

The specific professional development opportunity varies, but you can always count on WAN to provide at least two to three professional development classes every year. Classes are usually themed annually. This way if you come to all the events, you have taken a full course on a subject, but if you can only make one or two, they are comprehensive enough you never feel like you missed out on a previous class. Some of our most popular in the past have included: Managing Up, Dealing with Difficult Work Situations, Salary Negotiations, and Preparing for an End of Year Review.