Women on the Water

Women on the Water will host the annual
Women on the Water Professional Development Conference
October 26–28, 2017

We cordially invite cadets, faculty and staff from all academies as well as alumni, industry and the Maritime Administration to this annual event. The website is continuously updated with program details, registration information and more. For more information, please contact Judy Druskovich, jdruskovich@nmc.edu.

The first Women on the Water (WoW) Conference was hosted in 2007 by Great Lakes Maritime Academy, where the group was founded. It has since been recognized by the Maritime Administration and developed a presence at each of the other maritime academies. All the academies have taken turns hosting this popular annual conference, and Great Lakes is excited to host again in Fall 2017. The conference is attended by both cadets and maritime professionals. It serves to promote diversity, encourage networking and raise awareness of issues within the industry, especially those affecting the lives of women.

The following are the bylaws of the GLMA WoW group:

Mission Statement

The goal of Women on the Water (WoW) is to promote professionalism, friendship and pride in our choice of occupation. Through organization, effective communication and community involvement, WOW is designed to support women and mariners in the maritime industry, forming an industry-wide network and sense of camaraderie.


  1. Membership in WOW is open to the maritime community and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, marital status, politics, religion or sexual preference.
  2. There is an annual membership fee, proceeds of which support the local chapter. Members may resign at any time by notifying the President.
  3. Benefits of membership include participation in networking and professional development events, periodic meetings and group activities.

Officers and Meetings

  1. Officers of this organization, with the exception of the President (appointed in the Spring, generally the previous Vice President) will be elected Fall semester.
  2. WOW members in good standing will vote democratically to elect new officers every year.
  3. Meetings will be held according to the specifications set by the President and advisor.


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