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The Great Lakes Maritime Academy

and Northwestern Michigan College with support from the United States Maritime Administration hosted the

2017 Women on the Water Conference

October 26–28, 2017, Great Lakes Campus

Welcome to the ninth annual Women on the Water Conference hosted by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in partnership with the Maritime Administration. Cadets, regardless of gender, were invited to participate from all six state maritime academies, the Federal Academy as well as our neighbors to the North, Georgian Maritime College at little or no cost. The purpose of the conference was to provide cadets an opportunity to learn from professional mariners and industry representatives as well as maritime professional development speakers. There was also time and activities to foster camaraderie and networking with their peers.

Traverse City is a beautiful resort area and has won numerous awards including "Condé Nast Traveler" (January 2016) - "The Most Beautiful Towns in America" and "Thrillist" (May 2016) - 25 Best Small US Cities to Spend the Weekend. The conference was held waterfront on our Great Lakes Campus and cadets could register for the complimentary berthing on our Training Ship State of Michigan during the conference.

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Maritime Sponsor

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Conference Sponsor

Interlake Steamship Company logo

Dinner sponsors

American Steamship Company logo Great Lakes Fleet logo

Lunch sponsor

ConocoPhillips logo
Polar Tankers logo

Breakfast sponsor

Chevron logo

Refreshment sponsor

Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association logo

Mackinac Island Ferry Sponsor

K&L Gates logo

Mackinac Island Networking Event

Military Sealift Command logo

Cadet Support

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