Take a sneak peek at the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit


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The 2017 National Women Veterans Summit is swiftly approaching and we are looking forward to seeing many of you in Houston, Texas. For those of you who are unable to attend, check out the VA Facebook Live Events page and Twitter feed regularly on Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26 for live streams and tweets. Join the online conversation using the hashtag #VAWomenVetsSummit.

On Thursday evening, we will screen Journey to Normal and hear from some of those involved in making this powerful documentary, and on Friday evening, we will enjoy a performance by women Veteran stand-up comics from ASAP. The opening plenary Voice of the Veteran panel featuring five women will set the stage for the rest of the summit by grounding us in the diverse experiences and concerns of Veterans themselves. These events, along with a display of works by women Veteran artists, offer deeply personal ways to explore the experiences, diversity, resilience, creativity, and humor of women Veterans.

We’ll hear keynote plenary addresses from VA Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright Simpson and Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho (Ret.) – first woman and first nurse to serve as the Army’s surgeon general. Breakout sessions will feature speakers from public, private and nonprofit organizations across a wide array of industries to promote dialogue and collaboration.

With an anticipated 800 women Veterans and supporters participating in this event, it is the largest summit ever hosted by the VA’s Center for Women Veterans. It will be a terrific opportunity to engage in dialogue about issues impacting women Veterans, share women-focused research, and connect with community partners in a lively, interactive environment. Among other exciting opportunities available during the summit, attendees will be able to record their stories for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, tour a Mobile Vet Center, submit resumes to companies including IBM and BP, document the Moments that Matter in their lives with VA’s Veterans Experience Office and enroll in VA’s Million Veteran Program.

This event is supported by a range of generous partners including The American Legion, AMVETS, Blinded Veterans Association, BP, Comcast, Disabled American Veterans, General Electric, Health Net Federal Services, IBM, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Optum, Paralyzed Veterans of America, USAA, Veterans Canteen Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America and Walgreens. We are so grateful for their support, along with other organizations that are providing exhibitor tables or sending speakers for panels on topics ranging from employment and entrepreneurship to culture change to mental and reproductive health.

There is so much enthusiasm that there is a long wait list of folks who would love to come – but we have run out of room. If you previously registered and your plans have now changed and you are unable to attend, please go to the registration site, click “already registered” in the upper right corner, enter your email address and confirmation code, and click the “unregister” button. This courtesy will allow us to open additional slots to women Veterans on the wait list – your sisters-in-arms will thank you!

Author

Kayla Williams

– Kayla Williams is the director of VA’s Center for Women Veterans.

Comments

  1. Phyllis Kirk    

    This is the first time I have heard of this im a senior and on a fixed income if I had known I would have saved enough money to attend

  2. Carol Fickes    

    I wish I had heard about this.

  3. Judith Mathewson    

    Just getting this today. Sadly, I cannot attend and a hurricane may be on the way.

    1. Lynn M Robertson    

      I didn’t know about this. I would have loved to attend but never saw any announcements regarding this event. Please send invitations to women veterans who receive emails through Vantage Point in the future. Thank you

  4. Linda Hall    

    Please place my email on any future communication regarding Women Veterans
    Thank You

  5. George Husted    

    Is there a “National Men Veterans Summit”? I’d like to attend that.

  6. Rebecca Henderson    

    We need to have emails sent out to all woman veterans so we can’t decide to attend or not. I would have come from Phoenix, and even driven others who wanted to share a ride.

  7. Pam Mayton    

    Me too I have only ever been to a state Women’s Veteran Conference in 2014 wish I could go to one too

  8. Gloria Moore    

    I have been sick for a while and just getting this email notification. Was the Summit cancelled because of the hurricane? If rescheduled will you re-open the registration?

  9. Tiffany Levesque    

    Sending strength, love, and prayers to all of you ladies and residents of Houston. Hope to attend one year!

  10. Susan Parker    

    Would love to see a follow-up story about the women from the summit that volunteered at the shelter near the conference. It was on the local news in Houston.

  11. Maria D TYE    

    I would like to know of these functions ahead of time .
    I was the first woman Veterans coordinator for the Houston Dept of Veteran Affairs Regional Office back in 89 til 92.my name back then was Corey kinnear.
    . I would love to hear how much it had professed since then. I established the WOVIC- Woman Veterans Interagency Counsel in Texas It was three conferences a year in Texas and it was wonderful. Please keep me informed!

  12. Phlessia    

    Please add me to your email list for next summit… I too just saw this,

  13. Linda Ann Raback    

    Sure wish I would have known about this sooner.

  14. Michelle Blanton    

    I just saw this today, I also would have liked to have known before it occurred. I know several women in Oklahoma who would have loved to attend

  15. Michelle Blanton    

    There should be better notification to veterans, besides just the speakers and top level attendees. Let us know before the conference would be nice!

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