I am pleased to announce that VA’s Center for Women Veterans is partnering with LeanIn.Org to advance and improve the quality of life for our nation’s Women Veterans.
Our Lean In Circle initiative responds to the top issues women Veterans continue to articulate to us and facilitates a stronger connection among women Veterans. For many years, women Veterans have continuously expressed to us that they would like to have a mechanism that allows them to engage with their fellow women Veterans and to make a difference in their communities. We believe this initiative is the perfect match. This strategic partnership will provide women Veterans with tools to enable them to make a difference “after the uniform” in their lives and the lives of their fellow women Veterans.
Building on the successful launch of LeanIn.Org circles within the Department of Defense, we established the LeanIn.Org Women Veterans’ Chapter . It is comprised of two distinct pilot programs: the Veteran-to-Veteran program and a face-to-face pilot circle. The Veteran-to-Veteran program is a virtual program that allows any woman Veteran to participate, no matter where she is located. Meetings will be moderated and attended by women Veterans throughout the United States. The face-to-face pilot circle is created in partnership with the existing LeanIn.Org chapter in Seattle, Washington. This circle is an innovative hybrid of women Veterans and non-military members, providing an environment for both to learn and share leadership skills.
Lean In provides free tools and resources for creating successful peer mentorship. This program will provide a greater national network, for women Veterans to connect and share their stories. Through these collaborative efforts, women Veterans will be more connected and better equipped to support themselves and their peer Veteran community.
I am thrilled to have LeanIn.Org as our collaborative partner. Joining the Lean In Women Veterans’ Chapter is simple. Just visit leanin.org/womenvets for the Veteran-to-Veteran community, or http://www.leaninseattle.org/veterans for the community-to-Veteran meetings.
Kayla Williams is the director of the Center for Women Veterans at VA Central Office, in Washington, DC. The Center monitors VA’s administration of benefits and services for women Veterans, and promotes recognition of contributions made by women who served in the armed forces.