Archived Video Webcast

Joining Forces for Women Veterans: An Inaugural Summit

Originally broadcast live on Thursday, October 21, 2010
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

They are.
officers. enlisted. mothers. wives. daughters. sisters.  

Women in the military are ready to lay down their lives for our country. They are trained for war, securing our homeland, and assisting in times of disaster. And yet, upon their return home they often find the adjustment to civilian life is not what they expected, with challenges distinct from their male counterparts. The skills and talents of these women are often overlooked when they seek civilian careers. Physical and emotional challenges from their military service can create barriers to successful family and community reintegration. These are our daughters, sisters, mothers and wives; and the skills and talents that made these women great service members, make them all the more valuable as family, community and business leaders. It is time that we recognize this, and time that we as businesses, community and government leaders support their transition journey with the resources that they need and deserve.

View the Archived Webcast by Choosing a Session Listed Below:

Morning Sessions –

Welcome & Opening Remarks
• Deborah L. Frett, CEO, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation
• Jack Amberg, Senior Director, Veterans Programs, McCormick Foundation
• Ann Sullivan, President of Madison Services Group, Inc.
- Video – Faces of Women Veterans (Department of Veterans Affairs Learning University)

Keynote Speakers
• Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls
• Introduction by Darienne Page, Assistant Director, Office of Public Engagement and Lead for Veterans, Wounded Warrior and Military Family Outreach
• Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary for Public & Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs

• Linda Spoonster Schwartz, DrPH, MSN, RN, Commissioner of
Connecticut Dept. of Veterans Affairs; President, National Association of
State Directors of Veteran Affairs
• Lynda Davis, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, See.Care.Do Institute; former
Deputy Undersecretary of Defense - Military Community and Families
• Veronica Harrison (Veteran)
• Adrienne Simmons (Veteran)
• Kayla Williams (Veteran)

• ABC News Video (deleted clip from archive due to rebroadcast rights restrictions)
• Sara Manzano-Díaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Dept of Labor
• Marsha Four, Executive Director, Philadelphia Veterans Multi Service and Education Center
• Jessica Campbell (Veteran)
• Joyce Leneave (Veteran)
• Denise Washington (Veteran)

Marie Johns
Deputy Director, Small Business Administration; Former President and CEO of Verizon, Washington, D.C.

Special Remarks by Michele S. Jones
Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; White House Liaison, U.S. Department of Defense

Afternoon Sessions –

Employment and Careers
• Ray Jefferson, Assistant Secretary for the Veterans' Employment and Training Service
• Susan Schieren, Manager, Military Programs, General Electric (Veteran)
• Dawn Halfaker, CEO, Halfaker & Associates (Veteran)
• Erica Banks, Director of Talent Programs, USAA (Veteran)

Special Remarks by Ana R. Harvey
Assistant Administrator, Office of Women's Business Ownership
U.S. Small Business Administration