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Center for Women Veterans (CWV)


2017 National Women Veterans Summit

Cyberseminars – Save the Date!

2017 National Women Veterans SummitThis series of webinars will provide women Veterans and the local/state/ Federal/non-government organization (NGO) partners who serve them with information about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services, especially those designated for women Veterans.

This training will be delivered virtually via Adobe Connect to view slides and phone line to hear audio.  If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before please test your connection External link to a non-government website prior to the webinar.  You may also get a quick overview External link to a non-government website of Adobe Connect.  Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and Adobe Connect are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

At the designated time of the session you wish to attend, please follow the Adobe Link below and log in as “guest” with your full name (first, last).  You will also need to dial in via phone to hear the presentation.  Dial 800-767-1750; access code 43488#.

Questions on the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit can be directed to

DateTime (ET)Topic/Webinar Link
October 23 10:00-11:00am Employment
Moderator:  Rosye Cloud
Erika Cashin
Carol Eggert
Tiffany Daugherty
Nancy Glowacki
October 23 2:00-3:00pm Entrepreneurship
Moderator:  Rosye Cloud
Arlene Siller-Jackson
Misty Stutsman
Tiffany Dougherty
October 25 2:00-3:00pm VBA 101 online
Presenter:  Anna Crenshaw
October 31 12:00-1:00pm Cultural Change
Moderator:  Kayla Williams
Lauren Augustine
Mary Beth Bruggeman
Elizabeth Estabrooks
Melissa Bryant
November 2 10:00-11:00am TBD
November 6 3:00-4:00pm Reproductive Health
Stephanie Edmonds
Michael O’Hara
Heather Able
November 8 1:00-2:00pm Strategic Partnership
Moderator:  Maggie Czarnogorski
November 9 12:00-1:00pm Women Veterans Health Research
Moderator:  Dr. Elizabeth Yano
Anne Sadler
Jennifer Strauss
Susan Frayne
November 14 11:00am-12:00pm Healthy Aging
Veronica Sanchez
Kim Kelly
Rich Wender
Lashanta Dorsey-Lee
November 16 3:00-4:00pm Medical Legal Partnerships
Moderator:  Fanita Jackson Norman
Linda Bagget
Samantha Kubek
Joanne Hurtekant
November 20 1:00-2:00pm State & Local Resources
Moderator:  Kayla Williams
Carrie Sconza
Mary Culley
Wanda Wright
Anna Baker
Olivia Laschober
November 22 11:00am-12:00pm Whole Health
Presenter:  Mera Halloway-Paulina

Technical Questions:
Lauran Hardy
Project Manager
St. Louis, MO

Donna Sowders
Education Technician
St. Louis, MO

Program Questions:
Kayla Williams
Director, Center for Women Veterans
Washington, DC

Presentations, Documents, and Other New Items!


Plenary Sessions

  • Opening Session Presentations
    • Michelle Terry – Anthem
    • Tammie Elfadili – Invocation
    • Houston Mayor’s Office – Proclamation
    • Mary Westmoreland – Advisorty Committee for Women Veterans (ACWV)
    • Kayla Williams – Center for Women Veterans (CWV)
    • Secretary Shulkin – Welcome Letter & Video
    • Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright Simpson – Keynote
  • Voice of the Veteran Panel
  • Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Care and Benefits
  • VA Partners
  • Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Benefits
  • Lunch Presentations
    • Jennifer Deen – Million Veteran Program Announcement
    Patricia Horoho, Optum – Keynote

Breakout Sessions


Hurricane Harvey forced the conference to end early, but we will be hosting cyberseminars of breakout sessions, posting links to recorded sessions, and more.

Women Vets Take the Stage

Armed Services Arts Partnership Comedy Bootcamp
07/21/2017 – During the Thursday evening reception, we featured four women Veteran stand-up comics who graduated from the Armed Services Arts Partnership Comedy Bootcamp!

Journey to Normal
07/13/2017 – Thursday evening, we screened the documentary film Journey to Normal and included a discussion with the producer/director, producer, and one of the women Veterans featured in the film.


[Podcast] #52:  VA’s Center for Minority Veterans Panel Discussion [10/13/2017] – The CWV has been developing ways to deliver information from the summit and I’ve collaborated with them to produce a podcast, with support of the Center for Minority Veterans (CMV), on minority women Veterans.  Read more »

Cyber seminars developed from the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit coming Oct. 23 [10/11/2017] – The 2017 National Women Veterans Summit was scheduled for August 25-26 in Houston, Texas, but unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey forced us to end early so participants could safely evacuate.  Read more »

Take a Sneak Peak at the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit [08/18/2017] – The 2017 National Women Veterans Summit is swiftly approaching and we are looking forward to seeing many of you in Houston, Texas.  Read more »

See You at the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit [08/04/2017] – The female Veteran population accounts for 10 percent of U.S. Veterans, and that number is expected to grow to 15 percent by 2030.  Read more »

Registration Open for 2017 National Women Veterans Summit, August 25-26 in Houston, TX [06/19/2017] – It’s been a long time coming, but the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit is set and will take place at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Houston, Texas Aug. 25-26, with an opening reception Aug. 24.  Read more »

Event Information

The event was scheduled for August 25-26, 2017 in Houston, Texas and cut short by Hurricane Harvey; we will post presentations and more soon.  The event was being hosted by VA’s Center for Women Veterans and the Veterans Experience Office and with the support of 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, the Veterans Canteen Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Walgreens.


Houston To Host National Women Veterans Summit This Summer [06/14/2017] – Houston and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center will be hosting the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit on Aug. 25-26.  Hundreds of women Veterans from around the country are expected to attend, along with senior VA leaders and key Veteran stakeholders.  Read the full Houston Patch article » External link to a non-government website