Conferences

WVSJ Network National Conferences

WVSJ Network, based in Atlanta GA, has sponsored 2 national Women Veteran Social Justice Conferences to date. The goals of these conferences are to Identify, Educate, Connect, and Empower all service women and women veterans, and to invite civilians, male service members and veterans, corporations, non-government and government agencies into our conversation and to partner with us.

2015 Partner/Conference Site: Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw GA

Theme:Coming Home, Stepping Up,and Connecting

Highlights: Two full days of plenary sessions, workshops, invited speakers, honored guests, luncheon, awards, all female KSU ROTC color guard, pinning ceremony, screening of “Service: When Women Come Marching Home” with discussion by women veterans featured in film and producer; entire conference broadcast live and recorded, available website ksutv.kennesaw.edu/WVSJ

Host and Emcee: Maria Britt MG (Ret) GAANG and VP Operations, KSU Host

Luncheon Emcee: Kitty Harris Emcee , Reporting Assignment Editor, Fox 5 News, Los Angeles

Keynotes:

  • Dr. Linda S. Schwartz USAF(Ret), VA Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning
  • Dr Catherine Lewis,Assistant Vice President of Museums, Archives & Rare Books, KSU
  • BriGette McCoy, CEO WVSJ

 Special Guest: Lynn Patrick, VA Benefits National Coordinator

 Invocations:

  • Ch LTC Liz HarrisLamkin GAANG and The Rev. Caroline Branch USN,
  • Asst. Pastor, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church

Workshops: Strategic Networking, Veteran Legal Literacy, Civilian/Private Sector Employment, Student Veterans, Financial Strategies/Planning, Women in Government, VA Claims, Career Training, Becoming a Woman of Influence, MST & Trauma, Outdoor Recreation & Retreats, Performance Triad, Creative Caring for Ourselves, Our Children, and Our Elders; Stress Reduction & Mind/Body Balance; Self Defense & Personal Safety; Expressive Arts Sampler; Life Mastery Mentoring

Sponsors and Exhibitors: SunTrust Bank, Caduceus Health Care, Kennesaw State University, Protect our Defenders, Vet Center- Marietta, VoteRunLead, Warrior Songs, Atlanta Dream, Crystal Springs Water, Emory University Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, BubbaGuns, Touchstone, Federally Employed Women, AFGE, Georgia Relay, Mannah From Heaven, Salute Heroes, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1187, AMVETS Post 44, AFGE District 5, AACCW Southeastern Region, Holy Cross Catholic Church Military Ministry, Lawson’s Flowers and Gifts, Everything Etiquette & You, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Veterans Yoga

2014 Partner/Conference Site:  Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta GA

 Theme: Women Veterans: Connected by our Military Service

Highlights: A full day of plenary sessions, workshops, invited speakers, honored guests, luncheon, reception, awards, all female GT ROTC color guard. Followed by ½ day Leadership Round-Table to discuss, plan, and network.

Keynotes:

  •  COL Kathy Platoni, PsyD, USAR, Ret.
  •  LTC Michelle Spencer, USAR
  •  Phyllis Newhouse, CEO Xtreme Solutions, Army Veteran
  •  BriGette McCoy, CEO WVSJ

Sponsors and Exhibitors: Wounded Warrior Project; Caduceus Health Care, Norfolk Southern Railroad, Protect Our Defenders, U.S. Veterans Magazine, Honey Baked Ham, Highland Bakery, Crystal Springs Bottled Water, Cyma Therapy, Kaiser Permanente, Military Experience and the Arts, My Living Essentials Co., LLC, Silver Lining Villages, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor