2024 Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) and Career Coaching Workshop

Thursday, 11 April 2024 8:00 AM - Friday, 12 April 2024 5:00 PM EDT

Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall, 134, Auditorium Arlington Campus, Arlington, Virginia, 22201, United States

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IN PERSON General Admission: BOTH Career Coaching Workshop and OWLS (11-12 APR with Reception) Partial Approval - $210.00

04/12/2024

Early bird pricing ends 15 MAR and the fee will increase to $260. As a participant in the Career Workshop, we recommend that you also choose to take the Passion Profiler assessment as an additional registration option (found below) for $25. If selected and completed, you will receive a customized 18-page report that scientifically assesses your expression of purpose as work-related passions. Please note: There will be NO REFUNDS for this event unless the event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If the in-person event is cancelled, you will be able to participate virtually and refunded the difference. If you are unable to afford the cost of admission, please email owls@academywomen.org. If you are able to donate the cost of an additional, or multiple registration fees, please do so below in the "Donate Admission(s)" section after selecting one of the "General Admission" options as your registration type.

VIRTUAL General Admission: BOTH Career Coaching Workshop and OWLS (12 APR) Partial Approval - $75.00

04/11/2024

As a participant in the Career Workshop, we recommend that you also choose to take the Passion Profiler assessment as an additional registration option (found below) for $25. If selected and completed, you will receive a customized 18-page report that scientifically assesses your expression of purpose as work-related passions. Please note: there will be NO REFUNDS for this event unless the event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If you are unable to afford the cost of admission, please email owls@academywomen.org. If you are able to donate the cost of an additional, or multiple registration fees, please do so below in the "Donate Admission(s)" section after selecting one of the "General Admission" options as your registration type.

IN PERSON General Admission: ONLY Career Coaching Workshop (11 APR with Reception) Partial Approval - $45.00

04/11/2024

Early bird pricing ends 15 MAR and will increase to $60. As a participant in the Career Workshop, we recommend that you also choose to take the Passion Profiler assessment as an additional registration option (found below) for $25. If selected and completed, you will receive a customized 18-page report that scientifically assesses your expression of purpose as work-related passions. Please note: There will be NO REFUNDS for this event unless the event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If the in-person event is cancelled, you will be able to participate virtually and refunded the difference. If you are unable to afford the cost of admission, please email owls@academywomen.org. Placement on the wait list does NOT guarantee admission to the event. If you are able to donate the cost of an additional, or multiple registration fees, please do so below in the "Donate Admission(s)" section after selecting one of the "General Admission" options as your re

VIRTUAL General Admission: ONLY Career Coaching Workshop (11 APR) Partial Approval - $40.00

04/11/2024

As a participant in the Career Workshop, we recommend that you also choose to take the Passion Profiler assessment as an additional registration option (found below) for $25. If selected and completed, you will receive a customized 18-page report that scientifically assesses your expression of purpose as work-related passions. Please note: There will be NO REFUNDS for this event. If you are unable to afford the cost of admission, please email owls@academywomen.org. Placement on the wait list does NOT guarantee admission to the events. If you are able to donate the cost of an additional, or multiple registration fees, please do so below in the "Donate Admission(s)" section after selecting one of the "General Admission" options as your registration type.

IN PERSON General Admission: ONLY OWLS (12 APR with Reception) Partial Approval - $180.00

04/12/2024

Early bird pricing ends 15 MAR and will increase to $225. Please note: There will be NO REFUNDS for this event unless the event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If you are unable to afford the cost of admission, please email owls@academywomen.org. If you are able to donate the cost of an additional, or multiple registration fees, please do so below in the "Donate Admission(s)" section after selecting one of the "General Admission" options as your registration type.

VIRTUAL General Admission: ONLY OWLS (12 APR) Partial Approval - $60.00

04/12/2024

Please note: There will be NO REFUNDS for these events. If you are unable to afford the cost of admission, please email owls@academywomen.org. If you are able to donate the cost of an additional, or multiple registration fees, please do so below in the "Donate Admission(s)" section after selecting one of the "General Admission" options as your registration type.

IN PERSON Evening Reception ONLY - 11 APR from 4:45pm-6:00pm (If NOT registering to attend the Career Coaching Workshop or OWLS) Partial Approval - $20.00

04/11/2024

Join us for a cocktail reception and opportunity to connect informally with military and veteran women leaders from all services. Select this registration option only if you are NOT planning to register for the Career Coaching Workshop or Officer Women Leadership Symposium. (The evening reception is already included in the registration fees for these events.)

PASSION PROFILER Assessment and Report (Recommended if Attending Career Coaching Workshop) Partial Approval - $25.00

04/12/2024

THE PASSION PROFILER WILL BE AVAILABLE TO CAREER WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ONLY. The Passion Profiler receives RAVE REVIEWS year after year, so if you plan to attend the Career Workshop and would like to take the Passion Profiler - be sure to include this registration option in addition to your primary registration selection. The Passion Profiler is being offered at a special event rate of $25 - in addition to your primary registration fee. This rate represents a SIGNIFICANT savings that is only being offered to attendees of the Career Workshop. Once you complete your Passion Profiler assessment, you will receive a customized 18-page report on/near the date of the event that scientifically assesses your expression of purpose as work-related passions. There will be a workshop offered on the day of the event which will help you learn more about how to interpret your report and apply insights. Visit the Agenda tab for more details.

Sponsor / Exhibitor Partial Approval - Free

04/12/2024

Please select this registration type if you are a confirmed sponsor or exhibitor for the event. If you are not yet confirmed but would like to participate as an exhibitor or event sponsor, contact: sponsorship@academywomen.org

Speaker Partial Approval - Free

04/12/2024

Please select this registration type if you are a confirmed speaker for the event.

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Thursday, 11 April 2024 8:00 AM - Friday, 12 April 2024 5:00 PM EDT

George Mason University , Arlington Campus, Arlington, Virginia, 22201, United States.

The 2024 Career Coaching Workshop and Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) will be held as hybrid events offered onsite and virtually for those who cannot attend in-person.  The onsite events will be held on the Arlington, VA campus of George Mason University.  Event information can be found on the various tabs above including detailed agendas and a listing of participating speakers.

 

CAREER COACHING WORKSHOP

11 APR 2024 (9:00a - 4:45p EST): The Career Workshop offers professional development workshops, opportunities to network with top-caliber, military friendly employers and resources that assist military women in advancing their career goals and/or making successful career transitions after their military service.  Current and former military officer women, senior enlisted women and degreed military spouses in (or considering) career transition, are especially encouraged to attend.

 

EVENING RECEPTION - 2024 OWLS KICKOFF EVENT

11 APR 2024 (4:45p - 6:00p EST): The evening reception is open to attendees of both the Career Workshop and OWLS.  The option to attend the reception ONLY is also available. 

Join AcademyWomen in celebrating their mission of cultivating the leadership of military women to impact positive change locally, nationally and globally.  Enjoy opportunities to meet and interact with guest speakers, participating partners and sponsors, as well as your fellow military women and colleagues.

 

OFFICER WOMEN LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM (OWLS)

12 APR 2024 (9:00a - 5:00p EST): The OWLS offers keynotes, panel discussions, and inspiring speakers in an event that brings together fellow military women, veteran leaders, experts, innovators, and thought leaders from the military services, as well as the public and private sectors.  The 2024 theme - Rooted in Service, Growing the Future Together - will explore how the call to service fuels military and veteran women to lead our nation for a strong future. Regardless of challenges, our commitment to a cause greater than self helps to fuel aspirations for the highest possible impact as a leader.

 

PERMISSIVE TDY OR TAD

For guidance on attending the Career Workshop and OWLS using permissive TDY or TAD, please visit the militaryOWLS website and click on the Event FAQs tab for more details. 

 

PASSION PROFILER - WE RECOMMEND TAKING THIS MEANINGFUL ASSESSMENT IF YOU ATTEND THE CAREER WORKSHOP

THE PASSION PROFILER WILL BE AVAILABLE TO CAREER WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ONLY.  If you plan to attend the Career Workshop, please be sure to include the 'Passion Profiler Assessment and Report' registration option in addition to your primary registration selection.  The Passion Profiler will be offered at a special event rate of $25 - in addition to your primary registration fee.  This rate represents a SIGNIFICANT savings that is only being offered to attendees of the Career Workshop.  Once complete, you will receive a customized 18-page report on/near the date of the event that scientifically assesses your expression of purpose as work-related passions. There will be a workshop offered on the day of the event which will help you learn more about how to interpret your report and apply insights. Visit the Agenda tab for more details.

 

YOU MUST REGISTER NLT 3 APR in order to take the Passion Profiler assessment and receive your customized report in time for the event on 11 APR.  If registering after 3 April, you will receive your link AFTER the 11 APR event in accordance with the timeline found on the militaryOWLS website.

 

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE DIRECTORY

As part of the Career Workshop and OWLS, AcademyWomen is providing the opportunity for event participants to include their profiles in the 2024 Professional Profile Directory (PPD). The Professional Profile Directory features the highly sought-after skills, talents and leadership competencies of military women in career transition.  This directory will be shared with AcademyWomen partners who may be able to facilitate hiring, a group that includes a wide array of top-caliber corporate, nonprofit and government entities. Not able to attend the events?  If you are a military officer woman, senior enlisted woman or a degreed military spouse in career transition, you can still include your information in the Professional Profile Directory.  For more information, visit the PPD here.

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

AcademyWomen is working to reserve a block of rooms for the event.

 

ACCESS TO SESSION RECORDINGS

As a paid registrant, if you are unable to attend the event synchronously during the scheduled time, you will still be able to access the session recordings for on-demand viewing.  Customized login details will be sent to your registration email no later than one week after the event.

  

STAY CONNECTED - VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER

The Virtual Engagement Center (VEC) is an 'always on' platform where members of the military community can connect to resource providers - and for those in career transition - engage 24/7/365 through asynchronous text, audio, and video chats with top-tier, military friendly employers.   

 

BECOME A PARTNER OR SPONSOR

If you would like to become a program partner, event sponsor or participate as an exhibitor for the Career Workshop or OWLS, contact us at: sponsorship@academywomen.org.

 

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US

See our FAQ page for more details or learn more at our website at www.militaryowls.org.  For questions about the events, contact: owls@academywomen.org.

 

We look forward to having you join us!

 

The AcademyWomen Team

AcademyWomen

www.academywomen.org

AcademyWomen is a 501c3 nonprofit leadership and professional development organization that bridges the gap of support by providing an unparalleled blend of programs and resources that connect military women to networks of substantive resources, impact and influence. Through our networking events, mentoring opportunities and career development programs, AcademyWomen cultivates and leverages the leadership of military women to impact positive change locally, nationally and globally. AcademyWomen members and program participants include active duty and former military personnel, military spouses, senior corporate executives, seasoned entrepreneurs, and civic leaders from various industries and sectors. Membership is FREE and is open to all who support our mission. For more information, visit: www.academywomen.org and www.militaryOWLS.org.

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About Career Workshop Speakers

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Jacqueline Stennett (US Army Veteran)
Chair - Career Coaching Workshop
Vice President, AcademyWomen

Jackie Stennett is the Vice President and Board Member of AcademyWomen, a nonprofit leadership and professional development organization that bridges the gap of support by providing programs and resources that connect military women to networks of substance, impact and influence. As Vice President, Jackie assists in the design strategy and growth of all mission critical programs including the former 5x award-winning online mentoring program, networking events and career development opportunities that cultivate and leverage the leadership of military women to impact positive change locally, nationally and globally. Jackie served as a logistics officer in the United States Army and has a wide array of leadership and management experience within the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. Currently, in addition to her role with AcademyWomen, Jackie advises organizations with socially responsible missions in designing effective strategies to improve individual and organizational performance. Jackie serves on the Advisory Boards of the Service Academies Global Summit (SAGS), the George Mason University Schar School of Policy & Government's Gender and Policy (GAP) Center, the Civil Service Board of a South Florida city, and holds a BS in Chinese Studies from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

https://www.academywomen.org

About Jacqueline Stennett (US Army Veteran)

Chair - Career Coaching Workshop
Vice President, AcademyWomen
Suzy Streeter (Colonel, US Air Force Retired)
Host
Board of Directors, AcademyWomen

Suzy Streeter is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a Founding Member of the AcademyWomen Board of Directors. Over her 28 years in the Air Force, Colonel Streeter was a Group Commander, Major Command and Numbered Air Force Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; an Intelligence Plans and Exercises Division Chief at a sub-unified command; a Squadron Director of Operations; a Squadron Commander; as well as an Air Staff Program Element Monitor and Legislative Affairs Liaison. Colonel Streeter's deployments include Operation DECISIVE ENDEAVOR and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to retiring from the Air Force, she was instrumental in standing-up the US Space Force Intelligence, Reconnaissance, and Surveillance function. Colonel Streeter is a 1992 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and is currently pursuing an MA in Pastoral Ministry.

https://www.academywomen.org

About Suzy Streeter (Colonel, US Air Force Retired)

Host
Board of Directors, AcademyWomen
Lourdes Tiglao (US Air Force Veteran)
Opening Remarks
Director, Center for Women Veterans at the US Department of Veterans Affairs

Lourdes Tiglao is the Director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In this capacity, Ms. Tiglao serves as the primary advisor to the VA Secretary on Department policies, programs, and legislation that affect women Veterans. In addition, she oversees the Center’s activities, which include monitoring and coordinating VA’s administration of health care, benefits, services, and programs for women Veterans; serving as an advocate for cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and service members; and raising awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect. Prior to joining the VA, Ms. Tiglao was the Global Partnerships Manager at Airbnb’s Open Homes program, where she focused on strategy, standards, processes, and strategic partnerships; while overseeing a global team and a portfolio of 70+ nonprofit, private sector, and international aid agencies across six continents. Ms. Tiglao’s background traverses the military, federal, and nonprofit sectors, spanning over a decade in leadership roles in the US Air Force and various functional areas in business, communications, and healthcare. During her military tenure, Ms. Tiglao utilized her medical expertise to help save lives on the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT), and was deployed to multiple locations including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, and others. Her final assignment was in Okinawa, Japan, where she helped launch the first Critical Care Medical Attendant Team (CCMAT) which provides critical care medical evacuation services. After transitioning from the military, Ms. Tiglao served with Team Rubicon, a Veteran-led non-profit disaster response organization, as the Global Strategic Partnerships Officer, connecting the network with government and organizations around the world. Ms. Tiglao is a former member on the MyVA Advisory Board for the VA and has served on several Veteran-focused boards to improve service access for minority Veterans and enhance their lives through the arts. She is a sought-after speaker and has presented on topics ranging from management, medicine, Veteran reintegration, and humanitarian response to the Philippine Embassy, New York and San Francisco Philippine consulates, the State Department, international television networks, universities, and scientific conferences.

https://www.va.gov/womenvet/

About Lourdes Tiglao (US Air Force Veteran)

Opening Remarks
Director, Center for Women Veterans at the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Tanya Bradsher (US Army Veteran)
Fireside Chat
10th Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

The Honorable Tanya Bradsher was nominated by President Biden to serve as the 10th Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In this role, Deputy Secretary Bradsher helps lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as it continues to deliver more care and more benefits to more Veterans than ever before in the nation’s history. Ms. Bradsher is a combat Veteran who served for 20 years in the United States Army. She enlisted in 1993 and was commissioned in 1994 from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. Her major assignments included Spokesperson on the White House National Security Council for the Department of Defense, Asia, Africa, Western Hemisphere, counter-terrorism, and detainee policies; Defense Press Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs at the Pentagon; Brigade Public Affairs Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Deputy Public Affairs officer, 8th U.S. Army; Commander, Delta Company 516th Battalion, and Executive Officer, 1st Replacement Company, 8th Personnel Support Command. In March 2021, Ms. Tanya Bradsher was selected by Secretary McDonough to serve as the Chief of Staff for VA. Prior to being named VA’s Chief of Staff, Ms. Bradsher served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement on the National Security Staff in the Executive Office of the President. She previously served as the Chief of Staff to Congressman Don Beyer in Virginia’s 8th District. Before working on the Hill, Ms. Bradsher was the Chief of Communications for the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Prior to joining APA, she served at the Defense Health Agency as the Chief for Communications Plans and Operation in the Office of Public Affairs. During the Obama Administration, Ms. Bradsher served as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security where she oversaw public outreach, media, and incident communications efforts and served as the principal communications advisor to the Secretary. Prior to joining DHS, she served at the White House as the Assistant Director, Office of Public Engagement, where she led Veteran, Wounded Warrior, and Military Family Outreach initiatives. Ms. Bradsher earned her MA in Strategic Communications from George Washington University and her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband, Colonel (Retired) John Bradsher, have three children.

https://department.va.gov/

About Tanya Bradsher (US Army Veteran)

Fireside Chat
10th Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Trier Bryant (US Air Force Veteran)
Workshop Facilitator
Founder, TrierBryant.com

Trier (tree-air) Bryant is a previous United States Air Force Captain and a people-first leadership & inclusion executive with 17 years of experience building inclusive teams and workplaces for companies across the technology sector, Wall Street, and the military. Trier is the Founder of TrierBryant.com, a consulting firm that advises organizations on strategies and tactics to improve their workplace culture. She also teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Kim Scott to co-found Just Work, a company that provides coaching and workshops to create more collaborative and equitable work environments. Trier serves as a Board Member for Athena SPACs and Campaign Zero, a non-profit committed to ending police violence in America. Previously, Trier was President of 82VS, the venture creation arm of Alloy Therapeutics, where she supported cutting-edge innovators launching companies to bring drug discoveries to market for underrepresented groups. Prior to 82VS, Trier spearheaded talent and inclusion initiatives for leading technology and finance companies. Her experience as a DEI & talent executive includes serving as the first Chief People Officer at the aerospace startup Astra, Global Head of Revenue and Diversity Recruiting at Twitter, and VP at Goldman Sachs, where she led diversity talent acquisition across 15 divisions. Her career began as a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force Captain, and combat veteran. A trained engineer, she oversaw engineering teams defending cybersecurity threats while leading diversity recruiting and inclusion initiatives for the Air Force and Department of Defense. Trier has been featured as an influential voice on leadership and DEI by publications including USA Today, CNN and Fortune. Trier earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering with a minor in Spanish and Leadership from the United States Air Force Academy (Beat Army, Sink Navy) where she also played Division I volleyball. Trier enjoys spending time with her close-knit family who taught her to live by the family motto "...good enough isn't.”

https://www.trierbryant.com/

About Trier Bryant (US Air Force Veteran)

Workshop Facilitator
Founder, TrierBryant.com
Alaina Love, SPHR
Workshop Facilitator
Founder & CEO, Purpose Linked Consulting

Alaina is the CEO and Founder of Purpose Linked Consulting, and is a nationally recognized expert in leadership purpose, passion and inclusion. She is the co-author of The Purpose Linked Organization: How Passionate Leaders Inspire Winning Teams and Great Results. A former research scientist and former Executive Director of Global Human Resources for Merck, Alaina developed the Passion Profiler™ - a psychometric tool, which identifies and measures employee passions and reveals how these passions are being used in the work environment. Alaina’s work has shown that managing to an individual’s passions, as well as their skills, fuels performance and engagement, stimulates cognitive diversity and builds the agility required to successfully navigate and lead in challenging times. An avid thought leader, she has written for Bloomberg Business Week, The Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review online. Currently, she writes a popular Leadership blog for SmartBrief. Alaina is also a member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches, an organization comprised of the world’s top coaches and leadership strategists. In 2021, Alaina was recently awarded the International Thought Leader of Distinction award from the MEECO Leadership Institute.

https://thepurposelink.com/

About Alaina Love, SPHR

Workshop Facilitator
Founder & CEO, Purpose Linked Consulting

About OWLS Speakers

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Elisabeth Auld (Colonel, US Air Force Retired)
Chair - Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS)
Colonel, U.S. Air Force Retired and OWLS Chair for AcademyWomen

Elisabeth S. Auld serves as the host and chair of the 2024 Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) and has been involved in AcademyWomen activities for many years. She is currently employed by SAIC as a project manager for the Federal Aviation Administration and as an Adjunct Professor for the Naval War College. An Air Force veteran, Elisabeth retired as a Colonel in 2014, completing her career assigned as Director of Staff, Air Force Public Affairs, where she led a staff of six and directed the administrative, fiscal, security and personnel activities for a 185-person organization. Prior to this, she was assigned as the Deputy Director, Bases, Ranges, and Airspace, and the Airfield Operations Officer Career Field manager. Before her assignment to the Pentagon, she was honored to command the 506th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron at Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq. Prior to her deployment, she served as Director of Operations for the 316th Operations Support Squadron at Andrews AFB, Maryland. Elisabeth was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, May 1990, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from Miami University. Additionally, she earned a Master of Arts, National Security Strategy from the Naval War College (2004) and a Master of Science, Human Resources from Troy University (1998). Elisabeth enjoys writing and blogs at Gals In Blue (https://www.galsinblue.com). There she muses about a myriad of topics, from pop culture to military issues to her family’s latest adventures. These star her favorite people: her husband Greg, their (now grown) kids, Emma and Michael, and their pups, Layla and Griffin.

https://www.academywomen.org

About Elisabeth Auld (Colonel, US Air Force Retired)

Chair - Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS)
Colonel, U.S. Air Force Retired and OWLS Chair for AcademyWomen
Susan Feland (US Air Force Veteran)
Co-Chair - Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS)
President & Founder, AcademyWomen

Susan Feland is the Founder and President of AcademyWomen. Susan was the oldest of three sisters to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. She has worked in space systems acquisitions, taught at the Air Force Academy, and has a wide range of experience in non-profit, government, and corporate roles. Currently, in addition to leading AcademyWomen, Susan manages content and curriculum innovation at Stanford University. Susan has a LEAD Certificate in Corporate Innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MA from Middlebury College, a Diplôme from the Université de Paris – Sorbonne and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a BS degree.

https://www.academywomen.org

About Susan Feland (US Air Force Veteran)

Co-Chair - Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS)
President & Founder, AcademyWomen
Michelle Zbylut, PhD
Panel Speaker: Seeding Impact with Inspired Leadership
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Equity and Inclusion)

In September 2023, Dr. Michelle Zbylut was appointed to the dual roles of Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Army for Diversity and Inclusion and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Equity and Inclusion). She leads the U.S. Army Equity and Inclusion Agency, the Army’s designated proponent for Diversity and Inclusion, Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and Military Equal Opportunity. In this role, Dr. Zbylut oversees the daily operation and execution of the most comprehensive EEO compliance and complaints adjudication process within the Federal government. From 8 May to 9 September 2023, Dr. Zbylut served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. During this time, she provided strategic direction and fiscal oversight of the Army’s Science and Technology portfolio for all Army laboratories and Research, Development, and Engineering Centers. Dr. Zbylut was first appointed to the Senior Executive Service in April 2018 as the Director, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) and Chief Psychologist of the United States Army. As the lead scientific laboratory for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, ARI conducted behavioral and social science research to enable the Army to acquire, develop, employ, and retain professional Soldiers and enhance personnel readiness. Dr. Zbylut directed and provided oversight activity for ARI’s science and technology (S&T) program and business operations at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Fort Cavazos, Texas; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Moore, Georgia; and Fort Eustis, Virginia. Dr. Zbylut was ARI’s first Senior Research Scientist (Systems Science/Human Science), which is a senior-level scientific and professional position (ST). As an ST, Dr. Zbylut served as a recognized scientific authority, consultant, and advisor to the prior Director of ARI and other Army leaders in matters related to the behavioral and social sciences (e.g., testing and assessment). Dr. Zbylut served as an ST from 2015 to 2018.

About Michelle Zbylut, PhD

Panel Speaker: Seeding Impact with Inspired Leadership
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Equity and Inclusion)
Riley Tejcek
Panel Moderator: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps and US Olympic Team

A native of Carmel, Ind., Tejcek is a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, where she works as a support officer at the Expeditionary Warfare School. Riley Tejcek is trying to become the first active-duty female Marine in the Olympics. In addition to her military and bobsledding endeavors, Tejcek also entered and won the 2023 Ms. Military Pageant. It was not about how contestants looked, she said, but what they were doing for the military community. While she was stationed at Camp Pendleton in Southern California, Tejcek was involved in all kinds of faith-based projects aimed to support local youth, in the U.S. and Mexico.

About Riley Tejcek

Panel Moderator: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps and US Olympic Team
Sidney Jaques
Panel Speaker: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Major, U.S. Army

Major Sidney Jaques commissioned as an AG officer from the University of Scranton in 2012 as an ROTC cadet and four-year Basketball athlete. Her first assignment was a Postal Platoon Leader on Fort Liberty, and she deployed her platoon to Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, and Jordan to maintain Postal Operations for the CENTCOM AOR. Upon redeployment, she was assigned as the Battalion S1 for the “White Falcon” 2-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2BCT, 82nd Airborne Division where she was the first female MTOE assigned to any of the three Infantry Battalions within 2BCT. This two year assignment included a deployment to Erbil and Mosul, Iraq in 2017. She then attended the AG-CCC where she trained for the Ranger Assessment Selection Program 2 (RASP2) to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Upon completion of RASP2 in December 2017, she was assigned as the Regimental S1 (BDE S1 OIC) for the 75th Ranger Regiment. She was the second female to complete RASP2 and serve in the organization. Once she PCS’d to Fort Moore in January 2018, she attended and graduated the U.S. Army Ranger School in October 2018, becoming the first Ranger tabbed and scrolled woman in the U.S. Army. She served as the RS1 for over two years, to include two deployments as a JTF J1. She then completed a Training with Industry assignment through the IPPS-A for one year in Orlando, Florida. In October 2021, she reported to HQDA G1 (IPPS-A) where she designed future capabilities in the Talent Management and Release 4 team and then served as the Chief of Plans and Operations. She recently reported to the Army Field Support Center where she currently serves as an Activity XO. In August 2022, she created Balance Your Grit, an Instagram group and support community for women in predominantly male environments. It provides a network for trailblazing and ambitious military women, facilitates mentor matching, shares lessons learned, and creates an environment to encourage continued momentum as we normalize inclusion. The page highlights some surface and deep issues many women face, and mitigates the feeling of loneliness, isolation, and “it was hard for me so it should be just as hard for you” (Queen Bee) mentalities.

About Sidney Jaques

Panel Speaker: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Major, U.S. Army
Kelsey Barrion
Panel Speaker: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and USMMA Alum

Kelsey Barrion graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 2006, commissioned into the Coast Guard Reserve, joined the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, and sailed almost all the way around the world on various commercial vessels in between reserve drill periods. She deployed to Kuwait in 2008-09 with the Navy’s Maritime Security Squadron ONE after marrying USMMA classmate and now-LtCol Tyrone Barrion, USMC. They have two children, currently 5 and 7, for whom she came ashore in 2017. In 2019, then-LCDR Barrion came on extended active duty as part of the Surface Forces Logistics Center, in a division responsible for providing shore-based engineering and maintenance support to the Coast Guard’s largest cutters. In 2021, she transitioned within her division to the strategic projects branch, where she has taken on a wide variety of efforts encompassing over $1 billion in planned and emergency cutter maintenance. She has published two articles with the US Naval Institute relating to Coast Guard shipboard maintenance and training, is still a licensed mariner (First Engineer of Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Horsepower) and MEBA member, and plans to return to sea in 2025 at the completion of her active duty contract. Commander Barrion currently lives aboard Camp Pendleton in southern California with her family.

About Kelsey Barrion

Panel Speaker: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and USMMA Alum
Jackie Barnum
Panel Speaker: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps

Captain Jackie Barnum is an active-duty Marine Corps logistics officer. She graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis MD in 2014 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. After completing The Basic School in Quantico VA, she completed Logistics Officer Course in Jacksonville NC before being stationed in Okinawa, Japan for 2 years. During that time, she served as a Platoon Commander and participated in multiple exercises in the Philippines and the Republic of South Korea. She was then stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego CA where she served as a Company Commander for Combat Service Support Company and had the opportunity to participate in exercises in Guam, the United Arab Emirates and Port Hueneme. She then served as a Company Officer at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport RI where she lead students who will be future Naval and Marine Corps Officers. She is currently the Assistant Logistics Officer at Marine Air Control Group 38 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Her passions include mentoring young leaders and helping them navigate challenges in their early careers. She also is passionate about sharing her experiences on social media in effort to inspire younger generations to consider a future in the military.

About Jackie Barnum

Panel Speaker: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Tahina Montoya
Panel Speaker: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Strategic Advisor, Veteran Experience Office, Department of Veteran Affairs

Tahina L. Montoya currently serves as Strategic Advisor for the Veteran Experience Office at the Department of Veteran Affairs. Prior to this role, Tahina served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower & Reserve Affairs in the Department of the Air Force. Tahina is an Air Force Veteran with over 15 years of experience working various missions at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels in over 9 countries, including deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She continues to serve as an Officer in the Air Force Reserves where she is a Political/Military Strategist and Gender Advisor assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency. Tahina is also a mentor with Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), a Doctoral Candidate at Georgetown University, and an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a first-generation Colombian American and a native Spanish speaker also proficient in Portuguese.

About Tahina Montoya

Panel Speaker: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want
Strategic Advisor, Veteran Experience Office, Department of Veteran Affairs
Alea Nadeem
Workshop Speaker
Director of the Doorkeepers, U.S. Senate

About Alea Nadeem

Workshop Speaker
Director of the Doorkeepers, U.S. Senate
Victoria Grady
Workshop Speaker
Associate Professor of Management, Costello College of Business at George Mason University

Victoria Grady is currently an associate professor of management in the Costello College of Business at George Mason University. Her research is focused on the inherent loss of stability suffered by organizations introducing and implementing organizational change. Grady continues to build on her original research and actively integrates theoretical concepts with practical application in the field of management. Her practice case studies include issues of organizational change/trust and include federal government institutions, non-profit organizations, and private sector companies.

About Victoria Grady

Workshop Speaker
Associate Professor of Management, Costello College of Business at George Mason University
Clydea Prichard-Brown
Panel Moderater: Reaching For The Sky and Roundtable Moderator: Female Mentoring and Morale Program
Colonel, U.S. Army and Founder Female Mentoring and Morale Program

Colonel Clydea Prichard-Brown is the Chief of Staff, 1st Theater Sustainment Command and Founder, Female Mentoring and Morale Program (FMMP). A native of Gary, Indiana, COL Prichard-Brown enlisted in the Army and as a Sergeant received the Army ROTC Green-to-Gold Scholarship, earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). She was the school’s first female and first minority Cadet Battalion Commander and became the school’s Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned into the Regular Army as a Transportation Officer. She later earned a Master's Degree from Webster University. Her assignments include Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, 89 th Transportation Company, Battalion S1 and the Assistant Operations and Security Officer for the 6th Transportation Battalion. She served as the Land Branch Chief of the G-4 Transportation Division, Eighth United States Army, and Commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 498 th Corps Support Battalion, Korea. She served as the Non-Combatant Evacuation Officer for EUSA, the Operations Officer for the 205 th Infantry Brigade, and Executive Officer of the Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She served at the Pentagon in HQ Department of the Army G37, as the Chief of Army Training Ammunition in the Munitions Management Division, and as Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff G37. COL Prichard-Brown commanded the 836th Transportation Battalion, in Yokohama, Japan, becoming the first African American female to command this battalion. She later served as the Director of the Logistic Materiel & and then became the first African American female to command the 59 th Ordnance Brigade, at Fort Greg-Adams, Virginia. She served as Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General of Army Materiel Command and now serves as the Chief of Staff for the 1 st Theater Sustainment Command, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. She has multiple deployments and has been inducted into the Transportation Regimental Corps Military Order of St. Christopher and the Order of Samuel Sharpe for her distinguished service. She is Founder of the Female Mentoring and Morale Program (FMMP), and member of the Army Women’s Foundation Board of Directors. She is married to SFC (R) Eric L. Upthegrove and has a son, Zion Brown (23), and daughter, Zaria Brown (17). COL Prichard-Brown also has a twin sister, Army COL Clydellia Prichard-Allen.

About Clydea Prichard-Brown

Panel Moderater: Reaching For The Sky and Roundtable Moderator: Female Mentoring and Morale Program
Colonel, U.S. Army and Founder Female Mentoring and Morale Program
Janeen L. Birckhead
Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
Major General, U.S. Army National Guard

Major General Janeen L. Birckhead became the 31st Adjutant General of Maryland on April 7, 2023. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Commander of the Maryland Army National Guard and was dual-hatted as the Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs at the U.S. Army War College. She was commissioned as a distinguished military graduate through the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Hampton University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She holds a Master’s in Management from the University of Maryland. Her military education includes the Chemical Officer Basic Course, the Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College where she earned a Master’s in Strategic Studies. Maj. Gen. Birckhead previously served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Maryland National Guard. Her command assignments include the 70th Regiment – Regional Training Institute, Aberdeen, MD; the 581st Troop Command Battalion, Hagerstown, MD; the Soldier Readiness Battalion, Reisterstown, MD; and B Company, 229th Main Support Battalion, 29th Infantry Division, Reisterstown, MD. Major General Birckhead mobilized under OEF/OIF, serving as the Tiger Team Leader and Designated Military Officer for the Office of Administrative Review for the Detention of Enemy Combatants. In 2011, Maj. Gen. Birckhead deployed as the Deputy, Current Operations, Security Partnering, and International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan. In her civilian capacity, Maj. Gen. Birckhead is a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC. She began her civilian career in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Senate. Her subsequent civilian career positions included State Equal Employment Opportunity Manager, Special Agent in Charge for the Defense Security Service, and Deputy Chief of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at the Office of Personnel Management, joining the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as the Director of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity for the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2010.

About Janeen L. Birckhead

Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
Major General, U.S. Army National Guard
DeAnna Burt
Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
Lieutenant General, U.S. Space Force

Lt. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt is the Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, United States Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. As the Chief Operations Officer, Lt. Gen. Burt has overall responsibility for Operations, Sustainment, Cyber, and Nuclear Operations of the United States Space Force. Lt. Gen. Burt was commissioned in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her career has included numerous satellite operations and staff positions in Air Force Space Command and U.S. European Command. The general has commanded the 2nd Space Operations Squadron, the 460th Operations Group, and the 50th Space Wing. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, and a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. Prior to her current assignment, Lt. Gen. Burt was the Commander, Combined Forces Space Component Command, U.S. Space Command, and Vice Commander, Space Operations Command, U.S. Space Force.

About DeAnna Burt

Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
Lieutenant General, U.S. Space Force
Nicola (Nik) Hall
Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
U.S. Army Veteran | Principal, Deloitte Consulting’s Government and Public Services Practice

Nicola (Nik) Hall is a Principal within Deloitte Consulting’s Government and Public Services practice and leads Deloitte’s Federal Health Sector Customer Strategy. Nik has spent the last 14 years leading healthcare design and transformation projects, focusing on elevating the human experience within healthcare engagements. Nik has spent the majority of her career supporting the warfighter, servicemember, veteran and employee experience. Through this she has had the opportunity to stand up CX offices, drive large scale service design transformations and implement listening & measurement tools. Her clients have included Commercial Healthcare systems, Department of Defense, Veterans Health Affairs, and Veterans Service Organizations. A highlight of her career has been her work supporting Women Veterans access healthcare and benefits. Nik is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and has been responsible for leading and establishing many key inclusion groups and efforts within Deloitte. Recently she established the Women’s Veterans Employment Bootcamp (WEBC). Prior to Deloitte, Nik spent 5 years in the Military as an Army Non-Commissioned Officer where she was a Military Policeman (MP) and US Army Jumpmaster. She was the first female involved in direct combat operations in Afghanistan, awarded a Bronze Star for her actions in combat, and set a new standard for future combat operations involving women. (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/magazine/women-military-stories.html) Nik was born and raised in Ipswich, England and currently lives in Maryland with her daughter.

https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en.html

About Nicola (Nik) Hall

Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
U.S. Army Veteran | Principal, Deloitte Consulting’s Government and Public Services Practice
Joanna Nunan
Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
Vice Admiral, USMS

Vice Admiral Joanna Nunan assumed command of the United States Merchant Marine Academy on December 8, 2022. She is the first woman in Academy history to hold this role. Nunan, who spent more than three decades in the U.S. Coast Guard, has commanded units at multiple levels both afloat and ashore. Before her retirement, she was the Coast Guard’s Deputy for Personnel Readiness. In that role, she oversaw the Coast Guard’s entire personnel enterprise, including the recruitment, training, support, and retention of all active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel. She also supervised the Coast Guard Academy and served on its Board of Trustees. She also served as the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources. In that role, among her many responsibilities, she helped spearhead efforts to expand diversity and inclusion in the Coast Guard, including formulating policy changes focused on increasing the retention of women in the service. She also served as a member of the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention, Response, and Recovery Committee. Earlier in her career, she served as the Military Advisor to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and John Kelly, as well as the Military Assistant to Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. She also served more than nine years at sea—including commanding two buoy tenders—and previously served as the Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District and as Commander of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. A Bridgeport, Connecticut native, Nunan graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1987 and received her Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic. She also holds several Coast Guard merchant marine licenses, including Master of vessels of not more than 1,600 gross tons and 3rd Mate on vessels of unlimited tonnage, upon oceans.

About Joanna Nunan

Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
Vice Admiral, USMS
Alice Ward Trevino
Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
Major General, U.S. Air Force

Maj. Gen. Alice W. Treviño serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. She is responsible for all aspects of contracting relating to the acquisition of weapons systems, logistics, operational and enterprise efforts for the Air Force and provides contingency contracting support to the geographic combatant commanders. She leads a highly skilled staff of mission-focused business leaders and acquisition change agents to deliver $825 billion in United States Air Force and Space Force platforms. Additionally, she is the Contracting Functional Manager for over 8,000 professionals, who execute programs worth $70 billion annually for the Department of the Air Force. Maj. Gen. Treviño received her commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1993 and is a joint qualified officer with extensive deployment experience in support of combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping/enforcement operations to Croatia, Turkey, Oman, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Commander of the Air Force Installation Contracting Center. Maj. Gen. Treviño has also served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s Principal Military Assistant,; unlimited dollar warranted procuring Contracting Officer for major defense programs; and the Senior Contracting Official-Afghanistan for U.S. Central Command. She has commanded two Air Force units at the squadron level, joint units at the group and wing levels, and an Air Force unit at the wing level.

About Alice Ward Trevino

Panel Speaker: Reaching For The Sky
Major General, U.S. Air Force
Linda Urritia-Varhall
Moderator: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
Major General, U.S. Air Force, retired

Maj. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall retired after serving as the Director of Operations at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Virginia. She is still the highest ranking hispanic female officer in the Air Force. General Urrutia-Varhall was commissioned in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Following her initial assignments at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, she was selected to participate in the Professional Military Graduate Intelligence Program in Washington, D.C. After completion, she was the first Air Force representative to the National Military Intelligence Center. Her service at the Pentagon included executive support duty to three Secretaries of Defense and as an international politico-military affairs officer on the Somalia Task Force. The general has held command and staff positions in the wing, major command, headquarters and joint environments. In 1998, she was named to command the first Air Force Information Warfare Flight at 9th Air Force/Central Air Forces, Shaw AFB, South Carolina. She also deployed to Southwest Asia where she served as Chief, Analysis Division and an operations officer for the Joint Intelligence Center at U.S. Central Command Headquarters Forward. General Urrutia-Varhall also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Senior Executive to the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (J2) at U.S. Southern Command in Florida and then as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance on the Air Staff at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

About Linda Urritia-Varhall

Moderator: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
Major General, U.S. Air Force, retired
Rhonda Martin
Panel Speaker: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Marine Corps

About Rhonda Martin

Panel Speaker: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Marine Corps
Marivic-Len M. “VICKY” Olivera
Panel Speaker: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Space Force

Chief Master Sergeant Marivic-Len M. Olivera is the Senior Enlisted Leader for the National Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She is the principal advisor to the Commander on all matters affecting the welfare, readiness, morale, health, professional development, and proper utilization of 450 Total Force Guardians and Airmen assigned to two squadrons and three geographically separated operating locations. These forces conduct space and counter-space operations in support of the National Space Intelligence Center and the United States Space Force to protect space assets and collection capabilities to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance for the Department of the Air Force and the joint warfighter. CMSgt Olivera first entered the United States Air Force in 2002, from Staten Island, New York. She completed Radio and Satellite Communications training November 2002 and in 2020 transferred to the United States Space Force. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the Staff Senior Enlisted Leader for Delta 18, National Space Intelligence Center. Additionally, CMSgt Olivera deployed in support of Operations, SOUTHERN WATCH, COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE HORN OF AFRICA, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.

About Marivic-Len M. “VICKY” Olivera

Panel Speaker: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Space Force
Phyllis Wilson
Panel Speaker: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
President, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation

Phyllis Wilson served 37 years in the Army as a Military Intelligence (MI) Voice Intercept Operator. She has served around the globe – visiting more than 35 countries – in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America. Chief Warrant Officer Five Phyllis J. Wilson served as the most senior Warrant Officer in the entire United States Army Reserve, and a key member of the Executive Team managing an organization of more than 200,000 personnel with an annual operating budget of more than $8 Billion. She was a Senior Military Fellow with the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group focused on Global issues 2050 and beyond. Phyllis is a Registered Nurse and holds two Master’s degrees, two Bachelor of Science degrees, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She is President of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation – the only major national memorial honoring the 3 Million women who have defended America from the Revolutionary War to today. The Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, has appointed her to the Reserve Forces Policy Board. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Policy Vets and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). She is also a Senior Fellow at AUSA. Phyllis serves as an Army Reserve Ambassador for Maryland which is afforded the rights, privileges, and protocol status equivalent to that of a 2-Star General Officer. She has eight children. Four of her sons are in the military and all are combat veterans. She has sixteen grandchildren.

About Phyllis Wilson

Panel Speaker: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
President, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation
Meagan Bowis
Panel Speaker
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard

Lieutenant Commander Meagan Bowis is currently assigned as the Chief of Incident Management and Boat Forces Supervisor at Coast Guard Pacific Area. In this role, she directly supports the Area Commander in the oversight of emergency management, search and rescue, space launch and recovery mission support, marine environmental response, Boat Forces unit management and Strategic Planning Direction for four Districts and all areas westward from the Rocky Mountains across the Indo-Pacific, Arctic and Antarctic regions to the coast of eastern Africa. She serves as the Area lead for Incident Command System training and oversees the collateral duty and Reserve Incident Management Assist Teams. Her previous assignments include Sector Honolulu as the Command Center Chief from June 2019 to June 2021 and Enforcement Chief from June 2021 to June 2022. In these roles, she was responsible for the 24/7 operations center, maritime search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection missions, and operational planning for three Fast Response Cutters for an area encompassing 1.4 million square nautical miles in Hawaii, American Samoa and U.S. Pacific Island Territories. Previous tours include Coast Guard Headquarters in the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy, Sector San Francisco Incident Management Division, and Deck Watch Officer on board USCGC RUSH (WHEC 723). LCDR Bowis holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from University of San Francisco, Masters of Art in Defense and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and Bachelors of Science in Marine Environmental Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy. Originally from Park City, Utah, Lieutenant Commander Bowis currently resides in Oakland, California with her husband Rudy. In her spare time, LCDR Bowis enjoys surfing, wind and snow sports, biking, and traveling.

About Meagan Bowis

Panel Speaker
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
Lauren Keefe
Panel Speaker: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Lauren Keefe reported to the Global Maritime Operational Threat Response Coordination Center (GMCC) in June 2023. Prior to this, she was at Sector New Orleans from 2019-2023, serving as the Command Center Chief, after fleeting up from Command Center Duty Officer (CDO). In this capacity, she was responsible for a 38-member Command Center, was a Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and stood watch as CDO, serving as a direct representative of the Sector Commander, responsible for coordinating cases for 16 sub-units in an area of responsibility containing the world’s busiest port complex with over 5,500 vessel arrivals, 3,000 Law enforcement boardings, 2,000 marine casualties, 2,000 National Response Center reports, and over 500 Search and Rescue cases annually.In her other tours, LCDR Keefe was the Assistant Chief, Boards and Promotions Section, Officer Personnel Management (OPM-1), from 2016-2019 where she was responsible for facilitating all Special Boards and Post-Graduate and Advanced Education Panels for Officers. She served as an Intelligence Officer at Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center – Atlantic, from 2013-2016 and was the Fisheries Subject Matter Expert, working with all Atlantic Area Districts and Sectors on Fisheries Intelligence. In her first operational tour, she served as the Operations Officer, a Deck Watch Officer, and a Boarding Officer onboard the 270’ USCGC ESCANABA homeported out of Boston, MA from 2011-2013. LCDR Keefe is a 2011 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Science with honors. She also holds a Masters Certificate in Fisheries and Aquaculture from the University of Florida. From 2018-2019, she served as a White House Social Aide. Lauren was born and raised in Colorado. Her husband is also a Coast Guard Officer, and they have two daughters, Kennedy (3), and Lilly (1.5).

About Lauren Keefe

Panel Speaker: Leading with Global Reach and Impact
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard

About Career Workshop Small Group Discussion Facilitators

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Elisse W. Barnes, JD, PhD
Small Group Facilitator:
LinkedIn Strategies to Execute a Successful Career Pivot

Elisse Wright Barnes, JD, PhD, Your LinkedN Driving Instructor, is a LinkedIn trainer, communications strategist, and workforce educator teaching older adults to harness the power of LinkedIn for their job search, career transition, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit leadership. As the Owner, CEO, and Lead Trainer at Of A Certain Vintage Workforce Education, LLC, Dr. Barnes offers individualized and small group LinkedIn “driving lessons” and “Mindset Reset” presentations that teach participants to use LinkedIn to reset, reboot, and reinvent for the new economy while acknowledging unique learning styles and legitimate online security and privacy concerns when using social media. Dr. Barnes provides LinkedIn training in partnership with public library systems in Maryland and New York, workforce and business development organizations, and graduate school and alumni programs throughout the United States. Dr. Barnes also facilitates and provides LinkedIn training for the Jewish Council for the Aging’s (JCA) Career Gateway program, a career development course for jobseekers aged 50andbetter. Dr. Barnes also partners with nonprofit organizations teach nonprofit leaders to use LinkedIn for effective donor research and management as well as potential board member recruitment and engagement. Dr. Barnes has provided LinkedIn training to both jobseekers and entrepreneurs at Montgomery College’s Business Training Center, AARP’s Back to Work 50+ club, the JCA CareerTech program, A Wider Circle’s Professional Development program, the Austin (TX) Job Seekers Network, the Baltimore Jobhunters Support Group, the Massachusetts Library Collaborative 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group, the Maryland Women’s Business Center, eWomen Network, the New Jersey Career Network, 40Plus of Greater Washington, and Awesome Women Entrepreneurs. Dr. Barnes is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford Law School, and the Ohio State University, where she earned a doctorate in the history of U.S. foreign policy.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/elissewbarnesjdphd/

About Elisse W. Barnes, JD, PhD

Small Group Facilitator:
LinkedIn Strategies to Execute a Successful Career Pivot
Alan Bisenieks (US Army Veteran)
Small Group Facilitator:
You and Your Money: Mindful Financial Planning to Create the Life You Love

https://www.firstcommand.com/

About Alan Bisenieks (US Army Veteran)

Small Group Facilitator:
You and Your Money: Mindful Financial Planning to Create the Life You Love
James Bogle (Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Retired)
Small Group Facilitator:
How Business Education Can Facilitate Your Successful Transition

James Bogle is the Director of the Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) program, and an Adjunct Professor of Management and Organization with the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC). James joined the Marshall School in 2013 with a background in leadership, public policy and international affairs following 25 years of military service in the U.S. Army. While serving as an Army officer, James commanded two artillery units and led troops in combat in Iraq. Later, he served on the staff of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in the Office of European and NATO Policy. James also served at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, coordinating a range of conventional and special military operations with the French Joint Staff. He concluded his military career as an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. James holds a BA in History from Arizona State University, an MA in International Relations from USC Dornsife, and a Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) from the USC Marshall School of Business.

https://www.marshall.usc.edu/programs/graduate-programs/specialized-masters/master-of-business-for-veterans

About James Bogle (Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Retired)

Small Group Facilitator:
How Business Education Can Facilitate Your Successful Transition
Sarah Carter (US Navy Veteran and Military Spouse)
Small Group Facilitator:
Posture in Life

Sarah Carter is a US Navy Veteran, USMC Spouse, Life Coach and the CEO of New You Coaching. Sarah helps ambitious, high achieving clients get specific about their goals, their potential, and their path to success as they navigate through life's inevitable transitions so that they can live and lead as their truest selves. As a former US Navy pilot, Sarah brings proven leadership training, strategic planning and tactical skills to each of her client's customized coaching sessions - providing a competitive edge that differentiates her from other coaches.

https://www.inwiththenewyou.com

About Sarah Carter (US Navy Veteran and Military Spouse)

Small Group Facilitator:
Posture in Life
Cherryann Joseph, PhD (Colonel, US Army Retired)
Small Group Facilitator:
Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Cherryann Joseph is an Executive Coach and Director of the Maxwell Leadership Certified Team. As a first-generation immigrant, Cherryann made a lifetime commitment to serving her adopted country and community. As a military officer, she served as a leader and operations planner at some of the highest levels of the Army and Department of Defense. She served two tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle. Cherryann earned a Defense Meritorious Service Medal and several other awards for her service and duty performance. She is a two-time graduate of Cornell University and holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Cherryann also taught science and served as a leadership adviser for students at two of the most prestigious public high schools in the nation. She recently retired from the Army Reserves as a Colonel and has now committed herself to helping people reach their potential. Currently, Cherryann leverages her experience to serve clients by providing them with practical tools and real-world applications to resolve persistent problems. As an Executive Director at the John Maxwell Team, she is certified to speak, train, and coach using internationally acclaimed personal growth, leadership, and professional development curricula. Using these resources and tools, she helps people and organizations improve leadership and communication skills, build high-functioning teams, and up-level performance. Visit her webpage to find out more about her services and to access a complimentary 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth gift at the bottom of the page.

https://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/cherryannjoseph/

About Cherryann Joseph, PhD (Colonel, US Army Retired)

Small Group Facilitator:
Cultivating a Growth Mindset
Stephanie Lewis
Small Group Facilitator:
Be Your Own Boss … Own Your Own Franchise!

https://www.zorakle.net/assessment/welcome/dreamrealizerllc

About Stephanie Lewis

Small Group Facilitator:
Be Your Own Boss … Own Your Own Franchise!
Elexa Orrange-Allen (US Army Veteran)
Small Group Facilitator:
Radical Self Care: Mitigating Stress and Living Your Best Life

Elexa Orrange-Allen is the Founder and CEO of LEAP Coaching and Speaking (C&S). She has extensive qualifications in coaching and is a certified John Maxwell coach, speaker, and trainer - as well as a Birkman and Myers Briggs certified consultant. Beyond credentials, Elexa believes it is her professional career and life experiences that give her an edge as she lives her passion of helping individuals and organizations become the best version of themselves. Elexa began her journey of self-growth and leadership development as a cadet at the United States Military Academy (West Point). She continued to cultivate self-discipline, accountability, and drive during her service as a finance officer and leader in the United States Army. Elexa’s “leap of faith” came when she exited the military to pursue her goal of qualifying for the 1996 Track and Field Olympic Team. During her years of training and competing, Elexa continued to gain leadership experience as a motivational speaker and track and field athletic coach. She leapt to success, representing the United States in the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg Sweden, and in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. After the Atlanta games, Elexa transitioned her leadership and relationship-building strengths to the sales profession. Where she earned the President’s Club Award winning sales professional in the healthcare and recognition and rewards industries. Elexa‘s passion for helping others was demonstrated as she served in trainer and manager roles in the sales industry. With experience working at all levels, Elexa has an in-depth knowledge of what it takes to achieve personal and corporate goals at start-up size companies as well as large, industry-leading organizations. Elexa lives in Houston, TX with her husband. They have two lovely daughters and two sons. Elexa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Education degree in Counseling. Elexa enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering and making a difference in the community, reading, traveling, and physical fitness.

https://leapwithcoaching.com/

About Elexa Orrange-Allen (US Army Veteran)

Small Group Facilitator:
Radical Self Care: Mitigating Stress and Living Your Best Life
Destinee Prete, PhD (US Army Veteran and Military Spouse)
Small Group Facilitator:
Self-Advocacy and Equity: In Your Life and in Your Workplace

Destinee Prete is a U.S. Army Veteran, Military Spouse and the President of We2AreVets - a nonprofit organization that focuses on the honor, empowerment and recognition of women veterans. Destinee comes from a legacy of military service – with both of her parents, her brother, herself and her husband having served, or currently serving. She is a business owner, an Industrial and Organizational (I/O) psychology professional and serves as a Psychometrician for various intelligence-related contracts within the government.

https://www.we2arevets.org/

About Destinee Prete, PhD (US Army Veteran and Military Spouse)

Small Group Facilitator:
Self-Advocacy and Equity: In Your Life and in Your Workplace
Juju Rafii (Technical Sergeant, US Air Force Retired)
Small Group Facilitator:
Topic TBA

Juju Rafii is a Personal Development/Mindset Expert, Speaker, Author and a Retired US Air Force Technical Sergeant with over 20 years experience in leadership. Juju's passion for empowering women is shared through her programs, collaborations, and community impact. Juju is best known as the Founder of the Empowered Boss Babe (EBB) 5K+ member community where she brings women together from numerous communities, across three countries, online and in-person, to support female entrepreneurs, small business owners and professional women. Juju's organizational vision for EBB is based on creating economic growth, financial stability, and social transformation in communities. Originally from New Orleans, LA, Juju is a multicultural female entrepreneur, yoga teacher, and mom of three, living her best life in Central Texas. She also makes a mean NOLA-style red beans & rice.

http://linktr.ee/jujurafii

About Juju Rafii (Technical Sergeant, US Air Force Retired)

Small Group Facilitator:
Topic TBA
Tom Solitario (Major, US Air Force Retired)
Small Group Facilitator:
Would You Like a Business Coach at No Cost? - Leveraging the Small Business Development Center

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomsolitario/

About Tom Solitario (Major, US Air Force Retired)

Small Group Facilitator:
Would You Like a Business Coach at No Cost? - Leveraging the Small Business Development Center
Bonnie Stabile, PhD
Small Group Facilitator:
The Implications of Gender Disparities in Public Service and Related Fields

Bonnie Stabile is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where she also serves as the Director of the Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) Program. She teaches courses on policy analysis, program evaluation, ethics, and gender in the Schar School's master's programs in public policy, public administration, and biodefense. Professor Stabile was the 2019 recipient of the Schar School's Teaching Award. Professor Stabile is Founder and Director of the Gender and Policy (GAP) Center at the Schar School. Her recent research projects and publications include articles in Public Integrity and the Journal of Public Affairs Education considering the role of women as MPA directors; the implications of women's choice of concentrations in MPA programs; the implication of fake news for women in politics; and Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management and First Response. Her book Women, Power and Rape Culture: The Politics and Policy of Underrepresentation with co-author Aubrey Grant, Graduate Research Assistant and doctoral candidate at the Schar School, is forthcoming in 2022 from Praeger. Professor Stabile served as Editor-in-Chief of World Medical & Health Policy, a peer reviewed academic journal published by Wiley, from 2019 - 2020, after having served as Deputy and then Co-Editor since 2011. Her federal government work experience includes acting as Installation Coordinator of a U.S. Army post in Amberg, Germany, and as a Program Analyst for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. From 1989-1993 she was Program Coordinator of the Senior Managers in Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

https://schar.gmu.edu/

About Bonnie Stabile, PhD

Small Group Facilitator:
The Implications of Gender Disparities in Public Service and Related Fields
Shaun Stephenson (US Marine Corps Veteran)
Small Group Facilitator:
Working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Shaun Stephenson is the Manager for the Outreach and Recruiting Military/Veterans Program in Human Resource at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he is currently building both the military and veteran pipeline at LLNL. Before Shaun’s current role, he was the Division Leader and Training Functional Area Manager for Training and Development with responsibility for Lab training, leadership and professional development, a learning management system, and educational assistance. Before joining LLNL, Shaun worked for Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery. He began his career at Gallo in Operations - where he led the Bottling and Receiving operations throughout the Supply Chain process. While managing in Operations, Shaun led the implementation of Automated Guided Vehicles, Warehouse Management System training in several domestic regional distribution centers and was instrumental in streamlining safety management within the organization. He led Corporate Training where he was responsible for the analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of institutional training as well as mentor and recognition programs. He co-championed the highly successful Management/Leadership Development Program for leaders at Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery and was a co-recipient of a Gold Medal from Chief Learning Officer Magazine. Before joining Gallo, Shaun served as both an enlisted and Marine Corps officer. He served in the Special Operations, Reconnaissance and Light Armored Reconnaissance community’s as well as the training/development field specializing in numerous ground combat areas. Shaun served in the western pacific in multiple deployments serving in Desert Shield/Storm and numerous humanitarian operations. Shaun is a passionate speaker, educator, and mentor in academic institutions, associations and athletic teams in the leadership arena. He is reaching today’s youth and young adults with a strong message in developing principally centered character. Shaun consults with StoryRock Inc. Remember My Service Division, seeking essential funding for commemorative book and documentary distribution recognizing Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf War Veterans. Shaun earned a BS in Economics from the United States Naval Academy. He’s trained or certified in numerous Developmental specialties. He’s married to his wife Jennifer for 27 years and has two children – Taylor (25) and Cameron (22).

https://veterans.llnl.gov/

About Shaun Stephenson (US Marine Corps Veteran)

Small Group Facilitator:
Working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Kathy Takayama (US Navy Veteran)
Small Group Facilitator:
How Business Education Can Facilitate Your Successful Transition

Kathy Takayama is a US Navy Veteran and former commissioned officer at the Naval Nuclear Power School. She is now an Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Southern California (USC), where she is living her lifelong dream of sharing decades of business experiences at Hewlett Packard (HP) with future business leaders, teaching and mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students at USC’s Marshall School of Business. She has been recognized for her professionalism and community service. At HP, she was nominated for the prestigious Women’s Excellence Award. For her impactful contributions beyond the workplace, Kathy received commendation from California State Assemblyman Kevin Kylie for her notable community service and was honored by the NBA and the Sacramento Kings as a Hometown Hero. Kathy actively supports causes impacting veterans and women, founding HP's Veterans Employee Resource Network in California, serving on boards for Women Veterans Giving and the MBV Foundation, and is the Faculty Advisor for the USC Marshall’s Military Veterans Association. She also leads fundraising efforts to support The Takayama Memorial Scholarship in honor of her late husband, Mike, that provides $10,000 in scholarships annually to support college bound female athletes. Kathy holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, a Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) degree from USC and is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CPO), and holds additional certifications in Lean Six Sigma. Kathy enjoys photography, home improvement, and traveling around the nation to cheer on her son and daughter-in-law competing in Ultimate Frisbee.

https://www.marshall.usc.edu/programs/graduate-programs/specialized-masters/master-of-business-for-veterans

About Kathy Takayama (US Navy Veteran)

Small Group Facilitator:
How Business Education Can Facilitate Your Successful Transition
Shaunda Thompson (US Army Veteran)
Small Group Facilitator:
Who Are You? - Unveiling the Power Within

“Vincit Qui Se Vincit” - She Conquers Who Conquers Herself. This quote speaks to the importance of self. Self-mastery, self-confidence and self-awareness, attributes Shaunda Thompson developed and enhanced as an effective leader and Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. Shaunda’s passion for coaching began over thirty years ago during her military career, as she frequently championed subordinates to become the best version of themselves. Shaunda Thompson is a 2x Amazon Best-Selling Author, Career Strategist and Executive Life Coach with extensive experience coaching women how to leverage their professional wellness, personal brand and presence to elevate their performance, confidence and success. Ms. Thompson, also called Coach “T” is known for her holistic approach and candor. Coach T uses a combination of personality and image development to help clients unleash their inner powerhouse and tap into the unshakeable confidence needed to turn their visions into reality. Shaunda has conducted leadership development training in the government, non-profit and education sectors, including the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and Orange County Public Library, to name a few. Coach T has certifications, training and experience facilitating Clifton Strengths Finder; MBTI and What's My Communication Style Assessments.

https://www.shaundathompson.com

About Shaunda Thompson (US Army Veteran)

Small Group Facilitator:
Who Are You? - Unveiling the Power Within
Alex Verhulst
Small Group Facilitator:
Demystifying the Application Black Hole

Alex Verhulst has over 15 years of Talent Acquisition experience within the government contracting industry. He currently serves as the Corporate Talent Acquisition Military Program Manager for Leidos' Military Veteran Program (Operation MVP). Operation MVP is Leidos’ official Military Veteran Program, with a mission to build veteran talent pipelines and increase Leidos' presence as a preferred employer for transitioning military candidates. By assisting transitioning service members in their job search, Operation MVP helps build Leidos' employer brand within the veteran community and increase their available qualified talent. Through this program, Leidos partners with military transition centers, military associations, and veteran organizations in an effort to identify and hire separating and retiring military veterans - who are recruited from all branches of the military, as well as the National Guard and Reserves. Leidos and the Operation MVP team participate in specific career development and networking events geared towards the veteran and military dependent / caregiver population - and are actively engaged in advertising and branding initiatives specific to military branches and installations. Previous to assuming responsibility for the military program, Alex served at Leidos as part of a talent identification and acquisition organization responsible for Military, University, and Diversity outreach, specializing in recruiting qualified professionals for customers across the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement, and Healthcare agencies.

https://www.leidos.com/operation-mvp

About Alex Verhulst

Small Group Facilitator:
Demystifying the Application Black Hole
Hope White
Small Group Facilitator:
Writing a Federal Resume

Hope White is a Career Coach and Senior Business Consultant with Hopeful Speaking and Consulting - a boutique firm that offers a wide range of services, including webinars, training, coaching, and business consulting that assists individuals and organizations with achieving their full potential, and enhancing their skills and knowledge to reach their professional goals. With a career spanning over 25 years, Hope works with veterans and those seeking careers within the Federal Government by providing training on the federal hiring process, building a federal resume, determining the job series/grades qualifications, understanding the vacancy announcement, decoding messages after applying, and mastering a long-term career in the federal government. Hope also works with current Federal employees and provides career development training, group and one-on-one coaching to help them better understand the hiring process, assist with updating resumes, creating an individual development plan, and mastering their job series for promotions. Connect with Hope through - Webinars: https://on.zoom.us/h/HopefulSpeaking; Coaching: https://calendly.com/hopefulspeaking; Alfredo's Coffee House - Sundays, 12:00 PM EST: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAucO6trz0qEtScBqRmnfWUZQMV75leSelk

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hopefulspeaking/

About Hope White

Small Group Facilitator:
Writing a Federal Resume
Gwendolen Wilder (Master Sergeant, US Air Force Retired)
Small Group Facilitator:
Leveraging Facebook for Career Success

Gwendolen Wilder is a Retired US Air Force Master Sergeant, Certified Business Strategist, and the Founder of Impossible to Possible Women - a 1.2K+ Female Entrepreneur community. A highly-acclaimed business coach, "Go To Expert" for nationally syndicated news programs, best-selling author and entrepreneur who overcame domestic violence and sexual assault trauma while building a multi-million dollar business - Gwendolen empowers struggling and overwhelmed female entrepreneurs to get past their business fears so they can successfully start and scale businesses, become more self-confident and financially independent.

https://www.gwendolenwilder.com

About Gwendolen Wilder (Master Sergeant, US Air Force Retired)

Small Group Facilitator:
Leveraging Facebook for Career Success

About OWLS Small Group Discussion Facilitators

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Caprissa S. Brown-Slade
Roundtable Moderator: U.S. Army Policy
Colonel, U.S. Army

Colonel Caprissa S. Brown-Slade is a native of Hassell, NC and attended Elizabeth City State University, NC on a full-time academic scholarship and played Womens Basketball, Volley Ball, and ran Track, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Social Sciences with honors (summa cum laude) and received her commission as a Transportation Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps of Elizabeth City State University, NC. In 2000, she completed her Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at National Louis University, IL. In 2008, COL Brown-Slade transferred to the Logistics Corps. Colonel Brown-Slade’s assignments included: Truck Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Highway Operations Officer, Support Operations Officer, and Assistant Installation Coordinator, 109th Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion, Mannheim, Germany; served numerous positions in the 142nd Corps Support Battalion, Fort Polk, LA; SPO Material Officer, Commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Rear S2, S3, Detachment Commander, SPO Transportation Officer, and concluded tour as Commander 603rd Transportation Company, Fort Johnson, LA; Gun Truck Escort Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III; Commander for the Clarksville Recruiting Company; SPO Distribution Officer, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan and 82nd Sustainment Brigade; Battalion Executive Officer, 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion; Brigade S4 and Brigade Executive Officer, 528th Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne); Afghanistan National Special Forces Logistics Officer, NATO Special Operations Command. Afghanistan/Special Operations Joint Task Force in Afghanistan; Battalion Commander, 21st Special Troops Battalion, 21st Theater Sustainment Commander; Deputy Commander of the 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary); Director of the Army’s Sustainment Concepts and Battle Lab Division, Sustainment Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate, Futures and Concepts Center, Army Futures Command; Army’s Chief Diversity Officer, Fort Belvoir, VA and currently serves as the Deputy, United States Army Equity and Inclusion Agency (EIA), Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA M&RA)

About Caprissa S. Brown-Slade

Roundtable Moderator: U.S. Army Policy
Colonel, U.S. Army
Ali Gonzalez
Roundtable Facilitator: US Space Force
Colonel, U.S. Space Force

About Ali Gonzalez

Roundtable Facilitator: US Space Force
Colonel, U.S. Space Force
Elexa Orrange-Allen
Roundtable Facilitator: Wellness for a Lifetime
Captain, U.S. Army Retired and Leadership Coach

Elexa Orrange-Allen, founder and CEO of LEAP Coaching and Speaking Consultants, LLC has over 25 years of leadership and business experience as a veteran army officer, executive leader, entrepreneur, sales professional, executive/leadership coach, speaker, and trainer. Elexa helps executives and organizations maximize their leadership potential and organizational potential, respectively to achieve significant business results. In addition, she helps individuals flourish by identifying and achieving their personal and professional goals through career and life coaching. Elexa is a certified John Maxwell Coach, Speaker, and Trainer; Myers-Briggs Consultant; Birkman Consultant; Hogan Consultant’ and DISC Consultant. In addition to these excellent credentials, Elexa believes that it is her professional career and life experiences that give her the edge as she lives out her passion of “helping individuals and organizations become the best version of themselves.” Elexa began her journey of self-growth and leadership development as a cadet at the United States Military Academy. She continued to cultivate self-discipline, accountability, and drive during her service as a finance officer and leader in the United States Army. Elexa’s “leap of faith” came when she left the military to become the best version of herself as she pursued her goal of making the 1996 Olympic Team in track and field. During her years of training and competing, Elexa continued to gain leadership experience as a motivational speaker and coach to track and field athletes. She represented the United States in the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg Sweden, and in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. After the Atlanta games, Elexa transitioned her considerable leadership and relationship-building strengths to the corporate arena. She earned the distinction of President’s Club Award-winning sales professional in the healthcare and recognition and rewards industries and has served in a range of trainer and manager roles. As the founder and CEO of LEAP Coaching and Speaking, Consultants, LLC she has since been coaching leaders at all levels and speaking in corporate, academic, and non-profit arenas. Elexa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters of Education degree in Counseling.

About Elexa Orrange-Allen

Roundtable Facilitator: Wellness for a Lifetime
Captain, U.S. Army Retired and Leadership Coach

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Sessions on Apr 11, 2024

08:00 AM

Individual Financial Consultations: Tips for an Informed Financial Transition from the Military and Beyond (IN-PERSON EVENT ONLY)

08:00 AM - 04:20 PM

Sponsors

09:00 AM

Overview and Welcome

09:00 AM - 09:05 AM
09:05 AM

Opening Remarks

09:05 AM - 09:15 AM
  • Lourdes Tiglao (US Air Force Veteran)

    Opening Remarks

    Director, Center for Women Veterans at the US Department of Veterans Affairs

09:15 AM

Understanding Career Options, Opportunities and Paths

09:15 AM - 09:35 AM
09:35 AM

Professional Headshots and Military Portraits (IN-PERSON EVENT ONLY)

09:35 AM - 04:15 PM

Sponsors

09:35 AM

Career Resources and Job Fair (IN-PERSON EVENT ONLY)

09:35 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
11:15 AM

Session 1: Lunchtime Small Group Discussions

11:15 AM - 11:55 AM
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  • Elisse W. Barnes, JD, PhD

    Small Group Facilitator:

    LinkedIn Strategies to Execute a Successful Career Pivot

12:00 PM

Session 2: Lunchtime Small Group Discussions

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
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  • Elisse W. Barnes, JD, PhD

    Small Group Facilitator:

    LinkedIn Strategies to Execute a Successful Career Pivot

12:40 PM

BREAK

12:40 PM - 12:50 PM
12:50 PM

FIRESIDE CHAT: Leadership Lessons Learned

12:50 PM - 01:50 PM
  • Tanya Bradsher (US Army Veteran)

    Fireside Chat

    10th Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

01:50 PM

BREAK

01:50 PM - 02:00 PM
02:00 PM

WORKSHOP: Finding Your Fit - How Passion and Purpose Transform a Career into a Lifestyle

02:00 PM - 03:15 PM
  • Alaina Love, SPHR

    Workshop Facilitator

    Founder & CEO, Purpose Linked Consulting

Sponsors

03:15 PM

BREAK

03:15 PM - 03:25 PM
03:25 PM

WORKSHOP: Getting Hired - Navigating the Talent Acquisition Lifecycle

03:25 PM - 04:40 PM
  • Trier Bryant (US Air Force Veteran)

    Workshop Facilitator

    Founder, TrierBryant.com

Sponsors

04:40 PM

Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements

04:40 PM - 04:45 PM
04:45 PM

Evening Reception (IN-PERSON EVENT ONLY)

04:45 PM - 06:00 PM

Sponsors

Sessions on Apr 12, 2024

09:00 AM

WELCOME AND OVERVIEW

09:00 AM - 09:05 AM
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  • Elisabeth Auld (Colonel, US Air Force Retired)

    Chair - Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS)

    Colonel, U.S. Air Force Retired and OWLS Chair for AcademyWomen

09:05 AM

SEEDING IMPACT WITH INSPIRED LEADERSHIP

09:05 AM - 10:05 AM
  • Michelle Zbylut, PhD

    Panel Speaker: Seeding Impact with Inspired Leadership

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Equity and Inclusion)

10:05 AM

Break

10:05 AM - 10:15 AM
10:15 AM

GROWING AUTHENTIC ROOTS TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT

10:15 AM - 11:25 AM
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  • Riley Tejcek

    Panel Moderator: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want

    Captain, U.S. Marine Corps and US Olympic Team

11:25 AM

Break

11:25 AM - 11:35 AM
11:35 AM

LEADING REAL CHANGE WITH TANGIBLE OUTCOMES

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM
  • Alea Nadeem

    Workshop Speaker

    Director of the Doorkeepers, U.S. Senate

12:05 PM

Transition to Lunch

12:05 PM - 12:15 PM
12:10 PM

Virtual Lunch

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM

Virtual Lunch

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
12:15 PM

LUNCH AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
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  • Riley Tejcek

    Panel Moderator: Growing Authentic Roots to Live the Life You Want

    Captain, U.S. Marine Corps and US Olympic Team

12:55 PM

PERSONAL GROWTH: LEADING WITH IMPACT

12:55 PM - 01:55 PM
  • Victoria Grady

    Workshop Speaker

    Associate Professor of Management, Costello College of Business at George Mason University

01:55 PM

Break

01:55 PM - 02:05 PM
02:05 PM

REACHING FOR THE SKY

02:05 PM - 03:25 PM
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  • Clydea Prichard-Brown

    Panel Moderater: Reaching For The Sky and Roundtable Moderator: Female Mentoring and Morale Program

    Colonel, U.S. Army and Founder Female Mentoring and Morale Program

03:25 PM

Break

03:25 PM - 03:35 PM
03:35 PM

LEADING WITH GLOBAL REACH AND IMPACT

03:35 PM - 04:55 PM
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  • Linda Urritia-Varhall

    Moderator: Leading with Global Reach and Impact

    Major General, U.S. Air Force, retired

04:55 PM

EVENT DAY SUMMARY AND CLOSE

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM