Summit to discuss challenges women veterans face, Virginia resources available while transitioning

Posted at 7:40 AM, May 21, 2020

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Women veterans in Virginia and throughout the nation are invited to participate in the 2020 Virginia Women Veterans Virtual Summit.

Due to the pandemic, the annual event was shifted to a virtual platform from a live event as previously held in past years. The virtual program kicks off at 9 a.m. on June 17, resumes June 18, and concludes on June 19.

Included are a variety of presentations and panel discussions on topics of interest to women veterans such as what Virginia offers to women veterans, career strategies, entrepreneurship, financial stewardship, personal health and wellness and more. Summit speakers and panelists include well-respected career coaches, professional business leaders, and motivational speakers.

There is no charge to attend and participate in the summit. Pre-registration is required and is now open online at this link.

Virginia has one of the largest percentages of women military veterans of any state in America - over 107,000. The Commonwealth has been and continues to be a leader in recognizing the unique challenges and opportunities women veterans face when transitioning from active duty to the civilian world.

On June 19, three finalists in the The Female Founders Veteran Small Business Awards pitch contest will compete for financial capital for their businesses provided by partner The StreetShares Foundation. The three winners will be announced June 19, as will be the recipients of the Women Veteran Change Maker and Trailblazer awards.

More information about the event, including a complete listing of program topics, speakers and participants may be found at this link.

“Virginia is proud to be home to more than 107,000 women veterans – the largest percentage of women veterans of any state,” said Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins. “The Commonwealth has been at the forefront in recognizing the unique challenges and opportunities that women veterans face when transitioning from active duty to civilian life. This summit is an example of the innovations that Virginia continues to undertake to remain the #1 state for veterans in America.”

In addition to the Virginia Employment Commission and the StreetShares Foundation, other participating partners include COMCAST, Dominion Energy, PenFed Credit Union, Employee Support of Guard and Reserves (ESGR), the offices of Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine and more.