Annual Summit

Each year, in Washington, D.C., the Army Women’s Foundation brings together experts on defense, economic, political, health and social issues that effect soldiers, particularly women soldiers.

We’ve examined and celebrated the changing military missions and roles of Army women, the challenges they face transitioning back to civilian life, and the resiliency they demonstrate in handling both.

We look forward to continuing the dialog necessary for supporting strong soldiers.

Click on the year to see information from past summits.

The Army Women’s Foundation Presents Free Summit to Equip, Empower & Engage Army Women

The U.S. Army Women’s Foundation is slated to host its 9th Annual Army Women’s Summit at the Capitol Visitors Center, Congressional Auditorium, Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 8th, from 12 PM - 4:45 PM. This event will be followed by the 2017 Army Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, at the Rayburn Building, 5-6:30 PM.

This year’s theme is Evolving Opportunities for Army Women: Equip – Empower – Engage. The afternoon features distinct panelists who will equip attendees with information, while also providing practical tools and tactics to leave them empowered. Guests will experience two panel conversations that will focus on “Army Experiences of Extraordinary Women” as well as “Transitioning from Army to Civilian Life.”

Our guest speakers include LTG (Ret) Patty Horoho, the former Surgeon General of the Army and MG Hugh Van Roosen, Deputy Chief of Staff for the G1 who are prepared to engage the audience with dynamic keynote addresses.

For more information regarding this FREE event, and to sign up, please email AWF@hayespr.com or call 571-286-5945. The Army Women’s Foundation is a 501(c)3 and contributions from supporters like you — help make events like this possible.

2017 U.S. Army Women’s Foundation 9th Annual Summit
Evolving Opportunities for Army Women
Equip – Empower – Engage
March 8, 2017
11:00 Registration – 4:45 PM
Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.

Keynote Speakers:

  • LTG Patricia Horoho, USA (RET), Former Surgeon General of the Army
  • MG Hugh Van Roosen, Deputy G1, Department of the Army

Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Awards

Networking Luncheon

Panel Discussion Topics:

  • Opportunities in the Private Sector
  • Extraordinary Army Women

Followed by the Hall of Fame Reception

Rayburn House Office Building, Foyer
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM


Sponsors

Liberty Sponsor

Prudential

Legacy Sponsor

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Summit Sponsor

L3 Technologies

Freedom Sponsor

GE Aviation

PENN Fed

Walmart

Eagle Sponsor

CALIBRE

Courage Sponsor
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • KBRwyle
  • LMI Government Consulting
  • Pritzker Military Foundation
Patriot Sponsor
  • AIRBUS
  • Army Nurse Corps Association
  • Fluor
  • Geico
  • Gunning Group LLC
Media Sponsor

Stars and Strips

The Army Women’s Foundation would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support of the 9th Annual Army Women’s Foundation Summit.

2016 U.S. Army Women’s Foundation 8th Annual Summit
Tactical Tools for Success:
A Summit on Healthcare, Hiring, and Housing
March 15, 2016

Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Awards.

The Foundation this year awards $81,500 in scholarships, more than in any other year.

Networking Luncheon

Panel Discussions

Summit Moderator — BG Gary Profit, USA (Ret), Senior Director of Military Programs, Walmart

Healthcare Panel

  • Moderator: COL Alice Demarais, USA (Ret)
  • COL Lucretia McClenny, USA (Ret), RN, MSNCommissioner on the VA Commission on Care
  • COL Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, USA (Ret), MD, MPH, Chief of Mental Health, Washington DC, and Virginia Community Based Outpatient Clinics
  • COL Deydre Teyhen, USA, Assistant Chief of Staff, Public Health and Director, System for Health & Performance Triad
  • Cathleen Wiblemo, Democratic Staff Director, Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Hiring Panel

  • Moderator: BG Gary Profit, USA (Ret), Senior Director of Military Programs, Walmart
  • Jim Beamesderfer, Director, Veterans Initiatives, Prudential
  • Lisa J. Ford, Women Veteran Program Manager, Helmets to Hardhats
  • LTC Teresa W. Gerton, USA (Ret), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
  • CAPT Steve Jordon, USN (Ret), Program Manager Veterans Employment Initiative, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Housing Panel

  • Moderator: Dr. Stephen Fuller, Director of The Center for Regional Analysis, School of Public Policy at George Mason University
  • MG Timothy McHale, USA (Ret), President and CEO, Homes for our Troops
  • Kimberly Mitchell, President, Easter Seals Dixon Center
  • Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, Vice President of Research, National Housing Conference

Keynote Address

General Richard Cody, USA (Ret), Corporate Senior Vice President, L-3 Corporation


Sponsors

The Army Women’s Foundation would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support of the 8th Annual Army Women’s Foundation Summit.

2015 U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Summit:
Leadership and Political Empowerment
March 18, 2015

Panel 1: Army Women: Leading the Workforce Today & Tomorrow

  • Dr. J. Michael Haynie, Vice Chancellor Syracuse University Director, Institute for Veterans and Military Families
  • Kevin Preston, Director, Human Resources-Veterans Initiative, ESPN
  • CW5 Phyllis Wilson, Command Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army Reserve
  • Mrs. Cathy Christian, Vice President, Enterprise Services at Financial Systems, Prudential Financial, Inc.; formerly Captain, USAF

Luncheon — Keynote Address

Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship awards. The Foundation this year awards $75,000 in scholarships, more than in any other year.

Panel 2: Army Women: Political Empowerment & Engagement

  • Captain Lori Manning, USN (Ret), Senior Fellow, Women’s Research and Education Institute
  • Major Seth Lynn, USMCR, Veteran’s Campaign, Executive Director
  • Sergeant Major Tonia Walker, USA, U.S. Army Legislative Liaison
  • Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Greene, USA (Ret), Vice President, Cassidy & Associates

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Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

The Home Depot Foundation

Liberty Sponsor

Heroes Work Here - The Walt Disney Company

Independence Sponsor

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Army Women's Foundation Board

Freedom Sponsor

GE Aviation

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

L-3 Communications

Wal-mart Stores, Inc.

Eagle Sponsor
  • Caryn Wagner
Courage Sponsor
  • MG Jan Edmunds, USA (Ret.)
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Oshkosh Defense
  • Raytheon
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • University of Maryland University College
Patriot Sponsor
  • ATK
  • CommunisPR
  • Drexel Online University
  • Excelsior College
  • Fluor Corporation
  • GEICO
  • LMI Government Consulting
  • Rockwell Collins
  • TAPE, LLC
Friend
  • BusinessWorks of America, Inc.
Official Airline Sponsor
  • American Airlines
Media Partners
  • ABC7/WJLA-TV
  • NewsChannel 8
  • Metro Productions
  • Stars and Stripes
  • The Hill

The Army Women’s Foundation would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support of the 7th Annual Army Women’s Foundation Summit.

2014 U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Summit:
Army Women: Resilient & Ready
March 12, 2014

Panel 1: Resilient on the Battlefield

  • COL Ellen Haring, USAR, Senior Fellow, Women in International Security
  • BG Linda Singh, USA, Maryland National Guard
  • Moderator: MG Jan Edmunds, USA (Ret), AWF Advisory Board Member

Luncheon — Army Women 2020: Ready and Resilient

  • Master of Ceremonies: Leon Harris, Anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV
  • Keynote Speakers: MG (Dr.) Nadja Y. West, USA, Joint Staff Surgeon and SMA Raymond F. Chandler III, USA
  • Introduced by: SMA Kenneth Preston, USA (Ret), AUSA
  • Presentation of Scholarship Recipients

Panel 2: Resilient on the Homefront

  • Teresa W. Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Pamela Johnson, Goodwill
  • Elisa Basnight, Esq., Director, Center for Women Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Moderator: MG Donna Barbisch, USA (Ret), AWF Advisory Board Member

Limited seating, for attendance or information about supporting the events, please contact Barb Witten, Barb.Witten@datocwitten.com.

Army Women’s Foundation Documentary

The Army Women’s Foundation is pleased to share a short documentary video highlighting the Foundation’s Annual Symposium, Hall of Fame Event, and Legacy Scholarship Program.

About the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation

The U.S. Army Women’s Foundation (AWF) is the premier center for educational excellence, the national network for today’s Army women, and a dynamic advocate for preserving and sharing the history of Army women. The mission of the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation is to honor and preserve the service of women in the Army. As our nation participates in Women’s History Month in March 2014, the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation’s commemorates and celebrates the service, accomplishments, and sacrifices of Army women by hosting an annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Summit. These events place the AWF at the forefront of the issues and opportunities impacting U.S. Army women in advancing stability, peace, and prosperity around the world. Event participants interact and partner with an elite cadre of senior military leaders, corporate leaders, opinion leaders, and policy makers.

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Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

The Home Depot Foundation

Independence Sponsor

Army Women's Foundation Board

Microsoft

Freedom Sponsor

L-3 Communications

Wal-mart Stores, Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Eagle Sponsor

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Caryn Wagner
Courage Sponsor
  • Excelsior College
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Raytheon
  • Association of the US Army
  • MG Jan Edmunds, USA (Ret.)
  • Pentagon Federal Credit Union
Patriot Sponsor
  • Drexel University Online
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • DF Communications Group, LLC
  • TAPE, LLC.
  • GEICO
  • LMI Government Consulting
  • Northrop Grumman
  • University of Maryland University College
  • Fluor
  • Oshkosh Defense
Friend
  • BusinessWorks of America, Inc.
  • Halfaker and Associates
  • ATK
  • International SOS Government Services, Inc.
Media Partners
  • Stars and Stripes
  • ABC7/WJLA-TV
  • Military.com
  • The Hill
  • Metro Productions

2013 Annual Army Women’s Foundation 5th Annual Symposium and Hall of Fame Luncheon

March 12, 2013 - Cannon Caucus Room, Capitol Hill

Annual Symposium Press Release

Army Women In Transition: Re-Focusing Your Future

In a climate of DOD “re-sizing” Army women must re-explore service and civilian opportunities. Two panels of corporate and military leaders examined the significance of military service and provided a road map for Army women managing the transition between military and civilian life.

Hall of Fame Luncheon

This year’s inductees into the Army Women’s Hall of Fame include the Army Women who served in the Korean War. The award marks the 60th anniversary of the conflict. Although this conflict is often called “the forgotten war,” it marked a turning point for American Servicewomen, as they gained increasingly higher positions and served very close to the front lines – a precursor to today’s combat inclusion.

Other inductees at the event included retired General Ann Dunwoody, the Army’s first female four-star General, the first female Command Sergeant Major, Yzetta Nelson (awarded posthumously), and Sergeant Major Carolyn James (awarded posthumously), a groundbreaking Women’s Army Corp member who earned the Bronze Star. Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-Virginia) also received a special recognition award for his support of Army Women. The Army Women’s Foundation also announced 29 Legacy Scholarships at the event that were awarded to Army Women and their children earning degrees and certifications to improve their careers.

Below are a few highlights from the Symposium and Award Luncheon. Follow the link to podcast.awfdn.org to see additional videos and read more about the event.

Major General (Ret) Dee Ann McWilliams, President of the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation, speaks about inducting into the Army Women’s Hall of Fame, the Army Women who served in the Korean War.

The Honorable J. Randy Forbes, U.S. House of Representative, Committee on Armed Services, Judiciary Committee, received a special award for his commitment to Army Women during a networking event. Congressman Forbes speaks about our nation’s appreciation of Army Women and his commitment to current and future troops.

General (Ret) Gordon R. Sullivan, President, Association of the U.S. Army, Served as 32nd Chief of Staff of the Army, speaks about the tremendous contributions women service members have made throughout history.

General (Ret) Ann E. Dunwoody, 2013 Hall of Fame Honoree, First Woman Four-Star General, speaks about receiving the honor of becoming a Four-Star General, and sharing that with other women.

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2012 Annual Symposium

4th Annual Army Women in Transition Symposium and Hall of Fame Luncheon

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | Cannon Caucus Room - Washington, DC

Annual Symposium Press Release | MG Janet Cobb’s Keynote Address

Changing Missions, Changing Roles

The Army Women’s Foundation Symposium and Luncheon attracts key decision makers from corporations and foundations, as well as, Congressional and senior military representatives.

It offers invigorating panel discussions on issues relevant to U.S. Army Women. The 2012 Symposium, Changing Missions, Changing Roles, will explore key issues of transition with panels focusing on the differences between a military culture and civilian society; and how to enter the mainstream of American civilian life, be it at home, in the workplace, educational institutions, or in community life.

2011 Annual Symposium

Congressman John Shimkus’ speech

Congressman John Shimkus’ speech honoring the Women of West Point, Class of 1980, and their induction into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame, has been entered into The Congressional Record. View the speech here!

West Point experience illustrates changing role of women in military

In a chandeliered room packed with Army generals sat a 93-year-old woman in a bright red sweater, shaking her head. [ more ]

3rd Annual Army Women in Transition Symposium

The Army Women’s Foundation’s 3rd Annual Symposium and Hall of Fame Luncheon was held on March 17th. We thank all of our wonderful sponsors for supporting this event! Click here for more information about the program!

To read the press release in the National Post, click here.

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2010 Annual Symposium

2nd Annual Army Women in Transition Symposium

More than 200 Attend the U.S. Army Women Foundation’s 2nd Annual Army Women in Transition Symposium.

The U.S. Army Women’s Foundation hosted its 2nd Annual Army Women in Transition Symposium and Hall of Fame Luncheon on Capitol Hill with more than 200 people attending the two events. Read the press release.

2009 Annual Symposium

Inaugural Symposium and Luncheon — Army Women in Transition

March 24, 2009 / 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Capitol Hill location. More info here.

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