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.
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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.
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
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
Booz Allen Hamilton
LMI Government Consulting
Pritzker Military Foundation
Army Nurse Corps Association
Gunning Group LLC
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.
Summit Moderator — BG Gary Profit, USA (Ret), Senior Director of Military Programs, Walmart
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
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
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
General Richard Cody, USA (Ret), Corporate Senior Vice President, L-3 Corporation
MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret), AWF President, opened the luncheon recognizing the 2015 AWF Legacy Scholarship Recipients.
MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret), AWF President, welcomed everyone to the 7th Annual Army Women’s Foundation Summit on Army Women: Leadership & Political Engagement.
BG Gary Profit, USA (Ret), Director of Military Programs, Walmart Corporation gave an overview of the Panel discussions to the Summit attendees.
Peggy Trossen, Executive Director, Army Women’s Foundation, thanked summit panelists for their participation and sharing their expertise.
During the Summit Luncheon, AWF announced that they had selected 38 scholarship recipients totaling $75,000. Pictured here: MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret), AWF President; COL Kevin Preston, USA (Ret), Director, Human Resources-Veterans Initiative, ESPN/Disney; CPT Sharon Height, USA, AWF Legacy Scholarship Recipient; COL Alice Demarais, USA (Ret), AWF Scholarship Chair.
Staff Sergeant Julia Stalker, USA asks a question during the Q&A session.
One of the benefits of holding the AWF 7th Annual Summit at the Women’s Memorial is it allows attendees the opportunity to tour the museum exhibits.
Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston, USA (Ret), AUSA, Moderator; J. Michael Haynie, Ph.D., Director, V-Wise Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Vice Chancellor, Syracuse University; Colonel Kevin Preston, USA (Ret), Director, Human Resources-Veterans Initiative, ESPN/Disney; Captain Cathy Christian, USAF Vice President, Enterprise Services and Financial Systems, Prudential Financial, Inc.; Chief Warrant Officer 05 Phyllis Wilson, USAR, Command Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army Reserve.
Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston, USA (Ret), AUSA, Moderator; Captain Lory Manning, USN (Ret), Senior Fellow, Women’s Research & Education Institute; Captain Seth Lynn, USMCR, Executive Director, Veterans Campaign; Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Greene, USA (Ret), Vice President, Cassidy & Associates at the start of the summit. General Vaught credited WAC Tech 3 Helen Smolich Jeffrey as instrumental in the creation of the Women’s Memorial. Jeffrey, who served in World War IIwas the first person to secure funds and the only board member to volunteer to help General Vaught launch the memorial. “I don’t think there would be a building here today if it hadn’t been for Helen Jeffrey.” Helen Jeffrey was one of the few WWII women recipients of the Legion of Merit.
Brig Gen Wilma Vaught, USAF (Ret), President, Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation and AWF 2010 Hall of Fame inductee, gave remarks at the start of the summit. General Vaught credited WAC Tech 3 Helen Smolich Jeffrey as instrumental in the creation of the Women’s Memorial. Jeffrey, who served in World War II, was the first person to secure funds and the only board member to volunteer to help General Vaught launch the memorial. “I don’t think there would be a building here today if it hadn’t been for Helen Jeffrey.” Helen Jeffrey was one of the few WWII women recipients of the Legion of Merit.
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.
BG Gary Profit, USAR (Ret), Senior Director, Military Programs, Walmart
AWF 6th Annual HOF & Summit Supporters
Panel 1 - Resilient on the Battlefield Panel Moderated by MG Jan Edmunds, USA (Ret), AWF Advisory Board Member and Panelist Participants BG Linda Singh, USA, Assistant Adjutant General, Maryland National Guard and COL Ellen Haring, USAR, Senior Fellow, Women in International Security
Featured Speaker SMA Raymond F. Chandler III, USA
COL Alice Demarais, USA (Ret), AWF Board Member announces the AWF Legacy Scholarship Winners
Cadets Carolyn and Kimberly Denny attend Mary Baldwin College were awarded The MG Robert E. Wagner Legacy Scholarship. Pictured with COL Alice Demarais, USA (Ret), SMA Raymond F. Chandler III, USA, MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret), MG (Dr.) Nadja Y. West, USA, and scholarship sponsor The Honorable Caryn Wagner, AWF Advisory Board Member
PFC Trang Pham attends Virginia Commonwealth University and was awarded The Hobby/Kinney Legacy Scholarship sponsored by The Army Women’s Foundation. She is photographed with COL Alice Demarais, USA (Ret), SMA Raymond F. Chandler III, USA, MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret), MG (Dr.) Nadja Y. West, USA.
LTC Ingrid Parker is The Prudential Financial, Inc. Legacy Scholarship Recipient and is pictured with COL Alice Demarais, USA (Ret), SMA Raymond F. Chandler III, USA, MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret), MG (Dr.) Nadja Y. West, USA
Ms. Jummy Olabanji, Anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV
LTG Mike McDuffie, USA (Ret), Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard
CSM Michele Jones, USAR (Ret)
MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret)
Remarks from Fred Wacker, COO & Director, The Home Depot Foundation
Q & A session during Summit Panels
Peggy Trossen, Executive Director, AWF, kicks off the luncheon portion of the Summit
Master of Ceremonies, Leon Harris, ABC7/WJLA-TV
Featured Speaker MG (Dr.) Nadja Y. West, USA, Joint Staff Surgeon, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Q & A session during Summit Panels
MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret), AWF President introduces the afternoon panel, Resilient on the Homefront.
LTC Ingrid Parker is The Prudential Financial, Inc. Legacy Scholarship Recipient, pictured here with SPC Joell Lynch, ARNG, of Prudential Financial, Inc.
Cadets Carolyn and Kimberly Denny were awarded The MG Robert E. WagnerLegacy Scholarship. Pictured here with scholarship sponsor The Honorable Caryn Wagner, AWF Advisory Board.
Attendees of AWF 6th Annual Summit
SGM Andrea Farmer, AWF Board Member with SMA Kenneth Preston, USA (Ret)
Panel 2 - Resilient on the Homefront moderated by Donna Barbisch, USA (Ret), AWF Advisory Board Member and Panel Participants Teresa Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor- Veterans, Employment and Training Services; Pamela Johnson, Operation: Good Jobs 2.0 Program Specialist, Goodwill Industries; Elisa Basnight, Esq., Director, Center for Women Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs
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.
Army Women in Transition Symposium Panels 1 & 2 during Q&A
MG (Ret) Dee McWilliams, USA, General (Ret) Ann E. Dunwoody, USA, Fred Wacker, Director & COO, The Home Depot Foundation as General Dunwoody accepts the AWF Hall of Fame award
BG (Ret) Gary Profit, Senior Director Military Programs, Walmart, Randy Forbes, Congressman from the Fourth District of VA, MG (Ret) Dee McWilliams, and LTG (Ret) Mike McDuffie, Microsoft
GEN Gordon Sullivan, USA (Ret), former Chief of Staff of the Army and President of the Association of the U.S. Army
Hall of Fame Awards
Leon Harris, News Anchor, ABC 7/WJLA-TV Washington D.C.
MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret) and Fred Wacker, Director & COO, The Home Depot Foundation, and Retired SMA Kenneth Preston accepting the Hall of Fame Award on behalf of deceased CSM Yzetta Nelson and SGM Carolyn Jones
Panel 1: Moderator MG (Ret) Donna Barbisch, USAR; Capt. Elise Hackstall, USAR, Walmart; COL R. Jean Whalen, AN, Warrior Transition; CW5 Phyllis Wilson, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserve
Panel 2: Moderator MG (Ret) Donna Barbisch, USAR; Jennifer Poythress and LaShon Wilson of BPW Joining Forces Mentoring Plus; Beryle Stipe, Home Depot; COL (Ret) Kevin Preston, The Walt Disney Company
The panelists of the 5th Annual Army Women in Transition Symposium
Peggy Trossen, Executive Director, AWF
CW5 Phyllis Wilson, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserve
MG Dee McWilliams, USA (Ret), President, AWF
COL Kevin Preston, Retired, Walt Disney Company
Lt. General Howard Bromberg, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, US Army
Attendees of the Army Women in Transition Symposium
BG Gary Profit, Retired, Walmart, introducing Lieutenant General Bromberg
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
March 17, 2011
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
Thursday, March 17, 10:04 PM by Petula Dvorak
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.
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.