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April 27-29, 2018
Washington, D.C.

The Women Veterans Leadership Summit (WVLS) is part of an ongoing national conversation for women veterans, empowering and equipping these women to lead a movement that inspires community change efforts and advancement towards equality. Each year, WVLS brings together the voices and insights of a diverse range of female luminaries from the worlds of business, philanthropy, entertainment and politics.

Our speakers and presenters represent a wide range of backgrounds and experience, are both veterans and non-veterans, and are all committed to growing this network of women leaders. Over three days in April, 65 women veterans selected from across the country will take part in keynote conversations, panel discussions, one-on-one connections, and a service project that is for, by, and all about women!

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Our Goal:

Identify, develop and foster a cadre of women veterans who are empowered and equipped to lead a movement inspiring community change efforts.

What You’ll Experience:

Women will walk away from this weekend with a vastly expanded network, an abundance of resources, and a new outlook on overcoming professional roadblocks from lessons shared by our inspiring speakers.

Unapologetically Her

Unapologetically Her, the theme for this year’s summit, is a movement for all women to write their own rules on how they will live, love, and lead — no longer striving for validation from a society that can perpetuate a false sense of reality for women.

Through our continued mission to service, we’re writing a new narrative for women veterans. We’re defining our own strength, and showcasing new standards of what it means to be worthy, accomplished, and strong women.

These women have a range of personal and professional experiences, and all of them are committed to better understanding the challenges that women face when they leave the military. We’re connecting them to a vast network of women with shared experiences, and empowering them to break down the barriers that hold them back while continuing their service to each other and to their communities.

What attendees have said about past summits

“I want to make it a goal to use the skills and information I learn at the summit and initiate more projects for TMC and for the community that showcase the breadth and importance of women leaders.”—KYLIE MAY

“I currently work at a non-profit refugee resettlement agency and would love to share stories of success in helping the community with those I work with. I try to be an example and to inspire others with my own stories of deployment and the transition back to civilian life and being exposed to more women like me would help me to broaden my perspective.”—JENNA PURSLEY

“I hope to relay to others that regardless of our life experiences or political differences, our common thread is to create a world that is better for our children. Serving our communities in service projects are a means to this end but more importantly, the relationships we build while doing so serve to evaporate our differences and instead focus the good for all.”—LESLIE PREMO

“I will inspire others to continue to serve and to welcome a positive outlook on life and the future. By helping others you could be helping yourself.” —DERONDA THOMAS

Frequently Asked Questions:

DO I HAVE TO BE A PAST MISSION CONTINUES VOLUNTEER OR PROGRAM PARTICIPANT TO BE ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND 2018 WVLS?
No. For the first time, we’re opening up the application process and offering a chance to apply to all eligible women veterans and/or guard and reservists.

HOW WILL I GET THERE AND WHERE WILL I STAY WHEN I ARRIVE?
The Mission Continues will provide all travel arrangements for the women
veterans selected for our 2018 WVLS. This includes covering travel and lodging costs. This year’s host hotel is Renaissance Dupont Circle.

ARE MEALS PROVIDED?
The Mission Continues will provide all meals with the exception of dinner on Saturday, April 28th. We have designated that night as a free night allowing attendees to explore the many options Washington, DC has to offer.

IF I ALREADY LIVE IN THE DMV WHAT COSTS OF MINE ARE COVERED?
For veterans who reside in Washington, D.C. or within commuting distance of
the city The Mission Continues will still cover costs associated with travel, lodging costs and meals to attend 2018 WVLS.

DO I HAVE TO ATTEND FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND?
If selected and RSVP to attend, it is mandatory that you participate in all scheduled activities/sessions for the entire weekend.

I CAN’T MAKE IT TO WVLS BUT I WANT TO KNOW HOW I CAN SERVE IN MY COMMUNITY?
The Mission Continues has programs in place for you to report for duty in your community! Please visit us on our website, missioncontinues.org to locate a Platoon in your city. If a Platoon is not in place yet and you are interested in starting one contact us at platoons@missioncontinues.org

Stay tuned for more from the summit by following the hashtag #HerMission on Twitter, and joining our online community on Facebook. Want to dive deeper? Read more about our inaugural Summit last year, and we’ve collected the resulting research in a brief that you can read here.