women veterans leadership summit

March 22-24, 2019
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. Last year’s WVLS brought 65 women veterans selected from across the country to take part in keynote conversations, panel discussions, one-on-one connections, and a service project that was for, by, and all about women!

2019 is your opportunity to take part in a powerful and impact-filled weekend with The Mission Continues by applying for our 4th Annual Women Veterans Leadership Summit. The summit will be held in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., over the weekend of March 22-24. WVLS is seeking 65 women veterans who have shown the ability and the desire to join and grow a movement of women making measurable and visible impact within the communities they serve. Through this open application process, all eligible women veterans and/or guard and reservists who reside within the United States may apply. We hope you’re excited about the chance to attend. Now tell us why the 2019 WVLS would not be complete without you there.

Application and Eligibility

APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED

We are accepting applications from women representing the 52 metro areas where The Mission Continues has operations.

Click here to view the list of our metro areas.

To be eligible for this program you must be a U.S. military veteran (active duty, guard and reservists will be also considered) and have a military discharge status other than “Dishonorable.”

Eligibility will also only be extended to first time attendees. If you have attended a previous WVLS (New Orleans 2016, San Francisco 2017, Washington DC 2018) you are not eligible to be considered as a 2019 WVLS attendee.

Not sure if you qualify? Contact our team at admissions@missioncontinues.org with “2019 WVLS Application” in the subject line.

 

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.

This Year’s Theme: Recognize Her

While women veterans share many experiences, strengths and challenges with their male peers, they also differ in several important ways. Despite the fact that women are the fastest growing demographic in the veteran population, they’re in a constant battle for recognition during and after their military service.

Women are often under-recognized for leadership attainment and misrepresented as being either “not enough” or “too” strong, driven, beautiful, ambitious, caring, outspoken, confident, etc., which further grows the disparity of women’s contributions to society in comparison to their male counterparts.

Representation is the first step in correcting cultural bias. The Women Veterans Leadership Summit gathers women leaders from across the country to share insights, provide an open forum to discuss the challenges women leaders face and to exchange solutions for addressing them.

We are primed to support a movement of women veterans rising in influence, to amplify their voice and continued mission of leadership and impact, allowing women to face the masses and defy the misinformed perceptions of what a “woman’s role” is in today’s world.

What attendees have said about past summits

“As a working mom, this wasn’t only a break from the ‘real world’ but time to gather my thoughts and re-ignite myself. I benefitted so much from the Women Veterans Leadership Summit; relaxing, not checking emails, learning, growing and having fun with other great impactful woman. It wasn’t a vacation but it was still a breath of fresh air. I was able to get up, run, drink coffee, talk to God and then learn something!”

— T’LIZA KIEL, US ARMY VETERAN

“I really enjoyed the assertive communication and the mindfulness training. I liked to know that there are some women who care very much about the culture of our military, and are working on it. Plus, the networking time was great. If you get the chance to attend this event DO IT. It will be like nothing you’ve experienced, and it will energize and provide for you like nothing has before. Go to remind yourself of the BADASS you are!”

— ROSE FEROAH, US MARINE CORPS VETERAN

Our 2018 Impact Report

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 only accepting applications from eligible women veterans and/or guard and reservists who have never attended WVLS before. Previous experience as a Mission Continues volunteer is allowed but not a requirement. For those who have attended WVLS in the past, stay tuned for exciting opportunities for women veterans coming in 2019!

HOW WILL I GET THERE AND WHERE WILL I STAY WHEN I ARRIVE?

The Mission Continues will provide all travel and accommodations arrangements for the women veterans selected to attend. This includes covering travel and lodging costs. This year’s host hotel is The Darcy Hotel.

ARE MEALS PROVIDED?

The Mission Continues will cover all meals with the exception of dinner on Saturday, March 23rd. 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 AREA WHAT COSTS 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.

DO I HAVE TO ATTEND FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND?

It is mandatory for WVLS participants to attend 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 WVLS 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.