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Misbehavin Notification: Womens Veterans Summit to be Webcast

Posted by sherrysaunders on October 19, 2010

Oprah Guest to Speak at the Joining Forces for Women Veterans Summit

The October 21, Summit is sponsored by Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation with support from the McCormick Foundation and Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust (DAV). It is designed to educate policy makers and business leaders on the unique needs of women veterans and to work together to develop collaborative solutions. The Summit is the beginning of a long term commitment to establishing resources for women veterans in their communities through public/private partnerships.
Winfrey’s spotlight on women veterans comes on the heels of a speech by Michelle Obama that urged leaders to hire veterans. “It is energizing to see that leaders like Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama are highlighting the distinct challenges that our women veterans are facing when they return home. Our Summit aims to take the next step and foster dialogue that will provide resources and solutions driven by strategic public/private partnerships,” commented BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett.
The Summit will be webcast live on Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 9am to 3pm. To watch the live webcast visit  http://www.bpwfoundation.org/womenvetsummit
On the agenda are several top-level White House and Administration officials, as well as business leaders and women veterans. Confirmed speakers include:
  • Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls 
  • Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary for Public & Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Michele S. Jones, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, White House Liaison, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration
  • Susan Schieren, Manager, Military Programs, General Electric
Summit corporate partners include AARP Foundation, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Alliant Credit Union, AMVETS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Booz Allen Hamilton, ed2go / Cengage Learning, GE, Pfizer, USAA, USO, and many others. For more information on the Joining Forces for Women Veterans Inaugural Summit, please visit
Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) research and education organization that is transforming the workplace with women and employers. BPW Foundation advocates for successful workplaces that practice and embrace diversity, equity and work-life balance. Through our groundbreaking research and unique role as a convener of employers and employees, BPW Foundation leads the way in developing and advocating for polices and programs that “work” for both women and businesses. www.bpwfoundation.org

October 19, 2010, Washington, DC – Tammy Duckworth, who was featured on last Friday’s The Oprah Winfrey Show about women veterans, will join a distinguished panel of speakers coming together to raise awareness and develop solutions to key challenges faced by women veterans.


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