2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference: Voices of Women Vets"
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2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference: Voices of Women Vets"

2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference: Voices of Women Vets"

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International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit

111 East Kirby Street

Detroit, MI

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Greetings! You are formally invited to attend the 1st 2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference on Saturday November 19, 2016 from 8 to 4 pm at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit 111 E. Kirby St Detroit MI 48202

This first 2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference is focused on empowering, honoring and recognizing women veterans in the State of Michigan. Our conference theme: The Voices of Women Veterans: Prisms,  Pathways, Platforms and Potential.

Prisms: Who we are - the different aspects and facets of who really women veteran are.                   Pathways: How do we GPS to a better quality of life through empowerment, education, support and resources.  Platforms: Opportunities available entrepreneurship, gainful employment and more. Potential: Leveraging our military experience, skills and education in order to be an effective leaders.     

The Honorable Judge Shannon A. Holmes of the Wayne County 36th District Court is our keynote woman veteran speaker along with Honorable Judge Denise Langford-Morris Oakland County Circuit Court, whom will be our mistress of ceremonies. See agenda below for details on the panel speakers that are women veterans leaders, organizations, community leaders and business professionals that represent and service the women veteran population and their family members.                     

      **********************************2016 MIWVEC Saturday November 19th AGENDA************************

8:00 – 9:15 – Registration, light breakfast/coffee and networking, vendors

9:15 – 9:30 – Transition to start of Conference

9:30 - 9:50 - Welcome & Acknowledgements by Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon

* Opening Prayer - Bro Sahara Russel  

* Mistress of Ceremonies - Panel Moderator -  Honorable Judge Denise Langford Morris - Oakland County    Circuit Court

* Posting of Colors - Michigan Veterans Foundation

* Pledge Allegiance to the Flag -

* Patriotic Song by Anointed Psalmist Cynthia Best

9:50 – 10:20 - Speaker – Honorable Judge Shannon A. Holmes – 36th District Court - Women veteran - JAG officer.

10:20 – 10:40 – Networking- Vendors - (Transition to 1st panel)

10:40 – 11:40 – 1st Panel DiscussionWomen Veterans- Michigan women veterans that are active and visible in the community and advocate for women vets and hold a leadership position  1. Michigan Women’s Commission and Clare County Veteran Services Director - Renee Haley 2. U of M - Military Support Programs and Networks (MSPAN)Buddy to Buddy Volunteer Outreach Coordinator - Valeria Shipp 3. Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency - Community Analyst - Emilly Rissman 4. State Chaplain of the Department of Michigan
Veterans of Foreign Wars and serves on their Legislative Committee -
Chaplain Jennifer L. Smith 5. Wolverine Chapter 67, Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association President -
Evelyn Kennedy  6. VCAT Region 10 - Co -Director/Vice President of Tri-County Collaborative Veterans Services Committee-  Monica Munir ) 7. Vet to Vet for women facilitator at Ann Arbor VA Medical Center - Director Lori Young 8. DAV Dept Director/Adjutant for State of Michigan - Brandi Hijak 9. Michigan Veterans Affair Agency -Region 6 Coordinator - Kate Logan 10. 10.  Aleda E. Luta Saginaw VA Hospital - Secretary Associate Director for Patient Care Services - Coy Landrum

11:40 – 11:55 – (Transition to 2nd panel Break - BEVERAGE BREAK – NETWORK)

12:00 – 12:30 – 2nd Panel Discussion –Politicians Panel -Senator Vincent Gregory, State Representative District 2 Alberta Tinsley-Talabi , Wayne County Commissioner Diane Webb.

12:30 – 1:30LUNCH /NETWORKING/VENDOR TABLES-ENTERTAINMENT-  1. Liturgical Dancers - New Hope Missionary Baptist Church- 2. Chosen by Destiny - Berea Family Tabernacle – Praise Dancers (Mime Team) 3. West Michigan African Jewels – Dance and Drum Troop 4. Christian Rapper – Fresh Flo

1:30 – 1:45 – (TRANSTION TO 3rd panel for the conference.)

1:45 – 2:45 - 3rd - Veteran Service Organizations –   1. United Way AmeriCorps– Veterans Resource Navigator program- Erin Mc Loughlin (woman vet) 2. Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars- Assistant Director- Martha Washington (women vet) 3. DAV State Commander - Jo Linda Cutler  (woman vet)  4. American Legion 328 - Commander - Michigan Veterans Foundation – Executive Director - Tyrone Chatman (veteran) 5. Wayne County Veteran Services- Executive Director - John Gardner (veteran) 6. Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency  – Director of Targeted Outreach and Performance - Rob Price (veteran)  7. VA - Ann Arbor Health System – Trauma Therapist & MST Coordinator - Edward Thomas (veteran) 8. MIWVE – Director of Lansing Chapter Adam Obanjoko (veteran)

2:45 – 3:00 – Transition to 4th panel - BEVERAGE BREAK- NETWORK

3:00 – 3:45 - 4th Panel – Community Veteran Service Organizations

1. CNS Center for Neurological Studies – Mel Patton (veteran) 2. Murphy Educational Center - Founder/CEO- Dr. Opal Murphy-Hicks 3. Primerica Financial Services – Louanne Allison 4. PTAC Region 6 - Flint and Chamber of Commerce – Regional Director - Stacey Betts 5. Veteran Games- Executive Director -Lynette Arlene 6. Global Information Technology - Manager of Career Services - Jason Chapman (veteran) 7. Grief & Loss, Recovery and After Care Ministry - Evg. Charlene Ellison – 8. Hope 360- (Suicide prevention) Founder/CEO Stephanie Grimes

3:45 - 4:00 – Closing Remarks – Sgt. Stephanie Shannon – Retire colors

We will be live streaming via the internet off our website www.empowermiwomenvets.com so that the women veteran's voices will be heard world-wide. National and location TV, radio and social media will cover and promote the conference. The first volume of the"Our Voices United" woman veteran anthology book stories has been collected and will be published and released at the conference. The world wants to hear from women veterans and this conference and book will provide a platform for women veteran voices to be heard world-wide.  The women veteran stories and poems submission deadline is ONGOING project, we will continue to accept literary work from women veterans and will compile them into volumes of the "Our Voices United" book project from now on. 

Registration for the conference is FREE, women veterans participants will get priority seating then the general public will follow. We are almost to full capacity seats are LIMITED so register NOW! 

FREE - Continental Breakfast and Refreshments will be available

LUNCH - $5 or more donation will be appreciated. 

*****VENDORS for the 2016 MIWVEC******

John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center             

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System             

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence Office– Onsight veteran support services

Genesee County PTAC - Government Procurement Technical Assistance Center - Flint and Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency             

U of M - Military Support Programs and Networks (MSPAN) - Buddy to Buddy Veteran Program                  

The Sailor, Soldier, Arman and Marine Access Center                      

United Way - AmeriCorps - Veteran Resource Navigators

Primerica Financial Services        

Global Information Technology         

WNUC 96.7 FM - Detroit's Community Radio Station       

West Michigan African Jewels    

Extreme/Paycation Travel and My Business World Oasis Travel   

VIE Realty Group LLC                                      

No Veteran Left Behind

Start to Heel                      

Sustainable Community Farms  


Our hopes is that you will join the movement to empower women veterans. At MIWVE, we will not quietly standby we will act, advocate, we will teach, lead and impact the lives of others. What empowers you? Let's pass it on!  Join the movement!!!

For more information please visit our website www.empowermiwomenvets.com                                          Email: MIWVEC@yahoo.com           Phone: 810-373-5744

See documents below for more information and please SHARE!  Thank you and God bless!

Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon

Founder/CEO Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment


Author-Speaker-Veteran Advocate


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