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 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 consisting of 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 - * Opening Prayer - Brother Sahara Russell - (Retired Pastor/Veteran)
* Posting of Colors - Michigan Veterans Foundation
* Pledge Allegiance to the Flag -
* Patriotic Song by Anointed Psalmist Cynthia Best
* Welcome & Acknowledgements by Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon
* Mistress of Ceremonies - Panel Moderator - Honorable Judge Denise Langford Morris - Oakland County Circuit Court
9:50 - 10:20 - Key Note Speaker - Honorable Judge. Shannon A. Holmes - 36th District Court - Woman Veteran former JAG officer
10:20 – 10:40 – Networking- Vendors - (Transition to 1st panel- Networking - Vendor Booths)
10:40 – 11:40 – 1st Panel Discussion – Women 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 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. Detroit Dynasty, Omicron Chapter. Kappa Epsilon Psi, Military Sorority Inc.- President- 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, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and State Representative District 2 Alberta Tinsley-Talabi
12:30 – 1:30 – LUNCH /NETWORKING/VENDOR TABLES-ENTERTAINMENT- MC- DeWaun Robinson of Artistic Visions 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 5. DA General of Poetry– Spoken word – Robert E. Lee
1:30 – 1:45 – (Transition to 3rd panel for the conference- NETWORK)
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. State of Michigan - Veteran Employment Services Regional Manager– Dr. Rebecca Flemming (woman veteran)
2:45 – 3:00 – (Transition to 4th panel - BEVERAGE BREAK- NETWORK)
3:00 – 3:45 - 4th Panel – Community Veteran Service Organizations
1. Murphy Educational Center - Founder/CEO- Dr. Opal Murphy-Hicks 2. Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment- LAWVE – Director Adam Obanjoko (veteran) 3.Primerica Financial Services – Louanne Allison 4. PTAC Region 6 - Flint and Genesee 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 - Director- Evg. Charlene Ellison – 8. Hope 360- (Suicide prevention) Founder/CEO Stephanie Grimes 9. Infinite Well Beings –Licensed Integrative Nurse - Denise Ervin 10. CNS Center for Neurological Studies – Mel Patton (veteran)
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 published and is live on Amazon www.amazon.com/Our-Voices-United-Veterans-Silence/dp/1539378101/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1477973318&sr=8-1
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 at FULLl capacity seating is limited.
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 Staff– Onsight veteran support services
Genesee County PTAC - Government Procurement Technical Assistance Center Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency
VA- Regional Office - Detroit
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
West Michigan Jewels of Africa
Extreme/Paycation Travel and My Business World Oasis Travel
VIE Realty Group LLC
No Veteran Left Behind
Start 2 Heel
Sustainable Community Farms
Jackets for Jobs Inc.
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
SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference "After Glow" Meet and Greet Social and Business Networking Event. Saturday December 3, 2016 from 2 - 5 pm- Join us as we continue to the discussion with conference speakers, women veteran leaders, guests and vendors. The public is welcome to attend for more information visit www.empowermiwomenvets.com
See documents below for more information and please SHARE! Thank you and God bless!
Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon
Founder/CEO Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment