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Inaugural Meeting of the Military Women's Coalition

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1180 Peachtree Street Northeast

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INAUGURAL MEETING

The Military Women's Coalition

Women have served and fought in every conflict since the American Revolution, yet despite their critical contributions to our national security they continue to face barriers within the military and when accessing the VA benefits and services they have earned while defending our nation.

An advisory group of military women's organizations have joined forces to reach out to and connect with other military organizations across the country that primarily support military women. Whether you are a formal or informal organization, a social group or a Facebook group for service women and women veterans, we are asking you to join us in Atlanta on September 7, 2018 to participate in an inaugural meeting to form a Military Women's Coalition. The coalition will elevate the voices of the current 2.2 million U.S. service women and women veterans and unite them to become a powerful force for change.

The inaugural meeting will be an unprecedented gathering of military women's organizations from across the country. The organizations that attend will be on the ground floor of forming a Military Women's Coalition and setting the foundational principles for how the Coalition will work. The Advisory Group has drafted the following mission and vision statements for the Coalition, which will be voted on at the inaugural meeting by military women's organizations like yours. Join us!

Draft Mission Statement: The Military Women's Coalition is a national group of formal and informal organizations that work collaboratively to serve and support U.S. Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, veteran and retired service women by uniting and elevating our voices to influence policy and improve our well being.

Draft Vision Statement: Military women are fully integrated, equally respected and equally supported members of the military and veteran communities and their contributions are recognized as essential to national defense.

If you are an organization that serves military women and women veterans, join us in Atlanta on Sept. 7 at the inaugural meeting of the Military Women's Coalition. It will be held at the law firm of King and Spalding: 1180 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the meeting we will discuss how women veterans and military women's organizations can unite, form a coalition and bring about change!

AGENDA

►1000-1030 The Power of Coalitions–Patti Kiger, Coalitions Work

►1030-1100 The Military Women’s Coalition: Background and Concept–Col. (Ret.) Ellen Haring, Service Women’s Action Network

1100-1115 Break/Move to Working Groups

1115-1215 Working Groups. Three working groups will develop a set of foundational documents:

  • Working Group 1 Coalition membership: What does it mean to be a member and what is the organizational commitment?
  • Working Group 2 Founding principles: What is our mission, vision, values, and brand?
  • Working Group 3 Coalition strategy development: How do we want to organize and who will lead?


1215-1300 Catered Lunch & Lunchtime Speaker

1300-1400 Workshop 1

1400-1500 Workshop 2

–END OF DAY–

Make sure you have a chance to shape the agenda for the Coalition meeting and training workshops! Please complete this survey that will help us answer the questions: Can U.S. service women’s organizations benefit by participating in a coalition of organizations? If so, what benefits, shared expertise, and topic areas would organizations like addressed through a coalition? Results of this survey will be reported back to you and will be discussed at the inaugural convening on Sept. 7 in Atlanta.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TRAVEL STIPENDS ARE AVAILABLE

Coalition Advisory Group

Service Women’s Action Network

Women in Military Service to America

Final Salute, Inc.

Protect Our Defenders

Georgia Military Women

Women Veteran Social Justice

Women Veterans United Committee, Inc.

Service: Women Who Serve

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