Registration Now Open for 25th Annual Women's Leadership Symposium

Story Number: NNS111109-04Release Date: 11/9/2011 9:41:00 AM
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By Ensign Amber Lynn Daniel, Chief of Naval Personnel-Diversity Directorate Public Affairs

WASHINTON (NNS) -- Registration is now open for the Sea Services Leadership Association (SSLA) 25th Annual Women's Leadership Symposium at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., March 5-6, 2012.

With the theme, "United in Service: Our Global Impact," the two-day event will spotlight the global impact of women military leaders.

"What sets the SSLA symposium apart is that it's not about the latest military technological advances, but about the impact our servicewomen have across the globe to promote security and stability," said SSLA President Cmdr. Nicole Shue.

For the past 25 years, the symposium has been an invaluable tool for women in the sea services, providing women in all five branches of service opportunities for networking, professional growth and leadership development. This is the second year that U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army servicewomen will participate.

"Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Joint Women's Leadership Symposium is a major milestone event for the organization and its members," said retired Navy Rear Adm. Wendi Carpenter, chairperson emeritus of SSLA. "This milestone represents a new level of empowerment of servicewomen to capitalize on their unique competencies. We are very proud of the impact of the organization, which has been broad and deep in helping to develop the talents and perspectives of successful military leaders in all communities and at all levels during this 25 year history. The next 25 years hold even more promise, and we are looking forward to the future."

The symposium will also feature community breakout sessions to discuss issues that are unique to particular career designators, and will focus on such topics as balancing family with career, women's health issues, and the Navy's emerging policies on women.

Additionally, each service will have the opportunity to recognize women making substantial contributions with special leadership award presentations, honoring the inspirational leadership of service members whose ideals and dedication foster a positive working environment for reinforcing and furthering the integration of women in the military.

Last year, more than 1,300 people attended the symposium, making it the largest gathering of women in uniform worldwide. Participants heard speeches from pioneering female leaders including U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer, Veterans Administration Assistant Secretary L. Tammy Duckworth, Retired Army Capt. Dawn Halfaker, and Oscar-winning Actress Geena Davis.

"The symposium will bring together over 1,500 servicewomen this year," said Shue. "Men have always been welcome and encouraged to attend, and we hope the format will open their minds to diverse perspectives of universally common military issues."

Established in 1978, SSLA is the only non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to providing professional development through networking, education, and mentorship of women from the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Interested persons are invited to register online at

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U.S. Army Brig. Gen. N. Lee S. Price, center, as part of the female general officer panel, responds to a question by an audience member at the 24th annual Joint Women's Leadership Symposium
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
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