The Sea Services Leadership Association (SSLA) is thrilled to announce that the 33rd Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium (JWLS) will take place in person on July 11-12, 2022, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, VA. The COVID-19 pandemic presented a unique challenge in 2020 and 2021 as we pivoted to a virtual webinar series in lieu of the Symposium, but we are back stronger than ever with a robust lineup of inspiring speakers and interactive activities for servicewomen and men to engage in and learn from.
The annual symposium, the largest gathering of women in uniform in the nation, welcomed over 1,100 servicewomen and men to Washington, DC in 2019. JWLS has become a crucial component in the professional growth and leadership development of women in our Armed Forces. This year’s Symposium is built around the theme "Stronger By Helping Each Other" which captures the importance of pivoting from a period of pandemic-induced self-reflection and self-improvement, to a period of emerging from isolation to come together with our service mates to help each other. Only when we all work together to help each other - men, women, and those transitioning - do we get stronger as a service and as a country. The first day of the conference will be a Joint Service day which will offer a robust agenda that will include discussion forums, Q & A panels, practical workshops, and speaker spotlights. The second day will feature branch-specific sessions to promote discussion of topics such as leadership, mentorship, military policy and family wellness, and networking with leadership. For updates and announcements please visit https://www.facebook.com/WomensSymposium.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: For the third year, SSLA will host the SSLA Career and Transitioning Seminar at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in two sessions. The first session will be on July 10th from 4 pm - 8 pm and the second session will be on July 13th from 8 am to 12 pm. The Seminar is for service members, veterans, and their spouses who are preparing to retire or transition to a civilian career. The seminar will feature a reception, networking breakfast, insights from guest speakers about their own transitions, veteran authors' panels, and networking opportunities with various pro-military civilian employers. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in resume reviews, mock interviews, elevator pitch practice, the art of salary negotiation, and mentoring and networking best practices. Registration to attend is free. You can register when you are signing up for JWLS or if you are just attending the Seminar only you can sign up by clicking here.
WE NEED YOUR INPUT! The SSLA JWLS Committee would love to hear your ideas for agenda topics for SSLA JWLS 2022. Please click here to take a super short survey. Thank you for working together with us to help shape your SSLA JWLS!
If you want to register for a large group of people and need to pay all together instead of individually, please contact [email protected].
DRAFT AGENDA FOR JWLS JULY 11
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DRAFT AGENDA FOR JWLS JULY 12
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DRAFT AGENDA FOR CAREER AND TRANSITIONING SEMINAR JULY 10 & 13
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JWLS Registration Procedures will vary between services. Some services offer paid registration to their service members. To determine if you are eligible please follow your service-specific guidance to register for the symposium. Registrations not properly coordinated with your service representative could result in out-of-pocket expenses. Service Reps are as follows:
ARMY - Mr. Kevin Lindquist [email protected]
NAVY - Ms. Wendy Boler [email protected]
MARINE CORPS - Mr. Marc Sheppard [email protected]
AIR FORCE / SPACEFORCE - Per Section 030201 of the JTR, registration, and travel to this symposium are authorized to be paid for by the individual member's unit. If you would like a sample memo requesting unit funds, please contact: [email protected]
COAST GUARD - Send any requests to: [email protected]
INTERNATIONAL AND OTHER GUESTS - If you have any questions about registration please reach out to Haylee Sigafoose [email protected].
Uniform of the Day:
Army: Class BCoast Guard: Tropical BluesMarine Corps: Service 'C' Navy: Service Uniform (SU) or Service Khaki (not NWU)Air Force: Class B, Presenters/Moderators/Panelists are asked to wear Service Dress or Business EquivalentSpace Force: Class B
International: Up to your Service/Country
UPDATE: Due to the large number of attendees at this years event, we have sadly sold out of our rooms at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel. The following hotels in the area offer rooms at the per diem rate:
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Norfolk Old Dominion University
Other Hotels in the area with Military Discounts include:
Glass Light Hotel & Gallery
Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel
PLEASE NOTE: We are unfortunately unable to provide assistance with lodging or hotel arrangements outside of the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel. Attendees in search of accommodations will need to call or book hotels directly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
*If your hotel is over per diem, you may be able use the justification that the hotel is required due to the location of the conference.
SSLA's Joint Women's Leadership Symposium & Career and Transitioning Seminar is dedicated to the safety of attendees during the event. Attendees must be vaccinated and may be required to wear a mask.
No refunds after July 5th, if you used a code your Service will still be charged if you are a no-show. You may transfer your registration to another person.
July 11: Breakfast, awards luncheon, exhibits, afternoon break, networking reception, and access to all education contentJuly 12: Breakfast, lunch, exhibits, afternoon break and access to service specific programming*Full conference attendees have the option to attend the Transitioning Seminar on July 10 & 13 for free.
July 11 ONLY: Breakfast, awards luncheon, exhibits, afternoon break, networking reception, and access to all education content
July 12 ONLY: Breakfast, lunch, exhibits, afternoon break and access to service specific programming
All attendees must be fully vaccinated. Checking this box means you are vaccinated and understand the requirement. Attendees may be required to show proof of vaccination at the event.