ANNUAL WARRIOR SYMPOSIUM

August 25 - 27, 2020

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET Daily

#WarriorSymposium2020

AGENDA

Tuesday, August 25

1:00pm
Opening Remarks

  • Clint Bruce, Former NFL player and Navy SEAL. Current Co-founder and CEO, Trident Response Group

 

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Conversation Around Community Integration: An Upstream Approach to Suicide Prevention and Veteran Empowerment

  • Phil Smith, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, University of South Alabama

  • CDR Kinzie Lee (USPHS), MPH. Strategic Partnerships Lead, Office of Policy and Partnerships, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Cheree Tham, LCSW. Vice President of Programs and Initiatives, America’s Warrior Partnership

 

2:15pm  2:40pm

Round Table Discussions Around Community Integration

 

2:40pm  3:40pm

Introduction to the CDC Framework: Adopting a Culture of Evaluation

  • Melissa Brown, DrPH. Behavioral Scientist, Division of Injury Prevention, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

(Consulting LCSW: Cheree Tham, Vice President of Programs and Initiatives, America’s Warrior Partnership)

 

3:40pm – 4:00pm

Closing Remarks

  • Kaitlin Cashwell, Director of Community Integration, America's Warrior Partnership

4:00pm – 5:00pm 

Round Table Discussions with Sponsors and Open Networking 

Wednesday, August 26 

10:00am 

Round Table Discussions with Sponsors and Open Networking 

10:45am 

Opening Remarks

  • Jim Lorraine, President & CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership 

 

11:00am  

Keynote Address — What You Think About, You Bring About - LCDR Jesse Iwuji, U.S. Navy and NASCAR Driver

  • With an introduction from William McRaven, ADM (Ret.)

11:50am 

Break - Networking

12:00pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

  • New Models for Serving American Veterans 

    • Moderated by Jeff Eggers, Managing Director, Risk and Return
       

  • Building Resilience as You Transition from Military Family to Veteran Family  

    • Moderated by Kerry Irvin, President, Association of Bragg Spouses
       

  • VA VEO Community Engagement Impact is More Than a CVEB 

    • Moderated by Jim Wartski, Executive Director, Veterans, Family, and Community Engagement; Veterans Experience Office, Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Connecting Veteran Talent with Opportunity

    • Moderated by Lori Adams, Veterans Policy Director, National Association of State Workforce Agencies
       

  • Using Technology to Enhance Fundraising 

    • Presentation by Shawn Olds, CEO, boodle.AI
       

  • Maximizing Military Affairs Teams

    • Moderated by Mona Dexter, Chief of Staff, Senior Director of Operations and Communications, Hiring our Heroes

 

1:00pm 

Break - Networking and Round Table Discussions with Sponsors 

1:50pm 

General Session 1 — Medal of Honor Fireside Chat

  • Moderated by Jon Scott, FOX News Anchor 

  • Clint Romesha, Medal of Honor Recipient 

  • Sal Guinta, Medal of Honor Recipient 

  • Kyle White, Medal of Honor Recipient 

2:50pm  

General Session 2 — Evolving Needs of Women Veterans 

  • Introduction from Mike Linnington, LTG (Ret.), CEO, Wounded Warrior Project

  • Moderated by Jen Silva, Chief Program Officer, Wounded Warrior Project

    • Tracy Farrell, VP, Engagement and Physical Health & Wellness, WWP

    • Melanie Mousseau, VP, Program Operations and Partnerships, WWP

    • Michael Richardson, VP, Independence Services and Mental Health Programs, WWP

    • Jose Ramos, VP Government and Community Relations, WWP

3:50pm 

General Session 3 — Find Your Purpose and Be a Voice 

  • Introduction from Harriet Dominique, Senior VP, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs, USAA

  • Moderated by Garrett Cathcart, Executive Director, Mission Roll Call

    • Nate Boyer, Former Green Beret and NFL player. Founder of Merging Vets & Players

    • Flo Groberg, Medal of Honor Recipient. Azure Global Government Expansion, Microsoft

    • Sarah Roberts, Head of Military and Veteran Programs, LinkedIn

4:50pm 

Closing Remarks

  • Kate Migliaro, Principal, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Apollo Global Management

5:00pm – 6:00pm 

Round Table Discussions with Sponsors and Open Networking 

Thursday, August 27

10:00am 

Round Table Discussions with Sponsors and Open Networking 

 

10:45am  

  • Welcome Message from Gary Sinise, Chairman and Founder, The Gary Sinise Foundation

11:00am 

General Session 4 — State of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

  • The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs 

  • Lynda Davis, Ph.D. Chief Veterans Experience Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs.  

11:50am 

Break - Networking 

12:00pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Higher Education: The Pandemic Warning Light

    • Moderated by Jared Lyon, President & CEO, Student Veterans of America
       

  • Building a Stronger Family Unit Post-Service 

    • Moderated by Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families
       

  • Collaborating with Your State VA Office

    • Moderated by Gary Harter, Executive Director, Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
       

  • Connecting the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

    • Moderated by Misty Sutsman Fox, Director, Entrepreneurship & Small Business, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University
       

  • Leveraging National Resources to Support Local Community Organizations

    • Moderated by Jeanette Gilles, LCSW. Deputy Director of Community Integration, America’s Warrior Partnership
       

  • Wellbeing in the Workplace

    • Moderated by Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President, Hiring our Heroes.

 

1:00pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

  • Empowering Your Military-Connected Employees 

    • Moderated by Joshua Wilson, Corporate Relationship Manager, America’s Warrior Partnership
       

  • Leveraging Technology to Maximize Meaningful Data 

    • Moderated by Dannielle Pope, Director of Innovative Technology, America’s Warrior Partnership
       

  • Deep Dive into Community Suicide Prevention

    • Moderated by Karl Hamner, Director, Office of Evaluation and Research, The University of Alabama

  • Insights on Veteran Health and Wellness Initiatives

    • Moderated by Glenn Gray, Director, Customer Care & Community Relations, TriWest Healthcare Alliance

 

1:50pm 

General Session 5 — Veteran Employment: Recruitment, Retention and Career Progression 

  • Introduction from Douglas Petno, CEO of Commercial Banking, JP Morgan Chase & Co. 

  • Moderated by Tiffany Daugherty, Programme Manager for Military and Veterans Outreach, Barclays

    • Juan Garcia, Veteran/Military-Affiliated Leader, Managing Director, Deloitte

    • Meredith Lozar, Director, Military Spouse Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hiring Our Heroes

    • Kate Migliaro, Principal, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Apollo Global Management

    • Vivian Greentree, Senior VP, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship, Fiserv

 

2:50pm  

General Session 6 — Community Approach to Health and Wellbeing 

  • Introduction from Catharine Grimes, Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

  • Moderated by Eric Caine, MD. Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center

    • Jim Lorraine, President & CEO, America’s Warrior Partnership

    • Debra Houry, MD, MPH. Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control

3:50pm  

General Session 7 — A View from The Hill 

  • Introduction from Mike Hall, Executive Director, Three Rangers Foundation

  • Moderated by The Honorable Tom Bowman, Former Deputy Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs

    • Senator Jerry Moran (R - KS), Chairman, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs (Invited)

    • Senator Jon Tester (D - MT), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs (Invited)

 

4:55pm 

Closing Remarks 

  • Jim Lorraine, President & CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership 

 

5:00pm – 6:00pm 

Round Table Discussions with Sponsors and Open Networking 

All times and sessions are EDT and subject to change.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS:

533

ATTENDEES

60

EXHIBITORS

43%

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

21%

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

93%

OF ATTENDEES REPORT THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF BEST PRACTICES IN COMMUNITY INTEGRATION IMPROVED AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE SYMPOSIUM

85%

OF ATTENDEES REPORTED AN INCREASE IN KNOWLEDGE OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY INTEGRATION

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