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        Sea Services Leadership Association’s 33rd Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium

        JWLS is the largest gathering of women in uniform in the world! Attendance this year was 1100 women and men from all six branches and international services. Speakers included Congresswomen Luria, LtGov. Sears, USMC Commandant Gen. Berger, General Van Ovost, Vice Admiral Franchetti, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Secretary of the Navy, and more!

        What is JWLS?

        • Sea Service Leadership Association’s Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium is the largest gathering of military women in the nation and is the premier professional development conference for women in the uniformed services and DoD.
        • The Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium (JWLS) is open to Active, Reserve and Retired Military service members from all service branches, DoD Civilians, the National Guard, NOAA and our international allies.
        • The event is hosted by the Sea Services Leadership Association (SSLA), the only non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in the sea services, but it is supported by all U.S. uniformed services as it has a consistently positive history of informing policy, inspiring action, and affecting retention!
        • JWLS attendance ranges in size from 900-1500 attendees dependent on the hosting location and regularly has representatives from various allied countries, including Canada, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, South Korea, and more in attendance.
        • JWLS traditionally rotates between fleet concentration areas and has been held in Washington D.C., Norfolk, VA and San Diego, CA over past years.

        Even as a civilian, this event was invigorating and impactful! I don’t know if what the sheer number of women, the concentration of go-getters and achievers, or both that left me feeling like a sad kid leaving summer camp when it was over! I’m truly grateful to have been apart of it and look forward to doing it again!

        Robin Phoenix of Best Medicine Brigade is bringing laughter for mental health and wellness. She had everyone laughing poking fun at each service. She performs at balls and military ceremonies and she lives near my hometown in SC!

        Did you attend JWLS 2022?

        If you attended JWLS 2022, please check out the photo gallery! SSLA wants to share the images with you! Feel free to download images without a watermark in both websize and high res files.

        JWLS 2022 Photo Gallery


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        SSLA’s Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium 2022

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        Sea Services Leadership Associations's 2022 Joint Womens Leadership Symposium in Norfolk VA
        Sea Services Leadership Associations's 2022 Joint Womens Leadership Symposium in Norfolk VA
        Sea Services Leadership Associations's 2022 Joint Womens Leadership Symposium in Norfolk VA
        Sea Services Leadership Associations's 2022 Joint Womens Leadership Symposium in Norfolk VA
        Sea Services Leadership Associations's 2022 Joint Womens Leadership Symposium in Norfolk VA
        Sea Services Leadership Associations's 2022 Joint Womens Leadership Symposium in Norfolk VA
        Sea Services Leadership Associations's 2022 Joint Womens Leadership Symposium in Norfolk VA
        Sea Services Leadership Associations's 2022 Joint Womens Leadership Symposium in Norfolk VA

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        I’m  the ring leader of four boy circus, half-homeschooling USMC family, currently in Virginia Beach, VA!

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