It’s been a long time coming, but the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit is set and will take place at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Houston, Texas, Aug. 25-26, with an opening reception Aug. 24.

Much has changed since VA held its last national-level event for women Veterans in 2011, so there will be a tremendous amount of new and useful information available – as well as a host of resources and activities onsite.

Click this link to register now.

Through the summit, we are bringing together key stakeholders from across a variety of sectors to help women Veterans through forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration among private industry, nonprofit organizations, the federal government, innovators, researchers, caregivers and Veterans.

The summit will focus on the issues important to women Veterans as well as provide training and guidance to assist women and their supporters in navigating VA resources, as well as state, local, and partner resources. Attendees will have opportunity to hear from the senior VA leaders, participate in breakout sessions focused on employment, mental health, entrepreneurship, military sexual trauma, reproductive health, culture change and more.

Retired Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho – first woman and first nurse to serve as the Army’s surgeon general – will be one of our keynote speakers. The event will also feature a screening of the documentary Journey to Normal, women Veteran ASAP Comedy Bootcamp alums and a display of works by women Veteran artists.

The target audience for the summit includes women Veterans; public sector partners including military, federal, state and local agencies; Veterans service organizations and other nonprofit partners; academics and others in the research community; representatives from the tech industry and corporations; other community partners; and VA employees, including women Veteran program managers and women Veteran coordinators.  A Mobile Vet Center will be also on site, as well as Veterans Benefits Administration personnel to provide claims assistance (by appointment only).

The cummit is being hosted by VA’s Center for Women Veterans with the support of partners including the Veterans Experience Office, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America, The American Legion, Military Officers Association of America, AMVETS, Blinded Veterans Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Optum, General Electric, USAA, and the Veterans Canteen Service.

We have a dedicated summit webpage for updates on special guests, partners and more, including information on how to watch some portions of the event live. Please check back often as we will provide updates as soon as they are available.

The National Women Veterans Summit is an excellent opportunity for women Veterans and their champions. I hope you join me, the Center for Women Veterans, and all of our great partners in Houston.



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Published on Jun. 19, 2017

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  1. Drenee Goodman July 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I hope that during the summit that the touch basis with service connected disability claims for women issues. The VSOs are usually males are unfamiliar with female related conditions and to no fault of their own; because I know a lot are volunteers. However female conditions are not well represented on claim applications, which is very important.

  2. Carolyn Adkins July 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Would really love to attend this Women’s Summit conference in Houston, but unfortunately no money. If anyone knows of any sources that might sponsor any of us women vets who would like to attend, please let us know. For those women vets who are able to attend, hurrah for you. Just get the information back to the rest of us please. Thanks. Carolyn

  3. Anna D. Sanders July 13, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    How do we register? I can’t find anywhere on the site to do so!

  4. Marlene Sullivan July 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    What is the cost? I can’t find anything on prices??? Hotel, conference etc
    Thank you,

  5. malia white July 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    what is a summit anyway. what sould I expect as a take-away from a women’s summit?

  6. Rusty Roberson June 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Used to work near the Houston VA hospital. While eating lunch often saw women VA staff eating out. Saw many with Vietnam ribbons. Always considered it an honor to be in their presence.
    No longer work in the area and am also retired. Glad to see these ladies receiving recognition along side our other veterans. Thanks to all the ladies and to all our veterans for their service to us and our country.

  7. Anna Sanders June 24, 2017 at 8:23 am

    We are LOUISIANA WOMEN VETERANS! We do Honorguard service at any woman veterans funeral in the State of Louisiana! We would like to know if we. Old set up a display so we can encourage others to serve in this special way when our sisters pass on?

    • Richelle Taylor June 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Anna,

      My name is Richelle Taylor. I am a public affairs specialist with the National Cemetery Administration. We will be exhibiting at the Summit. We are currently looking for high resolution (at least 3mgs/3,000kb) photos of women honor guards. Do you have any of your team to send me or will you take a newer photo of your team in action?

      I can be reached at

      Thank you, in advance, for your prompt attention to this matter.



  8. Ann F Adams June 24, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Why are you using Eastern Time when Houston is in the Central Time Zone? Does that mean that for us Texans it will start at 0700 CDT?

  9. charlene lewis June 23, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    i wish i could go, but no money. so hurray for the women vets.

  10. charlene lewis June 23, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    i would love to go to the summit, but the money isnt there, so hurray for women vets. god bless you.

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