Symposium is groundbreaking forum for professional and leadership development

Washington, D.C. (May 7, 2013) – Military women from the five service branches are encouraged to register for the Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA)’s 26th annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, the largest gathering of military women in the nation. The two day symposium is being held June 6-7, 2013, at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Attendees may register at

SSLA proudly continues what has become an annual highlight for thousands of servicewomen. “Women are more integral to today’s total force than ever before and even in the face of budget challenges, SSLA remains committed to investing in our most valuable resource – our people,” said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, Chairperson of the Board, SSLA. “We encourage every woman in uniform to make this investment in themselves and their service. There is truly no other conference or training program like it.”

The Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium has been recognized as the premiere professional and personal development conference for women in the military. For more than a quarter century, the symposium has focused on service readiness, and remains an invaluable tool for networking, mentoring, education and leadership development. Women of all ranks, representing each of the military services and those of allied nations, attend each year. Past symposiums have featured senior leaders from the White House, Department of Defense and the private sector.

With the theme, “Stronger Self, Stronger Service,” the symposium will provide participating servicewomen with tools for both their personal and professional lives, to make them better leaders. This year, the symposium will serve as an important forum to address such issues as the historic lifting of the ban on women in ground combat roles and its career implications for women including preventing sexual assaults.

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