Nation’s Largest Gathering of Military Women Attracts Senior Leaders, Issue Experts

WASHINGTON (May 29, 2013) – Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr. will deliver the opening address at the Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA)’s 26th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium (JWLS), June 6-7, 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. JWLS has been recognized as the gold standard in leadership development events for servicewomen. Adm. Winnefeld is part of a growing list of government officials, senior military officers and issue experts participating in the event. Women and men from all five services are encouraged to register today at

Themed, “Stronger Self, Stronger Service,” the symposium will address topics relevant to the challenges and growing opportunities presented to women in the military, including career development, personal well-being and financial management. Sessions will also explore the most pressing issues faced by servicewomen, including serving in combat roles and sexual assault prevention and response. The symposium will offer attendees the chance to grow their personal network and foster the type of lasting mentoring relationships critical to the success of women in uniform.

Participants at this year’s symposium will also include:

  • Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations
  • Vice Adm. John P. Currier, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Cathy L. Lanier, Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police
  • Bonnie Amos, First Lady of the Marine Corps

“We’re calling on all servicewomen to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity,” said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, Chairperson of the Board, SSLA. “JWLS provides a unique atmosphere where military women, normally a distinct minority, are the majority and the primary focus of the event.”

More than 1,700 service members and civilians attended the 2012 symposium. Maj. Gen. Tracy L. Garrett, USMC, said of last year’s event, “JWLS is the best mentoring opportunity of all those available to our mid-grade Marines. The agenda is always top-notch and the presenters are national leaders with important ideas to share.”

Media interested in attending the Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium or interviewing a participant should contact Daniel Gregory at or 202-414-0785.

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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. To learn more, visit