Made possible through the support of Newman’s Own Foundation and the U.S. Small Business Administration
Brigadier General Rebecca S. Halstead (U.S. Army, Retired) and Mary Reding will be honored as pioneering women.
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) announces the seventh offering of its Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program, hosted in Seattle, Wash. Aug. 16-18.
V-WISE is the first federally-funded program focused on engaging entrepreneurial opportunity for female veterans, launched by Syracuse University in cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Due to generous support provided by the SBA and the Newman’s Own Foundation, 140 participants are expected to take part in the Seattle conference, which includes a full agenda of keynote speakers and course instructors from academia, industry, government and the military who will help open the doors of business ownership to the women veterans and provide them with tools to become successful entrepreneurs.
Operated by the IVMF, V-WISE was founded at the Whitman School of Management. The program provides cutting-edge entrepreneurship training to women veterans from any branch/era of military service, active duty military (including National Guard and Reserve) and female spouses/partners of active duty personnel and veterans looking to start a business venture. The program empowers participants to find their passion and learn business skills to turn their ideas or existing businesses into growth ventures. V-WISE integrates the leadership, integrity, focus and drive of the nation’s female veterans through premier educational training with accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the country.
V-WISE is the first program ever created to specifically empower women veterans, spouses and service members through business ownership. As such, the opening ceremony of each event includes a powerful program to recognize and honor significant “Firsts” for women in the military and in society. This program includes a multi-media presentation chronicling significant “Firsts” throughout history and an on-site ceremony to honor women “Firsts” in attendance, who are presented with the V-WISE “First” Medal.
During the Seattle conference, Brigadier General Rebecca S. Halstead (U.S. Army, Retired) and Mary Reding will be honored as pioneering women.
Halstead is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first female graduate of West Point to become a general officer. She served as the senior Commanding General for logistics in Iraq and was the first woman in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level. In this capacity, she was responsible for leading over 200 multi-disciplined units (20,000 military and 5,000 civilians,) located across 55 different bases, providing supply, maintenance, transportation and distribution support to over 250,000 personnel serving in Iraq. After her 27 years with the U.S. Army, she retired as a general officer in 2008. Since, Halstead has founded her own leadership consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership, where she specializes in inspirational and motivational speaking, developing leadership training programs, leadership coaching and mentoring.
Reding is a proud founding member and current resident of the Military Spouse JD Network, a bar association for military spouses with over 850 members. With Reding leading from the front, Military Spouse JD Newtork has achieved the support and recognition for its work in public policy and advocacy by The White House, the American Bar Association, Conference of Chief Justices, ABA Legal Assistance for Military Personnel, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S Department of Defense, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Military Family Association.
“V-WISE enables women veterans and female spouses or partners of military members to find their passion and learn the business-savvy skills necessary to turn their ideas or existing businesses into growth ventures,” says Meghan Florkowski, V-WISE program manager at the IVMF. “Since its inception, the goal of the V-WISE program has been to integrate the leadership, integrity, focus and drive of our nation’s female veterans through educational training with accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the nation. We are grateful to our partners the SBA, Whitman School and Newman’s Own Foundation, which is providing additional support for our Seattle event.”
V-WISE is offered to participants for a minimal $75 registration fee. Participants provide their own transportation to the on-site training. Food, lodging and materials are fully funded by the program.
For more information please visit whitman.syr.edu/vwise/ or contact Florkowski at (315) 443-4629 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For admissions questions on the V-WISE program, or the entire portfolio of veteran entrepreneurship training offered by the IVMF, contact Katherine Frontino, IVMF admissions coordinator, at (315) 443-8791 or email@example.com.
About the IVMF
As the first institute of its kind in the nation, the IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation’s veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans’ community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families. Visit vets.syr.edu for more information. Follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, VetNet and LinkedIn. Follow V-WISE on Facebook and Twitter.
About Newman’s Own Foundation
Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $370 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit newmansownfoundation.org.
About the SBA
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions: Access to Capital (Business Financing); Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, and Technical Assistance & Training); Government Contracting (Federal Procurement); and Advocacy (Voice for Small Business). For more information visit, sba.gov.