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August 20, 2015

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force to Deliver Keynote to Women Veterans and Military Spouses at V-WISE in Boston

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force to Deliver Keynote to Women Veterans and Military Spouses at V-WISE in Boston

James, DeborahHonorable Deborah Lee James to speak on leadership and what she’s learned about successfully managing people and organizations at VWISE- a leading entrepreneurship training program

(08/20/15) —Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), the nation’s leading entrepreneurship training program for women veterans, active duty service women, and female partners and spouses of service members, is hosting a national entrepreneurship training conference in Boston, Mass., Aug. 21-23, 2015.

Headlining the V-WISE Opening Ceremony on Friday evening, Aug. 21, (6 p.m.) will be the Honorable Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force, who will deliver keynote remarks on leadership and what she’s learned about successfully managing people and organizations.
Read Secretary James’ bio.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of the V-WISE conference in Boston,” said Secretary James. “Sharing the insights I’ve gained over my career, both in and outside of government, with veterans and their families as they pursue their business dreams will hopefully inspire and assist them on their journey.”

During the three-day conference, close to 200 innovative women veterans and military spouses will learn business best practices, build networks, and develop their entrepreneurial skills as they seek to launch or grow sustainable business ventures. Learn more about V-WISE; watch V-WISE Video.

Boston’s Commissioner of Veterans’ Services Giselle Sterling will also be attending the Opening Ceremony and will welcome the V-WISE participants to the City of Boston. A veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps from 2000-2004, Commissioner Sterling is the first woman to hold this city position.

V-WISE has impacted more than 1,600 women veterans and military spouses from all service branches and eras in over 46 states. More than 65% of V-WISE graduates have started or expanded a business. More than $41 million in revenue has been generated by V-WISE graduates, and 93% of those businesses are still in operation today!

“V-WISE empowers two of America’s best sources of entrepreneurs – women and veterans,” said Barb Carson, Acting Associate Administrator for the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) and Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve. “Investing in this powerful combination is a great way to incubate new small businesses – the pillars of job creation and our economy. Women veterans and military spouses have the skills and commitment needed to succeed as small business owners. V-WISE provides them additional knowledge and a fantastic source of sisters in arms.”
To learn more about V-WISE, visit

Media Contact:

Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications
Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
Cell: (315) 558-9483
Office: (315) 443-5690


The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. Learn more about IVMF at


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). The SBA’s Office of Veteran Business Development formulates, executes and promotes policies and programs to empower veteran small business ownership and serves as an ombudsman for Veterans to ensure all SBA programs are accessible to servicemembers, veterans, and their families. For more information visit and

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