Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) held its Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program in person for the first time in more than two years. Approximately 200 women veterans, spouses and partners from around the country registered for V-WISE, held in Phoenix, Arizona, Jan. 28-30, marking the return to its in-person training model and the 23rd V-WISE program.
Nationally hailed as one of the Best Veteran Resources, the V-WISE program offers education, collaboration and ongoing mentorship to participants who want to start or grow their own businesses. Participants arrived in Phoenix for three days of intensive training and networking, after completing coursework online prior to their arrival in Phoenix. They left inspired, connected and ready to fully optimize ongoing support from the IVMF Alumni team.
“Like we did with IVMF’s Veteran EDGE last fall, it felt great to be back in person with our participants, partners, instructors, and alumni,” says Misty Stutsman Fox, IVMF’s director of entrepreneurship and small business. “We are so grateful to again be able to provide this impactful and empowering programming, especially at a time when so many women entrepreneurs in our military-connected community need it.”