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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

9:30 am | Registration & Networking Coffee
10:00 am to 2:00 pm | Speakers & Discussions

American Red Cross
Hall of Service
1730 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

A day of impactful discussions and sustainable solutions to support and retain our nation’s strongest and most resilient All-Volunteer Force.

  • Participate in leading-edge solutions and discourse for the military community
  • Be the first to hear groundbreaking results from the 2018 Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey
  • Network with leaders in private, public, and government sectors
  • Move the needle with military and government influencers who command real change
  • Work together to innovate change in policy and programs to fit modern military families

SCHEDULE

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WELCOME

09:30 AM | Registration and Networking
10:00 AM | Welcome and Introductions - Harvey Johnson
10:10 AM | Keynote - Brianna Keilar

EVOLUTION OF THE MILITARY FAMILY

10:30 AM Change of Command: The Evolution of the Military in America
SPEAKERS: Kathy Roth-Douquet | Jim TalentGwen Bingham

10:50 AM | #BSFSurvey 2018: What It Means
SPEAKERS: Harriet Dominique | Rosalinda MauryHisako Sonethavilay

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

11:15 AM | Women in Uniform: Not the Same Experience
SPEAKERS: Kayla Williams | Carol Eggert | Nadja Y. West

11:35 AM | Implications for Policymakers
SPEAKERS: David Lapan | Tony Kurta | John Medve

MEDIA AND THE MILITARY

11:55 AM | Lunch Served

12:25 PM | Media Discussion - Here Is Your War: Storytelling in the Age of The Long War
SPEAKERS: Ward Carroll | Jennifer Griffin | Hope Hodge Seck

MILITARY COMMUNITY CONNECTION

12:50 PM | Spouse Employment: Catalyst to Economic Security & Retention
SPEAKERS: Beth Conlin | Tim Kaine | Pat Ochan

01:25 PM | Connected Communities: Leveraging All Partners
SPEAKERS: Tina Atherall | René Bardorf | Jason Pak | TJ Wolfersberger

1:45 PM | Closing Remarks

Blue Star Families 10 Year Anniversary badge
WELCOME

09:30 AM | Registration and Networking
10:00 AM | Welcome and Introductions - Harvey Johnson
10:10 AM | Keynote - Brianna Keilar

EVOLUTION OF THE MILITARY FAMILY

10:30 AM
Change of Command: The Evolution of the Military in America
SPEAKERS: Kathy Roth-Douquet | Jim TalentGwen Bingham

10:50 AM
#BSFSurvey 2018: What It Means
SPEAKERS: Harriet Dominique | Rosalinda MauryHisako Sonethavilay

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

11:15 AM
Women in Uniform: Not the Same Experience
SPEAKERS: Kayla Williams | Carol Eggert | Nadja Y. West

11:35 AM
Implications for Policymakers
SPEAKERS: David Lapan | Tony Kurta | John Medve

MEDIA AND THE MILITARY

11:55 AM
Lunch Served

12:25 PM
Media Discussion - Here Is Your War: Storytelling in the Age of The Long War
SPEAKERS: Ward Carroll | Jennifer Griffin | Hope Hodge Seck

MILITARY COMMUNITY CONNECTION

12:50 PM
Spouse Employment: Catalyst to Economic Security & Retention
SPEAKERS: Beth Conlin | Tim Kaine | Pat Ochan

01:25 PM
Connected Communities: Leveraging All Partners
SPEAKERS: Tina Atherall | René Bardorf | Jason Pak | TJ Wolfersberger

1:45 PM
Closing Remarks

Have questions? Need additional information?
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CHANGE OF COMMAND:
The Evolution of the Military in America and the #BSFSurvey

WELCOME REMARKS

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Harvey E. Johnson, Jr. Vice Admiral, United States Coast Guard (Retired)

President, Humanitarian Services, American Red Cross

Harvey Johnson was appointed as President, Humanitarian Services in January 2019. In this role, he has responsibility for major Red Cross programs: Disaster Cycle Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Volunteer Services; International Services; and leads the seven field-based divisions and 59 regional chapter operations where these services are typically delivered.

Prior to this appointment, Harvey served as Senior Vice President for Disaster Cycle Services, and previously, the Vice President for Doctrine, Training and Continuous Improvement, and Executive Director, Recovery Operations.

KEYNOTE

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Brianna Keilar

Anchor, CNN Right Now

Brianna Keilar is the anchor of CNN Right Now. The show airs weekdays at 1:00 p.m. Previously, Keilar was CNN's senior Washington correspondent, responsible for covering important stories on politics, policy and breaking news in Washington. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Keilar served as the lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Democratic field.

THE EVOLUTION OF THE MILITARY FAMILY

CHANGE OF COMMAND: The Evolution of the Military in America

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Moderator

Kathy Roth-Douquet

CEO, Blue Star Families

Ms. Roth-Douquet is the CEO of Blue Star Families, the largest chapter-based nonprofit serving active duty military families. She's the recipient of several awards for her service and leadership, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, for her work at the Pentagon, President George H. W. Bush's Daily Point of Light Award, and most recently, the Chief of Staff of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award, and she co-authored the highly relevant book AWOL: the Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service -- and How it Hurts Our Country.

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Panelist

Jim Talent

Former Congressman/Senator from the State of Missouri

Senator Jim Talent is a former Senator and Congressman from the State of Missouri. He served twelve years on the House and Senate Armed Services. After leaving the Senate, he was a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and the Bi-Partisan Policy Center. He co-chaired a Task Force on Pentagon Personnel Reform and is currently a member of the U.S. China Commission Economic and Security Review Commission.

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Panelist

Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham

Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, US Army

Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham is a native of Troy, Alabama. She graduated from Army ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Alabama in August 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business Management. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. Lieutenant General Bingham has a Masters degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Masters degree in National Security Strategy and Resources from the National Defense University.

THE EVOLUTION OF THE MILITARY FAMILY

#BSFSURVEY 2018: What It Means

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Moderator

Harriet Dominique

Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs, USAA

Harriet Dominique is Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs at USAA, responsible for USAA’s philanthropic strategies, engagement and communications. She leads a team that deploys USAA’s charitable investments, employee volunteer programs, promotes financial readiness for the military community and educational initiatives to benefit local communities where USAA has a physical presence. Harriet also serves as President of The USAA Foundation and President of The USAA Educational Foundation.

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Panelist

Rosalinda Vasquez Maury

Director of Applied Research and Analytics, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

Rosalinda Vasquez Maury serves as the Director of Applied Research and Analytics at the Institute of Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. She works on a diverse research portfolio that reflects the range of social, economic, and wellness challenges that may affect transitioning service members, veterans, or their families.

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Panelist

Hisako Sonethavilay

Senior Advisor for Applied Research, Blue Star Families

Hisako Sonethavilay is the Senior Advisor of Applied Research. She joined BSF in August 2014 and leads key BSF research projects including Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey and national policy initiatives. Her interest in this field stems from her desire to create social change for military families including her own. Hisako holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from George Mason University and an active License in Social Work (LSW) from the state of Virginia. Prior to joining BSF, Hisako practiced family-focused community social work, published research during her time at George Mason University, and volunteered for a number of military family organizations with a focus on financial readiness and community advocacy. She currently resides in San Diego, CA.

RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

WOMEN IN UNIFORM: Not the Same Experience

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Moderator

Kayla Williams

Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Kayla Williams is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at Center for a New American Security. She previously served as Director of the Center for Women Veterans at VA, where she focused on policies, programs, and legislation affecting women veterans. Kayla spent eight years at RAND researching servicemember and veteran health needs and benefits, international security, and intelligence policy. 

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Panelist

Carol Eggert, U.S. Army Brigadier General (Retired)

Senior Vice President of Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal

U.S. Army Brigadier General (Ret.) Carol Eggert is Senior Vice President, Military & Veteran Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal. In this role, she provides strategic leadership to the company’s military engagement in hiring, corporate social responsibility efforts, and business development. Carol’s military career included numerous overseas deployments, most notably a 15-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Chief of the Women’s Initiatives Division and Senior Liaison to the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad. 

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Panelist

Lieutenant General Nadja Y. West

44th Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General, US Army Medical Command

Lieutenant General Nadja Y. West is the 44th Surgeon General of the United States Army and the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command. West is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds the distinction as the highest ranking female graduate of USMA. West earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from USMA and earned a Doctorate of Medicine Degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.

RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

Implications for Policymakers

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Moderator

David Lapan, United States Marine Corps Colonel (Retired)

Vice President of Communications, Bipartisan Policy Center

David Lapan is vice president of communications for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a DC-based public policy think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. He previously served as press secretary and deputy secretary for media relations at the Department of Homeland Security.

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Panelist

Tony Kurta, Navy Rear Admiral (Retired)

Office for the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

Tony Kurta has served DoD, in and out of uniform, for over 41 years. He retired as a Navy Rear Admiral and became a Senior Executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he has led Military Personnel Policy for the past four years. Additionally, he performed the duties of Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness in 2017 and currently performs the duties of Deputy Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness with responsibilities for military readiness, all DoD personnel, and the Military Health Care System.

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Panelist

John Medve

Executive Director, Office of Policy and Interagency Collaboration, Department of Veterans Affairs

John Medve served as an officer in the US Army for 24 years retiring in 2000. In 2010 he entered the Senior Executive Service and has been the Executive Director for the Office of Policy and Interagency Collaboration at the Department of Veterans Affairs. His responsibilities include overseeing joint VA-DoD policy to ensure seamless transition of service members to Veteran status.

MEDIA AND THE MILITARY

HERE IS YOUR WAR: Storytelling in the Age of The Long War

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Moderator

Ward Carroll, U.S. Navy Commander (Retired)

Director of Outreach, U.S. Naval Institute

Ward is a retired Navy commander who served in F-14 squadrons for most of his 20-year career. After his active duty service, he was the editor of Military.com and editor-in-chief of We Are The Mighty. He’s also a novelist best known for the “Punk’s War” trilogy. He is currently the U.S. Naval Institute’s Director of Outreach.

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Panelist

Jennifer Griffin

National Security Correspondent, Fox News

Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent and covered the Palestinian- Israeli conflict for 7 years. Prior to that she reported for 3 years from Moscow.

Since 2007 Griffin has reported daily from the Pentagon reporting on all aspects of the military and the current wars against ISIS and Al Qaeda.

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Panelist

Hope Hodge Seck

Managing Editor, Military.com

Hope Hodge Seck is an award-winning investigative and enterprise reporter who has been covering military issues since 2009. She is managing editor for Military.com. Hope’s previous assignments have included a war zone embed in Afghanistan with Marines and multiple reporting trips aboard amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. Her awards include multiple North Carolina Press Association Honors, the 2015 and 2017 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awards for feature writing, the Military Reporters and Editors Association 2015 award for domestic military coverage, and the 2016 American Legion 4th Estate Award for print reporting.

MILITARY COMMUNITY CONNECTION

SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT: Catalyst to Economic Security & Retention

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Moderator

Beth Conlin

Senior Advisor for Careers, Blue Star Families

An Army spouse and subject matter expert on military spouse employment, Beth is an eternal advocate for the career-minded military spouse. She works locally and nationally to introduce this untapped talent pool and create lasting connections and long term solutions.

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Panelist

Tim Kaine

US Senator (Virginia)

Senator Kaine was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a can-do optimist skilled in bringing people together across old lines of party, race, or region. He serves on Senate Committees where he is able to work on those priorities every day for Virginians: the Armed Services; Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees. He is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism.

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Panelist

Pat Ochan

Military Spouse

Patricia Ochan is a spouse of a marine veteran. She is a senior consultant in cyber policy with Booz Allen Hamilton. And sits on the Advisory Board with Blue Star Families. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Homeland Security Management. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband who is in school as well and their 8-year-old son.

MILITARY COMMUNITY CONNECTION

CONNECTED COMMUNITIES: Leveraging All Partners

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Moderator

Dr. Tina Atherall, DSW, LMSW

CEO, PsychArmor Institute

Dr. Atherall is the CEO of PsychArmor Institute and has over 25 years of experience in the military and non-profit community. She completed her DSW from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work focusing on the Grand Challenges for Social Work to eradicate social isolation.

Her work focused on the challenges of military family social isolation and creating an innovative social model for community connections called, Connected Communities, a pilot for Blue Star Families. She has worked extensively with communities educating and advocating for critical support for those who have served and their families

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Panelist

René Bardorf

Senior Vice President Government and Community Relations, Wounded Warrior Project ®

René Bardorf leads Wounded Warrior Project’s ® (WWP) Government and Community Relations team as its senior vice president. In this position, Bardorf works closely with leaders in all sectors of government, businesses and nonprofit organizations to advocate on behalf of our nation’s service members and veterans – especially those who have sustained the physical and hidden injuries of war. She leads WWP’s legislative and policy efforts to advance the physical and mental health of wounded, injured and ill veterans, and support their caregivers, and families.

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Panelist

Jason Pak, US Army Captain (Retired)

Senior Manager, Veterans Initiatives and Outreach, The Boeing Company

Jason Pak, CPT, USA (Ret) is the Senior Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region at The Boeing Company. Prior to joining Boeing, Pak served as the assistant legislative fellow to Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) where he provided assistance to the Senator and his staff in understanding policies, actions, operations, and requirements of the Army. In his current position at The Boeing Company, Jason focuses on leading veterans outreach initiatives by formulating and executing the engagement strategy for Boeing’s support of military veterans and their families throughout the United States.

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Panelist

TJ Wolfersberger

Regional Director of Operations, Starbucks

TJ Wolfersberger is a Regional Director of Operations for Starbucks Mid-Atlantic Region. As a Regional Director of Operations, TJ is charged with developing multi-dimensional leaders, ensuring world class customer experiences, determining strategic growth across a portfolio of locations throughout Virginia and leading civil and social impact throughout those communities. As a member of the Starbucks Armed Forces Network, he supports and empowers strong community connections with the Military community, including Military Family Stores, apron ceremonies for military-affiliated partners, adopt-a-unit campaigns, and community service.

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