A new VA initiative is focused on women veterans
Women veterans can benefit from a new partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Center for Women Veterans and leanin.org, a nonprofit organization founded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
The VA initiative, called the leanin.org Women Veterans’ chapter, is intended to empower women to achieve their ambitions and career goals.
Building on the successful launch of leanin.org circles within the Department of Defense, the VA is following the same model to increase support to women veterans.
The Women Veterans chapter is composed of two distinct pilot programs. The first is the veteran-to-veteran program, a virtual program that allows any woman veteran to participate no matter where she is located. Meetings will be moderated and attended by women veterans throughout the United States.
The second is a face-to-face pilot circle. The face-to-face program is created in partnership with the existing leanin.org chapter in Seattle. This circle is a hybrid of women veterans and non-military members, providing an environment for both groups to learn and share leadership skills.
“For many years, women veterans have expressed to us that they need to have a mechanism to engage with their fellow women veterans to make a difference in their community, and we believe this is the perfect match,” says Kayla M. Williams, director of the VA’s Center for Women Veterans, in a press release.