7:00 AM - 8:55 AM - Check-In and Morning Networking Session
9:00 AM - 10:05 AM - General Session - Ballroom A

9:00am - 9:15 am

9:15am - 10:05 am

Opening Remarks, Sponsor and Exhibitor Introductions
Anne Alston, CEO/Founder, ALSTNTEC, LLC
President and Executive Director, Destination Achievers, Incorporated


Sean Douglas, TEDx Speaker, Master Resilience Implementer, International Radio Show Host, Performance Enhancement Expert, and Author

Sean is the Founder of The Success Corps, an organization that helps you unlock your potential and elevate your life to new heights. He is former US Air Force Veteran, Air Force Drill Instructor and Military Training Instructor. Sean’s goal is to inspire and motivate you to “Live Your Brand” so you can grow personally and professionally.  He offers life transformation skills and business strategy to Millennials up to 50-year-old Professionals, Military Veterans, emerging Speakers and Entrepreneurs During this opening speech, he will equip you with the tools necessary to live EPIC lives. What he delivers is a fun, interactive, highly educational, and engaging talk that will be remembered long after the event. Key takeaways:

  • Cultivate An Attitude of Gratitude
  • Define Your Core Values
  • Build Your Personal Board of Directors
  • Take MASSIVE Action
10:10 AM - 11:05 AM - BREAKOUT SESSION #1
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Dr. Swiner Swiner Publishing

Chris Jordan: “Bridging the Gap from Here to There – Leadership Strategy”

It is time to unleash the leader within! In this session, you will experience a creative, interactive, and engaging forum to help you bridge the gap from where you are now, to where you want to go. Your participation in this event will be the best catalyst for continued growth beyond this conference. You will be energized and empowered to find your purpose and know how to intentionally connect with every person you meet. How? By learning and applying this truth, “Leadership is not position, but intentional action.”

Whether you are looking to start fresh or stay in your ‘lane’, you will leave equipped to take the next transitional steps toward a successful shift from your military to civilian careers. 

Airial Dandridge –“Blocked to Brilliant: 5 Simple Steps To Your Own Thriving Profitable Business”

Entrepreneurs are often overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated with all the avenues in which to grow their businesses. Choosing the ones that are best and most profitable can be the hardest part of starting and growing a successful business. In this talk, we are going to bypass that overwhelm and look at key strategies that can be used almost immediately and even at the event.  Key takeaways/outcomes:

  • The one thing that is most overlooked that can accelerate your profit
  • Key strategies to not only start but to grow a thriving profitable business
  • A simple pathway to match your brilliance
  • How to avoid costly dead ends so you can succeed faster


Dr. Nicole Swiner  - “Killing the Superwoman Syndrome for Military/Veterans Spouses”

As a primary care/family physician, and mental health expert, I see and treat mental health and work-life imbalance daily. I focus primarily on preventive health, disease and cancer screening, stress relief and the Superwoman Complex. My goals for this workshop with veterans and their families include:

  • Identifying specific areas of stress for caregivers
  • Explain medical conditions that can be triggered by the stressors
  • Defining what the Superwoman (and Superman) complex is and how it affects one’s mental and physical health
  • Discussing realistic techniques that one can use at home to reduce stress related to when a loved one is away serving  and discussing pharmacologic treatments
11:10 AM - 12:05 PM - BREAKOUT SESSION #2
Ernest J. Robinson, VA TAP Advisor
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Athena Thomas, The LIfe Calling Coach

Ernest Robinson - “Chess to Checkers: When to Make a Move”

Transitioning from the military to civilian life can seem like an uphill challenge. This session will give a comprehensive look at how to recognize the strength of your position and appreciate everyone on your team, what you need to know and how to maximize the potential of success.

The distractions in life continually challenge us all much like the complexity of a chess game. We will discuss approaches to reduce stress and strengthen the development of skills or behaviors. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the development of roles and responsibilities is also relevant.


Cassandra Bradford Wilson – “Power of Being A Certified Veteran Business Owner”

Veteran’s Trump us All. Being a Certified Veteran (VBE) Service Disabled Veteran Business (SDVBE) opens the door to $mill dollar contracts, some lasting up to 10 years guaranteed…And, as a VBE/SDVBE, you “trump” all others vying for the same contracts. Therefore, you “trump” the rest of us in contract opportunities all over the country and beyond. Gather your DD214, join for this workshop and see how the government, Fortune 500 companies, and municipalities are looking to do business with you!



Athena Thomas  – “Life Calling Vision Board Strategy Session”

The Life Calling Vision Board Strategies workshop introduces how to use growth points to create a visual picture of your life. The vision board will reveal how balanced your life is and areas that may require focus.  Growth points help to balance areas of your life to enable you to set and achieve specific life goals.

You will learn: your personality type, the difference between a growth mindset vs. fixed mindset, and how to create your Life Calling Vision Board using the Life Calling Growth Points. Each attendee will receive: Life Calling Vision Board, Life Calling Journal and a Growth Mindset Bookmark.

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM - BREAKOUT SESSION #3
Andrena Sawyer, P.E.R.K Consulting Group and award-winning small business consultant
Ericka Etienne, Etienne Enterprises
Sherrell Moore-Tucker, Sherrell Moore-Tucker, LLC


Andrena Sawyer - “Proposal Writing”

This workshop participants will learn the components of a competitive proposal, a grantmaker’s process, and criteria for funding decisions. This includes learning how to gather the information needed to create a complete project or grant proposal, and how to identify “red flags” or flaring errors in proposals.

Participants will also take a look at the most common tips from funders to proposal writers.


Erika Etienne –  “The Job Is Yours”

This workshop is for the proactive job seeker who is ready to confidently secure their next job opportunity.  Attendees of this presentation will learn 10 key steps to identifying the job they want and how it aligns to their skills, how to secure and maximize the interview, get the offer, claim their salary, and to be a high performer while on the job.

Participants will create a road map/action plan during the workshop that they can immediately implement. They will also receive a checklist to aid them in their job-hunting process.


Sherrell Moore-Tucker – “Navigating Life Transitions with Mindfulness”

In this workshop, you will learn about Life Transition and how can Yoga, mind and body connection can help you move forward in your life. Key topics include:

  • How do you respond to a voluntary versus an involuntary transition
  • Fun Facts about how the mind-body responds to transitions
  • Mindfulness tools when facing difficult transitions:

Breathing techniques (group activity)
Meditation (3-5 min activity)
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Yoga techniques

2:10 PM - 3:05 PM - POWER SESSION - Ballroom A

Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP)

Presenting Topic: “Increasing Sustainable Homeownership and Financial-Literacy for Veterans and Military Service-Members.”

Established in 2011, the USA Homeownership Foundation, Inc. DBA Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and HUD-approved housing counseling organization dedicated to increasing sustainable homeownership, financial-literacy education, VA loan awareness, and economic opportunity for the active-military and veteran communities.


Homeownership Advocacy: Advocate nationally to develop programs that reduce barriers to homeownership in the military and veteran communities.

Community Outreach: Foster responsible homeownership in the military and veteran communities by providing housing education through live and online courses on such topics as foreclosure prevention, financial literacy, and understanding credit, pre and post-purchase.

Professional Membership: Provide a place where real estate and financial service professionals can share ideas, get educated, and be empowered to better serve the real estate needs of service members, veterans, and their families. Non-military members are welcome.

Veteran Job Creation: Collaborate with organizations in the financial service sector to support veteran employment, and help implement legislation

Affordable Housing: Provide affordable home buying opportunities for veterans and service members who have gone through VAREP’s homeownership education and counseling services.

2:10 PM - 3:05 PM - POWER SESSION - Ballroom D

Robert Thibodeau“Ninja T.E.A.M. Training – Use What You Already Know”

This session will teach the attendees how to use leadership skills they are already familiar with in order to be successful in the civilian world. These skills have been used by Robert Thibodeau in three successful civilian careers over the 30 years since leaving the military. Attendees will be able to “find themselves” during the presentation and if they are:

  • New business owners or entrepreneurs: They will learn how to operate a start up business and train employees to operate with military efficiency (and they will not even know it).
  • Department heads or managers: They will learn how to train subordinates to achieve more with less; how to focus on the mission of the department; how to back each other up (and ensure mission success).
  • Newly hired employees will learn how to become part of the bigger team; how to get noticed for promotions and pay raises; how to turn a “job” into a “career!”
3:05 PM - 3:45 PM - Networking - One-on-One Sessions
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM - NETWORKING