2014 Spouse Summit Agenda

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Timeline:

Registration, Coffee and Welcome 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Networking Event — Jacey Eckhart
The #1 reason people attend conferences is NETWORKING. Yet nothing feels more awkward than going up to strangers to introduce yourself. Jacey Eckhart brings her well-known energy to this kick-off session that leads participants through a guided networking exercise to break the ice and get your goals in gear.

  • Jacey Eckhart
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
My Success Is Your “Overcome It” Highway
It’s easier to overcome your own challenges when you see someone else succeed first. In a series of three lightning workshops, spouse standouts offer their inspiring stories of overcoming a challenge as well as a group exercise to help you follow their roadmaps and make them your own.

  • Jacey Eckhart, Moderator
  • Kris Johnson: From Heartbreak to Heartfelt Change: Helping Congress Pay Attention To Families
  • El Brown: How To Lose 100 lbs. on Facebook
  • Latoya Moore-Boyles and Chris Boyles, Entrepreneurs
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Break 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Is Your Best Life Threatened by Sequestration and Budget Cuts?
The military has been on the chopping block in the budget cycle. This session breaks down the cuts happening now, and explains how they impact you. Then we’ll look out at what experts are saying will be an even leaner 2015, 2016 and beyond. Help us by breaking into working groups to “rack and stack” the benefits and aspects of military life that are most important to you.

  • Terry Howell, Moderator
  • National Military Family Association
  • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
Lunch 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Working Sessions — Choose One:

  • Transition: Don’t Fear the Reaper: Whether you get out after the first enlistment or after your glorious tour as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, at some point everyone leaves the military. In this session we bring in our experts to help you identify how to troll for your post-military life while your servicemember is still pursuing the next promotion, how to make two careers happen, how to move through the transition checklist as a united couple, and how to navigate those three rocky years of transition.
    • Jacey Eckhart, Moderator
    • Eric Engquist, USAA
    • Terry Howell, Military.com
    • Raleigh Duttweiler, Spouse Employment Specialist
  • Employment Now To Next: Military spouses who are looking for a new job or launching a business often miss the one question that leads to an actual job offer. Work with other participants to get real feedback about your approach to real life opportunities.
    • Amy Bushatz, Managing Editor
    • Amanda Patterson Crowe, In Gear Career
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Break 2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Working Sessions — Choose One:

  • Grassroots In Action: The #KeepYourPromise movement succeeded in leveraging online media to get national attention. Find out how they achieved success and what you can do to help.
    • Jeremy Hilton, #keepyourpromise
    • Jennifer Pilcher, #keepyourpromise
  • How To Work Your Online Network: Whether you are trying to find job leads, attract new clients to your business or get unit spouses out to your event, you know you need to work your online media. But how? Bring your cell phone, your computer or your tablet to this event and we will give you clear instructions on how to work your BeKnown, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google + or Plaxo account.
    • Besa Pinchotti, National Military Family Association
    • Amanda Anderson, National Military Family Association
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Closing Plenary Session — Jacey Eckhart 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Evening Sessions (Optional)

  • 5pm — Tyson’s Mania Scavenger Contest
    For those participants staying the night with us at the Sheraton, join a group of fellow spouses for a trip to one or two of the most exclusive malls in the country for shopping, dinner…or a secret scavenger hunt. Find out whether Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard or National Guard spouses are the most resourceful.
  • 6pm — The Most Beautiful City in the Country
    Our nation’s capital is at its best in the springtime late at night. Head off for Capital City Bike Tour to join guides who lead you through all the most important monuments — unforgettable (must book in advance).

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Timeline:

Coffee and welcome by Jacey Eckhart 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Working Sessions — Choose One:

  • Media Working Group: Talking to the media about your business, group or idea can be intimidating. For most military people, an interview has to be cleared through that nemesis of all fun: the Public Affairs Officer. This session will teach you how to pitch media on your efforts and how to use that nebulous entity called Social Media to your advantage.
    • Sarah Blansett, Military.com
    • Amy Bushatz, Managing Editor of SpouseBuzz
    • Adrianna Domingos-Lupher, Editor of NextGen Milspouse
  • Your BEST Military Love Life: The bedrock of every great military family is a solid military marriage, right? But a dozen years of war can take its toll on a marriage. Learn our three marriage tricks to lift your relationship up where it belongs.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Break 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Class with the Brass: Our esteemed guests from the Pentagon will break into small groups divided by service branch to talk directly to you about what they see on the horizon and get input from you on what matters most to your family. Is it relocation? Dwell time? Budget cuts? This is your opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with the decision makers and have the opportunity to listen to what they are working on that may impact your military life.

  • Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia
  • Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Mike Stevens
  • Sergeant Major William Harvey, Marine Corps, Marine and Family Programs Division (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)
  • Chief Master Sergeant Jim Hotaling, Command Master Chief Sergeant of the National Guard
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Because I Said I Would
So you’ve spent almost two days meeting people and making plans to email, call or even have lunch or volunteer. Well, networking doesn’t work unless you actually follow through so this session (based on Alex Sheen’s Promise Cards) will give you the chance to exchange those cards and write down all the promises you made during the networking and informational sessions. Featuring service organizations and some impromptu sharing of ideas this session will make your promises made, become promises kept.
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Closing remarks and end of Summit 12:00 p.m.