Currently, women make up approximately 10% of the U.S. military. Over the next few years, women should surpass the 12% mark, making them the fastest growing population within the U.S. armed forces. For decades, women in uniform were underutilized and underserved by their branches of service and benefits providers. Women Veterans have different needs than their male counterparts, and have often been overlooked by government benefits providers, including the VA. While service recognition and Veterans benefits are improving for women, there is still a long way to go.
Leading with Resilience and Grace is a free program, offered by the Sunergos Institute, for women who are active duty military, veterans, members of the Guard or Reserve, caregivers and advocates. Leading with Resilience and Grace is a three-day program that aides women in their military transitions, both from deployment to home and out of the military and into civilian life.
Leading with Resilience and Grace is designed to prevent the negative effects, such as substance abuse, homelessness, suicide and unemployment, often associated with military transitions, from occurring. Participants in the program are empowered to shift their perspectives from following their underlying ideologies and assumptions, which often lead to negative outcomes, instead focusing on ways to move forward in their lives with greater leadership, resilience and grace.
The program is heralded by former graduates of the program, including survivors of sexual traumas. The program has also been endorsed by former National Commander of the American Legion, Marty Conatser, who considers Leading with Resilience and Grace as something totally unique.
“It’s the only program we’ve encountered that gives women Veterans access to something truly great- themselves,” Conatser said. “This program elevates hearts, minds and spirits and helps them set a new foundation for life.”
The May 2nd -5th Leading with Resilience and Grace program is now full, but you are invited to attend the Gratitude Receptionon Monday, May 5th at 2:30 at the Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Avenue in San Jose, CA. The reception is open to the public, and will feature Congresswoman Jackie Speier as the keynote speaker.
For information about bringing Leading with Resilience and Grace to your organization or to apply to be in a sponsored program, please contact [email protected] or call 847 658 1746.Donations to Leading with Resilience and Grace and the Sunergos Institute can be made at
Leading with Resilience and Grace: Program for Transitioning Military Women