2017 Virginia Women's Conference

Virginia Women's Conference - Senator Mark Warner

Conference Co-Hosts: Senator Mark R. Warner, the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Wesleyan University, Hampton University, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, AT&T Services, Inc., B2C Enterprises, Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Cortex Leadership Consulting, Dominion Energy, GEICO, Genworth, GoMonti, MasterYourCard Virginia, Newport News Shipbuilding, The All In Together Campaign, The Boreland Group, Inc., The Port of Virginia, Virginia Community Capital, and Volatia

Announcing the 8th Annual Virginia Women’s Conference: DameChangers!

The Virginia Women's Conference will explore tools for success by providing advice from experts on health, careers, leadership, personal development, business, finance, and retirement. It will feature remarks from Senator Warner, prominent keynote speakers, and will include workshops, a resource expo, and networking opportunities.

The theme of our 2017 conference, DameChangers, is in honor of the late Elizabeth “Betty” Jolly, a strong woman with a wry sense of humor. She was a true public servant; a champion for public education, health, and good government. Before Betty passed away, she had begun a book project honoring Virginia women who lead by example and make major changes in their fields without ego or fanfare. Betty, herself, was one of these women. We honor Betty and all the unsung women leaders who have gone before us, who are with us today, and who will lead our future.   

This event is free to all participants but registration is required. Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service should contact Reagan Blewett at 202-224-6210 no later than Friday, October 13, 2017.

This conference is a nonpartisan, official U.S. Senate constituent services event dedicated to providing a venue for Virginia women of all ages to meet, network, hear from experts on a variety of important topics, and gather resources from federal, state, and local agencies. 

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Eventbrite - The 2017 Virginia Women's Conference: DameChangers!

Saturday, October 21, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451


8:00 AM

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

9:40 AM – 10:40 AM

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

3:30 – 4:00 PM   

Registration, Networking Breakfast, & Resource Fair

Welcome Program, Ballroom

Workshops - Session I, 2nd floor

Workshops - Session II, 2nd floor

Plated Lunch & Keyote, Ballroom

Resource Fair & Networking

Workshops - Session III, 2nd floor

DameChangers: Women in Leadership Panel, Ballroom

Close and Networking, Ballroom



Senator Mark R. Warner

United States Senator, Virginia


Cathy Lewis

Host, HearSay with Cathy Lewis


Aya Hijazi

Human Rights Activist

Individuals needing assistance: Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service should contact Reagan Blewett at 202-224-6210 no later than Friday, October 13, 2017.

Venue: #VAWC2017 will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. 757-385-2000. http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/conventioncenter/ 

Parking: The Virginia Beach Convention Center offers more than 2,000 free parking spaces. 

Registration: Doors open and check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. 

Breakfast/Lunch: A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

Breakout Sessions: Workshop locations will be indicated in the program you receive upon check-in. 

Visiting:  For more information about visiting Virginia Beach, please go to: http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/summer/ 

Attire: Business casual is recommended. Please be comfortable.

Lodging: We have secured a room block for attendees who need overnight accommodation.

  • DoubleTree, 1900 Pavilion Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451: Book online or call 757-422-8900 and request a room in the 2017 Virginia Women's Conference block. The block will close when all rooms are booked or on October 3rd.

  • Country Inn and Suites, 1801 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451: Book online or call 757-437-1900 and request a room in the Virginia Women’s Conference block. The block will close when all rooms are booked or on October 11, 2017.

The Virginia Women’s Conference is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical official U.S. Senate constituent services event.