Upcoming Community Conversations

Upcoming Community Conversations

Upcoming Community Conversations

Want to join a community that gets you, where you feel seen, heard, and supported?  

Want to connect and build friendships with other high-performing military and veteran women?  

Want to be inspired, to learn and talk about tough issues that are relevant to you?  

You’ve come to the right place.

Our purpose is to help you build relationships and experience personal growth so that you can love your life.   

Monday, March 13th 2023 @ 8pm EST

Working Moms – Overcome the stigma, guilt, and other nonsense around getting help.

Despite women making up a strong proportion of the workforce, household tasks are still the woman’s responsibility in most households.  

For the women leaders who are investing in the help that they need to successfully manage careers and home responsibilities, statistics show that they feel ashamed to admit it.  

This has to change.  

Let’s talk about it.  

Join us on Thursday, February 8th at 8pm Eastern to hear from guest experts COL Katie Matthew, Ph.D. and MAJ Erin Williams, M.S. on how we can overcome the stigma and guilt associated with investing in the household support we need. 

Thursday June 6th, 2024
@ 8pm EST

PTSD and Women Veterans: Healing, Growth, and Your Path Forward

Join us on June 6th for a conversation about women veterans and PTSD – a special topic chosen for PTSD awareness month.  

The purpose of these conversations is to 

  • Help high-performing military and women veteran leaders to build relationships and experience personal growth so that they can feel connected, energized, supported, and fulfilled.
  • Provide a community for high-performing military and veteran women leaders wherein you feel seen, safe, heard, supported, and welcome.
  • Provide a space to connect and build friendships with other high-performing military and veteran women leaders.
  • Provide inspiration, education, facilitated discussion, and personal growth around issues that are relevant to us.

Over the course of your military career, you’ve been trained to think and behave a certain way.  

You’ve likely been exposed to situations that weren’t normal.  

Maybe you’ve been traumatized by violations of your person, by your environment, by what you’ve had to do, what you’ve had to endure, and who you’ve had to be.  

And now your brain can’t tell the difference between life’s normal stresses and the trauma that you’ve survived.  

Your highly developed, overactive defense mechanisms are keeping you from connecting with other people, with your life, and with yourself.  

Maybe you’re hostile, defensive, emotionally volatile, and easily triggered.  

It’s not who you are.  It’s not who you want to be.  

Maybe you’re stuck in a cycle of overachieving, applying your highly tuned coping mechanisms and years of learning how to suppress, repress, suck it up and drive on – and now you’re exhausted.

It’s not who you are.  It’s not what you want for yourself.  

How can you move forward to grow past trauma and manage or overcome a disordered post-traumatic stress response?  

How can you heal so that you can become yourself?  

Let’s talk about it.

Since June is PTSD awareness month, join us on Thursday, June 6th at 8pm Eastern for this important discussion with experts Bridgette R. Bell and Ashton Kroner to talk about women veterans and PTSD.  

Join us for your personal healing. 

Join us to learn more about what PTSD looks like in women veterans, and how it can manifest differently than in our male peers, so that you can provide support for the women in your community with invisible wounds.  

Join us to connect with other high-performing, heart-centered military women leaders who want to build relationships and be better humans!  

Ashton Kroner is an accomplished professional with a rich background in military service and a proven track record in the field of nonprofit work, particularly in support of veterans' behavioral health.

From 2007 to 2015, Ashton Kroner proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, primarily as a radio operator. Her exemplary service included a deployment in 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she volunteered as a Lioness, demonstrating her dedication to the mission and the well-being of her fellow service members. Ashton continued to contribute to critical missions during her deployment in 2011-2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

During her time in service, she suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and now lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She says, “As a Marine Corps veteran I have seen and experienced firsthand the challenges of coming back home. I struggled with finding my purpose outside of the Marines.”

Transitioning from military service, Ashton pursued her education at Purdue University, where she earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business. Her academic achievements laid the foundation for her subsequent career in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors.

While attending Purdue, Ashton concurrently served as the Director of Recruiting for a medical device company, showcasing her ability to excel in demanding roles.

In 2018, Ashton took on a pivotal role with the Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center, marking the beginning of her impactful journey in nonprofit work. Here, she dedicated her efforts to benefiting veterans with behavioral health challenges, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those who have served.

As the Associate Director of Development for the UF Health Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, Brain Wellness Program, Ashton Kroner is at the forefront of an organization dedicated to providing evidence-based services for veterans and first responders who have sustained head injuries, resulting in Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). In this pivotal role, Ashton plays a key part in advancing the mission of the program, which prioritizes the health and well-being of those who have sacrificed for their communities.

The UF Health Brain Wellness Program is committed to offering comprehensive and tailored support to individuals who have experienced TBIs, recognizing the unique challenges faced by veterans and first responders. Ashton's role is instrumental in supporting the mission by spearheading fundraising initiatives for programmatic support. Her efforts contribute directly to the growth of the program, ensuring that it can expand its reach and impact in serving the veteran and first responder community.

Ashton leverages her expertise in development to actively contribute to securing resources and funding essential for the program's success. Her dedication to the well-being of veterans and first responders is evident in her commitment to advancing the mission of the Brain Wellness Program through strategic fundraising, ultimately making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who have served and sacrificed.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Ashton is deeply engaged in various community initiatives. She serves on the board for Pink Concussions, highlighting her commitment to raising awareness and support for individuals affected by traumatic brain injuries. Additionally, Ashton generously volunteers her time with the Marine Corps League and VFW, further solidifying her dedication to the veteran community.

Bridgette Bell is an Army combat veteran of almost 20 years with a tested record of service in Leadership, Human Resources, and Psychology. She commissioned in 2004 from West Point and went on to assignments with the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps and the Special Troops Battalion of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. 

 

She deployed to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006, then served as Company Commander for the second largest company in the Army, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison in Fort Myer, VA. 

 

After command, she served as the Aide-de-Camp to The 64th Adjutant General of the U.S. Army. Bridgette returned to West Point as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership to teach General Psychology for Leaders and Engineering Psychology. 

 

She continued her journey in higher education as the Chief of Staff & Assistant Professor of Military Science in the Department of Military Science (ROTC) at Jackson State University. 

 

Following the Career Intermission Program, Bridgette returned to active duty in 2021 and has served as the first Director of Human Resources (G-1) for the Army’s newest one-star headquarters, the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Command (ACIC) at Fort Meade, MD; Executive Officer (XO) to the Director of the Army Recruiting & Retention Task Force (ARTF), and in the Officer & Warrant Officer Retention Branch in the Directorate of Military Personnel Management (DMPM), G-1, Pentagon.

 

Bridgette’s life-changing experiences as a Unit Victim Advocate and Company Commander spurred a greater appreciation for the study of mental health and wellness. She found a passion for Psychology and pivoted to a focus on the intersection of People Analytics and Human Behavior with the goal of strengthening the future of the Army's HR Profession. 

 

While pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology, she completed an APA-accredited internship at the Georgia Regional Hospital - Atlanta and served as a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) on the Department of Defense (DoD) Independent Review Commission (IRC) on Sexual Assault in the Military. 

 

Bridgette has completed various research initiatives including a Master’s thesis on the Army

Suicide Prevention Program, a student research project at the Jackson, MS VA Medical Center Trauma Recovery Program, and a dissertation on the intersection of culture and grief. 

 

She is a co-author for the Decision-Making chapter of the textbook "West Point Leadership." 

She is the recipient of the Adjutant General’s Corps Association COL Robert L. Manning

Achievement Medal; the Junior ROCK of the Year award from the Washington DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc.; and the 2022 Make Your Mark Award from the Pat Tillman Foundation (Tillman Scholar ‘17).

Bridgette recently founded Titanium Wellness in an effort to strengthen mental health and wellness outcomes for Black Veterans through research, resources, and a referral network for professionals and students specializing in the Black Veteran community. 

 

Bridgette is a native of Mississippi and a fourth-generation U.S. Army Soldier. She is a proud Co-Founder of Do More Together, the West Point Black & African American Alumni Organization; member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and board member of the non-profit Strong Gray Line. Bridgette's greatest leadership accomplishment is being the mother to her daughter, August.

Thursday July 11th, 2024
@ 8pm EST

Life Free – Cultivate Emotional Freedom

Join us on July 11th for a conversation on Emotional Freedom Technique with retired Air Force Veteran and Veteran Stress Solution Provider, Taz Vazquez! 

The purpose of these conversations is three-fold:

  • To provide a space where you belong – where you feel seen, safe, included, and supported!  
  • For you to connect and build friendships with other military and veteran women leaders like you.
  • For inspiration, personal growth, and to talk about tough issues that are relevant to us as a community.

Struggling with anxiety, exhaustion, and feeling just…off. Maybe you deal with insomnia, chronic pain, or that fun combo of the two? This unconventional mind-body approach may be the thing that can finally bring you some relief.

For women who have served in the military, nagging anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain and other hard-to-treat conditions can hold you back from truly thriving.

Maybe you’ve tried talk therapy, medication, and other conventional treatments to no avail. But what if a seemingly strange technique involving tapping on accupressure points could be the missing piece?

It’s called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – a mind-body healing practice that combines focused thought work with finger tapping to release stuck emotional patterns and trauma stored in the body.

Sound too woo-woo to be effective? Women veteran leaders are reporting real, lasting results after trying EFT:

“I finally sleep through the night without chronic pain and anxiety keeping me awake.” “EFT helped me work through PTSD that years of therapy couldn’t touch.” “This tapping thing is strange, but it’s the only thing that’s really stuck for me.”

On July 11th at 8pm EST, you’re invited to a virtual community conversation for military and veteran women leaders to learn about EFT from those who understand your experiences. This is a sacred, judgment-free space to explore natural methods for mind-body healing.

No matter how skeptical you may feel, you owe it to yourself to show up with an open mind. The symptoms you’re dealing with aren’t just in your head – but the solution may finally be within reach.

Taz is a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate, an EFT Master Practitioner, Life Coach, Fitness Instructor, Writer, and a Veteran; with over 29 years of coaching, mentoring, leadership, and counseling experience. She specializes in helping others overcome PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and navigating challenging life transitions.

Taz is a life-long servant leader and learner. She retired from the Air Force in 2018, after 25 years. While she had a successful military career; she spent her adult life battling depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem, and suicide ideation…successfully overcoming these challenges. 

She is now on a mission to let others know they are not alone and they can live a SoulFULL life of Passion (Love of self, others, community), Purpose (Your calling, professionally and personally), and Play (Zest & Hope) in their lives. As a fitness instructor she loves teaching dance, cardio kickboxing, and Rock Steady Boxing (for people with Parkinson’s Disease). 

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