April 21, 2016


Temple University Main Campus


Free Event


Incredible Speakers

ABOUT EVENT / Event History & Background

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Since 2012, Temple University Military and Veteran Service Center has provided a forum for military and women veterans to discuss the challenges and issues that women veterans faced in transitioning from military life to civilian life, including pursuit of a secondary education.  Women who served, often have not been equally acknowledged and recognized for their service to this country.

The Women Veterans Forum focuses exclusively on the unique needs of women veterans and provides them with the opportunity to have “real conversations” about these tough challenges, within a safe place to share their story and seek support from their peers.  The forum provides guest speakers, a luncheon and panel discussions on a range of topics: military sexual trauma (MST), mental health, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), health care, education, employment, housing, and homelessness.  Veteran organizations across the tri-state are invited to participate in a resource fair, at which pertinent information about veteran support services can be shared with attendees.

Temple University Military and Veteran Services Center Women Veterans Forum is truly an event designed to honor all women who have served our country. It is a day in which women who served can come to renew, refresh and restore their mind, body and spirit.

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Forum Schedule / order of events

Laura S. Reddick


Dr. Theresa Powell, Vice President, Temple University Student Affairs      

Session I

  • When Women Come Marching Home; Sharing Strength, Courage and Wisdom
  • Serving Those Who Served Us: Veterans Benefits and Compensation
  • Shifting Gears: From Soldier to Civilian
  • Becoming Trauma-Informed - When “What’s Wrong With You?”

Session II

  • Women Veterans Find Your Voice: Unleash Your Spirit to Soar
  • How to Love Yourself
  • Write to Life: Bringing Your Voice through Creativity (more…)


Luncheon- Student Center, Room 200BC Luncheon sponsored by Temple University Military and Veteran Services Center

Stand Up, Speak Up – Spoken Word Cafe’

Facilitated by Spoken Word Artists: Debra Powell-Wright and Jody "Tru Story" Austin Your presence today means that you have already demonstrated courage!  Finding your voice simply means using that courage

Event Sponsors / support our sponsors

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If you are interested in supporting the Women Veterans Forum, please contact
Laura S. Reddick at 215.204.6130 or email

Event Speakers / keynotes and presenters

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Rev. Paula Anne Benson

Major, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Lisa Bien

Motivational Speaker, Author

Constance Finch

Retired, United States Army

Lovella Calica

Writer, Photographer and Multi-media Artist

Janet L. Hooper

Retired, United States Army

Amy Scarano

LCSW, Health Program Manager

Shirley M. Kitchen

Pennsylvania State Senator

Debra Powell-Wright

Spoken Word Artist

Joanne Bell

Retired, United States Army

Syreeta Martin

Journalist, Talk Show Host

Lori Breen

Acting Women's Health Manager

Tammy I. Barlet

Temple Veteran Student

Lisa Dent, M.S Hed

Founder, Women Empowerment Series, Inc.

Jody Austin

Registered Professional Nurse

Laura S. Reddick, M.A.

Associate Director for Adult and Veteran Student Recruitment / Temple University Veteran Affairs

Theresa A. Powell, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs, Temple University

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Register now / This Event is Free

Seating is Limited

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Event Location

Temple University
Howard Gittis Student Center
1755 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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12th & Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Bright Hope Baptist Church
Parking Fee: $7 (All Day)

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15th & Cecil B. Moore Avenue
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