Annual summit in Hampton Roads aimed at helping Virginia’s female veterans

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Hundreds of female veterans are expected to attend an annual summit in Hampton aimed at aiding the transition from active duty to civilian life.

The sixth annual Virginia Women Veterans Summit will be held May 16-17 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel and Convention Center.

Presentations will be made on topics important to Virginia’s growing female veteran segment, including career strategies, education, entrepreneurship, finance, and personal health and wellness.

The program will also include a “Shark Tank” inspired competition among veteran and spouse-owned businesses that will compete for a cash prize as the business most likely to succeed. Gov. Ralph Northam is scheduled to present prizes to the winners.

Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins said Virginia is home to more than 104,000 female veterans.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.