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Women Veterans Empowerment Expo (WVEE)

June 10, 2023 @ 09:30 - 14:00 CDT

Join us in celebrating Women in the Armed Services with workshops, networking, and fun!

The 7th Annual Women Veterans Empowerment Expo will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at the University of St Thomas, Jarabek Activity and Athletic Center. This event is free and welcomes all Women Veterans.

As one of the premier women veteran events in the Houston Metro area, we are proud to continue to bring this one-of-a-kind and uplifting opportunity.

Joni Goodman, this year’s keynote speaker, will be presenting Dare to Lead – Removing the Armor.

Panelists, including Earlene Freeman, Theresa Ford, and Luz Cervantez, are discussing the topic of Struggle to Strength.

What to expect?

  • Attire: business casual
  • Lunch provided
  • Childcare provided (ages 5 – 11)
  • Free parking in nearby garage
  • Feeling lucky? Raffle prizes will be gifted throughout our event!


9:30 am – Check-in 

10:00 am – Welcome

10:15 am – “Dare to Lead” Workshop

12:15 pm – Networking Lunch  

1:00 pm – “Struggle to Strength” Panel

1:45 pm – Closing Remarks

About the keynote speaker Joni Goodman

Joni D. Goodman, CPTD, CDTLF is the Principal at Joni D. Goodman, LLC. She collaborates with her clients to boost their learning, sales, and leadership initiatives and achieve development goals. Joni was trained by Dr. Brene’ Brown as one of the first Dare to Lead™ facilitators in the world. She is known for creating safe spaces where leaders can put down their armor and lean into growth. Joni has over 20 years of experience in the learning and development space where her experience encompasses effective management development, sales training, mentoring, and executive coaching. She is also a published author having written: “The Book of Road Tested Training Activities”, “Association for Talent Developments (ATD)Training Toolkit application”, and “101 Ways to Make Training Active”. Joni has been a featured speaker for the HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium, ATD Houston, San Antonio & Baton Rouge, The Gulf Coast Diversity Council, and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston.

About the panelists

  • Attorney Theresa Ford, Air Force Veteran
  • Earlene Freeman, Army Veteran
  • Luz Cervantez, Navy Veteran

Thank you to all the contributing organizations!

Sponsors and Supporters:

  • Camp SHiEld
  • Catholic Charities
  • City of Houston Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Dress for Success
  • Impact a Hero
  • VA Center for Development & Civic Engagement
  • VA Women Veteran’s Health Program
  • Wounded Warrior Project

Committee Representatives:

  • Camp SHiEld
  • Catholic Charities
  • City of Houston Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Dress for Success
  • Grace After Fire
  • Impact a Hero
  • IQuESt
  • The Mission Continues
  • Texas Veterans Commission
  • VA Medical Center
  • VA Regional Office
  • Wounded Warrior Project


June 10, 2023
09:30 - 14:00 CDT
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University of St. Thomas – Jerabeck Activity and Athletic Center
3800 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Houston, TX 77006 US
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