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Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment is a 501c3 tax deductible faith based non-profit organization that is hosting the first Women Veteran Empowerment Conference in Michigan on Saturday November 19, 2016 8:00 - 4:00 pm at the International  Institute of Metropolitan Detroit 111 E Kirby St. Detroit, MI. 

Greetings! You are formally invited to attend the 1st 2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference on Saturday November 19, 2016 from 8 to 4 pm at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit 111 E. Kirby St Detroit MI 48202 

This first 2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference is focused on empowering, honoring and recognizing women veterans in the State of Michigan. Our conference theme: The Voices of Women Veterans: Prisms, Pathways, Platforms and Potential. 

Prisms: Who we are - the different aspects and facets of who really women veteran are. Pathways: How do we GPS to a better quality of life through empowerment, education, support and resources. Platforms: Opportunities available entrepreneurship, gainful employment and more. Potential: Leveraging our military experience, skills and education in order to be effective leaders.  

The Honorable Judge Shannon A. Holmes of the Wayne County 36th District Court is our keynote woman veteran speaker along with Honorable Judge Denise Langford-Morris Oakland County Circuit Court, whom will be our mistress of ceremonies. See agenda below for details on the panel speakers that are women veteran’s leaders, organizations, community leaders and business professionals that represent and service the women veteran population and their family members.  

  **********************************2016 MIWVEC Saturday November 19th AGENDA************************ 

8:00 – 9:15 – Registration, light breakfast/coffee and networking, vendors

9:15 – 9:30 – Transition to start of Conference

9:30 - 9:50 - * Opening Prayer - (Retired Pastor/Veteran) Bro Sahara Russell

* Posting of Colors - Michigan Veterans Foundation 

* Pledge Allegiance to the Flag 

* Patriotic Song by Anointed Psalmist Cynthia Best 
Welcome & Acknowledgements by Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon 

* Mistress of Ceremonies - Panel Moderator 
 Honorable Judge Denise Langford -Morris Oakland County Circuit Court

9:50 – 10:20 - Speaker – Honorable Judge Shannon A. Holmes – 36th District Court - 
Women veteran - former JAG officer. 

10:20 – 10:40 – Networking- Vendors - (Transition to 1st panel) 

10:40 – 11:40 – 1st Panel Discussion – Women Veterans- Michigan women veterans that are active and visible in the community and advocate for women vets and hold a leadership position 1. Michigan Women’s Commission and Clare County Veteran Services Director - Renee Haley 2. U of M - Military Support Programs and Networks (MSPAN)Buddy to Buddy Volunteer Outreach Coordinator - Valeria Shipp 3. Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency - Community Analyst - Emilly Rissman 4. State Chaplain of the Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars and serves on their Legislative Committee - Chaplain Jennifer L. Smith 5. Wolverine Chapter 67, Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association President - Evelyn Kennedy 6. VCAT Region 10 - Co -Director/Vice President of Tri-County Collaborative Veterans Services Committee- Monica Munir ) 7.  DAV Dept Director/Adjutant for State of Michigan - Brandi Hijak 8. Michigan Veterans Affair Agency -Region 6 Coordinator - Kate Logan 9. Detroit Dynasty, Omicron Chapter
Kappa Epsilon Psi, Military Sorority Incorporated- President- Coy Landrum

11:40 – 11:55 – (Transition to 2nd panel Break - BEVERAGE BREAK – NETWORK)

12:00 – 12:30 – 2nd Panel Discussion –Politicians Panel 
Senator Vincent Gregory and  State Representative District 2 Alberta Tinsley-Talabi 

12:30 – 1:30 – LUNCH /NETWORKING/VENDOR TABLES-ENTERTAINMENT-  MC- DeWaun E. Robinson of Artistic Visions 1. Liturgical Worship Dancers - New Hope Missionary Baptist Church- 2.Christian Rapper – Fresh Flo   3. West Michigan Jewels of Africa – Dance and Drum Troop 4. Chosen by Destiny (Mime Team) - Berea Family Tabernacle 5. DA General of Poetry - Spoken Word- Robert E. Lee

1:30 – 1:45 – (TRANSTION TO 3rd panel for the conference.) 

1:45 – 2:45 - 3rd Panel Discussion- Veteran Service Organizations 

  1. United Way AmeriCorps– Veterans Resource Navigator program- Erin Mc Loughlin (woman vet) 2. Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars- Assistant Director- Martha Washington (women vet) 3. DAV State Commander - Jo Linda Cutler (woman vet) 4. American Legion 328 - Commander - Michigan Veterans Foundation – Executive Director - Tyrone Chatman (veteran) 5. Wayne County Veteran Services- Executive Director - John Gardner (veteran) 6. Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency – Director of Targeted Outreach and Performance - Rob Price (veteran) 7. VA - Ann Arbor Health System – Trauma Therapist & MST Coordinator - Edward Thomas (veteran) 8.  State of Michigan - Veteran Employment Services Regional Manager– Dr. Rebecca Flemming (woman vet) 

2:45 – 3:00 – Transition to 4th panel - BEVERAGE BREAK- NETWORK

3:00 – 3:45 - 4th Panel Discussion – Community Veteran Service Organizations 

1. Murphy's Educational Center - Founder/CEO - Dr. Opal Murphy-Hicks  2. MIWVE – Director of Lansing Chapter Adam Obanjoko (veteran) 3. Primerica Financial Services – Louanne Allison  4. PTAC Region 6 - Flint and Chamber of Commerce – Regional Director - Stacey Betts  5. Veteran Games- Executive Director -Lynette Arlene  6. Global Information Technology - Manager of Career Services - Jason Chapman (veteran) 7. Grief & Loss, Recovery and After Care Ministry - Director-  Evg. Charlene Ellison – 8. Hope 360- (Suicide prevention) Founder/CEO Stephanie Grimes 9. Infinite Well Beings –Licensed Integrative Nurse - Denise Ervin, RN  10. Mel Patton (veteran) Center for Neurological Studies 

3:45 - 4:00 – Closing Remarks – Sgt. Stephanie Shannon – Retire colors

We will be live streaming via the internet off our website www.empowermiwomenvets.com so that the women veteran’s voices will be heard world-wide. National and location TV, radio and social media will cover and promote the conference. The first volume of the “Our Voices United" woman veteran anthology book stories has been collected and will be published and released at the conference. The world wants to hear from women veterans and this conference and book will provide a platform for women veteran voices to be heard world-wide. The women veteran stories and poems submission deadline is ongoing project, we will continue to accept literacy work from women veterans which will be complied in the next volumes of "Our Voices United" from now on.  

Registration for the conference is FREE, women veteran’s participants will get priority seating then the general public will follow.  Continental Breakfast and a hearty lunch provided. 

All the vendors that have been selected are listed below:


John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center  
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence Office Staff– On-site veteran support services 
Genesee County PTAC - Government Procurement Technical Assistance Center - 
Flint and Chamber of Commerce 
Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency
VA- Regional Office - Detroit
U of M - Military Support Programs and Networks (MSPAN) - 
Buddy to Buddy Veteran Program
 United Way - AmeriCorps - Veteran Resource Navigators
Primerica Financial Services
Global Information Technology 
West Michigan Jewels of Africa 
Xstreme Travel - World Oasis and Candlelight Travel
VIE Realty Group LLC
No Veteran Left Behind
Jackets for Jobs INC. 

Our hopes is that you will join the movement to empower women veterans. 
At MIWVE, we will not quietly standby we will act, advocate, we will teach, 
lead and impact the lives of others. What empowers you? Let's pass it on! 
 Join the movement!!! 

For more information please visit our website: 
  Email: [email protected] 

Thank you and God bless

Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon

Founder/CEO Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment


Author-Speaker-Veteran Advocate


"Rally Time "Woman Veteran Event
May 21, 2016
Girl Scout Cookies Donations 
to note worthy veteran led organizations and ministries June 11, 2016
MIWVE "UNMASK" Event on Saturday September 24, 2016 from 12 to 3pm at 33 E. Adams St Detroit, MI - Fox2News
View FB Live Video below
MIWVE Women Veterans Writers Workshop held on July 23rd was a success! View the workshop video below and 
request a worksheet @ [email protected] the Our Voices United Women Veteran Anthology Book Project is an ONGOING our 1st volume of women veterans stories will be released at the 2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference on Saturday November 19, 2016 from 8 to 4 pm. We will continue to collect stories ongoing and publish volumes accordingly. 
Our "Healing through the Arts" Art Therapy and Writer's Workshop 
 Sat. March 18, 2017 was a success! 
Watch our FB Live Video!
2016 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference
"After Glow" Was a Success!!
Saturday December 3, 2016  
2:00 - 5:00 pm 
25309 Evergreen Rd
Southfield, MI 48075

Watch Video!!~
Join us, for the second 2017 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference Saturday November 18, 2017. FREE to women attendees, continental breakfast and lunch provided, seating is limited so register now!  Women veterans get a special gift! 

Theme: Sharpening your Vision, Passion and Growth. Come out and engage in discussion with the following powerful women leaders, in order to foster a healthier woman veteran community and be empowered in your personal life.


  Conference Theme: “Vision- Passion- Growth” 

Vision: What do you see? Sharpen your vision by harnessing your inner power to bring it to fruition. 

Passion: Live life passionately and fervently while striving to achieve anything you desire in life. 

Growth: Maturing, growing, developing and gradually increasing in your present stage of development. 

8:00 – 9:00 – Registration, light breakfast/coffee and networking, vendors – Ice Breaker

9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome & Acknowledgements by Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon & Mr. Tyrone Chatman

* Opening Prayer – Chaplain Jennifer Smith- woman veteran  

* Mistress of Ceremony, Honorable Judge Denise Langford Morris 

* Posting of Colors - Michigan Veterans Foundation Amor Guard 

* Patriotic Song by Janice Simon - women veteran 

9:20 – 9:40 1st Speaker – Simone Lightfoot – Woman Veteran – "Veterans Entering Politics"

9:40 – 10:00 – 2nd Speaker – Denise Ervin – "Creating Your Own Vision Board"

10:00 – 10:15 – Break – Vendors 

10:15 – 10:35 – 3rd Speaker - Stacy Betts – "Business & Entrepreneurship"

10: 35 – 10:55 – 4th Speaker – Judge Shannon A. Holmes – "Mastering Leadership"

11:00 – 12:30 – Lunch- Renaissance High School Cougar Battalion Exhibition Squad 

Networking/Vendors/Special Presentation to Women Veterans

12:30 – 12:50 – 5th Speaker – Haith Johnson – "Inner beauty & Wholeness"

12:50 – 1:10 – 6th Speaker – Dr Opal Murphy- Hicks – "Relationships & Trust Issues"

1:10 – 1:30 pm - Closing 

Our phenominal Mistress of Ceremonies is the Honorable Judge Denise Langford-Morris, who was
appointed to the Oakland County Circuit Court in August of 1992, elected in 1994,
re-elected in 2000, 2006 and 2012 and continues to serve in that capacity. She is the first African American Circuit Court judge and dean of the bench. She earned a Juris Doctor Degree from the U of D Mercy School of Law, where she presently serves as a trustee. 

Our Speakers for the conference are the following:

Denise Ervin, RN, BSN, INC-BC, CEO of Infinite Well Beings. She will expound upon how to create your own health system to take care of yourself, incorporating mind, body and spirit.She will show us how to create our own Vision board with, her passion for serving has called her to Integrative Nurse Coaching. Denise is leading the movement to weaver together the traditional nursing with new integrative nursing techniques.

Simone Lightfoot - National Director of Urban Initiatives at the National Wildlife Federation. Simone is a Airforce woman veteran, that was nominated top 10 Airman out of Dover, AFB, she is highly regarded within seasoned public policy and political circles throughout the country. In the past 7 years she has served as an instructor with the Veterans Campaign (VC) out of Washington D.C training military personnell and veterans how to run for public office. She serves as a member of VC's national board of directors at the conference she will speak at the conference about the program, Veterans interested in entering Politics. 

Honorable Judge Shannon A. Holmes, PHD presides over the State of Michigan 36th District Veterans Court. She is a graduate of Dillard University and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, she earned a doctorate degree from Ecumencial Theology Seminary of Detroit. She is a woman veteran that served as an JAG officer within the Michigan National Guard. She will empower us at the conference on How to Master Leadership, she has a passion for women's issues and is dedicated to minstering to all of God's people.

Stacey Betts, Master Certification - Regional Director of PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) hosted at the Flint and Genesee County Chamber of Commerce since 2014. Her mission is to support businesses in the Region 6 prosperity counties with building their businesses in government contracting. She will empower us at the conference on how to establish a business and gain government contracts.

Haith Johnson, B.S. in Pastorial Counseling is the CEO of Le'Host LLC, Founder & Executive Director, Love that Works Inc. Haith's personal experience as a homeless, obese and considered a "At Risk" youth failing high school has given her profound compassion for others. She has evolved to becoming one of the most sought out beauticians, stylist and make-up experts across the country with 30 years experience in the beauty industry. She's will present at the conference an empowering and inspiring message to women on how to restore their dignity and self respect.

Dr. Opal Murphy-Hicks, PHD in Psychology Founder/CEO of Murphys Education Center has a heart for serving people within the menatl health community and his a minister in the Christian faith. Dr Opal has a PHD in Industrial Organization Psychology (I/O), M.S. degree in (I/O), B.S. in Development Psychology, a licensed social worker, cosmetologist instructor and is a certified Family Relations specialist . She will be empowering us at the conference on the topic Trust Issues in Relationships, we looking forward to experiencing Dr. Opal's gift. 
Our 3rd 2018 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference was a Success!
Check out our conference video, a great time we had together!
The Psychology of Money Event
March 30, 2019 
Great Success!!!
MIWVE's "Dirt Therapy" Sessions in Southfield, Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids MI continue to be great successes!!! We'll be planting and cultivating our community gardens in 2023
Become a certified Gatekeeper in 90 minutes
QPR – Suicide Prevention Training
FREE – 90 minutes Individual/Group
Zoom Online Training

You will learn:
1.How to question, persuade and refer someone who may be suicidal.
2.How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide.
3.The common causes of suicidal behavior.
4.The warning signs of suicide.
5.How to get help for someone in a crisis.

 Stephanie Grimes – Certified 
Gatekeeper Trainer
Offers Free 90 Minutes Zoom Sessions
For More info Contact: Stephanie Email: [email protected]
Phone (734) 968-0501 www.heigiralhealth.org

A MIWVE Pandemic Mental Health Intervention, suicide is 100% preventable. #22toomany

 Our 2021 Dirt Therapy: Veterans & Youth Agriculture and Agribusiness Program will continue in the City of Flint. MIWVE is partnering with MarySam's Gardens and Genesee County Land Bank - 
Clean Green Program. 
In 2020 MIWVE planted and cultivated 
our 4th Annual "Dirt Therapy" garden in Flint MI

Which was dedicated to honor the lives of the 
22 veterans that commit suicide daily and the 
sacrifice of the veteran population as a whole. 

We have expanded our youth Agribusiness program initiative which includes the following services: lawn care, landscaping, blight removal, snow removal, leaf removal, tree cutting and removal and various misc.. services

 Check out video below