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Elizabeth Dole Foundation: 6th Annual National Convening

October 29, 2021 @ 11:00 am 3:00 pm EDT

Join the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on October 29th at 11:00 a.m. ET for our 6th Annual National Virtual Convening as we highlight the advancements made in changing the military caregiver experience in America and project how our community will continue to support our hidden heroes well into the future. 

Presented by Philips, the convening will include remarks by Senator Elizabeth Dole and The Honorable VA Secretary Denis McDonough, interactive sessions with renowned experts, landmark announcements from the Foundation and our partners, and more. As a special feature for our caregiver participants, this year will feature the first-ever Careers for Caregivers Job Fair, presented by Booz Allen Hamilton! Join us virtually as Fortune 500 companies recruit caregivers and veterans for opportunities across the nation AND opportunities based in the comfort of your own home.

Our preliminary agenda for our October 29th program can be found below. We will update the final program closer to the event date and look forward to having you join us virtually!

11:00am Introduction & Welcome Remarks:  

Paula Cobb, Head of Global Strategic Marketing, Connected Care Solutions, Philips

11:05am National Anthem: 

Kaela Makabata, 2021 Military Kids Have Talent Winner

11:10am Opening Remarks:  

Steve Schwab, CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation  

Meg Kabat, Special Advisor for Families, Caregivers, and Survivors, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  

11:15am Remarks:  

Senator Elizabeth Dole, Chairman and Founder, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

11:20am Remarks: 

The Honorable Denis McDonough, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

11:30am Presentation and Acceptance of the CIC Champion Award  

Harriet Dominique, Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Corporate Responsibility Officer, USAA 

11:40am “A More Inclusive VA” Panel: 

Dr. Colleen Richardson, Executive Director, Caregiver Support Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Moderator) 

Tammie Gillums, Veteran Caregiver & Dole Caregiver Fellow, Elizabeth Dole Foundation 

John Boerstler, Chief Veteran Experience Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

Dr. Benjamin Kliger, Executive Director, Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

12:15pm Special Announcements and Interactive Caregiver Session: 

Steve Schwab, CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation 

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project 

Dr. Rajeev Ramchand, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation 

12:50 – 1pm Break

1pm “Supporting Military and Veteran Caregivers in the Workplace” Employment Panel:  

Laura Schmiegel, Head of Military and Veteran Affairs, Booz Allen Hamilton (Moderator)   

James Beamesderfer, Vice President, Veterans Initiatives, Prudential  

Dr. Precious Goodson, Veteran Caregiver & Dole Caregiver Fellow, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Tricia Sandiego, Senior Advisor for Caregiving and Health, AARP 

Catlin O’Neill, Head of US Public Policy & Economic Graph, LinkedIn 

1:30pm – 2:30pm Careers for Caregivers Job Expo 




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