Call for Speakers/Authors

Do you have a message to share with the largest gathering of women in uniform? If so, please let us know!


Founded in 1978, SSLA is the only non-profit organization in the United States that provides professional development through networking, education, and mentorship of women from all the primary maritime Services – the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Our annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium (JWLS) is the largest gathering of servicewomen in the nation and is the premier professional and personal development conference for women in the uniformed services. In addition to female and male attendees representing the five Armed Services (U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard), it is open to all services, men and women from the National Guard, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and the U.S. Public Health Service, as well as civil servants and veterans.

JWLS traditionally rotates between fleet concentration areas and previous locations over past years include Washington D.C., Norfolk, Va., and San Diego, Ca. JWLS attendance ranges in size from 900-1500 attendees dependent on the hosting location and regularly has representatives from various allied countries, including Canada, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, South Korea, and more in attendance. In past years, prominent media outlets including C-SPAN televised several speeches and panels live.

In addition, we host an annual transitioning seminar and reading room at JWLS where we bring together the most inspiring and impactful authors and film producers.

Former JWLS participants include former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, movie actress Geena Davis, and numerous four-star flag and general officers.

We are a small nonprofit with a limited budget dedicated to advancing the professional development of women in the military. We can cover your costs of attending the symposium on a case-by-case basis.

Yes, all participants will be required to register through our registration system. Registration includes access to all three days of the conference. Speakers/Authors selected for the program on Day 1 (the joint day) will be provided a complimentary registration code to register for the event.

All travel costs including air and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the Speaker/Author. SSLA: JWLS has secured a block of rooms at the government rate (96++) at the host hotel. For more information please visit:

We source all types of presentations for the conference, including keynote speeches (20-60 minutes), break-out sessions (60 minutes), deep-dive workshops, roundtable discussions and more. It is important that each presentation tie into our conference theme for that given year.

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