The Sea Service Leadership Association’s (SSLA) Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, the only event in the United States dedicated to providing our service women professional development through networking, education, and mentorship from all five Armed Services, recently held their multi-day and 28th Annual event in San Diego, California at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside. I was privileged to provide the military event photography of the symposium for a second year, as commissioned by the event’s planner Susan Davis International of Washington, D.C., one of the nation’s top 5 public affairs agencies.
Four years earlier I also had the pleasure of providing military event photography for the 2011 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, which was the last time the event was held in San Diego, California. And like 2011, this year’s event was dynamic, interesting, and fascinating to photograph, as I captured the symposium deliver preeminent training dedicated to providing women serving in the Department of Defense and Coast Guard– civilian, officer, enlisted, and cadets.
The military event photography that I provided included photos of all aspects of the robust agenda, such as discussion forums, Q&A panels, practical workshops, and speaker spotlights. Speakers whom I photographed included: Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas (USCG); Vice Admiral Bill Moran; Stephanie P. Miller Director, Military Accession Policy; Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (“Ashley’s War”) and many others.
For the military event photography of Joint Leadership Awards Luncheon, presenters included, Brigadier General Tammy Smith, BGen Iiams, Vice Admiral DeRenzi, Lieutenant Colonel DeDe S. Halfhill, CDR Gina Freeman, CMC Dawn Stephens, and Brigadier General Sylvia Crockett. Photography was provided of awardees receiving their congratulations and plaques, as well as a posed photos of with the presenters.
An afternoon Female Leaders Panel featured moderator Captain Martha LaGuardia, and a panel consisting of Brigadier General Tammy Smith Sergeant Major, Wounded Warrior Battalion (West) Jennifer Simmons, Fleet Master Chief JoAnn Marie Ortloff, Lieutenant Colonel DeDe S. Halfhill, Lieutenant Commander Charlotte Pittman, and Colonel Laura L. Yeager. The military event photography of this agenda portion included the panel’s presentation and the question and answer session.
The military event photography for the Sea Service Leadership Association’s (SSLA) 28th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium in San Diego also included shots of presenters such as Vice Admiral Thomas S. Rowden , Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Tanya Biank (Author behind Lifetime TV’s “Army Wives”), and Lieutenant Commander Rosie Goscinski, USN, SSLA President.
The final morning of the symposium included military event photography of separate workshop sessions for each of the five branches of the Armed Services. The workshops were held throughout the Wyndham San Diego. Photography for the San Diego event featured two days of event photography, with final products included secure downloads of all properly-prepared photos from the event in both high and low resolution.