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Virginia Department of Veterans Services Announces Cox Communications Is Premier Sponsor of 2019 Virginia Women Veterans Summit

6th Annual Event Scheduled May 16-17 in Hampton

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) has announced that Cox Communications will serve as the premier sponsor of the 2019 Virginia Women Veterans Summit.

The 6th annual Women Veterans Summit will be held May 16 -17 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and will focus on topics that address the unique issues and opportunities that face the more than 100,000 women military veterans who call Virginia their home. The theme of the Summit is Virginia Women Veterans Lead The Way.

“We are excited that Cox Communications has stepped forward as the major sponsor of our 2019 Virginia Women Veterans Summit,” said Annie Walker, DVS Director of Veteran Education, Transition and Employment. “The management at Cox has shown their belief in and commitment to hiring veterans and especially women veterans here in Virginia and throughout the United States. The support that Cox will provide both financially and through their communications channels will help assure that the 2019 Summit is our most successful ever.”

We’re proud to support the mission of the Virginia Women Veterans Summit,” said Cox Vice President of Government & Public Affairs Nneka Chiazor. “By equipping women veterans with the tools necessary to lead the way, not only will it strengthen families and communities, but it will drive economic development in Virginia.”

Up to 1,000 women veterans from throughout the Commonwealth are expected to attend the two-day Women Veterans Summit.  There is no cost for Virginia women veterans to attend but space is limited and registration is required. A wide variety of topics of interest to women veterans will be covered including entrepreneurship, finances, fitness and health, career development, and more.

Invited speakers include Virginia’s First Lady Pamela Northam; Virginia Secretary of Veteran and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins; Delegate Kathleen Murphy; DVS Commissioner John L. Newby II; Nneka Chazor, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Cox Communications; Chanty Clay, Ph.D., Vice President, Human Resources, Wells Fargo; Seda Goff, Director, Veteran Entrepreneurship, PennFed Credit Union; and other distinguished experts.

“While the program topics and speakers we have assembled for the 2019 Virginia Women Veterans Summit are great reasons for all women veterans to attend, the opportunity to meet and share stories with sister women veterans is empowering for those who come,” said Beverly VanTull, DVS Women Veteran Program Manager. “As an Army veteran myself, the Summit is truly an energizing experience.”

Partners with DVS for the Virginia Women Veterans Summit include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Virginia National Guard, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Women Veterans Interactive.

For more information on the Summit, including how to register to attend, please visit

About VDVS

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) operates 32 benefit offices throughout the state that assist military veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; and three cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs.  The Department also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s monument to honor the memory and sacrifice of Virginia’s men and women who served and fought to defend our way of life from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox. Follow us on Twitter at @CoxVA.