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Seventh Annual National Convening

Seventh Annual National Convening

On May 18th  the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs co-hosted the seventh annual National Convening, “Bold Steps for the Future: Action, Policy, and Priorities,” in Washington, D.C. and virtually.

Presented by Philips, the Convening united government, nonprofit, and corporate leaders and caregivers around achieving policies and priorities that will create a better future for caregivers. Sessions highlighted advancements to support the military caregiver experience, key milestones in the caregiver journey, and the vision for our nation’s culture of care.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and virtually!



Opening Remarks

– Steve Schwab, CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

– Kim Mingo, VP Government Sales and Business Strategy, Philips

State of the Caregiver Conversation

– Steve Schwab, CEO, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Moderator

– The Honorable Donald M. Remy, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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

A Message from General Mike Linnington, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project

Understanding the Experiences and Challenges of America’s Military and Veteran Caregiver Survivors

– Melissa Comeau, Director of the American Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) Red Cross

Panel: Support in the Journey from Caregiver to Survivor – A Roadmap for the Future

– Bonnie Caroll, President and Founder, TAPS

– Ann Duff, Director, Office of Survivor Assistance, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

– Chad Maxey, Chaplain Program Manager for Family Care and Bereavement, Office of Chaplain Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

– Laura Taylor, National Program Manager for Advance Care Planning via Group Visits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

– Dr. Qwynn Galloway-Salazar, Founder, In Their Honor, LLC

I Am A Caregiver

– Dole Caregiver Fellows

Special Address by Senator Elizabeth Dole

A Message from Dr. Kevin Vigilante, Chief Medical Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton

Panel: Prioritizing Healthy Caregivers: A vital component of Aging in place

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

– Daniel Schoeps, Director, Purchased Long-Term Care Policy Group in the Office of Geriatrics & Extended Care, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

– Prince Taylor, Deputy Director, Center for Development and Civic Engagement, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

– Bob Stephen, Vice President, Caregiving and Health Programs, AARP

– Angelena Taylor, 2021 Michigan Dole Caregiver Fellow

– Leah Christensen, National Program Manager, Caregiver Support Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

A Message from Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP

Campaign for Inclusive Care Presentation and Champion Awards Announcement

Closing Remarks

– Steve Schwab, CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

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