Women Veterans Acknowledge Their Past and Step Into a New Future 
In the Leading with Resiliency and Grace Program May 23-25

Chicago, Illinois, April 3 – Several organizations have joined forces to bring a life-altering program to women veterans on May 23 - 25 at the Joseph Medill Room in the Visitors Center at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. The three-day program, called Leading with Resiliency and Grace, enables women veterans to intentionally create and live an unencumbered life of leadership, resiliency and grace as they successfully transition from deployment to home, or from military life to civilian life.

Leading with Resiliency and Grace supports women who have served our nation with their military service. The transition from military to civilian life can take up to seven years. Women veterans fortunate enough to find employment can struggle to find meaning in civilian jobs. While in the military, women often have a clear sense of serving a larger purpose, so they tend to experience their work as a valuable contribution. After they go back to civilian life, many struggle to find that same sense of purpose in their careers and home life. This program gives women access to a new clarity about their lives. In the program, they discover the freedom to fully express themselves and design a new, more fulfilling future.

Leading with Resiliency and Grace is a transformational experience that helps women recognize the underlying assumptions and beliefs - some carried over from past military experiences - that have been invisibly shaping, and limiting, their thoughts and actions. The introspective realizations that arise in this program empower a woman to intervene in the way her life has been going, shift her perspective, and open up new possibilities for moving forward in life with greater leadership, resiliency and grace. Veterans leave the program with a new-found perspective on life that prepares them to take better advantage of the veterans’ assistance programs that are available to enhance their career or life skills.

Marty Conatser, past National Commander for the American Legion, stated “The Legion supports many beneficial programs for veterans, but the Sunergos program is unique. It’s the only program we’ve encountered that gives women veterans access to something truly great: themselves. This program elevates hearts, minds and spirits and helps them set a new foundation for life.”

Erica Borggren, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, added “I am pleased to know that the women of Illinois’ veteran community have access to programs like Leading with Resiliency and Grace. Transitions are difficult, and I’m grateful to the Sunergos team for its efforts to assist women veterans in succeeding through transition.”

Leading with Resiliency and Grace takes place May 23 – 25 at the Joseph Medill Room in the Visitors Center at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois near Chicago. The program is hosted by Sunergos, a performance consulting and leadership development firm that specializes in programs for military service members and veterans as well as programs for women executives.

Ines Fret-Caraballo, a past program participant, explained what she got out of her participation: “It was not only the principles that were taught, but learning how to live those principles now that made it so valuable.”

Program sponsors include Kalstar and The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park. Program supporters include The American Legion, The American Legion Department of Illinois and Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. For more information about sponsoring or attending this program, email military@sunergosllc.com.

About Sunergos

Sunergos is a performance consulting and leadership development firm. Our principals and key staff each have over 25 years of experience working with global leaders and their organizations to fulfill their most essential mandates. Our customized programs elevate service members’ ability to meet the demands of our national military strategy. We help your force develop the capacity for resiliency, leadership, and performance under any circumstances, both while in the service as well as during military transitions such as the reintegration process into civilian life. Sunergos means “working together” where overall performance is far greater than the sum of individual efforts. To learn more, visit sunergosllc.com. 


About  Kalstar 

Kalstar Enterprises grew out of Kane Warehousing, a family-owned third-party logistics company founded in 1930. Kalstar was started in 2004 by Kane sisters Kathleen Calpin and Kelly Stark. Kalstar serves consumer goods companies seeking expert warehousing and packaging services from a minority-owned logistics company. To learn more, visit kaneisable.com or kalstar.com.

About The American Legion 

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership. To learn more, visit the American Legion.