May 9th, 2018

2018 Military Spouse Town Hall

Bolling Air Force Base Officers’ Club




8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast at Bolling Club, JBAB

8:55 a.m.

Official Welcome: Janine Boldrin, MS Managing Editor & Suzie Schwartz, MS Programs President

9:10 a.m.

Keynote: Congresswoman Kay Granger

9:35 a.m.

Lori Simmons, Armed Forces Insurance

9:45 a.m.

Inspiring stories of the Hard Work to Go For it!

-Sarah Bishop, Marine Corps Marathon female winner
-Nicole O’Brien, owner of Unique Pl8tz License Plate Art
-Erica McMannes, Founder of MadSkills
-Libby Jamison, Homefront Rising

10:30 a.m.

Special Messages from Around the World

10:45 a.m.

Breakaway: Rebecca Clarke & Krista Wells on Personal Growth

11:30 a.m.

Lisa Hallet: Run to Remember

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and table discussions with MSOY branch winners

1:00 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

What It Means to Win the Military Spouse of the Year Award and How to Use It – Janine Boldrin & PR Team

2:00 p.m.

Terri Barnes & Elva Resa: How to Tell Your Story

2:30 p.m.

MSOY panel: How MSOY Helped Me Go For It!

Brian Alvarado, 2018 AFI Navy SOY
Cassandra Martinez, 2017 AFI Army SOY
Bianca Strzalkowski,2011 AFI MSOY
Shelley Kimball, 2013 AFI Coast Guard SOY

3:00 p.m.

Brittany Boccher, 2017 AFI MSOY

3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

3:30 p.m.

Cocktail Hour & Networking

About the Event

The Town Hall began in 2013 as a full day networking event in conjunction with the Military Spouse of the Year Award. Each year since, military spouses have come together to meet each other, leaders in the community, and organizations who support military spouses. In the past, speakers have included the military spouse entrepreneurs behind R. Riveter, Military Friendly companies like Capital One and Starbucks, and previous Spouses of the Year who are accomplishing great things on installations around the world.
In 2018, the Town Hall theme is “Go For It! How to make the leap to do great things.” We have an amazing lineup of speakers and activities for you that we will share soon. The event is open to any and all military spouses! Join us at the Bolling Club on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling – we’ll save you a seat (and one for your friend, too!)

Our Team


Suzie Schwartz

President of Military Spouse Programs
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Janine Boldrin

Managing Editor of Military Spouse
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Kariah Manwaring

MSOY & Military Spouse Digital Marketing Specialist

Ian Blyth

Digital Marketing Manager

Joe Maiocco

Creative Director

Lain Harvey

MSOY Event Coordinator

Bri Cooper

Asst. Marketing Manager


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Upcoming Dates

Town Hall – May 9
MSOY – May 10

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