The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) currently estimates that 65.6 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution, the highest number of refugees at a single time on record. Among them are 22.5 million refugees (half of whom are under 18) and 10 million stateless people. People, organizations, and corporations around the globe showed up for World Refugee Day 2017, raised their voices, and showed that they were #WithRefugees and willing to #StandWithRefugees across a range of issues spanning human rights, humanitarian aid, crisis response, global public health, safety within camps, education, job training, resettlement, and more.
SEATTLE, WA, February 28, 2017—The Seattle Chapter of Sheryl Sandberg’s women’s leadership movement Lean In will be celebrating the first anniversary of a powerful partnership with Lean In Military that focuses specifically on women veterans: Lean In Women Veterans. The multi-speaker event will unpack the topic POWERFUL TRANSITIONS, a challenge that faces not only military personnel transitioning from the military into the private sector, but also the more than 3,000 civilian women of Lean In’s Seattle Chapter.
The purpose of this military/civilian initiative, officially supported by the VA | CWV and Sheryl Sandberg's LeanIn.Org, is to help women veterans make a successful transition from active duty to rewarding work in the private sector. It is our firm belief that a successful transition will include the military and civilian community coming together for those who have so bravely served our nation.