Military Spouse Summit & Luncheon


Wednesday 1 May 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM


Military spouses and military members are invited to attend the second annual Military Spouse Summit & Luncheon at this year’s Modern Day Marine Exposition.

Spouses seeking employment will be given the opportunity for networking and education in the military industry and beyond.


Schedule of Events


Quality of Life Presentation 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 

Main Briefing Center Stage in the Expo Hall

This panel presentation will bring together Marine Corps and civilian leaders to discuss what the Marine Corps is doing differently now to improve the quality of life for Marines and their families and its plans for the future.

LtGen James Glynn, Deputy Commandant, M&RA
LtGen James Adams, Deputy Commandant P&R
MajGen David Maxwell, Commanding General, MCIC
SgtMaj Carlos Ruiz, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps


Special Interest Session #1  10:15 AM – 11:00 AM 

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Option A – Marine Corps Housing Update
Salon Pre-Function
Eric D. Mason, Sr., Lead, Unaccompanied Housing Program, MCICOM

Option B – Military Spouse Employment
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Erin King, HQMC Marine and Family Programs

Option C – Put Your Money to Work for You!
Salon F
Jennifer Bishop, District Advisor, First Command


Special Interest Session #2  11:15 AM – 12:00 PM 

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Option A – Maximizing Your Retirement by Minimizing Your Taxes
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Nidhi Talati, CFP, Vice President, Financial Planning, First Command Financial Services

Option B – Healthcare Update: Ensuring Family Wellness in the Marine Corps
Salon Pre-Function
RDML Pamela Miller, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps

Option C – Dependent Care and Education
Salon F
Lori Pickel, DODEA


Luncheon & Keynote Panel: Strength in Unity – Marine Spouses Leading the Way  12:30 PM – 1:30 PM 

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Mrs. Trish Smith, CMC Spouse
Mrs. Mary Mahoney, ACMC Spouse
Mrs. Andrea Ruiz, SMMC Spouse

Moderator – Jennifer Goodale, MMOA

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