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2022 Veterans Conference

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The 2022 Veterans Conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C. on June 28 - 30. Make plans to join us for this in-person conference! Be sure to check back for additional details as we draw closer to the conference. 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced both the 2020 and 2021 conferences to be virtual, but using that forum also allowed significantly more people to participate than in previous years. A total of 1,353 people registered for the 2021 conference– a 230% increase over the 588 who attended in person in 2019. Most attendees were state employees who work directly with Veterans, eligible spouses and Transitioning Service Members, along with the Federal partners, employers and Veteran Service Organizations. We will soon be announcing keynote and plenary speakers for 2022. We will again be at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC. 

Keynote Speakers Announced!


General Stanley McChrystal

General Stanley McChrystal

Four Star General Stan McChrystal is the former commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan.

After graduating from West Point in 1976, General McChrystal served for 34 years – much of that time commanding special forces and airborne infantry units.

His address at the 2022 NASWA Veterans Conference, “Lessons in Leadership,” is being sponsored by

In dynamic presentations on leadership, General Stan McChrystal shares lessons based on leading and innovating one of the world’s largest organizations. Modern warfare and business demand the same no-nonsense leadership that drives change and implements it across large organizations. He reveals the power of culture, communication, and relationships, sharing stories, experiences, and principles that make his points. McChrystal addresses such key leadership principles as transparency and inclusion, leveraging the power of teams through relationships, leading by influence, relentless mission focus, and sharing a clear vision with everyone who must execute against it.


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Richard Pimentel

Disability Advocate Richard Pimentel

Back by popular demand! A lot of you have asked, and disability advocate Richard Pimentel is making a return visit to the NASWA Vets Conference. He will be one of four keynote speakers, and will also present a workshop.

Richard lost his hearing while serving in Vietnam. His story was told in the feature film, “The Music Within.” He also helped write the ADA, and developed training materials aimed to help employers integrate persons with disabilities into the workplace. 

He is being sponsored by CVS Health/Aetna.



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Jennie Taylor

Gold Star Wife Jennie Taylor

Jennie Taylor is the widow of Army Major Brent Taylor, who was killed in Afghanistan by a member of the Afghan security forces in 2018. The National Guard officer was on his fourth year-long tour at the time.

At the time of his death, Major Taylor was also the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, and the father of seven children – the youngest less than a year old.

Jennie has since started the Major Brent Taylor Foundation, and was appointed a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army in Utah.

She is being sponsored by Google.


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Cedric King

Retired Army Master Sergeant Cedric King

On July 25, 2012, during his second tour in Afghanistan, Master Sergeant King was severely injured by an IED which caused permanent damage to his right arm and the amputation of both legs. Within 21 months of his injury, he ran the Boston Marathon on prosthetic blades. He has finished five marathons - three on blades, one in a wheelchair, and in 2021, on a handcycle, completing the course in 2:15:17 (The winning time for runners was 2:09:51). Master Sergeant King is being sponsored by Microsoft.





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2022 Veterans Conference Schedule

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Concurrent Breakout Session: Building Career Paths for Service-Disabled Veterans in the Clean Energy Industry

Though increasingly optimistic about the future outlook, many industry leaders face major hurdles to recruit and hire experienced candidates to fill the growing number of clean energy jobs. At least one in five Americans has a disability and one in three Veterans identifies as disabled. Apprenticeship programs that are designed to be inclusive of people with disabilities can play a vital role in building out the clean energy industry’s future workforce and creating career opportunities for veterans. This talent pipeline offers a cadre of trained and experienced job candidates with diverse skill sets, knowledge, and abilities. The U.S. Department of Labor-funded Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA) collaborates with employers and apprenticeship partners to design apprenticeship programs that meet employer talent needs and enable people with disabilities, including Veterans, to gain credentials and skills to succeed in growing industries. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) administers the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Solar Ready Veterans, a program that connects transitioning military service members and Veterans with career opportunities in the solar industry. Together, presenters from these organizations will shed light on the critical nexus of accessibility and the clean energy industry, one of the key sources of jobs of the future.
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Registration Types


  • Member Registration: $550.00   
    • A member is a state workforce agency employee or NASWA staff.


  • Government Partner Registration: $600.00  
    • A USDOL employee, Federal Agency employee, Congressional staff, or Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state agency partner employee.
  • Non-member Registration: $700.00  
    • A non-state or federal agency employee. This includes vendors, sponsors, and affiliates.

Note: Audio-PowerPoint recordings of certain sessions will be made available to attendees post-conference.


Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, or once we reach capacity. 

NOTE: There will be NO onsite or late registrations.

We recommend registering as soon as possible. 

View An Existing Registration

Click "My Registration" to view,, update, or cancel your existing registration.
NOTE: To access your registration, click "Already Registered?" then use the Confirmation Number from the "Registration Confirmation" email (sent from NASWA Meetings).

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Payments & Cancellations

Payment Options

Upon completing registration, you have the option to pay by credit card, purchase order, or check.

Please make checks payable to the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

Please include the confirmation number and meeting you are attending on the check or purchase order.

444 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001

If you need to change your method of payment at any time, please email and identify the meeting you are attending.

NASWA's Federal Tax ID number is 52-0978073.


Cancellations and Refunds

Attendees will receive a full refund on cancellation requests. No cancellation fees will be applied.

Photography and Video Disclaimer

By attending the event, you acknowledge and agree as follows: (a) NASWA may use photographs or recordings of you at the event for social media, marketing, promotional activities and for any other lawful purpose in the ordinary course of its business; and (b) due to the prevalence of mobile recording devices in today’s world, NASWA disclaims all liability for the capture of your image in any multimedia format by other attendees at the event.

Travel Information

Hotel Information

Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. at a government per diem rate of $258.00 per night (plus tax).

Reservation deadline: Wednesday, June 6, 2022.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are many exciting ways for you to participate in this year's Veterans Conference and engage with NASWA members. Please see the prospectus below for sponsorship opportunities and click the button to sign up as a sponsor. Send your questions to

Conference Attendance Registration:

  • Staff from your organization attending the conference should register as "Non-Members" by going to the "Registration" tab above.

  • After completing the sponsor registration, you must still register to attend the conference. The conference registration is a separate, standalone registration from the sponsor registration.             

    • If you signed up for a sponsorship level that includes complimentary attendee registration(s), you will receive a complimentary registration code for the number of free registrations available to your Sponsorship Level. The code will be sent to the individual purchasing the sponsorship. 


  • Company description, logo, and website URL should be submitted during registration or sent to as soon as possible.

  • Program ad content should be submitted as soon as possible to (Gold, Silver, and Diamond Speaker Sponsors only) The deadline for submitting program ads is Monday, May 23, 2022.

  • Payment is due no later than four (4) weeks prior to the event, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. If payment is not received by four (4) weeks prior to the event any signed sponsorship agreements are null and void.

  • Conference bags, sponsored lanyards, and any company-branded materials to be included in the registration packet items should reach the hotel by Friday, June 24, 2022

General Sponsorship / Exhibition Logistics

Sponsor Levels Availability:

  • Gold Level Sponsors: $10,000 | 3 Available

  • Silver Level Sponsors: $7,550 | 5 Available

  • Bronze Level Sponsors: $5,750 | 7 Available (Note: This sponsorship level does not include an Exhibit Table - see A la Carte options below)

Contributor Level:

The contributor level is available to groups who choose not to be a Sponsor but instead choose to purchase an Exhibit Table only. This option is available only while space is available.

  • Contributor Level Exhibit Table (one 6' table) $2,500 | Available 

    • NOTE: This cost is for the exhibit table ONLY. Individuals working at the exhibit table will also need to register for the conference as a "Non-member." This is a separate registration from the exhibit table registration. 

A la Carte Items:  

  • Exhibit Table - (one 6' exhibit table) 

    • Bronze Sponsor: $1,000  This option is available only while space is available.

  • Diamond Speaker Sponsorship - contact for more information

  • Speaker Sponsorship - contact for more information

  • Photo Studio Sponsorship* - $4,500

  • Conference Wifi Sponsorship - $3,500

  • Name Badge Package* - SOLD OUT

  • Conference Bag Sponsorship* - $2,000


*Price listed is for sponsorship only. Purchase of item(s) is sponsor responsibility. All items are subject to availability at the time of the request.




2022 Veterans Conference Sponsorship Listing
2022 Veterans Conference Sponsorship Listing

Conference FAQs

How do I cancel my registration?

In the Registration Confirmation email you received from NASWA Meetings after registering for the conference, follow the instructions to modify your registration. You'll need your confirmation number and the email address used to complete the registration to access your registration. Click, "Cancel Registration" and follow the instructions to complete your cancellation.

If you do not have your confirmation email, please contact to request a duplicate.

How do I transfer my registration to someone else?

In the Registration Confirmation email you received from NASWA Meetings after registering for the conference, follow the instructions to modify your registration. You'll need your confirmation number and the email address used to complete the registration to access your registration. Click, "Transfer Registration" and follow the instructions to substitute an attendee. 

If you do not have your Registration Confirmation email, please contact to request a duplicate.

How can I download a copy of my registration invoice/receipt?

In the Registration Confirmation email you received from NASWA Meetings after registering for the conference, click the link to view/print your invoice/receipt.

If you do not have your confirmation email, please contact to request a duplicate.

What are the cancellation and refund policies?

Attendees will receive a full refund on cancellation requests. No cancellation fees will be applied.

I have a question about a NASWA event. How do I contact NASWA?

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Your Health & Safety Is Our Priority. In an effort to provide an engaging and participatory experience while keeping the health & safety of attendees as our priority, we are instituting the following protocols consistent with local, state, and federal CDC Guidelines and recommendations for COVID-19 community levels.

Washington, D.C. COVID-19 Community-Level Status

Please check this page frequently for changes and updates based on Community-Level Status.


  • Register in advance: All attendees must register in advance by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.  
    • Register  
      • There will be no onsite registration
      • Attendees will find their name badge at their assigned seat in the ballroom
  • Feeling ill? Please do not plan to attend if you are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 
    • If you become sick and must cancel plans to attend the Seminar or committee meetings, contact NASWA Meetings

At the Seminar

  • Vaccinations NOT required
    • Vaccinations are not required, but strongly encouraged
    • NASWA staff in attendance will all be fully vaccinated
  • Masks NOT required
    • Masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who choose to mask or are immunocompromised
  • No-Touch Check-In
    • Registration information & name badges will be available at attendees' assigned seats
  • Assigned Seating
    • All registered attendees will have assigned seating (more information coming soon on how to access your assigned seat)
  • Name Badges at Seat
    • Name badges will be available at your assigned seat 
  • Health & Safety Resources
    • Hand sanitizer and masks will be available to all attendees throughout the meeting space
    • Urgent care center information is available at the bottom of this page
  • How Do You Feel?
    • Attendees must check for signs of illness and symptoms of COVID-19 each morning prior to attending the event and/or meeting(s)
  • Contact Us:
    • Should you have to discontinue participation after becoming ill while onsite, please contact NASWA meetings


  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within 14 days of attending the event, please inform NASWA so that we can perform the necessary follow-up.


Questons? Contact NASWA Meetings 


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