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Combat Boots to Heels: Professional Development for Women Veterans

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In 2009, I transitioned from Active Duty Marine Corps with a PhD and three combat tours. I thought for sure I would have zero problems stepping right into my next big civilian career. WRONG!!! I quickly and sadly found out the harsh reality of just how unprepared our veterans are for transitioning. I was unemployed for nearly a year and I sunk into a deep depression as I tried to hold my chin up like a ‘good’ Marine. It wasn’t until I actually made a full transformation of my mind and truly understood my worth that I was able to stop interviewing for the jobs that I had been ‘placed into’ and started interviewing for my next step in life, my dreams, and my career. 

There are over 2 million women veterans today and that number is steadily rising. The veteran transition programs today focus on entry-level training for a male dominated population. At Synergy Learning Institute, we offer a veteran transition program exclusively for women veterans called “Combat Boots to Heels”. This program focuses on the premier assessment, guidance, and transformation of women veterans’ skills to lead in various professions and career levels with distinction. For us to continue to arm female veterans with pride and stride we need your help. 

You can help Synergy Learning Institute support our Nation’s veterans through donating to “Combat Boots to Heels”. Your support is key in helping us to meet each individual where they are and guide them to where they want to be. 

Would you consider donating to help us achieve our mission? ($25 starts the assessment process for one female veteran to begin our non-profit professional development program.) We need $15,000 to automate our process and meet the increasing population demand of transitioning femaie veterans in our program.

We thank you in advance for your support! Your donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to support our Nation’s veterans in their transition. You can also donate online at or call us at 619.206.6822. 

With warm regards, 

Karen M. Walker, PhD 

Chair of Women Veterans Transition Program, Synergy Learning Institute 

($25  starts the assessment process for one female veteran to begin our non-profit professional development program.)


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Thank You for having a venue to enhance the Professional Development of our Leaders. 1 month ago




Thank you so much for your support of our Nation's female veterans! Your donation is critical to impacting HER life journey. SEMPER FIDELIS 1 year ago