The definitive experience for planning and building a world-class SVA Chapter.

Pacific & Mountain Time Zones: Closed

Central & Eastern Time Zones: Closed


Regional Summits provide the tools, techniques, and tactics needed for student veterans to manage a successful and sustainable student organization.

  • 100% virtual, immersive experience.
  • Fully funded for attendees, with no travel costs.
  • Live content streamed from around the country.

This training is recommended for all current, recently-elected, and prospective chapter leaders.

New for 2020: All participants will receive an exclusive t-shirt and official SVA lapel pin.

Chapter Leaders: Register Now

Chapter operations and sustainability are incredibly important as our country continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic. Regional Summit curriculum has been updated and expanded to help you make the most of virtual engagement opportunities this school year.

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Supercharge your chapter in 6 steps:

1: Define Your Chapter

Develop or strengthen your chapter's mission statement and mission-focused goals to create a strategic plan.

2: Enhance Your Chapter

Establish objectives and strategies that will help you achieve each goal.

Plan the framework for on-campus recruiting, event programming, and fundraising using your strategic plan.

3: Engage Your Chapter

4: Elevate Your Chapter Leadership

Acquire specific tools and techniques to improve your leadership skills, with an emphasis on virtual chapter operations.

5: Connect & Empower Chapter Leaders

Connect, network, ask questions, and discuss regional issues in facilitated small groups.

Implement what you've learned on your campus, and leverage your enhanced regional network for support.

6: Execute Summit Lessons

Whether starting a brand new chapter or building on an established one, SVA's Regional Summits offer a variety of sessions that guide chapter leaders to grow chapter success strategically and navigate the academic year with tools, techniques, and tactics ready for impact.


Meet Regional Summit Facilitators:

Dr. Abby Kinch, PhD

As the Vice President of Programs and Services, Dr. Kinch is responsible for the creation, implementation, and success of our programs designed to empower veterans in higher education.

Jared Lyon, MPA

As the National President and CEO of SVA, Jared Lyon leads the organization’s efforts to empower student veterans to, through, and beyond higher education.

Kevin Jenkins

As an SVA Program Manager, Kevin brings over a dozen years of working in college admissions and access with him to his role serving student veterans, and he's passionate about helping students succeed.

Morgan Kaminski, MBA

As an SVA Program Manager, Morgan leads SVA's annual Leadership Institute, an immersive program that prepares students to affect change beyond their SVA chapter and campus.

Calvin Jensen

As SVA's Career & Professional Development Manager, Calvin helps to mobilize chapters and members to use LinkedIn to advance individual and chapter-based career objectives.

Mike Duerr, MA

As SVA's Vice President of Development, Mike works to cultivate a network of supporters and partners with SVA in our shared mission to empower our chapters across the country.

Will Hubbard

As SVA's Chief of Staff, Will Hubbard ensures that the entire SVA team is empowered to carry out our mission. Will served as SVA’s Vice President of Government Affairs for five years prior to this role.

Lauren Augustine

As SVA's Vice President of Government Affairs, Lauren Augustine advocates on behalf of student veterans, their families, and military-connected students to empower them to, through, and beyond higher education.

Schedule & Key Takeaways


The first day centers on creating or improving an organizational strategic plan for your chapter and begins a dive into the Chapter Development Toolbox.

Instruction (8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

  • Introduction
  • Define Your Chapter: Mission Statement, Strategic Goals, Executive Board Structure, and Governing Documents.
  • Enhance Your Chapter: Objectives, Develop a Chapter Budget, Recruitment Plan, and Records Management Plan based on the Strategic Plan.
  • Engage Your Chapter: A deep dive into Meetings & Events, Crafting an Elevator Pitch, and writing a Fundraising Plan.
  • Leadership Tools

Regional Happy Hour (4 - 5 p.m.)

Chapter leaders will break out into facilitated small groups to unwind, discuss local issues, connect and network with each other, and ask questions.

4 1/2 HOURS

Day 1

4 1/2 HOURS

Day 2

The second day finishes out the Chapter Development Toolbox, and combines lessons learned with firsthand corporate and executive experience.

Instruction (8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

  • Recruiting Tools
  • Programming Tools
  • Fundraising Tool

Congratulations! (2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

After digging deep to push your chapter forward, it's time to celebrate your work.

Participation & Eligibility:


Pacific & Mountain Time Zones: Closed

Central & Eastern Time Zones: Closed

If you have a question that is not addressed below, please reach out to our team at [email protected]

What is the difference between the Regional Summit and the Leadership Institute?

The Regional Summit was created to provide Chapter Leaders with the tools, techniques, and tactics to develop a successful and sustainable chapter. It is meant for established as well as new chapters. The Leadership Institute takes Chapter Leaders through a personal leadership experience, apart from their chapter.

Where can I get a copy of the Chapter Guide or Summit Guide?

The Chapter Guide is downloadable on our website at, by selecting “Chapters.” The Summit Guide can be found on the Summit web page at Both will always be available and updated annually.

Do I need the Summit Guide?

While not required to participate in your Regional Summit, the Summit Guide follows along the first day’s curriculum and provides a place to jot down ideas, provides tips for new chapters, and outlines the “assignments” that you’ll be given.

What time does the summit start?

The Summit on September 19-20 begins at 8:30 am Pacific Time, or 9:30 am Mountain Time. The Summit on September 26-27 begins at 8:30 am Central Time, or 9:30 am Eastern Time.

Will I be able to ask questions during the webinar?

Yes, you can use the chat function throughout the presentation and during the 15-minute Q&A portion of the session. The presenters may not be able to get to each and every question, but we will have a list of the questions asked over both weekends with their answers turned into frequently asked questions on our website at These will be available around the first week of October. Our communications team will send a link to these questions and answers following the Summit to all participants.

Will I be able to talk to other Chapter Leaders during the Summit?

We are presenting this Summit via Zoom Webinar, which does not allow for participant engagement outside of the chat function. However, from 4pm (pacific time or central time, depending on their Summit) to 5pm, we are hosting a Virtual Happy Hour where you will be able to engage with neighboring Chapter Leaders using both audio and video functions.

What if I can’t make it to the Summit I registered for?

If you live in the Pacific or Mountain time zones and miss your Summit, you can contact our team at [email protected] to register for the other Summit weekend. Keep in mind, however, that weekend two begins at 8:30 am Central Time. If you are unable to make either weekend, you can view the Summit video accessible in early October at

How do I follow-up with instructors after the Summit?

Each of the presenters is on the National Headquarters staff, and so their contact information is available on our website at Their contact is also available in the Summit Guide, which can be found on the Summit website at

Will I be able to view the Summit later?

Yes, the Summit will be recorded and may be accessed by visiting our Summit website at Our communications team will send a link to Summit Recordings following the Summit to all participants.

Will future Summits be done virtually?

We are always looking for ways to deliver effective programming to our chapters. Due to Covid-19 we’ve had the opportunity to explore virtual options for our programming and events. We certainly don’t know what the future of in-person events looks like but are now building a stronger base for flexible program delivery that can reach a broader audience.

Is the training live with a real instructor?

The curriculum sessions are prerecorded, but the instructors will be with you the entire time to answer questions as well as follow the pre-recorded content with a live Q&A session. This way, we can better engage with you to make sure that as many questions as possible are answered during the Summit.

What equipment do I need to attend the virtual Summit? Can I Use Bluetooth Headset?

You will only need a computer or smart phone with internet access. As long as your Bluetooth device is compatible with the computer or mobile device that you are using, you can use a Bluetooth Headset.

Will I receive anything for completing the Summit?

We recognize the amount of time and effort it takes to engage as a Chapter Leaders, and always like to thank you for your participation in these development programs. After the Summit, you will be mailed separately an SVA Regional Summit t-shirt and a letter from Jared Lyon, National President and CEO of SVA with an official SVA lapel pin. Make sure your mailing address on your registration is correct so these get delivered to the right place.

How do I join a Zoom meeting?

You can join a meeting by clicking the meeting link or going to and entering in the meeting ID. This information was provided in an email to you following your completed registration. If you did not complete your registration, you will need to do that before joining your Summit.

Do I have to have a webcam to join on Zoom?

While you are not required to have a webcam to join a Zoom Meeting or Webinar, you will not be able to transmit video of yourself. You will be able to watch others, listen, and use the chat function, however.

How do I join computer/device audio?

On most devices, you can join computer/device audio by clicking Join Audio, Join with Computer Audio, or Audio to access the audio setting.

How do I contact Zoom for technical support

Visit to find answers to frequent technical issues or to engage with the Zoom chatbot.

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