Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How can I get help paying for this event?


There are options if you cannot personally pay for this event.  For ideas, please email and we might be able to help.

Question: Can I attend PTDY/PTAD?


Approval rests with your leadership but attending OWLS will definitely enhance your value to your service! These references may help:

  • Air Force: AFI 36-3003, Military Leave Program, 24 Aug 2020, Table 3.6 Rule 6
  • Army: AR 600-8-10, Leaves and Passes, 3 Jun 2020, para 5-2 and 5-3
  • Navy: MILPERSMAN 1050-270, Administrative Absences, 10 May 17, para 3(a)
  • Marines: MCO 1050.3J, Regulations for Leave, Liberty, and Administrative Absence, 19 May 09, Chapter 5, para 1(c)
  • Coast Guard: COMDTINST M1000.8A Military Assignments and Authorized Absences, 22 Jun 18, Para 2.A.10.b. (1)

Question: What are the registration fees?

The Mini-OWLS series of three half day events is $65 (early bird) and $75 general admission.  Each Mini-OWLS event is $25 (early bird) and $30 general admission. The early bird pricing for the 3-day series and the 13 APR event ends 1 April.  The early bird date for the 5 AUG event is 22 JUL and the early bird date for the 9 NOV date is 27 OCT.  See the Mini-OWLS tab for more details.

Question: What are the times and dates of the Mini-OWLS?

All events will be held from 11:30-3:30pm EST on 13 April, 5 August, and 9 November.

Question: What are the themes of the Mini-OWLS?

The overarching theme of the Mini-OWLS series is: Reimagining Meaningful Leadership.  The daily themes for each event are:

  • 13 April, 2021: Leading Self
  • 5 August, 2021: Leading with Humility, Power, and Influence
  • 9 November, 2021: Leading Ethically into the Future

Question: Is there a break for lunch during the Mini-OWLS?

There is no break for lunch during the half-day schedule from 11:30am – 3:30pm EST.  We encourage you to either eat in advance or during the event.

Question: How interactive will the Mini-OWLS be for attendees?

We are planning two sessions of facilitated roundtable discussions in small groups of 8 that will last 25 minutes each.  We are also making it possible for participants to ask questions and share comments during the sessions.

Question: Can I attend for just one of the Mini-OWLS events?

Yes. Note, there is a discount for attending more than one day. Pricing is based on daily attendance, not on program selections.

Question: Since the events are virtual, will there be networking, mentoring, or other opportunities to engage beyond the presentations?

For ALL attendees, we encourage you to ask questions and participate in “networking forums” which are roundtable discussions hosted during the second part of every Mini-OWLS.  In these sessions, you will have the opportunity to connect with other participants and discuss important topics in smaller groups.  We also invite you to join our eMentor program where you can mentor, find a mentor, or participate in ongoing discussions.

Question: How should I prepare for these events?

For some of the Mini-OWLS events we will send out a short assessment ahead of time to gather data and spark discussion during the event.

Question: What is the Dress Code?

Since this event will be hosted virtually, event attendees are encouraged to be comfortable yet professional.  Event attendees are recommended to wear business casual. Those who are unit funded may be required to attend in uniform, in which case, Class B uniform or equivalent is recommended. Speakers and Presenters are recommended to wear business attire or Service Dress.

Question: Are there options if I cannot pay the registration fees?

If you are unable to personally cover registration fees, do not hesitate to ask your supervisor, units, companies, or organizations for support.  There may be training and professional development funds available to cover your registration fees.  If this is not an option, you may select the option, “Admission Price Waiver Wait List” when registering.  Placement on the wait list does NOT guarantee admission to the events.  The AcademyWomen team will contact you directly if there is donation money available to cover your registration fees.

Question: Since this event is virtual, why do we have to pay registration fees?

The registration fees cover expenses incurred to plan, organize, and run a very high-end, professional first-class event.  In addition to hearing from and engaging in discussions with world-class speakers, you will have the opportunity to connect with other high-caliber event attendees from all military services and many organizations doing important work for our nation.  This event offers unique opportunities to meet leaders, spark new ideas, and consider ways to hone your own leadership.  The programming offered in these three days has been life-changing, eye-opening, and career-enhancing.  The value of these events extends well beyond the cost of registration.

Question: How can I help others attend who may not be able to pay the registration fees (even if I cannot attend myself)?

Thank you for your generosity and commitment to build our community! If you are able to donate an additional admission fee, or multiple admission fees, on behalf of those who may not be able to afford the cost, you may select the registration option, “Donate Admission(s)” and contribute any amount. AcademyWomen is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Please confer with your tax professional to determine your level of deduction. Receipts for donated admission fees will be available upon request.