Women Student Veterans: The Importance of Gender-Specific Programming for Leadership Development: The aim of this session is to educate the audience on the need for and impact of gender-specific leadership development programming for women veterans. Using data and real-world examples derived from a recently-implemented higher education learning community, the session will focus on the impact of a women veterans learning community created by a large Midwestern university. A diverse panel of women student veterans will discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist for them as they pursue a degree, particularly those that are gender-based, and how they have overcome them using skills gained in the learning community. Presentations will focus on navigating identity, particularly within the context of gender, military status and transitions; developing and utilizing strengths and communication skills; building resilience; and discovering career opportunities. The session will conclude with time for audience feedback, reflection and engagement.