Women's Symposium Debrief Msg

Women's Symposium Debrief Msg

Postby webmaster » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:33 pm

GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. THE COMNAVSURFLANT SURFACE FORCE WOMEN'S
WATERFRONT SYMPOSIUM WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, 18 AUGUST, FROM 0830 TO
1600. OVER 200 PERSONNEL ATTENDED TO RECEIVE INFORMATION, ASK
QUESTIONS, DISCUSS SOLUTIONS, AND ENGAGE IN COMMUNICATION WITH OTHER
MEMBERS OF THE FEMALE SURFACE WARFARE COMMUNITY. THE SYMPOSIUM WAS
CONDUCTED PER THE AGENDA PROMULGATED IN REF A. THIS AFTER ACTION
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS THE MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION.
2. REAR ADMIRAL KEVIN QUINN, COMMANDER, NAVAL SURFACE FORCE
ATLANTIC, GAVE OPENING REMARKS WHICH FOCUSED ON THE IMPORTANCE OF
WOMEN IN OUR SURFACE FORCE, AND HIS PERSONAL EXPERIENCES IN COMMAND
OF ONE OF THE FIRST COMBATANTS WITH A MIXED GENDER CREW (USS BARRY).
HIS CREW DEMONSTRATED A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATION OF MEN AND
WOMEN AT SEA, AND ITS SUPERB TEAM PERFORMANCE HELPED HIS COMMAND TO
RECEIVE THE BATTENBERG CUP, THE ARIZONA MEMORIAL TROPHY, THE
FLEET-WIDE GOLDEN ANCHOR AWARD, AND THE CNO SAFETY AWARD - THE ONLY
SHIP TO RECEIVE ALL THESE AWARDS IN THE SAME YEAR. RADM QUINN GAVE
SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE EXCEPTIONALLY MOTIVATED AND
PROFESSIONAL WOMEN WHO WERE INSTRUMENTAL TO THE SHIP'S SUCCESS.
3. REAR ADMIRAL CAROL POTTENGER, COMMANDER, NAVY EXPEDITIONARY
COMBAT COMMAND, WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND DELIVERED AN EXCEPTIONAL
ADDRESS UNDER THE THEME OF HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT. SHE
EMPHASIZED - AND CELEBRATED - THE FACT THAT THIS WAS A WOMEN'S
SYMPOSIUM, AND THAT THE CONSISTENT AND OVERT SPONSORSHIP OF THESE
TYPE OF EVENTS BY LEADERSHIP - INCLUDING CNO AND TYPE COMMANDERS -
WAS "STRIKING AND IMPORTANT." SHE SAID THE NAVY HAS COME A LONG WAY
IN THE LAST 5-8 YEARS, AND WENT ON TO EXPLAIN HOW WOMEN HAVE SERVED,
AND CAN SERVE, BY ABIDING BY THE NAVY'S CORE VALUES. SHE ENCOURAGED
WOMEN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WONDERFUL NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
AVAILABLE TO THEM AT THE SYMPOSIUM, AND TO ESTABLISH CONNECTIONS
WITH ATTENDING WOMEN WHO MAY HAVE ONCE BEEN IN THEIR SHOES. ADMIRAL
POTTENGER EXPLAINED HOW SHE CAME TO REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF
PROVIDING MENTORSHIP TO WOMEN, AS A SUCCESSFUL WOMAN, AND CHALLENGED
FEMALE LEADERS TO TO EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REACH OUT AND MENTOR
JUNIOR WOMEN AS A RESPONSIBILITY OF LEADERSHIP. SHE SAID THAT WOMEN
LEADERS WHO MENTOR WOMEN ARE NOT BEING UNFAIR TO OTHER MEMBERS OF
THEIR WARDROOM OR CREW, BUT RATHER ARE SIMPLY ACCEPTING THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS ROLE MODELS FOR OTHER WOMEN. HER ADVICE
TO WOMEN WAS TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND OUT - NOT BLEND IN! SHE
ALSO ELABORATED ON WHAT COMMITMENT MEANS TO HER, AND THE NEED FOR
SERVICE MEMBERS TO HELP FURTHER THE CAUSE OF PATRIOTISM IN OUR
NATION. SHE RECOMMENDED TO THE AUDIENCE A BOOK CALLED "PATRIOTIC
GRACE," BY PEGGY NOONAN, WHICH EXPLAINS AMERICA'S NEED FOR MEN AND
WOMEN OF EVERY RACE, PROFESSION, AND BACKGROUND TO STEP UP AND TO
SERVE FOR THE COUNTRY'S GREATER GOOD. SHE EXPLAINED HER BELIEF THAT
INTEGRITY IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAITS OF A LEADER, THROUGH
WHICH WE SERVE WITH HONOR. ADMIRAL POTTENGER CONCLUDED BY RECITING A
POWERFUL RECENT NEWS ARTICLE ABOUT REAR ADMIRAL MICHELLE HOWARD,
WHICH RELAYED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HAVING WOMEN IN POSITIONS OF
COMMAND IN THE NAVY. AFTER HER REMARKS, THE ADMIRAL ANSWERED SEVERAL
QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE.
4. THE CHILD CARE OVERVIEW, GIVEN BY DEBRA WICKS FROM THE VIRGINIA
METRO CHILD AND YOUTH PROGRAMS (CYP) OFFICE, PROVIDED VALUABLE
INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NAVY'S CYP
OFFICES. MS. WICKS EMPHASIZED THAT CURRENT NAVY-SPONSORED CHILD
CARE PROGRAMS ARE NOT SUFFICIENT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE ENTIRE
NAVY, BUT THAT ALL SERVICE MEMBERS CAN PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN
EXPANDING THESE SERVICES. CHILD CARE DEMAND IS MEASURED THROUGH
WAITING LISTS AND WAIT TIMES, AND THIS DEMAND HELPS TO DETERMINE
FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS, FACILITIES, OR SERVICES. THEREFORE,
RATHER THAN LETTING THE WAIT TIME FOR CHILD CARE BE A
DISCOURAGEMENT, SAILORS IN NEED OF SERVICES SHOULD ASK TO BE
PLACED ON THE WAITING LISTS SO THAT THE NAVY CAN UNDERSTAND THE
EXTENT OF FAMILY CHILD CARE NEEDS IN CERTAIN AREAS AND MAKE EFFORTS
TO MEET THOSE NEEDS. ANOTHER KEY TAKEAWAY FROM MS. WICKS'
PRESENTATION WAS THAT MANY SAILORS ARE NOT AWARE OF THE VAST ARRAY
OF PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO THEM - AND BY CONTACTING THE CHILD AND
YOUTH PROGRAMS OFFICE, SAILORS CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND THE OPTIONS
AVAILABLE TO THEM. HER MESSAGE TO FAMILIES NEEDING CHILD CARE:
YOU'RE NOT ALONE!
5. BOTH THE LEADERSHIP PANEL AND THE WORK/LIFE BALANCE PANEL WERE
EXCEPTIONAL. PANEL MEMBERS WERE:
LEADERSHIP PANEL
- RDML(S) ANN C. PHILLIPS, OPNAV N86B
- LCDR JENNIFER COUTURE, US JOINT FORCES COMMAND
- LCDR PATRICIA WITHERSPOON, US NAVY CEREMONIAL GUARD
- CMDCM(SW) GRETCHEN M. BOALS, NAVAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND
- CMDCM(SW/AW) MATTIE M. WELLS, PCU GRAVELY (DDG 107)
- ITC(SW/AW) SHARRI J. WHITE, NCTAMS LANT
WORK/LIFE BALANCE PANEL
- CAPT MARY JACKSON, EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NAVAL STATION NORFOLK
- CDR JENNIFER ELLINGER, US SECOND FLEET
- LCDR MONIKA STOKER, NAVY EXPEDITIONARY COMBAT COMMAND
- CMDCM(SW) LAUREL M. DAVIS, FFGRON/CDS 14
- MACM(SW/EXW/AW) DEANNA L. FOUST, USS IWO JIMA
- ITC(SW) MILDRED RIVERA-FISHER, NMCI DET NORFOLK
THE TWELVE WOMEN SERVING ON THESE PANELS WERE SUPERB EXAMPLES OF THE
PATRIOTIC AND DEDICATED FEMALE PROFESSIONALS SERVING IN OUR SURFACE
FORCE. SOME OF THE KEY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (PARAPHRASED):
LEADERSHIP PANEL
Q. HOW DO YOU REMAIN APPROACHABLE AS YOU PROGRESS AS A WOMAN IN THE
NAVY?
A. "BE YOUR BEST YOU." WOMEN LEADERS CAN REMAIN APPROACHABLE, AND
CAN LET THEIR COMPASSION BE A STRENGTH; BUT THE KEY IS TO SIMPLY
BE YOURSELF.
Q. HOW CAN WOMEN ON A SHIP FORM MENTORSHIP GROUPS WITHOUT SEPARATING
THEMSELVES FROM THE REST OF THE CREW?
A. BE BOLD IN TAKING ACTION; IT IS OK TO HAVE SUPPORT AND MENTORSHIP
GROUPS ON SHIPS COMPOSED OF WOMEN. CONSIDER SPONSORING OR TAKING
PART IN A WOMEN'S HEALTH DAY FOR YOUR COMMAND.
Q. IN TOUGH WORK ENVIRONMENTS, HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF GOING?
A. THROUGH SUPPORT FROM OTHERS. SEEK A MENTOR - OR BETTER YET, A
NETWORK OF MENTORS - AND LET THEM HELP YOU WITH ISSUES YOU FACE.
RECOGNIZE THAT SOME OF THE PREJUDICES AND ATTITUDES YOU ENCOUNTER
ARE NOT NECESSARILY YOUR FAULT.
A. IF THINGS GET CHALLENGING, TRY TO TAKE SOME TIME OUT TO REGAIN
YOUR PERSPECTIVE, SHIFT YOUR FOCUS, AND THEN COME BACK TO RETHINK
THE SITUATION.
Q. WHAT ARE SOME LEADERSHIP RULES THAT YOU LIVE BY?
A. TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED YOURSELF.
A. GROW WHERE YOU'RE PLANTED. NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE, NO MATTER
WHAT JOB YOU'RE IN, DO YOUR BEST AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
WORK/LIFE BALANCE PANEL
Q. HOW DO YOU BALANCE PARENTING RESPONSIBILITIES WITH CAREER?
A. THIS IS A DIFFICULT PATH THAT WE CHOOSE, BUT WOMEN CAN
SUCCESSFULLY BALANCE WORK AND LIFE RESPONSIBILITIES.
A. WOMEN MUST BE ABLE TO GIVE UP - TO SPOUSES, TO FAMILY, TO CARE
GIVERS - SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT THEY FEEL, AND RECOGNIZE
THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO SHOULDER THE BURDEN THEMSELVES.
A. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RESOURCES, PROGRAMS, PEOPLE, AND NETWORKS THAT
ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU, SO THAT AS A WOMAN YOU CAN HAVE A CAREER, HAVE
A FAMILY, AND SERVE YOUR COUNTRY.
Q. WHAT HAS KEPT YOU MOTIVATED?
A. THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE ACROSS THE WORLD - RECOGNIZING THAT
SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY IS A HIGHER CALLING.
A. THE ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE - NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE.
A. NETWORKING, HAVING ROLE MODELS, AND MENTORS WHO HAVE PROVIDED
ENCOURAGEMENT AT THE RIGHT TIMES IN ONE'S CAREER.
A. FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE - RECOGNIZING THAT OUR FAMILIES MUST BE
OUR PRIORITY, EVEN AS WE FULFILL OUR OBLIGATIONS TO THE NAVY AND OUR
COUNTRY.
Q. HOW DO YOU HANDLE BIASES TOWARD OPERATIONAL PREGNANCIES?
A. COMMUNICATE WITH DETAILERS REGARDING CAREER OPTIONS FOR PREGNANCY
PLANNING, AND INCLUDE THAT IN YOUR CAREER PLANNING. THOUGH UNPLANNED
PREGNANCIES HAPPEN, WOMEN SHOULD TRY TO MINIMIZE OPERATIONAL
PREGNANCIES IN FAVOR OF PREGNANCIES ON SHORE DUTY. THIS IS
BENEFICIAL FOR CAREER TIMING, AND ALSO FOR THE IMPACT TO OPERATIONAL
COMMANDS.
6. DURING THE OFFICE OF WOMEN'S POLICY (OWP) BRIEF, DIRECTOR
STEPHANIE MILLER EXPLAINED THAT OWP EXISTS TO DISCUSS WOMEN'S POLICY
MATTERS WITH CONGRESS AND OTHER KEY INFLUENCERS; HER SENIOR ENLISTED
ADVISOR, YNCS DEE ALLEN, ENSURES THAT THE VOICE OF THE FEMALE
ENLISTED SAILOR CONTINUES TO BE HEARD. DURING HER BRIEF, MS. MILLER
EXPLAINED THAT THERE IS A WIDE DISPARITY BETWEEN WOMEN OFFICERS AT
SEA WHO ARE CHILDLESS, AND THEIR CIVILIAN COUNTERPARTS. FEMALE SWOS
(AND FEMALE AVIATION OFFICERS) ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO BE CHILDLESS
THAN A CIVILIAN WOMAN IN THE SAME AGE GROUP. MS. MILLER DISCUSSED
HOW THE REPEAL OF THE COMBAT EXCLUSION LAW OPENED UP THE OPPORTUNITY
FOR WOMEN TO GO TO SEA IN CHALLENGING AND DEMANDING ROLES, AND HOW
THOSE WOMEN WILL SOON BE ELIGIBLE TO PROMOTE TO THE HIGHEST PAYGRADE
OF OUR SERVICE. SHE EXPLAINED THAT THE NAVY HAS ENJOYED STEADY
GROWTH SINCE 2005 IN NON-TRADITIONAL, OR TECHNICAL, RATINGS, WHICH
INVOLVE SERVICE AT SEA. GETTING WOMEN TO SEA IS CRITICAL IN
ENSURING SHIPS ARE MANNED AS CLOSE TO 100% AS POSSIBLE; THE
PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN IN TECHNICAL RATINGS HAS GROWN FROM 42% IN 2005
TO 51% IN 2009.//
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