Highlights of the Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium

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“It is Women’s History Month and we always want to showcase the ones who paved the way for us to come through. So, just by having this symposium and having these key leaders to come and speak shows how far we’ve come as a nation and as an org,” shares Senior Chief of USS Frank Cable, Latoya Blaine.  

Guam – The Guam Women’s Joint Leadership Symposium is the one day in the year when service members and the Department of Defense Civilian Professionals can come together under one roof for networking, education, and mentorship.

Over 300 of the island’s service leaders attended the symposium today hosted by the Dusit Thani Hotel.

Event coordinators tell PNC that the crowd is a good mix of both men and women, but the focus of the event is in line with Women’s History Month.

Guest Speaker Senior Chief of the USS Frank Cable, Latoya Blaine shared the significance of the symposium with PNC.

“It is Women’s History Month and we always want to showcase the ones who paved the way for us to come through.  So, just by having this symposium and having these key leaders to come and speak shows how far we’ve come as a nation and as an org. So, I think that’s the key factor there: having key strong people in leadership positions that are females to show that diversity does work, and change does happen, and if we continue to press on, it will continue to happen,” she shared.

Key speakers, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo expressed her support for the veterans and Armed Forces community with a taped video message and Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield remarked on the importance of gender parity in key leadership roles in the Armed Forces.

But, as Senior Chief Blaine shared with PNC, the event also featured rare opportunities for both the junior and senior leadership to have access to valuable professional development.

“Some of the things that we’re gonna talk about today is leadership in the new generation — leadership skills that you’re actually able to gain. And also we’re gonna talk about personal responsibility for every member of the Armed Forces,” she added.

 

Event coordinators shared that the symposium was made possible through partnership with the Government of Guam.