Air Force Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Thu, February 13 2020, 6:00 PM - Sat, February 15 2020, 5:00 PM [EST]

2660, Woodley Road Northwest, Washington, DC, 20008, United States

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Thu, February 13 2020, 6:00 PM - Sat, February 15 2020, 5:00 PM [EST]

Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660, Washington, DC, 20008, United States.

The Air Force Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Our mission for this conference is to mold a diverse group into highly influential leaders dedicated to unifying, educating, and empowering generations.  We are extremely focused on enabling a platform for minority civilian and military aerospace professionals to assemble, learn, grow and network while challenging one another to excel as professionals and community leaders. Community involvement and collaboration of thought is critical to this effort, so we must surround ourselves with the sharpest of individuals to fortify our skill sets. We look forward to further developing and influencing the next generation of leaders through peer and mentor relationships. These efforts can only be accomplished by a village of well-equipped leaders who are passionate about mentoring and passing the torch.

For this years event, we focus on the "Pursuit of Progress" reminding ourselves that we should be constantly at war with complacency and never settle for good enough as a culture or as a community.  Join us on this journey of self analysis, cultural reflection, and future planning as we build you into the influential leaders of the next generation. 

The purpose of this conference is to provide professional development opportunities to civilian and military minority professionals through educational seminars.  These sessions include, but are not limited to, panels featuring General Officers, lectures from presenters representing Fortune 500 companies, forums including project management and process improvement, as well as workshops designated towards developing participants leadership tool kits. During these various sessions we evaluate the effectiveness of current cultural practices in leadership to include mentoring, networking, and professional development while seeking avenues to enhance these cultural aspects.

 


Pursuit of Progress Seminar Sessions

Col Candice L. Pipes, USAF presents “Pursue Progress: The Importance of Being a Lifelong Learner”

Lifelong learners recognize the importance and joy of growth; thus they never settle for what they currently know and always seek improvement. Here, we will address the learner’s ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for both personal and professional reasons. Such learners not only enhance their social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also their self-sustainability, competitiveness, and employability.

Col Jon Rhone (USAF Ret) presents "The Leadership-Followership Continuum"   

There are critical followership skills that are directly exportable and existential for effective leadership.  A myth exists that followership is essentially the function of a subordinate when in actuality we cycle through this spectrum in which there are times we lead and there are times we follow.  In each phase we learn valuable lessons, but the lessons learned in followership can be overlooked due to faulty misconceptions of the term.  Together we highlight some key concepts and skills that will help connect leaders and followers and bridge the generation and experience gap that often impacts our teams.

Andy Christansen (Co-Founder of Capacity7) presents "Radical Mentorship"

“Mentorship like a Boss!” You want to know the key to being efficient in attaining your goals and aspirations…? You guessed it, it’s mentorship!  First you have to start with you!  I’m sure you’ve heard it before, “knowledge of self is power of self.”  Knowing yourself is key in identifying in others what you want to see in yourself.  Once you master yourself, you’re on your way to the big leagues because next you’re ready to build your very own “Mentor Board of Directors.”  That’s right, you develop your very own group of mentors that specialize in different areas that will help mold you into a well-oiled, big dream achieving machine!   Live, Learn, Lead… Like a Boss (insert sunglasses emoji)! 

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Lt Col Ruth N. Segres, USAF presents “Mentorship: The Sage and the Pupil”

There’s a better way to do “this.” If only you could learn from those who’ve walked this path before you. Learn the secrets of mentoring and how it can build relationships that break down the barriers of progress. Developing relationships with your subordinates and your superiors is extremely important. With this in mind, we will discuss various methods of mentorship to help individuals make more informed life decisions.

 

Lt Col (Ret) Tim Henderson "Setting the Stage for the Next 25 Years" - What does the next 25 years look like for military minority professionals? Let's take a deep dive to evluate the future of diversity and inclusion for minorities!  In order to make progress we must first do a self analysis of where we currently stand as a community and recognize our shortcomings.  Now what?  Let's explore the mindsets, action items, and cultural belief systems that need to be updated in order to get us headed in the direction that we need, as minorites, to achieve progress.

 

Hispanic Focus Panel:

Shifting attention to our Hispanic leaders and peers, there is indeed a lack of representation in the higher echelons of leadership. How do we bridge that gap? Let’s discuss the cultural barriers that prevent them from seeking mentorship and being mentors. No more “imposter syndrome!” You are strategically positioned in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. Let’s discuss various avenues to overcome these issues and eliminate those barriers.

 

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We are in the final stages of our agenda in which we are locking down our final keynote speakers! More to follow.

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Registration Opens 0745 on 14 February 2020 

 

If you need assistance finding a roomate who is attending the conference to offset the cost of lodging please contact Maj Alston at Aggiebear12@gmail.com. Please include your name, rank and preferred lodging location. 

Cancellation policy

This event is on the first come first serve basis.  Therefore, if you reserve a ticket and can no longer attend please cancel at your earliest convenience so that the ticket can be reallocated. Please contact Lt Leon Davis at ldavisjr19@gmail.com for cancellations. Please note that a confirmation email will be sent 5 Feb 20 to all registered attendees. If you fail to respond to the email to confirm your attendance, you will be at risk of losing your allocated seat.

U.S. Air Force

Gen. (Ret) Larry O. Spencer
Independent Board Director at Whirlpool Corporation and the Triumph Group. Consultant.

As the Air Force Association’s top executive, Gen. (Ret) Larry O. Spencer directs the association’s professional staff. He is responsible for the management and operations of AFA, AFA Veteran Benefits Association, and the Air Force Memorial Foundation. He was also appointed a director of Whirlpool Corporation in August 2016. He is a member of the finance committee and the corporate governance & nominating committee of the board of directors.Gen. (Ret) Spencer was Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As Vice Chief, he presided over the Air Staff and served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group. He assisted the Chief of Staff with organizing, training, and equipping of 664,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas.

https://www.whirlpoolcorp.com/project/general-larry-spencer-usaf-retired/

About Gen. (Ret) Larry O. Spencer

Independent Board Director at Whirlpool Corporation and the Triumph Group. Consultant.
Lt. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton
Deputy Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command and Deputy Commander, Air Forces Strategic-Air, U.S. Strategic Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana

Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton is the Deputy Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command and Deputy Commander, Air Forces Strategic-Air, U.S. Strategic Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. AFGSC provides strategic deterrence, global strike capability, and combat support to STRATCOM and other geographic combatant commands. The command is comprised of more than 33,700 professionals operating at two numbered air forces; 11 active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve wings; and the Joint Global Strike Operations Center and the Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Center. Weapons systems assigned to AFGSC include all Air Force Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and bomber aircraft, UH-1N helicopters, E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft, and the Air Force NC3 weapons system.

https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/108714/lieutenant-general-anthony-j-cotton/

About Lt. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton

Deputy Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command and Deputy Commander, Air Forces Strategic-Air, U.S. Strategic Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana
Maj. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall
Director of Operations at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The general has held command and staff positions in the wing, major command, headquarters and joint environments. In 1998, she was named to command the first Air Force Information Warfare Flight at 9th Air Force/Central Air Forces, Shaw AFB, South Carolina. She also deployed to Southwest Asia where she served as Chief, Analysis Division and an operations officer for the Joint Intelligence Center at U.S. Central Command Headquarters Forward. General Urrutia-Varhall also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Senior Executive to the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (J2) at U.S. Southern Command in Florida and then as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance on the Air Staff at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/108589/major-general-linda-r-urrutia-varhall/

About Maj. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall

Director of Operations at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Brig. Gen. Troy E. Dunn
Director of Military Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia

Brig. Gen. Troy E. Dunn is the Director of Military Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. The directorate is responsible for establishing military force management policies for more than 500,000 Total Force military personnel. These policies guide the accession, assignment, evaluation, skills analysis and management, promotion, readiness, retraining, retention, separation and retirement of the Air Force's human capital. The office also oversees aspects of Total Force contingency, mobilization, training and rated force management policy.

https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/1546404/brigadier-general-troy-e-dunn/

About Brig. Gen. Troy E. Dunn

Director of Military Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia
Col. Candice L. Pipes
Chief, Manpower and Personnel Division, US Special Operations Command J1 Directorate

Colonel Candice Pipes is currently Chief, Manpower and Personnel Division, US Special Operations Command J1 Directorate. She served most recently as the Deputy Chief, Military Compensation Policy Division, Headquarters Air Force. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English in 1998 from United States Air Force Academy, a Master’s degree in English from Louisiana Tech University in 2004 and her PhD in English from The Ohio State University in 2010.

About Col. Candice L. Pipes

Chief, Manpower and Personnel Division, US Special Operations Command J1 Directorate
Col. Jerime L. Reid
Vice Commander, 42d Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Colonel Jerime Reid is the Vice Commander of the 42d Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. As Vice Commander, he assists the Wing Commander with base operating, infrastructure and services support for 42,000 active-duty, reserve, civilians, contractors, students and families at Maxwell and Gunter Annex. In addition, he also advises on subject matters in direct support of Air University, the 908th Airlift Wing, Air Force Space Command and Air Force Materiel Command units, the Defense Information Systems Agency and more than 40 other mission partners.

https://www.maxwell.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/1848732/colonel-jerime-l-reid/

About Col. Jerime L. Reid

Vice Commander, 42d Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
Col. (Ret) Jon M. Rhone
Founder and CEO of Rhone Coaching & Consulting Group (RCCG)

Jon “BigDogg” Rhone is the founder and owner of Rhone Coaching & Consulting Group (RCCG). He is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with 24 years of service leading diverse organizations which included Squadron and Group command. Jon’s experiences, personality, reputation and passion for building leaders and solving complex problems foster a unique experience for Rhone Coaching & Consulting clients and teammates

www.rhoneccg.com

About Col. (Ret) Jon M. Rhone

Founder and CEO of Rhone Coaching & Consulting Group (RCCG)
CMSgt (Ret) Todd M. Simmons
Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air University (Ret)

Todd Simmons is a zealous Business Coach, Leadership Expert, and the Founder and President of Courageous Leadership Alliance. He served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force nurturing & developing the leaders of tomorrow. As a seasoned educator & business leader, Todd strives to formulate a coalition of change agents sharing a common aim for building a society of courageous leaders. He shares an incredible passion for helping the community and loves helping individuals in their pursuit of happiness & success. Todd’s greatest source of inspiration comes from witnessing ordinary people achieve extraordinary goals. Todd Simmons has had the opportunity to serve the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific & European Regions for 17 years and has led countless aspiring students towards the road of professional development. As the Command Chief for Air University, he encouraged, inspired, and led 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-residents Air Force affiliated students annually. Todd is an authentic voice in the leadership arena and excels in the art of building top-performance teams and redesigning the organizational structure to augment effectiveness & morale. He aims to deliver and communicate his experience & knowledge to assist leaders of tomorrow decipher the art of leadership.

https://www.maxwell.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/1282755/chief-master-sergeant-todd-m-simmons/

About CMSgt (Ret) Todd M. Simmons

Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air University (Ret)
CMSgt (Ret) Anthony Brinkley
CEO of On the Brink Consulting

Anthony Brinkley, CEO of On the Brink Consulting, maintains an extensive background in leadership development and resiliency training. Anthony Brinkley was the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 11th Wing, Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. He was the principal advisor to the commander on all enlisted issues. His responsibilities included keeping the commander informed of all matters affecting the health, morale, and welfare of assigned enlisted personnel and providing assistance, guidance, and expertise to two group and 10 squadron commanders. He was also responsible for the quality of life and installation support for over 4,500 enlisted personnel assigned to the installation composed of 11 tenant units which included an airlift wing, an Air National Guard wing and an Air Force Reserve wing. Anthony Brinkley entered the Air Force on January 12, 1984. He began his career as an Administrative Specialist and later retrained into the First Sergeant career field. As Chief, he has led several deployments in support of operations Desert Fox and Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia, as well as conducting fact-finding activities in Kyrgyzstan to enhance quality of life for deployed troops.

http://www.onthebrinkconsulting.com/about-on-the-brink/anthony-brinkley-military-bio

About CMSgt (Ret) Anthony Brinkley

CEO of On the Brink Consulting
Andy Christiansen
Co Founder Capacity7

Co-founder of Capacity7, influencer, advisor, author and speaker to Fortune 500, armed services and not for profit organizations. Andy’s passion is to serve and equip the next generation of millennial and centennial leaders. He is a leading authority and pioneer of the modern mentoring movement and founded two leading communications organizations, leadershipbd.com and coupled.life.

http://capacity7.com/

About Andy Christiansen

Co Founder Capacity7
Dr. Gerald Curry
Director, Air Force Review Boards Agency (AFRBA)

Dr. Gerald D. Curry is a member of the Senior Executive Service, as Director, Air Force Review Boards Agency, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Arlington, Virginia. He is responsible for the management and operation of multiple military and civilian appellate processes that ensure due process, equity, fairness and impartial treatment for all applicants. He oversees the Air Force Personnel Council, Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records, Air Force Civilian Appellate Review Office, Air Force Security Protection Directorate and the Department of Defense Physical Disability Board of Review.

About Dr. Gerald Curry

Director, Air Force Review Boards Agency (AFRBA)