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Women's Leadership Symposium

The 2020 WLS is postponed

The Women’s Leadership Symposium is postponed until we can more definitively ascertain the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With the status of conferences throughout the country being in flux, it is more considerate to both the attendees and planners to delay this very important event until travel arrangements can be assured. 

We will share more guidance as soon as possible about the new dates; we hope that you will still be able to attend.

Our team will be working to issue refunds for Mentorship Dinner and lunches. Swag bags will be sent to your respective Wings for distribution. 


The theme of this year's symposium is "Courage, Curiosity, and Community." The mission is to “Enable Strikers to reorient, reinvent, and reimagine AFGSC by using their innate courage and curiosity to be free-thinking, bold, and irrepressible leaders who foster communities centered on dignity, respect, diversity, and inclusion for our entire team.

 

Today, women make up only 20 percent of our total Air Force, a statistic that does not represent that of our nation. As rank increases in the overall military force, the number of women significantly decreases. If we seek to develop leaders who lead progressively with innovation in the forefront, we must address the perpetuating underrepresentation of women in our military. By making AFGSC more inclusive and diverse, we can attract and retain more of America’s finest Airmen to continue our legacy of lethality. Events like WLS embolden Strikers now to inspire women to serve and lead our Air Force in the future. 

Inspirational keynote speakers, interactive breakout sessions, and Q&A panel discussions at this year's WLS will provide Strikers valuable perspectives and leadership approaches to help cultivate a more inclusive environment for our Air Force.

 

The symposium will focus on three main objectives:

1) Enable interactive dialogue addressing retention and with an emphasis on building teams that are resilient, innovative, diverse and inclusive

2) Provide purposeful resources and leadership methods for addressing women’s issues in the workplace

3) Create new mentoring relationships and networking opportunities to further cultivate talent in our force

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"For young women, for minorities, for first-generation Americans, it's hard to be what you can't see… And by being role models and making sure our role models are out there where younger women and minorities and others who haven't traditionally been strongly represented in the military can see what the possibility is for them … that there's an opportunity there, we will inspire more to come to serve."            --Heather Wilson, Former Secretary of the Air Force

WLS 2018

Barksdale AFB, LA

 

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Chair: Maj. Kim Rigby

Co-Chair: Capt. Lindsay Cordero

 

Additional Suggested Readings:

Books:

Everyday Bias, by Howard Ross

The Inclusion Paradox, by Andres Tapia

Blind Spot, by Mahzarin Banaji & Anthony Greenwald

Whistling Vivaldi, by Claude Steele

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

Dare to Lead, by Dr. Brene Brown

Flight Like a Girl, by Kat Germano

Ashley's War, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

They Fought Like Demons, by DeAnne Blanton & Lauren M. Cook

USAF Diversity Strategic Roadmap, by HAF/A1DV

The U.S. Air Force is Working Harder to Retain Female Officers, by Miriam Matthews

 

TED Talks:

Are you biased? I am, by Kristen Pressner

How to overcome our biases?, by Verna Myers

How to Achieve High Performance Under Stress, by Dr. Jannell MacAulay

The Power of Vulnerability, by Dr. Brene Brown

Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe, by Simon Sinek

 

Video:

Martin Luther King Speech, by Lt. Gen. Stayce Harris

Trust, by Profession of Arms Center of Excellence (PACE)

AFGSC: Our Nation's Shield, by PACE

Maj. Wray's "We Are Airmen", by AETC

How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist, by Jay Smooth