Leadership Conference for Women in Defense
February 23-24, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

The defense sector has made great strides toward elevating women to leadership positions. The percentage of female leaders in the aerospace and defense industry is nearly four times as large as any other across all companies in the S&P 1500, according to Fortune. But below the C-suite level, there is still much work to be done. The hurdles to building a consistent female leadership pipeline have never been higher, and women need help in preparing for leadership roles that can advance to those C-suite positions. Many mid-career women are feeling burnout due to the demands of the pandemic. This immersive leadership development experience is designed to accelerate the advancement of women with strategies to overcome the hurdles women are facing in their careers. Register now to reconnect with dynamic women leaders to get fresh perspectives on your most important priorities. The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in the traditionally male defense sector. The program format includes keynote addresses, panel sessions, interactive group discussions and a plentitude of networking opportunities. Attendees will leave this event with practical strategies and actionable items for career growth.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss leadership styles, how to develop leadership potential, and key qualities in a leader
  • Detail how to build a leadership pipeline
  • Discover how to engage men for gender equality
  • Explain best practices for strategic communication
  • Discuss strategies to move your career forward post-pandemic
  • Address leadership techniques at different levels
  • Identify key trends in the defense sector
  • Explain how to overcome career challenges
  • Define your unique value in the workplace

Credits

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LRA has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, LRA has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, LRA is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

LRA is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies & PowerPoint presentations

Who Should Attend

Women and men within the defense sector in search of a solution-oriented discussion on how to implement change in the industry, and female professionals trying to develop the necessary skills and confidence to find success in a male-dominated field.

Agenda

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. :: Log In

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Conference Introduction


1:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Building Leaders from Within

This session will include strategies to assist employees of all backgrounds transition into leadership roles in the defense sector.  Female leaders will discuss key initiatives that organizations can implement to grow well-rounded female leaders.

Colonel Maria Palotta, USMCR, Director, Center for Experiential Leadership Development, LEAD Division, U.S. Naval Academy

Claudine Adams, Founder, Bravura

Dawn Beyer, Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


2:45 – 4:00 p.m. :: Personal Sustainability in Leadership

The defense sector is fast paced, constantly changing and demands maximum performance every day. As women, many of us feel we must work harder, be more prepared, and truly outperform our male counterparts to get respect and the results we need to propel the industry forward. It can be exhausting!  How do we avoid burnout, feelings of indignation, and maintain the personal sustainability needed to continue to lead and have a positive impact?

Carrie Dean Mead, Garrison Manager, US Army

Rachel Link, Lead Strategy and Communication Advisor, OPNAV, US Navy


4:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Crucial Conversations: Overcoming Challenges

The journey to the pinnacle of an organization contains many obstacles. In this session, a dynamic leader will share insights on how to overcome barriers encountered at each stage of a career, how to establish an authentic voice, and how to earn trust and credibility among colleagues and peers.

Stacey Shepard, VP, Jacobs

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Virtual Networking Reception


Thursday, February 24, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. :: Welcome


9:05 – 10:15 a.m. :: Defense Sector Post-pandemic: Moving Forward

The defense sector is at a crucial moment as we emerge from the pandemic.  This session will explore:

  • Changes in structure
  • Communication differences
  • What is the “new normal”? How do we navigate from work-at-home back to office culture?
  • Changes in the workforce: Who does the work and how does the work get done?

Chantal Sice-Sweger, Executive Director, Operations Quality, Raytheon

Margaret Motes, Executive Operations, Department of Defense

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 – 11:45  a.m. :: Gender Style Effects: Breaking Barriers

Many women in defense are experiencing subtle forms of inequity in the workplace, including unconscious bias and less access to challenging assignments and new opportunities. Women are still fighting the stereotype that increasing the number of females will result in additional emotional and mental labor. During this session, we will discuss actual gender style effects and how women can address subtle and pronounced gender inequality in the defense sector.

Amanda Hawkins, Director of Innovation at Data Society, CDR US Navy (ret)

Samantha Haase, Sr. Analyst, Department of Defense

Meredith Nunn, Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency

11:45 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break


1:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: Key Defense Sector Trends & Impacts

The defense landscape is rapidly evolving, driven by technological improvements and environmental concerns. In this session, we’ll look at current key areas of change and what the short-term and long-term future of the sector will look like.

Lisa Gievers Davies, Sr. Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton; Past President, NDIA Los Angeles (invited)

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


2:30- 4:00 p.m. :: Best Practices for Emerging Leaders

Taking on a leadership role requires a different skill set than those of our original roles. As a new or potential leader, developing new strengths can take time. This session will provide emerging leaders with industry-specific strategies to facilitate smooth transitions into leadership roles. The presentation will cover:

  • Key leadership qualities
  • Managing former colleagues
  • Motivating and inspiring your team
  • Navigating internal politics
  • Staying relatable to your team while still maintaining effective boundaries
  • Leading through times of organizational change

Stephanie Partlow, VP Operations, TruLogic


4:00- 4:30 p.m. :: Open Q&A & Networking

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

Claudine Adams, Founder, Bravura

Dawn Beyer, Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin

Rachel Link, Lead Strategy and Communication Advisor, OPNAV, US Navy

Carrie Dean Mead, Garrison Manager, US Army

Colonel Maria Palotta, USMCR, Director, Center for Experiential Leadership Development, LEAD Division, U.S. Naval Academy

Stacey Shepard, VP, Jacobs

Chantal Sice-Sweger, Executive Director, Operations Quality, Raytheon

Margaret Motes, Executive Operations, Department of Defense

Amanda Hawkins, Retired Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Sixteen, US Navy

Samantha Haase, Sr. Analyst, Department of Defense

Meredith Nunn, Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency

Lisa Gievers Davies, Sr. Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton; Past President, NDIA Los Angeles

Stephanie Partlow, VP Operations, TruLogic

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.888-305-0392

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

Event Standard RateAttendees
Leadership Conference for Women in Defense - (single connection)US $ 995.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 3,980.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 6,965.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 11,940.00
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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 21, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other LRA Institute event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, LRAs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800