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Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation

100 Bragg Boulevard

Fayetteville, NC 28301

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Future of the Force

Please join us for a dynamic and interactive day discussing mentorship and leadership development with a nod to Star Wars! The Star Wars saga entered its 40th year in 2017 and its universal themes of character, friendship, mentorship, and teamwork resonate across generations. We are bringing together junior and senior leaders, both officer and enlisted. From 0830-1430, our plenary sessions and lunch are open to all ranks, all services, all branches, and academia to discuss broad topics in a collegal environment. From 1430-1530, the focus of the workshops is developing the next generation of leaders – O-3/O-4 and their enlisted leader counterparts. We have a great lineup of Jedis ready to guide you so come with an open mind and lots of questions. Until then, may the force be with you.



Agenda

0830-0900: Registration and Refreshments

0900-0915: Opening Remarks

0915-0945: Awakening the Force - Strength through Inclusivity

0945-1045: Lessons from Dagobah - Mentorship Matters

1045-1100: Break

1100-1145: Jedi Masters Leadership Development from a Command Perspective

1200-1330: Lunch

1330-1430: Crafting the Rebel Alliance - Leading High Performing Teams


Afternoon Breakout Workshops

(O-3/O-4 and enlisted counterparts)

1430-1530: Yodas, Lukes, and Reys - Effective Mentorship Tools and Techniques

or

1430-1530: The Power of the Force - The Impact of Choice in Retention



Event Details

0900-0915: Opening Remarks

A senior leader will open our event with their perspective on diversity, leadership, mentorship, and the importance of investment in self and others.

0915-0945: Awakening the Force - Strength through Inclusivity (Lyla Kohistany)

Diversity and Inclusion strategist, leadership consultant, cultural advisor and PROMOTE co-founder, Lyla will frame the workshop by inviting participants to reflect on the future of the force. Lyla will explain why creating an inclusive culture is a national security imperative based on changing U.S. demographics, how Americans view military service, recruitment and retention challenges and opportunities

0945-1045: Lessons from Dagobah - Mentorship Matters

(MAJ Chevy Cook)

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke seeks mentorship from Jedi Master Yoda on Dagobah so he can connect to the Force and gain the confidence to become a Jedi. Major Chevy Cook, PSYOP and co-founder of MilitaryMentors.org, will help differentiate the terms and ideas surrounding teaching, coaching, mentoring, counseling, and sponsorship. We will also answer the questions of “why mentor” and “why do I need a mentor.”

1045-1100: Break

1100-1145: Jedi Masters A Panel Discussion on Leadership Development from a Command Perspective

A diverse panel of senior leaders (officer and enlisted) will share their perspectives on the importance of leadership, mentorship and the cross-section of those areas in developing an effective organization. Our panelists have both depth and breadth of service and represent multiple services and branches.

1200-1300: Lunch (Hosted at Huske Hardware)

During our lunch across the street, we will rub elbows, shake hands and get to know each other better. Though no formal discussion is planned, we will spend a few minutes reviewing a handout of professional development opportunities such as the Truman National Security Project, Council of Foreign Relations, Whitehouse Fellows, Center for New American Strategy, and a plethora of broadening opportunities. Please bring $10 in cash to pay your server directly.

1330-1430: Crafting the Rebel Alliance - Leading High Performing Teams in Complex Environments

(Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE, Director of McChrystal Group Leadership Institute)

Ash Alexander-Cooper, a retired British Specialist Military Colonel and World Championship Athlete with extensive SOF and team experience working alongside our most elite units, will push the audience to redefine how to build, lead, and empower high performing, diverse teams.




Afternoon Breakout Workshops (Choose your own adventure)

1430-1530: Yodas, Lukes, and Reys - Effective Mentorship Tools and Techniques

(LTC Heather McAteer and MAJ Chevy Cook)

For this workshop, U.S. Army LTC Heather McAteer, Ph.D, partnered with MAJ Chevy Cook, will discuss the data, research, and proven “how to” techniques with regards to mentorship. They will also discuss obstacles, levels of mentorship, and the associative mentorship types such as peer mentoring, group mentoring, and reverse mentoring.

Or

1430-1530: The Power of the Force - The Impact of Choice in Retention (JAG and J1)

This session will highlight research demonstratng the correlation between the perception of choice and higher retention rates. Military subject matter experts will lead a real-deal discussion to separate policy versus informal practice regarding 'entitlements' that affect our ability to retain talent. Topics will include collocation policy, pregnancy policy, operational deferment, maternity/paternity leave, adoption leave policy, family care plans, child development centers, career path requirements, career intermission program, and lateral transition / voluntary transfer incentive program (VTIP), amongst others.



How to Register

1. Please register for General Admission. This includes our introductory message and keynote speakers. You must attend these sessions in order to participate in the afternoon workshops.

2. Let us know if you will join us for lunch at Huske Hardware. Please bring $10 in cash to pay your server directly. When you register, please review the menu and indicate your meal preference in the order form. We're trying to be as efficient as possible so we can maximize your time at the workshops.

3. This is where it gets tricky - there are two concurrent afternoon sessions and you can only attend one. After reading the description for each workshop, pick the session from 1430 to 1530 that you are most interested in.

That's it! You're all set. Easy day.



How to Prepare

1. Before you come to the event, please read this article from Scientific American about creating innovative teams. It's a good primer and we'll discuss these themes throughout the day.


2. Please complete at least three of the implicit bias tests from Harvard's Project Implicit. You might be surprised by your results! Print or screen shot your results so you can refer back to them during our discussion.



FAQs

What should I do to prepare and get the most out of the event?

We know everyone is busy, but preparing ahead of time will make this a more productive and worthwhile event. We have several items listed above under How to Prepare that we request you complete prior to arriving. Additionally, this will be a great opportunity to network so bring plenty of business cards!


What should I wear?

Business casual please. This is a professional yet informal event. We're leaving rank at the door.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please park in the main parking lot at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Lunch will be held at Huske Hardware, a short 5 minute walk from the museum.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! Just check in at the welcome desk near the main entrance. We will have your conference packet and name tag.

Can I contact the organizer with questions?

Absolutely. You can contact us at: founders@promoteleadership.org



©2017. PROMOTE and Military Mentors are section 501(c)(3) organizations that are no way affiliated with the U.S. Government, U.S. Department of Defense, or the Department of Veteran Affairs. No U.S. Government agency or any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces has reviewed or approved the information presented. Participation in any PROMOTE or Military Mentors programs or activities or use of any materials cannot and will not influence promotion or retention by any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or any other U.S. Government organization. Promote Tax ID- 47-5529811 and Military Mentors Tax ID-47-4468969.

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