Leaders Building Leaders 2018
When transitioning to a culture of performance, leadership is critical to a well-trained and agile workforce. In response to the signaled demand for more mid-career leadership opportunities, the 4thEstate DACM Office sponsored its first “Leaders Building Leaders” event, August 28-30, 2018. More than 130 aspiring Fourth Estate acquisition leaders gathered for this three-day event at DAU’s Fort Belvoir, Virginia, campus. Participants chose a core leadership course from among several offered. The goal of the select suite of courses offered was to provide attendees with insight into accountability, leveraging diversity of thought, how to best develop others, the art of mentoring and succession planning, as well as a plethora of other soft skills leadership training. In addition to the primary leadership course, participants choses from a selection of breakout sessions: Critical Thinking, Recruitment Strategy/Interview Sills, Wellness/Energy Management, Feedback/Mentoring, and Speed Networking.
Each morning started with a guest speaker presentation. Robert “Cujo” Teschner, a retired Air Force F-22 squadron commander and founder, president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the VMax Group, opened the event with his motivational story as an Air Force leader and cancer survivor, whose lessons tied directly back to the need for personal accountability. The Honorable Kevin Fahey, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (ASD[A]), kicked off Day Two as the Keynote Speaker. Fahey provided his thoughts on leadership from both Senior DoD acquisition leader and private industry perspectives. He provided the audience an update (OUSD[A&S]) reorganization, re-emphasized the DoD priorities and stressed the importance of formal mentoring. Finally, Casey Lucius, Ph.D., a Navy veteran and founder and CEO of Launch Learning Systems, encouraged attendees to understand their own learning and communication styles, and provided tools to improve their leadership skills.