Leaders Building Leaders 2019
The 4th Estate’s second annual “Leaders Building Leaders” event took place April 16-18, 2019, at DAU’s Ft. Belvoir Campus. Participants completed one leadership and talent management course, attended four keynote presentations and selected two breakout sessions from the following list: Appreciating Generational Differences; Critical Thinking; Feedback/Mentoring/Coaching; Stress, Wellness, and Energy Management; Communicating Effectively; Revise and Update DoDI 5000.02; and Speed Networking. The kick-off speaker, Mr. Steve Olds, CEO, Patriot Mission, got everyone thinking about the value of leadership when he encouraged participants to (1) challenge themselves, (2) take a risk, and (3) consider the future.
The DoD Keynote Speaker, Mr. John H. James, Jr., Executive Director, Missile Defense Agency, espoused the value of true mentorship – which, for him, means developing relationships in which we are told the things we need to know but might not want to hear. Without mentorship and proper feedback application, leaders cannot expect to operate successfully in environments of high ambiguity. The third guest speaker, Captain (Ret.) Mark Pimpo, Vice President within the Chick-Fil-A family, highlighted the importance of asking questions. It is in the asking that we learn. Additionally, CAPT Pimpo encouraged attendees to define their view of success for their personal and professional lives – and provided Chick-Fil-A sandwich vouchers – much to the enjoyment of all participants! In his closing speech, Major General (Ret.), Air Force, Joe Balskus asked the critical questions, “What happens if we invest in our leaders? Well, what happens if we don’t?” Summing up the event, he reminded us all that when we grow ourselves, we grow our teams – food for thought as we ended the 2019 event and looked forward to 2020’s “Leaders Building Leaders” event.