“The Women’s Air and Space Power Symposium was specifically designed to be interactive, providing participants an opportunity to listen and engage at all levels on key topics affecting servicewomen. This is also an opportunity to embrace inclusivity and acknowledge that diversity is much more than demographic diversity; thought, age, gender, approach, and diverse backgrounds matter,” said Tawanda R. Rooney, acting senior advisor of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “I liken diversity and inclusion to a marathon and not a sprint. For change to root, it will not happen overnight, but events like this offer a more direct avenue to understand the issues, thus helping to shape our efforts as we move forward.”
This professional development opportunity is free to all Department of the Air Force civilian employees, cadets, and all active-duty, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard uniformed Airmen and Guardians. Airmen and Guardians interested in participating can register at https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=586981&k=076944007356.
Once registered, participants will receive the link to participate in the symposium. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Members should confirm with leadership that they are permitted to attend during duty hours.
March 8: 9 a.m.: Symposium Launch & Keynote Speaker, Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien; 10 a.m.: Leading Airmen & Guardians Boldly; 11 a.m.: How to Make Change in a Bureaucracy; noon: We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants; 1 p.m.: Military Sexual Trauma: Changing the Narrative; 2 p.m.: Less Talking About Diversity and Inclusion and More Doing; 3 p.m.: Open Forum: What Do You Want Commanders to Know
March 9: 9 a.m.: Keynote Speaker (to be announced); 10 a.m.: Maintaining a Competitive Edge through Diversity and Inclusion; 11 a.m.: Servicewomen’s Health; noon: Beyond Bystanders: How Men Can Be Allies; 1 p.m.: Infertility and Perinatal Loss: Resources and Support; 2 p.m.: Keynote Speaker (to be announced); 3 p.m.: Open Forum: What Do You Want Commanders to Know
March 10: 9 a.m.: Keynote Speaker (to be announced); 10 a.m.: The Behavioral Health of Active Duty Servicewomen; 11 a.m.: Childcare, 24/7 Operations, and COVID Impacts on Women in the Workplace; noon: Retaining Women: Why It Matters; 1 p.m.: Schulte Assembly: Cadet Perspective; 2 p.m.: Intersectionality: Understanding Identity & Leveraging Strengths; 3 p.m.: Open Forum: What Do You Want Commanders to Know
March 11: 9 a.m.: Keynote Speaker (to be announced); 10 a.m.: Women, Peace, and Security; 11 a.m.: Organic Mentoring; noon: Discovering Resilience; 1 p.m.: Representation Matters; 2 p.m.: Symposium Close and Keynote Speaker: Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost; 3 p.m.: Open Forum: What Do You Want Commanders to Know Participants can find more information on the Women’s Air and Space Power Symposium social media pages.