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Alaska Wing Women’s Leadership Forum                        October 15th, 2020

By C/MSgt Katherine LeBlanc

Announcing the formation of the Alaska Wing’s Women Leadership Forum!

The forum’s intent is to strengthen skills and relationships to build a stronger organization with a more diverse and engaging membership. The forum is open to people of all genders at any time.  For information on upcoming events and other items of interest (all still in development stage):

(1)  Email karen.padgett@akwg.cap.gov to be added to the group email list

(2)  Look on the Alaska Wing website under the Member’s tab at  https://akwg.cap.gov/members1/womens-leadership-forum

(3)  Follow the WLF Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaWingWLF

The WLF hosted a session at the Wing Conference which had 24 attendees from Alaska Wing, Pacific Region, and National Headquarters. They had two distinguished visitors, the first being Maj Gen Amy Courter, the National CAP commander from 2007-2011. She congratulated the wing on their creation of the forum, spoke on the creation of the forum, and discussed Diversity, Inclusivity, and the difference between Equality and Equity. The second distinguished visitor was PCR Commander (select) Col George Ishikata. The current National Commander Maj Gen Mark Smith wrote a welcome message, acknowledging the females in CAP and leadership positions. Lt Col Elizabeth Sydow the National Diversity Officer also had a welcome message, saying she was excited to see the strengthening of skills and relationships, as well as opportunities. The slides are available at https://akwg.cap.gov/members1/womens-leadership-forum

Future Forum activities in planning stages:

●      Holiday get-together (in the works for early December 2020)

●      Quarterly get-togethers:

○      9am Saturday, January 9, 2021

○      9am Saturday, April 10, 2021

○      9am Saturday, July 10, 2021

●      2021 Alaska Wing Conference Session / Social Gathering, Saturday, October 2, 2021

Future forum topics and opportunities include but are not limited to

●      meet & greets with each other

●      guest speakers from industry and from active duty military

●      communications on upcoming opportunities

●      female teams such as color guard and cadet competition teams,

●      task forces for specific goals,

●      women’s uniform regulations and tricks, and

●      connecting with other organizations for scholarship, recruiting, and other opportunities.

Currently in design phase…an Alaska Wing WLF patch

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