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Taking Charge of Your Career

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

Officers looking to take advantage of the expertise of mentors and leaders in their community have the opportunity to network and focus on professional development at an event in Norfolk in early September.

The 2015 Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) Eastern Region Leadership Symposium was announced on Aug. 10 and time is running out to register for this year’s event.

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 9, 2014) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert talks with Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard service members at the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) Eastern Region Symposium to provide a status update of Navy diversity by community. Greenert also spent time with ANSO to receive feedback on how to improve recruiting, retention and promotion of minorities in the military. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released to archive)


This year’s theme is “Taking Charge of Your Career and Future,” and will be held at the Vista Point Conference Center at Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia, Sept. 8.

The symposium brings together officers, enlisted personnel, civilian executives, and other senior leaders in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and maritime industry to learn from, network with, and mentor one another, as well as conduct professional development training.

Registrations are open to all and event organizers are looking for more senior leaders willing to share their knowledge. Flag officers and other senior leaders who have paved a career that can serve as an inspiration to the future of the officer corps are encouraged to attend and help serve as valuable mentors to those in uniform just beginning their careers.

Navy is funding registrations for personnel and will be coordinated through the Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion (N134), requiring participation in pre-event and post-event surveys. Registrations and travel for the event can only be made through the Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion office.

Uniform for the symposium will be service khaki for E-7 and above and service uniform for E-6 and below.

ANSO is an organization that focuses on the mentorship and professional development of Hispanic service members in the seafaring services. All sea service personnel are encouraged to register to use this valuable one-day event to network and build the strong personal bonds that help strengthen a Naval life of service.

More information can be found on the ANSO website at http://www.ansomil.org.

To register for the symposium or request Navy sponsored registration, contact Lt. Kalen Kropa at 703- 604-5075/ DSN 664, via email, kalen.kropa@navy.mil. You may also contact Lt. Cmdr. Jon Wilson at 703- 604-5082/ DSN 664, or at charles.j.wilson@navy.mil.

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