COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2017 —
There’s a saying that behind every successful woman, is a group of other successful women who have her back. For associates at DLA Land and Maritime, Debra Hobbs is one of these women.
It’s likely that associates at DLA Land and Maritime have attended an event, program or activity that Hobbs, a purchasing agent here, has assisted with in one way or another.
“The biggest obstacle for women in the workforce is that they [women] don’t feel prepared, often lacking the tools and confidence to go forward,” Hobbs said.
To address this obstacle, Hobbs has organized and assisted with numerous events on the installation such as brown bag luncheons, leadership summits and developing manager’s courses.
She’s very passionate and plans to continue the efforts to train, educate and support her female co-workers. Hobbs said that the most interesting project she’s been able to bring to the installation was the Women’s Leadership Summit.
The summit started as a luncheon and as the years progressed, so did the event. Now, women receive tools, resources and networking opportunities that didn’t exist at DSCC previously. In addition, they’re able to attend seminars and workshops providing additional training that will assist them when the time comes for the next step − whether it’s a new job, promotion or mentoring others.
Hobbs’ work has not gone unnoticed. In July, she received the Barbara Boardman Tennant award.
This award is bestowed upon a Federally Employed Women member who consistently renders outstanding service to the organization and provides contributions of national significance above and beyond the requirements of membership to include training, innovative programs and enhancements.
“With over 200 chapters and approximately 4,000 members, there are so many woman that are making incredible strides in government that I was truly honored to have received the award,” Hobbs said.
The award renewed her determination and desire to continue to create a path for women to succeed.
Hobbs hopes to see more rotational assignments as well as training and development opportunities available to women that will assist them on their path to leadership.
With a goal of seeing more women in leadership roles at DLA, Hobbs’ passion for development and progress doesn’t end with DSCC.
She’s active in many organizations to include the Federal Women’s Program, Federally Employed Women and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Additionally, Hobbs is active in the community and her local church serving as the Minister of Music and a Sunday School Teacher.
Hobbs assisted in the establishment of the Whitehall Mentoring Program. The program matches 20 - 30 local students with mentors and volunteers from around the DSCC installation.
Recently, the mentoring program received the FEA Community Award.
While Hobbs has been instrumental in the programs and opportunities DLA Land and Maritime offers female associates, she said none of it could’ve been accomplished without the support of her team, volunteers, associates and leadership.
The efforts of Hobbs echo Gloria Vanderbilt’s belief that “one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.” It’s through the success of herself and fellow associates that Hobbs said she hopes efforts continue and more women take on leadership roles within DLA Land and Maritime and the federal workforce.
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