News | July 27, 2018

50 years of women’s growth and leadership

By Stephanie Buggs, DLA Energy Student Trainee

Three Defense Logistics Agency Energy women attended the annual Federally Employed Women’s National Training Program in Atlanta, Georgia, July 16-20.

FEW is a private, non-profit organization working to end sex and gender discrimination, dedicated to promoting equality for women and addressing concerns of women in the federal workplace. Established in 1968, the program has evolved from an idea to an international organization.

This year’s theme “Leaving a Legacy – 50 Years and Counting” marks the organization’s 50 year anniversary. Throughout the years, FEW has held their training program to advance the professional and personal growth of women in federal service with classes and movements on the relevant topics of the time.

DLA Energy Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist/Disability Program Coordinator Rana Corbin and Management and Program Analyst Barbara Hannah participated in several training sessions that included Positive Approaches to Difficult People, Prevention of Workplace Harassment and Using Word 2016 Forms to Manage Content.

“The training sessions were a great experience for me,” Hannah said. “They were all easily accessible and efficient in teaching me how to improve myself and gave me the ability to network with other professional women.”

FEW maps every training session to the guidelines of the Office of Personnel Management’s Senior Executive Service’s executive core qualifications and fundamental core competencies.

DLA Energy Supervisory Contracting Officer Clare Sanchez attended this year’s conference and sat in on the FEW Past President’s Forum.

“It was very inspirational to listen to a dynamic panel and hear how each president worked to overcome inequality in the workplace,” Sanchez said. “I have done research on the local FEW chapters and will be joining this strong and intelligent organization.”

FEW’s National Training Program is open to all employees from military, private and public sector organizations wanting to invest in their professional future. Each component of the program prepares attendees for the next step in their career.

“We as women need to help, support and empower each other,” Hannah said. “Teamwork makes the dream work.” 

The culmination of the conference included a formal gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

For more information about joining the DLA Energy FEW chapter, please contact Latoya Clayton-Bullock at Latoya.Clayton-Bullock@dla.mil or Toka Trau-Massey at Toka.Trau-Massey@dla.mil