Coast Guard hosts Leadership and Diversity Symposium

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan LogoMILWAUKEE — Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan hosted its fourth annual Leadership and Diversity Symposium at the Milwaukee War Memorial, Thursday.

More than 180 Coast Guard members stationed throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond attended the symposium. The purpose of the event was to bring together leaders from all levels of the service to discuss leadership, mentorship and resources available to contribute to the success of the Coast Guard’s missions.

The event’s keynote speakers included Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, the Coast Guard Ninth District Commander and Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Cantrell, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.

Other events of the symposium included a panel of senior enlisted members, mentoring sessions and a junior leadership discussion.

The symposium also included small group discussion sessions that covered a wide range of current topics such as career guidance, networking and developing organizational leadership throughout the ranks. These sessions provided an open dialogue between attendees and presenters for further discussion.

“The symposium is a time of open and honest discourse regarding the challenges facing our diverse workforce. The exchange of ideas that took place today served as a reminder that leadership has no rank and that every member has a part to play in fostering a stronger environment of fairness, diversity and mentorship.” said Ensign Fernando Pla of Sector Lake Michigan.

This is the fourth year Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan has hosted the symposium which has become an annual event within the Great Lakes.

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