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Camp Pendleton Leaders participate in speed mentoring session

By Pfc. Emmanuel Necoechea | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | January 20, 2016

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.—More than 90 officers participated in a Senior Leadership Mentorship Seminar at the Pacific Views Event Center here, Jan.19.

The annual seminar is hosted by the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) and provides officers with the opportunity to ask questions regarding career advancement and personal development through a series of speed mentoring sessions with senior officers.

“Seeing how those before me also encountered similar challenges when they were less experienced, and how they molded themselves with their experiences really helped me to plan a better future for myself,” said Navy Lt. Antoinette Carter, Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer and Theatre Security Coordinator with the 1st Marine Division, “This event helps prepare me to get to the next point in my career.”

The NNOA's goal is to develop a diverse officer corps by supporting recruitment, retention and career development becoming optimal in maintaining operational readiness, by providing professional development and cultural awareness through such programs as the Senior Leadership Mentorship Program.

“The NNOA, which is an organization founded in 1972, was formed to help promote diversity in the Naval services Officer Corps,” said retired Maj. Gen. Anthony L. Jackson former Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations - West. “The whole idea is to increase the knowledge of some of the junior officers so they can be successful in the future.”

The mentors consisted of thirteen senior officers from a diverse selection of military occupational specialties with experience and expertise in both their job field and officer leadership. The speed mentoring sessions allow for officers to interact with multiple senior leaders on a personal level. Each session with the senior mentor lasts ten minutes allowing the officers to rotate to other tables with different mentors.

“The mentors are able to teach them some of the skills they employed that ended up making them successful,” said Jackson.

“Whether it was taking every educational opportunity, taking the toughest jobs or doing an excellent job in a place that you didn’t want to be, we wanted to teach them that they can still thrive in an environment of adversity.”