CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS FLEET DIVERSITY COUNCIL

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NAVADMIN 279/09

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SUBJ/CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS FLEET DIVERSITY COUNCIL//



RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS TENTH SEMI-
ANNUAL FLEET DIVERSITY COUNCIL TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY,
14 OCTOBER 2009 IN NORFOLK, VA.  TWO IDENTICAL SESSIONS WILL BE OFFERED.  THE 
FIRST SESSION WILL BE HELD FROM 0800 TO 1100 AT THE NAVAL STATION NORFOLK BASE 
THEATER AND THE SECOND SESSION WILL BE HELD FROM 1300 TO 1600 AT THE NAVAL AIR 
STATION OCEANA BASE THEATER.

2.  THE PURPOSE OF THE FLEET DIVERSITY COUNCIL IS TO EDUCATE SAILORS, 
OFFICERS, AND CIVILIANS ON THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY AND THE NAVY?S MANY 
DIVERSITY INITIATIVES.  THIS COUNCIL MEETING SPECIFICALLY TARGETS 
PARTICIPATION FROM NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, NAS OCEANA, NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER 
PORTSMOUTH, NAVAL AMPHIBIOUS BASE LITTLE CREEK AND NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD.  
COMMAND FUNDED TRAVEL FROM OTHER AREAS IS AUTHORIZED.

3.  COUNCIL ATTENDANCE IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED FOR ALL NAVY PERSONNEL.  MAXIMUM 
CAPACITY IS 600 FOR NORFOLK BASE THEATER AND 957 FOR OCEANA THEATER, SO THERE 
IS NO ATTENDANCE CUTOFF.  PLEASE SUBMIT NAMES OF INTERESTED PERSONNEL TO POC 
LISTED BELOW.  YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED IN IDENTIFYING VOLUNTEERS TO 
PARTICIPATE IN THIS COUNCIL MEETING.  VOLUNTEERS ARE SOUGHT FROM ALL RANKS, 
RATES, GS LEVELS, AND BACKGROUNDS.

4.  BOTH SESSIONS WILL OPEN WITH REMARKS PROVIDED BY A FLAG OFFICER FOLLOWED 
BY SEVERAL KEY SPEAKERS HIGHLIGHTING DIVERSITY AND ITS DYNAMIC ROLE IN THE 
NAVY AND IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.

5.  THE FIRST SPEAKER, MR. ONDRA BERRY, IS A HIGHLY MOTIVATIONAL AND 
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER WHOSE PASSION FOR DIVERSITY IS UNMATCHED.  HE IS CO-
FOUNDER OF GUARDIAN QUEST, A LEADING PROVIDER OF GROUNDBREAKING, 
TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY 
EDUCATION.  MR. BERRY IS ALSO A COLONEL IN THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD.  THE SECOND 
SPEAKER, DR. STEVE ROBBINS, IS A NATIONALLY RENOWNED DIVERSITY EXPERT.  HIS 
INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE APPROACH TO DIVERSITY HAS EARNED HIM EXTENSIVE 
PRAISE.  MR. ROBBINS HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ON DIVERSITY ENTITLED ?WHAT IF?: SHORT 
STORIES TO SPARK DIVERSITY DIALOGUE.?  THE THIRD SPEAKER WILL BE MS. PEGINE 
ECHEVARRIA WHO IS ONE OF 58 INDUCTEES INTO THE PRESTIGIOUS MOTIVATIONAL 
SPEAKERS HALL OF FAME.  THE SOCIETY OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM) NAMED 
HER ONE OF 100 GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADERS ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.  HER TOPIC, 
?WHITE GUYS ARE DIVERSE TOO? IS CERTAIN TO STIMULATE CONVERSATION.

6.  TO ASSIST IN PLANNING, PLEASE SEND ATTENDEE NAMES TO POINT OF CONTACT NLT 
5 OCTOBER 2009.  THIS FORUM IS APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AUDIENCES - JUNIOR ENLISTED 
TO SENIOR OFFICERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.  DRESS WILL BE UNIFORM OF THE DAY 
OR CIVILIAN EQUIVALENT.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS 
FLEET DIVERSITY COUNCIL AND OTHER NAVY DIVERSITY INITIATIVES, VISIT 
WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL/COMMANDSUPPORT/DIVERSITY/.

7.  POINTS OF CONTACT:  FOR GENERAL INFORMATION, CONTACT LT ENJOLI RAMSEY, 
OPNAV N134, AT (703) 614-6851 OR EMAIL AT ENJOLI.RAMSEY(AT)NAVY.MIL.  TO RSVP 
FOR MORNING SESSION AT NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, CONTACT CHIEF DARREN HOERCHER AT 
(757) 444-1907 OR EMAIL AT DARREN.HOERCHER(AT)NAVY.MIL.  TO RSVP FOR THE 
AFTERNOON SESSION AT NAS OCEANA, CONTACT SENIOR CHIEF LEE WALKER AT
(757) 836-4843 OR EMAIL AT LEE.M.WALKER(AT)NAVY.MIL.

8.  RELEASED BY RADM DANIEL P. HOLLOWAY, N1 ACTING.//

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