NSWC Port Hueneme Hosts Women’s Equality Day Event
By Alyce Moncourtois, NSWC Port Hueneme Command Communications Office
The observance of Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote and calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward equal rights and treatment.
On Aug. 15, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme Division celebrated Women’s Equality Day with an observance and exhibition focused on career development and advancement. Sponsored by the command’s Federal Women’s Program, this event featured keynote speaker Kim Foster, Port Hueneme Division’s ship modernization and installation manager, who spoke about “Road Mapping Your Career Goals.” Foster spoke to an inviting crowd while surrounded by an elaborate display of exhibits with information on resume development, training resources, mentoring opportunities, Equal Employment Opportunity focus groups, and career development programs.
Capt. William DeBow, NSWC Port Hueneme Division commander, provided opening remarks, lending credence to the significance of the day.
“Observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th amendment,” DeBow stated, “but also calls attention to their ongoing efforts towards full equality.”
DeBow, a staunch supporter of diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion, also talked about the value of women’s contributions.
“The diversity of their valuable perspectives and thoughts contribute to our world in so many ways, including our command and to the entire Navy. This day represents equality for all, and NSWC Port Hueneme Division is committed to creating a culture of inclusion and advancement opportunity for everyone.”
Foster followed the opening remarks and focused her presentation on career planning. Foster, who has served as the chairwoman of the Federal Women’s Program and is the founding chapter president of the Southern California Gold Coast Chapter of the Federally Employed Women, explained how Port Hueneme Division’s various career development groups and professional organizations, which were represented in the exhibit area, played a part in advancing her career.
“I encourage all of you to take advantage of the groups here and get involved,” she said. “Whether it’s mentoring or getting an advanced degree, these things will benefit you in your career path.”
After Foster’s presentation, participants were free to browse the exhibits and inquire about anything of interest. It was a great opportunity for attendees to network and learn about the resources available at the command to help achieve their professional career goals.
NSWC Port Hueneme Division is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and provides the global United States Navy fleet with weapon system in-service engineering, logistics, and test and evaluation. NSWC Port Hueneme Division is located at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., where it employs more than 1,900 personnel.