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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - Mar 13, 2014
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Retired Air Force Colonel Shares Life Lessons

In March, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) hosted a Business Over Breakfast event featuring guest speaker Col. Ted Lowry, USAF (Ret.), discussing the topic "Lessons From Life." The event took place at the Hilton Garden Inn and drew a full house of industry, military and government personnel. Col. Lowry began his presentation by discussing his initial years serving in the Air Force working his way up to a position as an F-105 pilot during the Vietnam War and eventually to various commander and leadership roles. Col. Lowry's first point regarding career success was to emphasize the importance of carrying over leadership practices and management skills learned while serving as a member of the Armed Forces or as a part of a military organization. He mentioned the high expectations employees working in military organizations are required to abide by such as attentiveness to punctuality. He noted people who accept these standards and incorporate them into their work practices would be successful in the long run. Second, Col. Lowry mentioned the importance of holding oneself accountable, regardless of the job, and understanding that ones work impacts others’ lives every day. He continued to note that one must be able to accept failure and to never let the fear of failure restrain the potential to do good work. In fact, Col. Lowry believes the biggest mistake an individual can make is not doing something, and he encouraged attendees, particularly young people, to explore new ideas and to speak up with suggestions for new work practices and methods. Col. Lowry also mentioned the importance of caring about co-workers and building a support system based on trust. He noted a person can advance professionally on his or her own to a certain point, but success due to the support of others must be taken into account. He mentioned working together as a support system of family and co-workers can allow individuals the opportunity to succeed even further in their careers. The ability to recognize the contributions of co-workers and truly appreciate them, as well as to trust their ability to do their job well, will be reciprocated into mutual appreciation and a better overall work environment for all. Col. Lowry continued his discussion to mention the criticality of doing the right thing; despite the fact that short-term success may not always be the result, long-term success is a guarantee. Col. Lowry’s final point emphasized the ability of individuals to be good at what they do and to give a 100 perfect effort regardless of the duty task assigned. He mentioned one should never go home at the end of the day having not learned something or having failed to exert a true effort in honoring their responsibilities. Col. Lowry then invited questions from the audience and engaged with attendees post-discussion. The chapter’s YAACs thank Col. Lowry for donating his time to share his personal philosophies on career success and look forward to future Business Over Breakfast events.

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In March, Business Over Breakfast attendees listen attentively to a presentation from Col. Ted Lowry, USAF (Ret.), on
In March, Business Over Breakfast attendees listen attentively to a presentation from Col. Ted Lowry, USAF (Ret.), on "Lessons From Life."
Col. Ted Lowry, USAF (Ret.), discusses his philosophies, life lessons and career success tips for young professionals in March.
Col. Ted Lowry, USAF (Ret.), discusses his philosophies, life lessons and career success tips for young professionals in March.
Kameke Mitchell (l), president of the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council, presents Col. Lowry with a certificate of appreciation for speaking at the Business Over Breakfast in March.
Kameke Mitchell (l), president of the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council, presents Col. Lowry with a certificate of appreciation for speaking at the Business Over Breakfast in March.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Taylor Gardiner
334-314-6763

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