AFCEA International Chapter News
LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER CHAPTER - Mar 31, 2021

Emerging Leaders Launch New Mentorship Series

The chapter's Emerging Leaders hosted the first in a series of Mentorship events in March. Virtual panelists included Lt. Col. Kate Stowe, USAF, reservist, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force/AQR; Command Sgt. William Hebb, USAF, 66th Air Base Group, Hanscom Air Force Base; Mike McGinley, defense & information technology partnership lead, Google; and Jerry VanDeWiele, professor of systems engineering and program management, Defense Acquisition University-Dayton. All of these former Young AFCEANs (YACs) offered career advice and reminisced about their experiences with AFCEA. During their discussions, a common theme emerged: Focus on the importance of establishing and maintaining relationships/connections and a personal network. AFCEA taught them to share ideas, open doors, build collaborative solutions to problems and assist with career advancements. Each member panelist credited AFCEA with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, placing them in good stead for professional progression. Col. Stowe, McGinley and Van DeWiele also touted Claire Goulet, a long-time chapter vice president of operations, as an especially important mentor to them during their years as chapter YACs and even today.

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In March, Lt. Col. Kate Stowe, USAF; Command Sgt. William Hebb, USAF; Mike McGinley, Google; and Jerry VanDeWiele, Defense Acquisition University-Dayton, all current AFCEANS (and former young AFCEANS) help the chapter's Emerging Leaders kick-off the first in a series of planned, new mentorship events.
In March, Lt. Col. Kate Stowe, USAF; Command Sgt. William Hebb, USAF; Mike McGinley, Google; and Jerry VanDeWiele, Defense Acquisition University-Dayton, all current AFCEANS (and former young AFCEANS) help the chapter's Emerging Leaders kick-off the first in a series of planned, new mentorship events.

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