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Minnesota National Guard
The Minnesota National Guard hosts its first Joint Female Professional Development Training Symposium

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2015

ST PAUL, Minn- More than 300 hundred Minnesota National Guard women will gather together for the first Joint Female Professional Development Training Symposium at Metropolitan State University on April 18, 2015

"The day is going to be packed full of growth and development opportunities for skills advancement, communication/networking, career mapping, being a leader and competing in the arena," said Lt. Col. Barb Pazdernik, event coordinator

Approximately 20 percent of Minnesota National Guard soldiers and airmen are women With more than 13,000 members, it's no secret that more males are in leadership positions - but solutions are in place to change that

Female recruits have increased each of the last five years, women will be fully integrated into combat units by January 2016, and as illustrated with this symposium - women are mentoring and leading each other into greater positions of responsibility

Key note speaker, Gen Janet C Wolfenbarger is the Air Force's first female four-star general She will share her insights to making it to the top of a male dominated organization

"I think women are competing in the arena every day, but are they given equal opportunities as their male counterparts," said Pazdernik "This day-long training is really about providing the opportunity for women (especially) to take advantage of professional development Historically, males have been offered more chances for professional trainings, mentorship, and/or networking This seminar opens the window to females to have those same opportunities"

Minnesota National Guard leadership emphasizes diversity at every level to ensure that the mission is met with the best-qualified and most capable people, regardless of gender

Word of the first Joint Female Professional Development Training Symposium spread and tickets were snapped up quickly The standing-room only general session is full

The agenda includes:

• 8:00 am Welcome
• 8:45 am Brig Gen Robert Cayton, Chief of Staff, Minnesota Air National Guard
• 9:00 am Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General
• 9:35 am Command Sgt Major, retired, Cynthia Kallberg, Minnesota National Guard's first female senior enlisted advisor
• 10:00 am Keynote speaker -- Gen Janet Wolfenbarger, who serves as commander, Air Force Material command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
• 12:30 - 3:30 pm Working groups featuring Air, Army and joint topics
like "Mentorship," "Every Dream Needs a Flight Plan," and "Taking Control: A road map for your life"

Metropolitan State University is a Yellow Ribbon Company, proactively supporting service members and their families


Note: Members of the media are invited to attend the Joint Female Professional Development Training Symposium at Founders Hall, 700 East 7th St, St Paul, on the Metro State Campus

Speakers, event organizers, as well as soldiers and airmen attending the event will be available for interviews Please RSVP to 1Lt Melanie Nelson, 651-282-4412, melanieknelsonmil@mail.mil no later than 4:30 pm Friday

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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