Leading In A Complex World

An AUSA-Institute of Land Warfare Hosted Program

Held Monday, 9 October 2017 at the AUSA Annual Meeting for

Professional Development – “Leading in a Complex World”

Hosted by the AUSA – Institute of Land Warfare

Presented by the US Army Women’s Foundation

Key Points Made:

  • The Army needs to change its recruiting advertising to show how women serve in many roles in the Army.
  • To empower others, don’t assume they should follow in your footsteps. It is important to listen to their interests and passions in order to be able to support and encourage them to achieve their goals.
  • Seek out two mentors – one mentor who is one or two years ahead of you who can help you prepare for the next step, and one who is 10- to 20 years ahead of you who can help you plan and regulate your actions.
  • Take advantage of your situation by turning obstacles into opportunities.
  • Socio economic status, ethnicity and family history aren’t barriers to success in the Army.
  • The Army not only affords the opportunity to go to college, it also provides a family and network of people to trust.



Firsts, Seconds, and Leader Thirds

Keynote Speaker

  • MG Mari K. Eder
    • United States Army (Retired)
    • Former Deputy Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve


Extraordinary Soldiers:
Their Experiences, Challenges, Successes

Panel Moderator

  • CSM Donna A. Brock
    • United States Army (Retired)
    • Senior Enlisted Advisor to the 43rd Surgeon General of the US Army


  • BG Cindy R. Jebb, Ph.D.
    • 14th Dean of the Academic Board,
    • United States Military Academy, West Point
  • CW5 Phyllis J. Wilson
    • Senior Army Leadership Instructor
    • US Army Warrant Officer Career College, Fort Rucker
  • CSM Julie A.M. Guerra
    • U.S. Army HQDA G-3/5/7 DAMO-SS, Pentagon
  • SSG Elizabeth Marks
    • World Class Athlete Program, Fort Carson, Colorado
    • 2016 Paralympic Gold and Bronze Medalist
    • 2016 Invictus Games (4) Gold Medals
    • 2016 ESPY Pat Tillman Award Recipient