PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.—More than 300 military and civilian Equal Opportunity professionals attended the Navy’s 2009 Equal Opportunity Advisor (EOA) and Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) Symposium May 19-22 at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) here.
The theme of the symposium this year was “Equal Opportunity: Accountability Driven–Compliance Based,” and according to Commander George Bradshaw, Director of Navy Equal Opportunity, promoted the idea that “EO compliance is the vehicle for our highest ideals regarding teamwork and productivity which benefits retention.” He added that “Leadership and individual accountability are critical in ensuring this is being achieved. If we’re going to be a Top 50 Employer, recruitment and outreach will be fruitless if we aren’t creating a climate to retain our talent at every Navy command. Our EOAs and CMEOs are critical personnel to our commanders in assisting them with this mission. This symposium was designed to provide all in attendance with tools to help them achieve this.”
Rear Admiral Daniel P. Holloway, Director, Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education (N13) addressed a packed auditorium of EOA and CMEO professionals on the first day of the symposium at DEOMI–the Defense Department’s Center of Excellence for Equal Opportunity, Equal Employment Opportunity training, and Cross-Cultural Competency research.
The Navy is a world-class organization. You have stepped up into a very important role,” said Admiral Holloway. “My experience at sea and very close quarters—through stress away from families, whether peacetime or time of war, whether it’s a high jobless rate or not over the last 31 years, requires this type of oversight and this type of leadership that you bring to the Navy,” the admiral said.
The primary goal of the symposium was to conduct professional development training addressing equal opportunity and diversity issues for command-level EOAs, Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) managers and other leadership.
The symposium included briefs from senior leadership, diversity and equal opportunity subject matter experts and experienced training professionals. The training focused on effective interpersonal communications, current diversity strategies, equal opportunity policies and the Navy’s diversity campaign plans.
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Rear Admiral Daniel Holloway, Director, Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education, discusses Defense Equal Opportuity Management Institute (DEOMI) training opportunities with Sergeant Major Sandra Hightowersmith, DEOMI Sergeant Major; Chief Master Sergeant Jose Guzman, DEOMI Senior Enlisted Advisor; and CAPT Kathlene Contres, DEOMI Commandant, May 19 during the Navy EOA and CMEO Symposium. (DEOMI photo/Sergeant 1st Class Brian Rhodes)
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- CAPT Kathlene Contres, Commandant of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), introduces Rear Admiral Daniel Holloway, Director, Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education,to Marine Corps 1st Lieutenant Joseph Merritt, Marine Corps Service Liaison Officer, May 19 during the Navy EOA and CMEO Symposium held at DEOMI. (DEOMI photo/Sergeant 1st Class Brian Rhodes)