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Symposium teaches leadership, offers networking

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 12:56 p.m. CDT
(Paul Engstrom)
ET1 Jodi Geibel talks to sailors about the upcoming schedule of events at the 2014 Great Lakes Area First Class Petty Officer Leadership Symposium April 29 aboard Naval Station Great Lakes.

Two former Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy (MCPON) and Force Master Chief Jon Port, Naval Education and Training Command, spoke to sailors about various topics during a three-day leadership symposium sponsored by the Great Lakes Area First Class Petty Officers Symposium Committee, April 28-30.

The event, held at Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Chicago and Ross Theater, came together after a local First Class Petty Officer (FCPO) began to think of an event that would combine networking, teamwork and leadership.

“I had an idea for this symposium and reached out to other FCPOs asking for volunteers,” said ET1 Jodi Geibel, planning committee chair for the Great Lakes Area First Class Petty Officers Symposium Committee. “Thanks to the efforts of them, and the support of all area command master chiefs, we were able to make this event happen.”

The theme for the symposium was “Building a Stronger Foundation for Undivided Leadership” and featured, along with Force Master Chief Port, MCPON (Ret.) James Herdt and MCPON (Ret.) Terry Scott as keynote speakers.

“I had a great time working with other FCPOs from 12 different commands while setting this up,” said Geibel. “I hope everyone who attended left motivated, proud and with more information on how to be an effective leader.”

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