Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Something to think about

Greetings everyone,

On 11 March President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. The mission of the Council will be to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families. The press release can be found here:

On 18 March Kathleen Parker opinion column titled "Bring the Boys Along The White House Council Obama Forgot" which offers a different view

After you read both of these please consider sharing your thoughts on this topic both from the perspective of a leader and a follower.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wet Paint?

Okay, folks, someone has suggested we use something called "Wet Paint". (see It looks like it has great capabilities, and might be what we are looking for. Anyone have good or bad experiences with this? Thoughts or comments? Thanks!

Pretty in Pink....

We had a complaint that someone didn't like the pink, so now we are CG blue.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

We're Still Here

Hi, folks,

Just in case you thought we had gone inactive again, never fear! We are still here and are still working. We have many irons in the fire, but since we are all fully and gainfully employed aside from CGWLA, it takes a little while for us to finish things. We are still discussing what our next forum will be. Facebook remains an option, as does Wet paint (or something like that). We are still searching for the best venue for CGWLA, and have been doing research on the options.

We are also considering publishing (electronically, and maybe hard copy) a newsletter. We will probably be involved in the women's symposium, although the Diversity Office has the lead on that and we will merely assist as we are asked and are able. We're thinking about what we need to do in terms of whether we should have "official" membership for the organization, and hold elections at some point for new leaders of the organization. These are just a few of the "irons in the fire," if you will.

We have lots of ideas, and lots of things we are thinking about and talking about.

So, never fear. We are still here. If you have something you would like posted here, please send me an e-mail or submit a "comment" and I'll post as appropriate. Please stay engaged, folks - this is a good thing, and we want to keep it going.

Thanks for your support.

Necia Chambliss

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Second Annual San Diego Coast Guard Women’sLeadership Forum


Someone posted the information (below) as a comment to our blog, but I thought it was important enough to put up front here as a post. It says it is open to all CG women. I have no independent knowledge of this event, but thanks to "Anonymous" for posting!

If anyone knows anything more about this, or would like to comment on it, please do!

Anonymous said...

Second Annual San Diego Coast Guard Women’sLeadership Forum

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Target Audience: All Female Members of the Coast Guard Family – Active, Reserve, Civilian, Auxiliary, and Spouses

0800 Welcome Aboard

0815 Ms. Gail Evans – Success in a Male Dominated Business Society
Noted lecturer and author of Play Like a Man, Win Like a Women and She Wins, You Win: The Most Important Rule Every Businesswoman Needs to Know. Former CNN Executive Vice President and creator/host of the syndicated weekly radio program broadcast It’s Not Just A Man’s World.

0930 Break

0945 Ms. Jessica Yaffa – Surviving Domestic Violence A survivor of both domestic abuse and sexual assault, Jessica is a well-known regional speaker. She has facilitated hundreds of workshops, is the founder of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Ministry throughThe Rock Church where she serves over 300 women per month, including those living in shelters and others who have been referred to her through Child Protective Services, and is the Director of Programming and Marketing for a private substance abuse treatment center here in San Diego.

1030 Break

1040 Dr. Ericka Jordan, Ed. D. – Characteristics of Successful Military Women
Retired USN SCPO and graduate of USN Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, RI. Received B.A. in Management from St. Leo’s University; Masters’ in Business Administration from National University, and Doctorate in Leadership Studies from University of San Diego. Dr. Jordan is presently working with theDefense Contract Management Agency in San Diego and is a recent graduate of the DoD Executive Leadership Development Program.

1130 Lunch (Provided)

1230 CMC Kathleen Hansen, USN – Social Challenges At-Sea
Command Master Chief of Navy Medicine West & Naval Medical Center San Diego and former CMC of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52). Awards include Legion of Merit, (2)Meritorious Service Medals, (4) Navy/USMC Commendation Medals, and (4) Navy/USMC Achievement Medals

1310 Break

1320 Questions and Answers – Ms. Evans, Ms. Yaffa, Dr. Jordan, CMC Hansen

1450 Closing Remarks

Location: Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, Coronado CA 92118;

Friday, February 13, 2009

Spread the word

By the way, several people have e-mailed me asking if they can still be included even though they are past the response deadline. The answer is, of course, YES!!!!!!!!!!

The deadline was just letting people know when we were going to make our decision. Now that we are committed to continuing, and are in the process of standing up the organization again, please spread the word! We'd love to have as many people as possible (Coast Guard) involved.