The new Federal Women's Program manager has identified seven keys to bringing success to women: visualization, education, interpersonal skills, courage, attitude, support systems and tenacity. Linda Larsen, an Ogden Air Logistics Center trainer, will expand recruitment and outreach through monthly lunch and learns as the program follows this year's theme: "Your Life, Your Success."
"Maximizing people is a good thing to do -- there are some absolutely amazing talents out there," Larsen said. "There are a lot of eagles out here who don't know they're eagles -- yet! I want to help with that," she explained.
Larsen views the Federal Woman's Program as one way to amplify base unity as individuals get the chance to network across programs, because there are so many things going on at Hill Air Force Base.
In her Vision Statement (plan of action) Larsen said she will start by surveying base women about their needs; recruit new members through existing membership, job fairs and other forums on base; increase participation in Equal Opportunity events; and spread the word through a newsletter, the FWP web page, and a stronger community presence.
Larsen has a strong background in organization, and manages a nonprofit, which sends thousands of pounds of supplies overseas for military members in the Area of Responsibility.
"We have so many people on base we ought to have a huge, effervescent group of people really churning things up and making things happen. The potential hasn't really been tapped -- we're like this huge reservoir of oil," she said as she described base potential.
Larsen believes in making things fun, mixing things up, and innovation. "Anyone can come -- military members, contractors, anyone with base access. There's no reason for anyone to feel excluded," she said, "There will be something for everyone."
The first meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 4, at noon in room 6, bldg 1231. The first event will be a luncheon on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. to honor base leadership, past program managers, key players, and scholarship recipients, who have been integral to the success of the Federal Woman's Program.
Larsen also hopes the program can network with other organizations such as the IRS in Ogden, and other federal workers programs, currently too small or have limited participations, so they can also benefit from what the Federal Woman's Program has to offer.