Daylong women's conference set March 13
March 11, 2013
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The APG community is invited to attend a March 13 training conference at the Mallette Training Center, Bldg. 6008, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This free annual event is in honor of Women's History Month and hosted by the installation's Federal Women's Program Committee. Conference goers will have the opportunity to attend one workshop in the morning and two workshops in the afternoon.
In keeping with the 2013 National Women's History Month theme--"Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics"--attendees will hear a presentation by Brig. Gen. Belinda Pinckney, vice president of Business Development for Owen Software Ltd., a company whose focus is growing future leaders in STEM careers.
Teresa Rudd, the program's chair and executive assistant to the technical director of ECBC, said the conference provides an opportunity to network and enhance your knowledge base.
"Every year the FWP receives feedback from conference attendees," she said. "This helps the committee select workshop topics that are specific to the needs of the APG workforce."
This year's workshops include:
Interviewing Techniques from 8:45 to 10 a.m., presented by Sharmella Riggs of the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md. Riggs will share tips and strategies on how to prepare for a successful government interview. Riggs provides career and workforce development training and coordinates program management, acquisition, financial and technical training for her organization.
"Because there are fewer job openings, we need to maintain and grow our skills in acquiring government positions," said Rudd. "You need to be ready for an interview if the opportunity presents itself."
Mentoring is for Everybody from 1 to 2:30 p.m., presented by the technical director of ECBC, Joseph Wienand. This interactive session will discuss the benefits of mentoring from the standpoint of the mentor and the mentee.
The Polished Professional from 2:40 to 4 p.m., presented by ATEC's director of Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity and Equal Employment Officer Victoria Dixon , this workshop will define and discuss what attributes are needed to become a polished employee. Attendees will listen and participate in this class as she uses humor and everyday experiences to help attendees learn effective strategies covering professional appearance, good character and superior communication skills.
"Attendees will learn how to present themselves as a confident expert in their field," Rudd said. "They will learn how to make themselves more marketable."
Preparing a Successful Resume from 1 to 2:30 p.m. presented by Tami Wooddruf and Nadine Johnson of CPAC. This class is geared toward preparing for a job search, assisting individuals in preparing a strong resume, uploading supporting documents, creating and saving job searches and keeping accounts up to date.
"The USA staffing system is fairly new. We wanted to make sure the employees at APG have a chance to attend the training, in case an internal position came open," said Rudd. "With the hiring freeze, this is one way that government workers can advance in their careers."
During the lunch break from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to visit local vendors and business accessible to APG. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch to eat in the cafeteria or purchase lunch from one of the area eateries, including Subway, UFood Grill and Tim Hortons.
Rudd said attendees should receive their supervisor's permission to attend the daylong event. Men and women are highly encouraged to participate and can attend for all or part of the day's activities.
A shuttle bus will pick up attendees on APG South (Edgewood) at the Express (formerly known as the Shoppette) recreation center and the chapel at 9 and 10 a.m. and will return at noon.
For more information and to register, visit www.apg.army.mil/APGHome/sites/local/fwp.cfm, or call Rudd at 410-436-5501. Attendees can also register the morning of the event.
Because space is limited in some workshops, participants are encouraged to register early.