Mentoring the Navy’s Future Leadership
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Posted by: Julio Gonzalez
This past Saturday, over the Holiday weekend, members of our Washington, DC chapter met with a group of Midshipmen from the Naval Academy to talk about leadership and carry out a one on one mentoring session. The event was organized by the Academy's Latin American Studies Club under the leadership of Midshipman Baez and Lieutenant Andre Agraviador, the Academy's Assistant Chief of Diversity Officer.
The event took place at the Academy's Midshipman Activity Center located in Dahlgren Hall from 0830 to 1300. The event was kicked off by CDR Ed Naranjo (USN), the Washington, DC chapter president. The keynote speaker was Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Junior Ortiz (USMC), former Assistant Secretary of Labor and Naval Academy Alumni. Mr. Ortiz gave an excellent speech about his challenges to join the Naval Academy, his time as an instructor at the Academy, the importance of leadership and mentoring, and shared some of his experiences as a young officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following Mr. Ortiz speech, the group of midshipmen was divided into smaller groups to conduct a one-on-one mentoring session. All the midshipmen were really happy with the event's outcome, for some of them this was the first time attending this type of event.
ANSO will like to thank you the Naval Academy, the Latin American Studies Club, and the Academy's Diversity Office for the invitation and giving ANSO the opportunity to be part of the midshipmen's leadership development.
Thank you for the Washington, DC chapter members that took the time to volunteer for this event: CDR Ed Naranjo, USN and DC chapter president, CWO4 Mario Batiz, USN, NCCM Jose Velazquez, USN(Ret) and Eastern Region VP, and LT Julio Gonzalez, USCG and National Membership Coordinator.