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Women's Networking and Resources Group Hosts Resiliency Event

03/23/17 12:00 AM

From Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON -- Personnel with the Navy's shore enterprise recently received a lesson on resiliency, thanks to a new network group at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).

The Women's Networking and Resources Group (WNRG) held its inaugural professional development and mentoring session, "Designing a Life of Resiliency," March 16 at the CNIC headquarters.

"To me, toughness describes what you are; it's how you think," said Anne Davis, assistant deputy chief of naval operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E), who served as a guest speaker at the event. "Resiliency is what you do to allow yourself to bounce back faster. It is different from a state of mind."

The WNRG was developed by several CNIC employees who wanted to help one another develop as professionals and grow into leadership positions, according to Josie Dristy, CNIC's general counsel and one of the group's core members.

"We are here to provide avenues for all the employees at CNIC to grow in our three pillars -- leadership development, personal health and wellness, and life balance," Dristy said.

The WNRG provides an informal platform for all CNIC personnel, regardless of gender, to discuss professional topics and create and maintain an open dialog to identify and share common interests through mentoring and relationship building.

"I was afforded the opportunity to network with women and men across the entire spectrum of CNIC headquarters at the beginning of the session, which really set the tone for the whole event," said Lt. Cmdr. Gareth Montgomery, action officer for the command's Facility Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization branch. "I found the session to be useful and inclusive, and look forward to continued discussion and personal development through the WNRG's three pillars."

The other guest speaker at the event was Margaret Howard, CNIC's senior associate counsel and the 2017 Excellence in Government Fellow, who led an interactive discussion about mindfulness and other means to manage day-to-day stressors.

Navy Installations Command is comprised of approximately 52,000 military and civilian personnel worldwide responsible for the operations, maintenance, and quality of life programs to support the Navy's fleet, Sailors, and their families.