When it started to settle in that this COVID thing was not a short-term speed bump, but rather a new way of life and of work, CAPT Emily Bassett knew she had to do something. Connection with fellow leaders is her fuel, and keeps her life in perspective. The more stories she hears, the more common she realizes all of our experiences are, and despite all our unique circumstances, we can find a way.
What makes Lean On so special is that it brings leaders of all experience levels together where we can learn from each other. While this is a group where you can have mentor/mentee discussions, the real value is in the connection among all of us. No matter our rank, the more vulnerable we all are, the more we share about our individual lived experiences, the more we connect across the Navy.
This is a Virtual “Lean On” Professional development circle. I’ll moderate the introduction and group discussion. We’ll break into small group “break out” rooms, and we’ll end by discussing as a group. It’s an hour to invest in our own professional development and in each other as we connect and learn from one another!This is informal — show up from home or from work, in your PT gear, or in your uniform. Have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine! My only request is that this be the ONLY thing you are doing for this hour. If this time ends up being no good for you, no problem, I record them! Just watch the link, or catch the next one!
The best GIFT you can give us is your attention. And, it’s the best gift you’ll receive, when someone in your circle LISTENS to you. That’s the real secret sauce of these circles.***Please forward widely, to fellow women leaders you want to welcome to a Professional Development (PRODEV) learning circle. Primary focus is senior or “interested-in-being-senior” women leaders in the Navy or Marine Corps or somehow “connected” to the US Navy or USMC. Men interested in contributing to the conversation, curious to learn from a “women in the workplace” perspective are welcome (and ENCOURAGED!) to join!*
Moderating these sessions brings me so much JOY as I learn from fellow leaders. My last at-sea tour was Reactor Officer on USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78). Before that, I served at the commissioning Commanding Officer of USS Manchester (LCS 14). I am a Boston University NROTC grad, and was an Olmsted Scholar at the University of Cadiz in Spain.