Mission Critical: Best Practices for Secure U.S and European Militaries
The TLI team is excited to be moving forward GMF’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion work with the October 29-30 conference on “Mission Critical: Diversity and Security.” This initiative is bolstered by the support of key stakeholders such as the Department of Defense and State Department, which have offered to help further this timely and strategic conversation. The goal is to share best practices to increase inclusion in militaries, including the world’s largest employer, the U.S. Department of Defense. Acting under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the Honorable Jessica L. Wright, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman Elijah Cummings, and Latvian Defense Minister Dr. Artis Pabriks are among the dignitaries who will attend aspects of the convening being held in the Congressional Visitors Center on Capitol Hill.
An impressive group of 100 U.S. and European policymakers, thought leaders, and military practitioners have come together to support this event; of particular note is the support offered by the Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management, which is planning an online platform that will enable participants to continue to share best practices with each other going forward. MMF alumni participating in this event will benefit from this platform, along with the 4 Manfred Wörner Seminar alumni who have stepped up to be active participants in the discussions.
A notable and distinguished group of supporters have come together around this event. Foremost we thank the Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management; Lockheed Martin joins us to host the evening reception on October 29th; the Embassy of the Netherlands will likewise host a reception; the German Department of Defense is sending a delegation; True Blue Inclusion is collaborating on the design of the discussions, including veteran employment content, and bringing corporate chief diversity officers to the table; the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society has helped to organize a first class delegation of European military scholars; and IMPACT DC is joining with video support. Other leaders in civil society and in militaries have joined to bring outstanding delegates to the event, and we anticipate stimulating and constructive discussions.
We are confident that these discussions will help to raise awareness of decision-makers about the impact of demographic change, advances in gender equity, and other diversity related developments on the national security agenda of NATO partner countries, and help also to frame the transatlantic discussion about diversity and security in a positive, future-oriented direction. We look forward to seeing U.S. and European militaries continue to share diversity and inclusion best practices going forward.
Please view our upcoming event: Mission Critical Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices for U.S and European Militaries.