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    615th ASB major speaks at a Women in Leadership Conference

    615th ASB major speaks at a Women in Leadership Conference

    Photo By Sgt. Shiloh Capers | Fort Hood, Texas - U.S. Army Major Jamie Hickman (far right), support operations...... read more read more

    Fort Hood, Texas – On February 14, Maj. Jamie Hickman, support operations officer, 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, spoke at a panel for Rice University’s Women in Leadership Conference in Houston, Texas.

    The 20th anniversary event was sold-out with approximately 500 attendees. The purpose of the conference was to encourage women to pursue professional development, share their unique challenges, receive guidance and participate in a supportive community.

    Maj. Hickman earned a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Maryland University College, a Defense and Strategic Master of Arts degree from the U.S. Naval War College, a Master of Education degree from Columbia University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University.

    “Growing up, my parents taught me that education is something that no one could take from you,” she expressed. “That is something I’ve tried to share with others to inspire them to pursue if it helped them move forward.”

    Maj. Hickman was invited to speak on the topic of male mentorship and the importance of allyship. She also spoke at the Women in Leadership Higher Education Conference last October held at Harvard University. Maj Hickman’s panel, ‘Mentoring with Male Allies’, discussed the importance of both genders reaching a common goal in shaping tomorrow’s leaders.

    Part of the advantage of having male and female mentors is the cultivating of a more dynamic exchange of perspective and support. It is important to let women know that there are men out there that want them to succeed just as much as other women, she said.

    “Women are faced with a separate set of challenges in the workplace,” she acknowledges. “It can be a struggle and women need to know they are not alone, we can have male allies to assist with goals.”

    Maj. Hickman’s past mentors entered her life based on her goals and had similar qualities to her lifelong mentor, her father.

    “My father was the first mentor that I had that I can remember wanting to emulate what he accomplished as an infantryman,” she said. “My mentors play a significant role in both my personal and professional life when I seek advice and guidance.”

    With Maj. Hickman’s impressive educational background and 18 years of military service, she possesses the academic knowledge and extensive military experience that allowed her to speak thoughtfully on the topic of women in leadership.

    Hickman defines a leader as someone that leads by example, is unafraid of challenges, is focused, committed, inspirational, and is a team player.

    “You can’t be afraid to stand out on your own,” Hickman advised. “Be sure-footed and grounded in what you believe in and what you want to accomplish. Don’t be swayed by others or discouraged by setbacks. Actively seek out mentors that are like-minded.”

    The sold-out event was an impressive feat that proved how important and sought out these programs are to the professional development of the female workforce, Hickman believes.

    “I wanted attendees to see like-minded, goal-driven women who are inspired to do bigger things,” Hickman said. “My daughter, Asia, attended the conference with me and that made it extra special that I could share this mentoring moment with her”.



    Date Taken: 02.20.2020
    Date Posted: 02.22.2020 11:35
    Story ID: 363694
    Location: FORT HOOD, TX, US 

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