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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
20 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 BY ANNABELLE HAYWOOD "It is wonderful and public recognition of the Navy Women's Leadership Program, and the value of that program to our women and the Navy," said CMDR Wittwer, who was presented with her award by Chief of Navy. "I am very honoured to have been selected." CMDR Wittwer was selected as the 3rd place Bronze winner of the inaugural 2010 AWWA, established by the Centre for Leadership for Women to recognise women and men who are leading the way in reducing gender disparity and promoting equity and women's advancement in the workpplace. The award was announced nationally on International Women's Day, 8 March 2010. "CMDR Wittwer was nominated for the Award as a result of her outstanding efforts and experience in issues affecting women's retention and equity and diversity, as the Navy Group Equity Coordinator," said Vice Admiral Russ Crane, AO, CSM, Chief of Navy. "She has also been pivotally involved into the inquiry and management of complaints of unacceptable behaviour across the Australian Defence Force." CMDR Wittwer is currently working in the New Generation Navy program, and recently coordinated the launch of the Women's Mentoring Program as part of the 2010 Navy Women's Leadership Program. Further information on the AWWA winners is found at www.leadershipforwomen.com.au Women's Leadership Recognised Commander Jennifer Wittwer has been honoured with a National Advancement of Women in the Workplace Award (AWWA) for her work in establishing the Navy Women's Leadership Program. About Commander Wittwer Commander Jennifer Wittwer has been an integral part of the NGN team since it's inception in November 2008. As the Director of Navy Organisational Culture, she was actively involved in early consideration of issues such as flexible career management and work options, and the participation of women in the ADF, that subsequently became the focus of culture projects within NGN. CMDR Wittwer was instrumental in engaging and working alongside the consultants used in developing the NGN Strategy. From April 2009, CMDR Wittwer was responsible for the early development of the bow wave culture projects 1, 2 and 8, centred on the development and implementation of the new Signature Behaviours, aligning promotion and advancement of leaders with NGN, and getting Navy people to sea earlier than their current training continuum allows. CMDR Wittwer is now responsible for prioritising and resourcing the remaining culture projects, all aspects of human resource management for the Navy Transformation branch and culture project teams. In addition, CMDR Wittwer has used her significant personnel expertise, much of it gained through her previous Supply experience, to progress a number of initiatives relating to the retention of Navy women. Once of these was the 2009 and 2010 Navy Women's Leadership Program, which has enabled a large number of Navy women to participate in external leadership events focussing on developing their leadership potential and professional opportunities. This year the program has also included a Women's Mentoring component, allowing fifty Navy women to complete a self-paced DVD/CD/Workbook based program designed to empower women, and in doing so, help shape Navy's desired culture of flexible careers, flexible work options, supporting gender diversity and an inclusive culture. On International Women's Day, 5 March 2010, Commander Wittwer was recognised for her efforts with a Bronze award in the inaugural Centre for Leadership for Women national Advancement of Women in the Workplace Award. More details of this award can be accessed at www.leadershipforwomen.com