On April 16, 2020, the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted the inaugural event of the Athena Leadership Project. The event was held as a CNAS webinar with three veteran leaders who explored how their different perspectives and lived experiences shaped their leadership in and out of combat.
Athena Leadership Project directors Jeannette Gaudry Haynie, PhD and Kyleanne Hunter, PhD led a a moderated discussion about gender, leadership, diversity, and why it matters for warfighting and conflict management. Discussion topics included the different perspectives that leaders can bring to conflict decision-making and leadership roles and how these perspectives can affect outcomes in war. Specifically, this discussion focused on the role of gender in warfighting and national security.
Discussion panelists included: Misty Posey, Marine Corps officer and previous commander of the Fourth Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, SC; Janine Garner, Marine Corps officer and KC-130 pilot; and David Forman, Naval officer and prior commanding officer of the USS Alaska.
About the Athena Leadership Project
The Athena Leadership Project is a nonprofit research program led by Marine Corps officers and attack helicopter pilots Jeannette Gaudry Haynie, PhD, and Kyleanne Hunter, PhD. The Athena Leadership Project develops research projects and platforms to build our understanding of how diverse teams and leaders impact national security and the continually changing security landscape.