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Wednesday - Main Agenda



Military and Industry Trailblazers Diversity of Experience and Thought

08 May 2024
Marriott Water Street - Floor 2 - Florida Ballroom Salon I - IV
Breakout Track

The People and Culture Cell (PCC) is responsible for infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles in daily business practices, policies, and procedures.  The facilitation of the SOF Week Discussion Panel will embody these principles by bring defense, federal, and community partners together to champion and inform audience participants on how diversity of experience and thought can improve organizational culture, vision, and mission.  This panel will highlight phenomenal people whose daily focus is People which aligns with the U.S. Special Operations Command Commander’s priorities, People-Win-Transform.  Panelist will have an opportunity to share their challenges and successes.

  • Objectives: 

    • Identify and understand how barriers can close the aperture to women joining their organization.

    • Discuss programs, initiatives, and outreach opportunities to understand strategic approaches to using outreach that will encourage and appeal to minority communities.

Dr. Kari Thyne , Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Joint Special Operations University
First Sergeant (Ret.) Shirley Baez, Enlisted Academic Senior Instructor - Joint SOF Senior Enlisted Academy
Deputy Chief Ruth Cate, Deputy Chief of Operations - Tampa Police Department
The Honorable Jessica Costello, Judge - Unified Family Court, Hillsborough County
Ms. Tesa L. Lanoy, Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller - U.S. Special Operations Command
Command Sergeant Major JoAnn Naumann, Senior Enlisted Leader - U.S. Army Special Operations Command

  • We are extremely excited to convene the community at SOF Week 2024. This convention for U.S. and International SOF will include a diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, interactive discussions about the future of SOF, and an up-close view of some of the best tech available to our warfighters. GSOF looks forward to working with USSOCOM to make SOF Week 2024 an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.