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Brig. Gen. Helen G. Pratt, commanding general of Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve and President of Marine Corps University, conducts a leadership workshop at the first Women Veterans Leadership Summit at the Four Points Sheraton hotel in New Orleans, April 3, 2016. The event was hosted by The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that aids post-9/11 veterans in gaining a better foothold in civilian life.

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FHG Commanding General Empowers Female Veterans

4 Apr 2016 | Cpl. Gabrielle Quire Marine Corps Forces Reserves

Brig. Gen. Helen G. Pratt, commanding general of Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve and President of Marine Corps University, conducted a leadership workshop at The Mission Continues first Women Veterans Leadership Summit at the Four Points Sheraton hotel in New Orleans, April 3, 2016. TMC is a nonprofit organization that aids post-9/11 veterans in gaining a better foothold in civilian life.

The summit identified women veterans’ military service as well as their continued service within their communities. During her workshop Pratt covered topics such as the unique challenges women leaders face,  the value women veterans bring to improving their communities and how to be an effective leader.

“My focus was on leadership; what it means, what type of characteristics individuals have and what kind of skills they need to have,” said Pratt. “I wanted them to assess themselves to see if they thought they were good leaders or not, and if not, why, so they can focus on their strengths and weaknesses.”

            Pratt’s workshop had the women conduct exercises such as creating a “human knot” to show how each leader communicates differently as well as performing various open discussions. At the end of her workshop, Pratt encouraged each woman to recognize and embrace each of their individual leadership styles.

“Just the fact that you’re here makes you a leader,” said Pratt. “Be yourself, recognize your strengths, be confident in your ability lead and hold yourself accountable.”

The first TMC Women Veterans Leadership Summit is yet another step forward in bringing awareness to the individual needs of female veterans as well as empowering them with knowledge they can apply in their everyday lives.


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