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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - Evening Program
"You're a WHAT Advisor?"  The Trials and Tribulations of One of the U.S. Military's First Gender Advisors
Samantha Turner

Samantha Turner, the U.S. European Command gender advisor, will explain exactly what she does and why the U.S. Department of Defense is making gender advising a priority for the 21st century “thinking force.” From the good, the bad, and the weird of helping to change the mindset of those who run the department, Turner will relay lessons and adventures in teaching creative thinking to some of the toughest customers, all in an effort to further women’s equality.

Samantha Turner leads the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) program at U.S. European Command, and is a go-to practitioner of diversity and inclusion for the department of defense. Turner has served in advisory positions to senior officials in the U.S. government and NATO on WPS policy and strategy in foreign policy. She also serves as an executive coach to diplomats, development experts, and senior defense officials focusing on how leading inclusively, specifically with an intersectional lens, can benefit everyone.

As a U.S. Army reservist, she serves as a civil military liaison officer and gender advisor specializing in infrastructure assessment, WASH, and the operationalization of the women, peace, and security agenda within the military. She earned a certificate in entrepreneurial leadership and innovation from Stanford Graduate School of Business and is an alumna of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Turner spends time speaking internationally, coaching woman veterans in transition, and hiking in the Alps in her free time.

Ms. Turner's Athenaeum presentation is part of the Women in Security series at the Athenaeum this spring.