New mentorship program open to Fort Riley women
Story by: Calun Reece
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Women at Fort Riley have an opportunity to be involved in a new mentorship program that will be run by women, for women, said Carolyn Tolliver-Lee, Family Advocacy Program specialist, Army Community Service.
The Fort Riley Female Network is an initiative that will provide female Soldiers, civilians and Family members the opportunity to build and develop personal and professional friendships, Tolliver-Lee said.
A kick-off event for the new program will take place at 3 p.m. June 28 at the Warrior Zone.
"We want the women to form relationships that can help them develop not only as women … but we want them also to connect with other female leaders who can help give them some guidance along their career path," she said.
The event will include a guest speaker, games and refreshments.
It will be a very relaxed environment, Tolliver-Lee said. Female Soldiers are encouraged to wear civilian clothing.
"It's a great opportunity for feedback from the attendees as well," she said, explaining the network is a chance for women to share areas where they would like to grow and develop, whether it is academically, professionally or socially.
The concept of a female network originated last year at the U.S. Army Garrison in Vicenza, Italy, Tolliver-Lee said. The program was adapted for women at Fort Riley.
"We're hoping that it will take root and become something that's useful and beneficial here in our community," she said.
The groundwork for the initiative is being conducted by Fort Riley ACS officials, but the intention is for women to guide and direct the program, Tolliver-Lee said.
"We don't hold the reigns to what happens with this organization; women get to decide," she said. "They will own this initiative."
Registration for the kickoff event is not required. Child care will not be provided.
For more information, call 785-239-9435.