Mentoring Without End Phase 2 at NAVSUP Business Systems Center

BY LT. CMDR CARL PENNYCOOKE, Operations officer, NAVSUP Business Systems Center

MWE with Capt. Gene Cash as guest speaker.
From left to right: Lt. Kevin Randall, Lt. j.g. Patrick Toomey, Lt. Nana Bonsu, Lt. Frank Silva, Capt. Gene Cash, Lt. Kyle Combs, Capt. Doug Bridges, Lt. Cmdr. Mac Laryea, Cdr. Bob Winters, Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Coleman, Lt. Dong Logan, Lt. Josh Bowman, Lt. Sam Gebreselassie, Lt. Cmdr. Carl Pennycooke.
–photo by James Zimmerman

Mentoring without End (MWE) is designed to enhance personal and professional growth for NAVSUP Business Systems Center (BSC) junior officers (JOs).

During the first phase of MWE, we focused primarily on senior military leaders as guest speakers. Throughout the second phase, we had a blend of both military leaders and members of the senior executive service as guest speakers, who delivered diverse perspectives in regards to leadership and mentorship.

We had the pleasure of hosting the following guest speakers: Mr. Kurt Wendelken, assistant commander for Supply Chain Technology/Systems Integration (N2/N6), NAVSUP; Ms. Sandra Jumper, counsel,

Office of General Counsel (NOGC), NAVSUP; Ms. Jane McMullen, assistant commander for Corporate Operations (N1N5), NAVSUP; Mr. Bill Bickert, assistant commander for Supply Chain Management Policy and Performance (N4), NAVSUP; Capt. Gene Cash, deputy assistant commander for Supply Chain Technology/Systems Integration (N2/N6), NAVSUP; and Cmdr. Daryl Wilson, deputy director of Fleet Support Division (N43), NAVSUP.  Mentors, have you contacted your mentees lately? They would love to hear from you.  Mentoring is about relationship building, and although it is the responsibility of mentees to be the primary drivers of the construction of the relationship; it is also important to reach out to mentees, especially if there has been a gap in communication.

MWE with Ms. Jane McMullen as guest speaker.
From left to right: Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Coleman, Lt. Sam Gebreselassie, Lt. Kyle Combs, Lt. Cmdr. Carl Pennycooke, Lt. Josh Bowman, Ms. Jane McMullen, Capt. Doug Bridges, Lt. Frank Silva, Lt. Dong Logan, Lt. Cmdr. Mac Laryea, Lt. j.g. Patrick Toomey.
–photo by Thomas Zimmerman

Additionally, I believe that we should all have mentors and mentees, not just within the Navy or Supply Corps, but also from other branches of service, and within other communities to include, but not limited to, the Department of Defense civilian population.

MWE with Mr. Kurt Wendelken as guest speaker.
From left to right: Lt. Cmdr. Carl Pennycooke, Lt. Sam Gebreselassie, Lt. Dong Logan, Cmdr. Bob Winters, Mr. Kurt Wendelken, Lt. Darius Rawls, Capt. Doug Bridges, Lt. j.g. Patrick Toomey, Lt. Josh Bowman, Lt. Nana Bonsu, Lt. Frank Silva.
–photo by James Foehl

“Mentoring is a key component of a successful career and I was very lucky (and am grateful) to have found mentors who helped me develop as a leader. Through mentoring, I was able to receive honest and open feedback about my weaknesses, but also my potential. I think that we often underestimate our personal capabilities and my mentors challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and reach for things that I did not think possible. I would not be where I am today without them.”

–Mr. Kurt Wendelken

MWE with Mr. Bill Bickert as guest speaker.
From left to right: Lt. Frank Silva, Lt. Sam Gebreselassie, Lt. Kyle Combs, Mr. Bill Bickert, Capt. Doug Bridges, Lt. Cdr. Mac Laryea, Lt. j.g. Patrick Toomey, Lt. Cdr. Carl Pennycooke.

“Our business as supply chain managers for the Navy is among the most complex in the world. No one has all the answers, or the insights regarding the best path forward for achieving professional success. It’s critical for officers to continually solicit advice, council, and feedback from more seasoned leaders that often are wearing scars from decisions from their past. Find a few that you are comfortable confiding with, and then lean on them and learn from them in order to make more informed work-life decisions”

–Mr. Bill Bickert

MWE with Cmdr. Daryl Wilson as guest speaker.
From left to right: Lt. Cmdr. Mac Laryea, Lt. Kyle Combs, Cmdr. Bob Winters, Cmdr. Daryl Wilson, Lt. Dong Logan, Lt. Josh Bowman, Lt. Patrick Toomey, Lt. Cmdr. Carl Pennycooke.
–photo by Thomas Zimmerman

“Mentorship is an active iterative relationship that helps identify opportunities, goals and paths to achieve them. This relationship should be constantly cultivated between both mentor and mentee.”

– Cmdr. Daryl Wilson

MWE with Ms. Sandra Jumper as guest speaker.
From left to right: LS1 Andrew Clare, LS1 Linda Mcelveen, Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Lee, Lt. Marquita Pfannenstiel, Lt. Nana Bonsu, Cdr. Bob Winters, Lt. Kyle Combs, Ms. Sandra Jumper, Lt. Josh Bowman, Capt. Doug Bridges, Lt. Sam Gebreselassie, Lt. Patrick Toomey, Lt. Cmdr. Carl Pennycooke.
–photo by James Foehl

“What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares for you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. When you do come across the right person to mentor you, start by showing them that the time they spend with you is worthwhile.” –Vivek Wadhwa

“Without a mentor in life, one can easily succumb to folly. Without a mentor in life, one can easily become self-centered, capricious and arrogant.” –Anonymous

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” –Steven Spielberg