Feb 4, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. -- More than 100 employees at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) participated in a Lunch and Learn session dedicated to mentoring. The event featured a six person panel, consisting of "Ray Malatino Coach of the Year" award winners sharing their personal successes in mentoring.
The Coach of the Year Award recognizes outstanding leadership in mentoring and coaching. The award is named in honor of former NAWCTSD Executive Director, Ray Malatino who exemplified those traits during his tenure at the command. Malatino accepted an invitation to return to the command as the guest of honor and keynote speaker during the panel discussion. Other panelists included Dr. Kelsey Henderson, Roxy Campos, Dr. Gwendolyn Campbell, Art Gallo and Laurie Keister.
Ray Malatino was introduced by NAWCTSD's current acting Technical Director, Rob Matthews. "The first time I met Mr. Malatino, I went in to see him sitting there in this big office and I was nervous. I said sir I'm here to talk to you about NAWCTSD and that's when Ray taught me my very first lesson. He looked at me and said 'I have one question for you. What is the best high school baseball program in the Orlando area?' What I didn't know at the time was what a huge baseball fan Ray was. But the lesson he taught me was work/life balance. He was coming here to take over this organization as the senior civilian and his first concern was getting his family situated."
That was not the only lesson taught during the hour long panel discussion. Keynote speaker Ray Malatino delivered an inspirational message about mentorship and the importance of this program within NAWCTSD. "When I would mentor I would want to have a minority or a woman or a non engineer as my protégée. Not a white male engineer. I learned a lot from these people. I learned from their struggles and I learned how to be a mentor from them." Along with his remarks, Malatino also gave the audience members useful tips for success within NAVAIR's iMentor program. "Be smart, be hungry, and be humble! That's my advice to all protégées in attendance," Malatino said while addressing the audience and giving insight into the mindset of a Senior Executive and his thought process about mentorship.
Ray Malatino was not the only one to stress the importance of mentoring during the event. According to NAWCTSD Commanding Officer, Capt. Steven Nakagawa, "If we are going to survive… mentorship is necessary," he said while introducing the panelists.
Ray Malatino Coach of the Year Award Winner for 2007, Dr. Gwendolyn Campbell encouraged mentors to get to know their protégés. "Listening is the key to being a good mentor. This allows you to have a better understanding of your protégée," she said.
Summarizing the benefits of mentorship panelist Roxy Campos said, "it's hard to improve when you don't have someone to look up to. If that person you're looking up to is yourself then it's difficult to achieve."
On January 3, 2013 President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation proclaiming January as a National Mentorship Month. In support of this proclamation NAWCSTD hosted several events throughout the month promoting awareness about the importance of mentoring. This panel discussion was the last event to be held in support of national mentoring month.
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