The Leadership Forum, conducted during AFCEA TechNet Asia Pacific on 31 October through 2 November 2017, is based on the principles of adult education. As adult learners, everyone in the room is a valuable participant, and every opinion and experience in the room has value for all of us. In the Leadership Forum, everyone is considered a fount of knowledge. The Forum schedule is designed to be fully integrated into the overall TechNet conference schedule including meals, exhibits, panels and social/networking sessions. The schedule follows below:


Registration is part of the conference registration process:

Attendee Registration: $800  
Exhibitor Registration: $600

Problems Registering for Leadership Forum?

Contact Joy Hess, AHEF Chairman

Sessions and Speakers

Session 1: Tue, 31 Oct. Topic: “Leadership Principles and the Leader’s Value Framework”. Senior leader guest speaker is LtGen (USAF, Ret) Jeff Remington (VP Government Programs and Corporate Lead Executive, Northrup Grumman Corporation). Session theme quote: “In matters of fashion, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand firm.” – Thomas Jefferson. The overall objective is to develop an understanding of key leadership fundamentals and their application based on a leader’s value framework.

Session 2: Tue, 31 Oct. Topic: “Leadership versus Management” Senior leader guest speaker is the Honorable Terry Halvorsen (Executive Vice President, IT and Mobile Communications, Samsung Corporation). Session theme quote: “You manage things – you lead people” – RADM Grace Hopper. The overall objective: develop an understanding of the differences between leadership and management and why they are both essential to organization success.

Session 3: Wed, 1 Nov. Topic “People – A Leader’s Most Important Resource and Most Important Responsibility”. Senior leader guest speaker is Ms. Cindy Moran (SES, Ret), (President and Managing Partner at Pikes Way LLC). Session theme quote: “Before you are a leader success is about growing yourself. Once you are a leader success is about growing others”. – Jack Welch. The overall objective: develop an appreciation for a leader’s most important resource – people – and how to motivate them to achieve success.

Session 4: Wed, 1 Nov. Topic: “Vision and Strategy”. Senior leader guest speaker is GEN (USA, Ret) Dennis Via (Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton). Session theme quote: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18. Overall learning objective is for the students to gain an appreciation of the importance of and an understanding of the leader’s responsibility to develop and provide to their people a vision for their organization, how it fits into the larger organizational vision, and methodologies for achieving buy-in to the vision.

Session 5: Thurs, 2 Nov. Topic: “Trust and Accountability”. Senior leader guest speaker is COL (USA, Ret) Laurie Buckhout (President and CEO, Corvus Group). Session theme quote is “Anyone can hold the helm when the seas are calm.” – Publius Syrus. Overall learning objective is for the students to gain an understanding of the linkage between trust and accountability within an organization, what the leader’s responsibilities are in this regard, and leader techniques to achieve such a climate.

Session 6: Thurs, 2 Nov. Topic “Teamwork”. Senior leader guest speaker is MajGen (USA, Ret) Dave Bryan (President and CEO, Bryan Business Management and Technology). Session theme quote is “”When a leader’s task is done, his aim fulfilled, his people will say, “Look what we have done.” – Lao Tsu. Overall learning objective is for the students to gain an understanding of the importance of teamwork and the leader’s critical role and responsibilities.


The AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation’s Leadership Forum brings together a small group of emerging leaders to learn from senior leadership in an intimate setting. The Forum is held during the TechNet Asia Pacific Conference Tuesday through Thursday.

The focus is on practical applications of leadership for mid-level managers in the commercial and defense communities.

Attendees actively participate in a program that combines lecture and classroom activities in 12 hours of instruction with key leader presentations. These lay leaders come from senior positions in the military, government, industry, and academia. The course is complemented throughout by rich interaction and both formal and informal networking opportunities.

Graduates of the Leadership Forum are eligible for continuing education units from George Mason University and are provided access to the Leadership Forum Alumni website.

Course Objectives

Develop an understanding of fundamental leadership principles and why a leader’s core value framework must be integrated with those principles.

Gain an understanding of the differences and interrelationships between Leadership and Management and why both are essential to organizational success.

Develop an understanding and skills of how great leaders care for their most important resources – their people.

Develop an understanding of the leader’s responsibilities for establishing the vision for the organization and a strategy to achieve it; and how to achieve buy-in from all stakeholders.

Develop an understanding of the necessity for, and techniques to establish, a climate of trust and accountability across the organization.

Develop an understanding of and learn successful techniques for establishing championship-caliber teamwork and unity of effort.

Develop a Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP) that you will be proud to share with your people.

Special Rate

     The rate of the Leadership Forum is normally $1200, but is discounted to $800 during TechNet Asia Pacific Conference. The cost includes TechNet registration fees, lunch with keynote speakers and all course materials. Participants are presented with certificates during the luncheon on Thursday. The forum is limited to a maximum of 24 participants so early registration is a must. The special rate will be available on the TechNet registration site.

All proceeds go to support STEM
scholarships and STEM projects in
our community

Employee Recognition Opportunity

     The Leadership Forum is a great way to recognize a deserving employee in mid-level management while providing an opportunity to participate in a personal training experience that will enhance their business and interpersonal skills.
You may also make a donation to AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation to support the Leadership Forum and other educational efforts for our military, government, and community.


Contact Joy Hess, AHEF Chairman

Comments from Past Participants

“I believe there is nothing more valuable than experience and this for me is hands-down the best example of ‘paying it forward’. My subordinates, leaders and even my family will benefit from what I have learned here.”

“Thank you for the incredible opportunity to refine my leadership skills. Senior leader discussion/insight was priceless!“

“The intimacy of this forum definitely enabled me to see the big picture in regards to what happens across all of the organizations that create the Command.”

“The small, consistent tidbits from the discussions and presentations along with the peer interaction made it worthwhile.”

“The stories moved my heart. The idea of writing a leadership philosophy for my team is a must do!”

The AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. PO Box 31156 Honolulu, Hawaii 96820

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