BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Sailors and civilians stationed on Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) attended a breakfast in recognition of Women's History Month at the NBK Olympic Lodge, March 20.
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard's (PSNS) Professional Women's Employee Networking Group (PWENG) hosted the breakfast to recognize the positive impact of women in the DoD and around the world.
"We're here to celebrate and honor women who paved the way with their values and initiative in the workforce," said Capt. James Lee, acting commander of PSNS and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, and a native of Severna Park, Md. "These women have shown fortitude, will and resolution to make an impact on this world."
PWENG invited Charlotte Guyman, a successful corporate worker with Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and Laura Kneib, an entrepreneur and owner of From Re-claimed Oil and Glycerin (F.R.O.G.).
"Another key to success is having a vision that's compelling, achievable ... has risk," said Guyman, a Seattle native. "I'm very honored to be here being the daughter of a Navy Women Reserves Program member who served in World War II and a sister to an [Naval] academy man."
Both Guyman and Kneib worked in the private sector, Guyman has a corporate career spanning more than 12 years and having managed the business unit that later became Xbox. Kneib garnered international attention with her F.R.O.G Soap in under two years; both women claim their stake in success lie in their passion and dedication.
"Having an outside perspective on the roles of women in a workforce dynamic helps to provide a welcomed inspiration," said Allison Westergard, co-lead of PWENG.
"Sometimes working for the government, individuals can tend to feel confined in their ability to make a difference, so we recognize women who give us motivation from their experiences."
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