Overall Series Description:
"Mentoring Moments" is a mentorship web series hosted by Ms. Lisa P. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support. Each webinar will focus on different areas of career development and talent management featuring special guest panelists. Join us to hear mentoring tips and ask questions to Department of Defense leadership!
Ms. Lisa P. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support, will chair a panel discussion on how to leverage back-to-basics for your professional development. This webinar will highlight and discuss how Back-to-Basics empowers workforce members to choose specific, job-relevant training. Join us to learn how to choose the right training for skill development in specialty areas to meet your current and evolving needs!
Ms. Lisa P. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, OSD
Ms. Lisa P. Smith, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support and serves as the principal advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) leadership on policies, procedures, and actions related to the readiness and sustainability of major weapon systems. She is responsible for the development and implementation of acquisition and sustainment strategies and processes providing the Warfighter with cost-effective weapon system readiness across the life cycle. In addition, Ms. Smith coordinates and synchronizes ASD(S) international and partner engagements. She also manages the logistics and acquisition workforce for the Department of Defense. She assumed her current position in April 2021.
Scott Bauer, Associate Director, Production Coordination & Optimization Department of Defense (DoD) / Defense Acquisition University (DAU)
Mr Scott Bauer, the Associate Director of Production, Coordination, & Optimization at DAU. Scott led the Learning & Development and Communication campaigns for the first enterprise-wide acquisition Human Capital redesign in 30 years. He is currently joining us from his six-month detail assignment as the Senior Executive Advisor within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security.
William “Bill” Kobren, Director, Logistics and Sustainment Center, DAU
William “Bill” Kobren serves as Director, Logistics and Sustainment Center, at the Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He is responsible for development and currency of an integrated portfolio of life cycle logistics and product support learning assets at the University, including 58 training courses, nine Defense Acquisition Credentials, and a host of web-based job support tools, communities of practice and related workflow learning resources. In addition to curricula development, defense acquisition workforce training, and knowledge sharing, he and his team also provide extensive mission assistance to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Components and Defense Agencies in the areas of logistics and product support policy, as well as life cycle logistics workforce human capital development. Bill has authored nearly two dozen published articles, spoken at a myriad of conferences, symposiums and workshops; and with more than 2,800 posts since its 2009 launch, his DAU Logistics Director’s Blog is the most widely read of any Department of Defense acquisition functional community.
Ms. Eileen I. Granfield, Deputy Director, 4th Estate Acquisition Career Management
Ms. Granfield currently serves as the Deputy Director, 4th Estate Acquisition Career Management. In this role she assists in providing centralized programs and resources to equip and mature the career development of more than 28,000 civilian acquisition workforce members within the 4th Estate with the skillsets needed to achieve current and future mission requirements.
Prior to this position, Ms. Granfield served in several roles with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), most recently as the DLA Life Cycle Logistics (LCL) Program Manager and Logistics Functional Community Manager Point of Contact where she assisted leadership in shaping the vision and strategic direction for the LCL and logistics workforce through collaborative efforts across DLA, DOD and with other Federal agencies.