Are You Future Ready?

By Veterans Health Administration

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From the young gun aspiring to Senior Executive Service, to the soon to retire journeyman, to the college intern taking their first rotation at VA, personal development is a journey and there is something to learn from everyone’s experience. Are You Future Ready?

This series is brought to you by VA's Human Capital Services Center.

Episode Date
Vivian Idowu: Choosing VA as the First Step out of Grad School
About: Vivian Idowu is a program specialist for the Human Capital Services Center. In the episode, Vivian talks about the important role her family plays in her personal development journey and touches on the program she recently hired into the VA under.

Quote: “When you like where you end up, you don’t care how you got there”

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Apr 07, 2020
Bob Harrison: Learning is the Blood of Life
About: Bob Harrison is the Director of Client Services for the Employee Education System. Bob discusses how he came to serve 26 years in the Army and shares the importance of discipline and values while on your personal development journey.

Quote: “Personal development is the blood of life itself. The day you stop learning and developing, is the day you start dying.”

VA Enterprise Training Resources
Apr 07, 2020
Nealie Page: Work Hard at Work Worth Doing
About: Nealie Page is the Chief of staff in VA's Office of Management. In this episode, Nealie touches on her personal development journey from the Department of Defense to Veterans Affairs. Nealie talks about the importance of values in personal development and identifies characteristics that can help you better take on change in the workplace.

Quote: "Work hard at work worth doing"
Apr 07, 2020
Dr. Carl Bryant: Learn to do the Things You Can't do
About: Dr. Carl Bryant is the Deputy Director of the Human Capital Services Center. Dr. Bryant is an Air Force Veteran and has taught leadership development around the world. Dr, Bryant discusses the characteristic that make for successful leaders, as well as the characteristics that can hold leaders back. The conversation delves into VA's Leadership Development Framework.

Quote: “I’m always doing things I can’t do – that’s how I learn to do them.” Pablo Picasso.

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Apr 07, 2020
Lauren Osinski: Winning or Learning
About: Lauren Osinksi is a Supervisory Training Specialist in the Veterans Benefits Administration. In this podcast, Lauren talks about lessons in resiliency learned along her personal development journey, including her time in the US Army.

Quote: “I don’t fail; I win, or I learn”

Lauren's Submitted Resources
Mindset (Carol Dweck)
Grit (Angela Duckworth)
Flourish (Martin Seligman)
Better than Before (Gretchen Ruben)
The Resilience Factor (Karen Reivich)

The Center for Positive Psychology at UPENN (
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Apr 07, 2020
Amy Parker: Semper Disco and What Will I Learn Today
About: Amy Parker is the Executive Director of the Human Capital Services Center, the Chief Learning Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the catalyst for starting this podcast series. She discusses her journey from the restaurant business, to DOD, to becoming the Chief Learning Officer at VA. She sets the foundation for this series by asking, "Are you future ready?"

Quote: “Semper Disco…always learning”

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Apr 07, 2020