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Talent Identification and Development in DoD

Thursday, June 29, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Karen Fray, Director, National Service Portfolio , National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) and Dr. Wendy Walsh, Chief Learning Officer, Air Education and Training Command

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To identify and develop innovative talent across the US Department of Defense (DoD) requires much more than permission to think outside the box. It requires a composite of exceptional minds encouraged to expand and multiply their ideas through discussion, analysis, and extensive questioning of each other. To accomplish this task, hiring and assignment practices are key. They must be designed to identify and attract key skills, knowledge, and other attributes that can substantively enhance the mix of teams created for innovation. Join us in discussing how we can better empower the military to identify talent and better promote and manage that talent to defend our nation.


Karen Fray
Karen Fray

Director, National Service Portfolio, National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)

Karen Fray is the Chief of Staff of the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN).

Fray brings a decade of experience developing pipelines for new, diverse, and inclusive talent initiatives in support of national security. As Chief of Staff, Fray serves a critical role in ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of NSIN and providing a leading strategic voice in the organization's direction.

Previously, Fray served as the Director of NSIN’s Talent Portfolio, where she was responsible for providing flexible pathways to official service within the Department of Defense (DoD). As Director, she helped create new opportunities for national service that account for cultural differences between the military, academic, and venture communities.

Before NSIN, Fray worked for the Advanced Information Systems Group (AISG) Inc. where she developed diverse talent, led education training, and supported program contracts for the Military Sealift Command (MSC). She also served as president of Central Florida’s Women in Defense (WID) chapter.

Fray also sits on the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) training subcommittee, where she creates effective training solutions through innovative concepts, methods, and technologies.

Dr. Wendy Walsh
Dr. Wendy Walsh

Chief Learning Officer, Air Education and Training Command

Dr. Wendy D. Walsh is the Chief Learning Officer, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. She is responsible for providing leadership, support and technical direction to enable an Air Force culture of learning. Dr. Walsh connects learning professionals to collectively build, share, and sustain an accessible, meaningful continuum of learning for Airmen.

Dr. Walsh graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master of public administration in 2003 from Sonoma State University. She earned her doctorate in Education Leadership from Frostburg State University in 2021. A career public servant, she has worked in both state and federal agencies for the last 30 years. Dr. Walsh has an impressive track record collaborating with governments, academia, industry and communities to develop research, grow education, apply innovation and expand possibilities to create culturally relevant, effective educational experiences responsive to organizational needs. 

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