In Conversation with Rear Admiral Maria “Lore” Aguayo Commander

In Conversation with Rear Admiral Maria “Lore” Aguayo Commander


February 22


01:30 pm - 02:30 pm



Forward Ladies

Griselda Togobo will sit down with Rear Admiral Maria “Lore” Aguayo Commander to discuss the acceptance of women in the U.S. navy

Join us for an online leadership discussion with Rear Admiral Maria “Lore” Aguayo Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Atlantic on Leadership, making history and breaking new ground.

This thought-provoking discussion is hosted by Griselda Togobo – CEO of FL.

Join us to learn:

1. How the Admiral achieved the impossible and made history for women in the US Navy

2. How to lead fearlessly and command your seat at ANY table as an authentic female leader

3. How to overcome barriers and adversity to achieve your full potential as a leader – keeping a positive outlook, despite living in turbulent and uncertain times.

4. Ways we can all nurture an environment of trust and equality in a biased world.

About Rear Admiral Maria “Lore” Aguayo Commander:

RDML Aguayo was raised in Arizona, and received her commission in 1993 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. She is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Executive Development Program.

Aguayo’s operational tours include Company Commander/OIC, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, Port Hueneme; Executive Officer for NMCB 5, Port Hueneme; Commanding Officer of NMCB 11, Gulfport and Commander of 22nd Naval Construction Regiment/Deputy Commander Naval Construction Group 2, Gulfport. Her shore assignments include Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction at Naval Station Rota; CEC Accessions Officer, Norfolk; Director of Facilities West for Commander, Navy Surface Reserve Force, San Diego; Deputy Public Works Officer, Public Works Center, San Diego; Energy and Utility Privatization action officer for OPNAV N46 and Commander, Navy Installations Command; Legislative Fellow for Senator Jim Talent; Legislative Liaison for Navy Base Realignment and Closure Office; Military Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Installations and Environment; Public Works Officer at Naval Station Pearl Harbor and Assistant Regional Engineer for Navy Region Hawaii; and Operations Officer for Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville.

Aguayo served as Commanding Officer Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia and Regional Engineer for Navy Region EURAFSWA. Aguayo most recently completed a tour as the Chief of Staff for NAVFAC Headquarters. Aguayo is currently serving as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Atlantic in Norfolk. Aguayo is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Arizona, a member of the Acquisition Professional Community, and qualified as Seabee combat warfare officer. Her decorations include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other unit and service awards

About Your Host Griselda Togobo:

Griselda Togobo MPhil, ACA, is an international corporate consultant and trainer. She is also a multi-faceted entrepreneur, engineer and chartered accountant.

At her core, she is a commercially focused business consultant, but it is her experience as a black woman in the corporate world that drives her.

She now uses her vast international experience to help progressive global companies create inclusive workplaces. As a corporate consultant, Griselda gives talks and workshops to businesses interested in improving the gender and racial diversity of their teams. Her corporate programmes include leadership development and private coaching for senior management. She works directly with CEOs, business leaders, and managers to close the gender and ethnicity gaps in their organisations.

She is a respected and impactful speaker and is known for her high energy and engaging style. As an expert in diversity and inclusion, Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM), leadership development and entrepreneurship, Griselda offers a fresh approach to diversity in leadership development.

She qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte LLP and has an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management from Wolfson College, Cambridge University. Griselda is a Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University, a doctoral researcher at Strathclyde University, sits on the Law & Business School Advisory Board at Leeds Beckett University and the Yorkshire Leadership Group of the Prince’s Trust, Mosaic Network.

Griselda is passionate about supporting female leaders through, a 20,000-strong (and growing) professional women’s network.

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