Two representatives from one of Kansas City’s largest firms took advantage of the CGSC Foundation’s “Walk and Talk” program March 9.
Jen Parker, recruitment manager for Burns & McDonnell, had her first involvement with the CGSC Foundation last November when she was researching how to hire more veterans for her company. She became intrigued about the fort and the College and invited her colleague Sue Maden, Burns and McDonnell’s education and training manager, to join her on a tour led by Foundation CEO Doug Tystad and Director of Development Joan Cabell.
After touring the historic sights around the main post area, Tystad brought Parker and Maden to the Lewis and Clark Center where they visited the display for the CGSC Hall of Fame and the portrait gallery referred to as the “Hall of Presidents” where original paintings of every U.S. president are displayed. They learned more about the international officer program and the gifts that the officers give each year by viewing the various display cases throughout the Lewis and Clark Center and hearing about some of the stories behind the gifts. They also learned about the class gift tradition through a tour of the third floor art gallery and the story behind the large stained glass windows which were also a gift from a CGSC class.
After the walking tour of the CGSC facility, CGSC Chief of Staff Jeff LaMoe provided Parker and Maden with an overview briefing about the College, the trajectory of the officers’ career paths based on education and training, and the history and importance of our international officers, topics they were very interested in given their positions with the Burns & McDonnell company.
Parker and Maden thanked everyone for the inside look at CGSC and Fort Leavenworth, remarking that their afternoon at Fort Leavenworth was an amazing experience and one they hoped could be replicated with family and friends.
Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, based in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit www.burnsmcd.com.
The CGSC Foundation hosts “Walk and Talks” typically on the second Thursday of the month. Contact Joan Cabell, the CGSC Foundation director of development – firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule your own group’s “Walk and Talk” tour of CGSC and Fort Leavenworth and learn about the education of leaders for the nation.