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Release No: 667-97
December 10, 1997


The Department of Defense will host its second annual Quality of Life Research Symposium on Dec. 11 at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Convened by Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Rudy de Leon, the one-day symposium will focus on using technology as a bridge for military quality of life improvements.

Describing the symposium, de Leon said: "We have gathered corporate leaders, leading futurists, researchers and noted experts in the fields of change to frame our discussions on technology and its application to improve military quality of life. Our goal is to stay on the cutting edge of our increasingly global cyber society and to better meet the unique characteristics and demands of our future military communities."

Speakers for the large sessions include: Jennifer James, an urban cultural anthropologist and author of "Thinking in the Future Tense - Leadership Skills for a New Age;" Bruce Tulgan, a noted commentator on Generation X and author of "Managing Generation X" and "How to Bring Out the Best in Young Talent, The Manager's Pocket Guide to Generation X;" John Mahaffie, a leading futurist and one of three authors of "2025, Scenarios of US and Global Society Reshaped by Science and Technology;" and a facilitated discussion on the topic of "How Corporate America Invests in Innovative Workplace Programs, Policies and Practices" by representatives of leading private sector corporations. Seminar subjects include: "Telemedicine -- Delivering Health Care Services Through Advanced Technology;" "Using New Technology and Partnership Approaches to Meet Joint Service Quality of Life Service Delivery Challenges;" "Distance Learning -- Infotech Expands Education Opportunities;" "Manufactured Housing -- Construction Technologies for the Future;" and "Telecommuting and Teleworking." The luncheon speaker, Bruce Tulgan, will address the topic of "Recruiting, Training, Motivating and Retaining the Generation X Workforce."

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel Support, Families and Education Carolyn H. Becraft, whose Quality of Life Office organized the symposium, said: "Our speakers will present various approaches, studies and surveys that address such topics as distance learning, corporate work-life issues, and manufactured housing. The symposium provides a forum for senior leaders, visionaries and researchers to consider issues facing the military forces today, and in the future. Their discussions will be of great value to the Department of Defense. We are committed to bridging quality of life programs to meet the needs of the troops in the 21st century."

The Military Family Institute (MFI) of Marywood College, Scranton, Pa., is the sponsor of the symposium.

Editor's note: The symposium agenda, descriptions of the content of the large symposium sessions and small seminars, and information about the presenters are available in DDI, Room 2E765, from Lt. Col. Begines, (703)697-5133.

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