DESRON 9 Commodore Speaks to Singaporean Students about Leadership Opportunities
SINGAPORE - Capt. Carol A. Hottenrott, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, spoke to a class of students from National University of Singapore School of Public Policy, Feb. 17, during a port visit by USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in Singapore.
Capt. Hottenrott, the senior most female leader among the nearly 7,000 men and women of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, talked about her experience as a woman in the military and the impact women can have in the world. She also gave the students advice and told stories about how to build a successful career without letting gender differences limit one’s opportunities.
“The lecture was so inspiring for me and my students,” said Dr. Suzaina Kadir, National University of Singapore School of Public Policy senior lecturer. “Women succeeding in the military and civilian world is still new in Singapore, so hearing what Capt. Hottenrott had to say showed us what is necessary for us to succeed. But most importantly, this experience opened doors and showed us that it is possible.”
Capt. Hottenrott, a Poughkeepsie, N.Y., native, spoke of her naval career, her experiences growing into a leader, handling competition between peers and colleagues, mentorship and balancing professional and personal choices.
“It’s an honor to give these women an example of possibilities,” said Hottenrott. “Opportunities for women are plentiful, and it is wonderful to see how the world is changing and becoming more open-minded.”
After the lecture, the students were given a tour of the ship’s hangar bay, flight deck, bridge and mess decks.
“It was wonderful to see the ship and speak with Capt. Hottenrott,” said Kadir. “This was overall a great experience.”
DESRON 9 is currently embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72), flagship of Carrier Strike Group 9, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility as part of a routine deployment to promote peace, cooperation and stability in the region.