Evelyn Patricia “Pat” Foote & Mark King: November 8, 2018

Gender Integration: Women in the Military

First U.S. Army Female Inspector General Available for Interview


Evelyn Patricia “Pat” Foote

Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General

Mark King

Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion, Kellogg Company

When the Pentagon announced they would open all combat positions to women in 2016, it was one of the most momentous military decisions since the armed services was racially integrated in 1948. Advocates of gender integration say women are fully capable of performing the difficult tasks involved with combat, and they point out that even though women have been barred officially from combat duties in Iraq and Afghanistan, female soldiers have nonetheless fought and died there. The Pentagon is now working toward greater equality in the military, but it remains to be seen whether drastic changes are in order on the battlefield.

To bring some perspective and insight to this issue, Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, Pat Foote is available for interviews on Thursday, November 8th.General Foote had many notable achievements during her career. She was the first female public relations officer in Vietnam in 1967 and the first female faculty member appointed to the U.S. Army War School in 1979. General Foote was also the first female brigade commander in Europe and the first female Inspector General in the Army in 1986. When Foote was promoted to Brigadier General in 1986, she became one of only four female generals in the U.S. Army. She was also the first female commander of Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Joining her is Mark King, Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion at the Kellogg Company who will speak to the importance of diversity, inclusion and belonging at Kellogg. They’ll both also discuss her partnership with the Kellogg Company and their commitment to our Veterans through their Women of Kellogg and KVets and Supporters Program.

Topics to discuss:

  • Being a woman and a veteran is mutually productive – being a woman made her a better veteran, being a veteran made her a better woman.
  • The risks of a military career of yesterday, today and what the future looks like.
  • Opportunities for women have immensely improved but there are still many constraints. She’ll speak to what they are and what that looks like.
  • Women – in general- in the workplace and that the opportunities are endless if you have the competence and energy the job calls for.
  • The importance of diversity, inclusion and belonging at Kellogg


For more information go toKelloggDiversityandInclusion.com



General Foote retired from active duty on September 1, 1989. In December 1996, she was recalled to active duty to serve as Vice Chair of the Secretary of the Army’s Senior Review Panel on Sexual Harassment. On October 1, 1997, General Foote returned to retired status and served as a Consultant to the Office of the Secretary of the Army through July 1998, briefing military leaders and various organizations concerning the Senior Review Panel’s report, its findings and its recommendations. From 1998 to 2007, she served as president of the Alliance for National Defense, a non-profit organization that supports women in the military. She remains an active spokesperson for the Army and other organizations concerning the role of women in the military services.


Mark King has been Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the Kellogg Company since February of 2011. In his role, Mark works to build a stronger Kellogg by fostering an inclusive culture that leverages diversity as a competitive advantage.  He is a member of the Kellogg Global Human Resources Leadership Team and serves on the Company’s Executive Diversity & Inclusion Council (EDIC). He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from High Point University in High Point, North Carolina.

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