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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

Shifting Sands: Leadership in a Time of Change

by Katie Poser on 2021-01-13T08:41:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

Summary Q&A Slides: Q&A_Nicole LeBoeuf.pdf

Date: January 12, 2021

Speaker: Nicole LeBoeuf, NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) Acting Assistant Administrator, and the permanent Deputy Assistant Administrator 

Abstract: As the only woman serving as an Assistant Administrator of a NOAA Line Office, Nicole LeBoeuf will describe some of her highlights and lowlights of the last four (4) years of her career, covering her time to date as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). Through her personal story, she will provide insights into what it is like to operate within an ever shifting, unstable, professional and political landscape, where she found her own value and remained resilient in the face of myriad unforeseen challenges. She will reflect on the year that was 2020; how it tested her as a leader, and how she applied the many tools from her toolkit to help her grow into her role(s). She will share how much she has come to appreciate the National Ocean Service and its people more than she could have ever imagined. She will share her thoughts on the attributes that "real leaders" are not supposed to have but are essential to success: empathy, imposter syndrome, humanity, and the willingness to take downtime. Finally, she will provide her thoughts on the existential threat of sea level rise as our planet's first major stress test of climate change, and discuss how NOAA programs must work together to collectively prepare the Nation for what is to come next. There will be time for questions and answers. 

About the Speaker: Nicole LeBoeuf is the Acting Assistant Administrator, and the permanent Deputy Assistant Administrator, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA's, National Ocean Service (NOS). She provides the strategic vision needed to lead the implementation of activities that support NOS's priorities of safe and efficient transportation and commerce; preparedness and risk reduction; and stewardship, tourism and recreation. She serves as the focal point for conveying the value of NOS products and services within NOAA and to the Department of Commerce, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress.

Growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast, Nicole can’t recall a time in her life when she didn’t want to be around, more deeply understand, and protect the ocean. Her profound connection to the coast makes her work at NOS all the more meaningful, and fuels her commitment to the mission to protect and sustain coastal communities. Nicole’s passion for science and ocean stewardship are equally matched by her dedication to public service. Nicole has dedicated over 20 years of public service to NOAA’s mission, leading various parts of the organization during pivotal times, including serving as Finance Lead during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Nicole has represented NOAA at the U.N. General Assembly and the World Conservation Union regarding the protection of deep sea corals.

Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland. She is also a proud graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program. She lives with her husband, stepchildren, and a handsome hound dog in Kensington, Maryland.

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