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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

Professional Excellence at NOAA: A Diversity of Perspectives

by Katie Poser on 2022-05-16T09:28:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

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  • Dr. Sim Aberson, Meteorologist, NOAA/OAR, Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorology Lab, Miami, FL 

  • JoAnn Becker, Senior Aviation Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS/AWC/Aviation Operations Branch, Kansas City, MO 

  • Degui Cao, Oceanographer, NOAA/NOS/COOPS/Coastal Hazards Branch, Silver Spring, MD 

  • LT Erick Estela, NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, NOAA/OMAO, Newport, OR

  • Dr. Tom Jamir, Senior Advisor on Organizational Excellence, NOAA/NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Gloucester, MA

  • Artara Johnson, Physical Scientist, NOAA/NOS/COOPS, Business Operations Division, SIlver Spring, MD 

  • John Moore, Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS/National Weather Service Operations Center, Silver Spring, MD

  • Neavaly Touray, Program and Management Analyst, NOAA/SO/CAO Facilities Operations Division, SIlver Spring, MD

  • Dr. Hernan Garcia, Oceanographer, NOAA NESDIS NCEI, SIlver Spring, MD

This panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Letise Lafeir, Senior Advisor at the NOAA Office of the Under Secretary/Administrator, in Washington, DC (bio)

Abstract: Evolving the societal value and impact of NOAA’s mission of science, service and stewardship hinges on the Agency’s resolve to attract, recruit, retain, and develop the most capable individuals from across our diverse American society. This requires making increased investments in professional excellence by evolving the skill, diversity, equity, and inclusion of its workforce. NOAA’s Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights demographic data metrics indicate that much more demonstrable effort needs to be done. Data show that individuals in underrepresented groups in NOAA’s senior leadership (Senior Executive Service) have decreased from 14% in 2010 to 9% in 2020. Similarly, individuals in underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields (NOAA’s most populous occupations) show only a modest increase from 12% in 2010 to 14% in 2020. The data indicate a need to improve NOAA’s recruitment, retention, and advancement practices. This panel discussion among a few of NOAA’s diverse professional employees provides an opportunity to hear examples of how a diverse, inclusive, and skillful workforce contributes to the Agency’s mission. 

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