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NOAA Workforce Management Office

Serving NOAA's Most Valuable Asset - People


2016 NOAA Leadership Seminar
October 31 – November 4, 2016

Robert H. Mollohan Research Center
1000 Galliher Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554

For additional information, please contact Tracy Levstik at:

photo of NLS Class of 2016

Photo of the NLS Class of 2016
Comment from 2015 NLS participant: "The seminar was a lot different from what I was expecting and this is a very good thing. Therefore, I would say that the seminar didn't meet my expectations, but redefined and exceeded them."

Background: The NOAA Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a 4+ day residential training program for employees from all NOAA Line and Staff Offices, all occupations, from both the field and headquarters. The 2016 NLS was the 12th training program of its kind. The NLS is coordinated by NOAA's Workforce Management Office/Strategic Human Capital Division.

Date/Location: The 2016 NLS will be held from Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4, 2016. The program will begin at 3:00 p.m. (with arrival and registration from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) on Monday, October 31, 2016, and will end at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016. The NLS will once again be held at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont, WV. Fairmont is an approximately 4-hour drive from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. The nearest airport for field participants is Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in Pittsburgh, PA. From Pittsburgh, participants will need to rent a car for the 90-minute drive to Fairmont. Carpooling is encouraged.

Target Audience: NLS attendees are GS-13-14s (or equivalents). Offices also have the option of sending GS-12 or GS-15s (or equivalents) at their discretion. Employees who attended the 2015 NLS must wait a minimum of THREE YEARS before being eligible to attend another iteration of the NLS. Therefore, 2015 NLS participants are not eligible to attend the 2016 NLS.

Participant List: To view the final 2016 NLS participants by Line/Staff Office, click here (NOAA log-on required).

Theme/Objectives: The theme of the 2016 NLS is "Charting a Course Through Change." NLS participants will enhance their leadership skills in promoting flexibility and resilience in the face of changing administrations and organizational priorities.

Training Schedule:  To view the 2016 NLS training schedule, click here (NOAA log-on required).

Cost: To view NLS cost information, click here (NOAA log-on required).

Prerequisites:  Participants were required to complete the following pre-work prior to arrival:

  1. Writing Assignment: Prepare a 1-page written discussion that illustrates leading a group through a time of change. The story can be yours, or it can be one that you have heard from a colleague, supervisor, or subordinate. To view samples and formatting guidelines, visit: NLS "Leading Change In Action Instructions and Writing Samples." Bring 2 copies of your story with you to the NLS on Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Those days, you will participate in a two-part breakout group session titled "Leading Change in Action." Each group will be comprised of approximately 20 participants. During the breakout group session, you will be divided into smaller groups to share your story. Each small group will select 1 example to be shared with the larger 20-person breakout group. All stories will then be posted for all NLS participants to read as time permits.

  2. Surveys: Please visit NLS participants must take the Race IAT. You must also take EITHER the Gender-Career IAT or the Disability IAT, your choice. You are welcome to take all 3 surveys (or others) if you have the time. These surveys will inform the work we will be doing on Wednesday, November 2 for the Unconscious Bias training with Tony Chatman.

  3. Reading Assignment: Read five case studies and answer corresponding pre-work questions in preparation for the "Power, Influence, and Strategic Public Management within a Constitutional System" modules on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, 2016. These case studies will be sent via mail to each participant.

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Contacts: Please contact Tracy Levstik, the NLS Program Manager, at or 303-497-4231.

2015 NLS Historical Information

Page last edited: February 14, 2017

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