Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP)

Class IX Leadership - A Rising Tide


Leadership Week Banner - Lake Union

About Leadership Week

Historically, the LCDP includes a Leadership Week that complements the training received at the Federal Executive Institute and includes NOAA-centered activities that allow the class to learn from and give back to the NOAA community. Leadership Week is class- directed and organized and is dependent upon the class successfully proposing and securing approval and funding from NOAA Executive Sponsors. After a thorough review and vote on several proposals, the class selected and received approval and funding to organize Leadership Week activities in the Puget Sound region of Washington State from September 13-18, 2015.

Why Puget Sound?

NOAA is a mission-oriented agency, and the majority of our mission experiences happen in the field. The Puget Sound area in Washington State is home to the largest population of NOAA personnel outside the DC metro area. Seattle is also the epicenter of leadership in the Pacific Northwest. We selected Puget Sound because of the invaluable opportunity to engage with NOAA’s mission on the ground, as well as the ability to learn from a region known for its innovation, customer service, and dedication to building successful coalitions, and ultimately to inspire our colleagues to step into the shoes of those who came before them.

Themes and Objectives from our Leadership Week included…

Activity Highlights…


Leadership Week Roundtable

A break in the Seattle Leadership Roundtable provided Jeff King, NOS Hollings Marine
Lab Director (LCDP IX) a chance to catch up with his LCDP mentor Dr. Chris Sabine, Director of
OAR's Pacific Marine Environmental Lab and PMEL Deputy Jim Guyton.


Leadership Week - Starbucks Services Manager

Bruce Beyerly, Starbucks Services Manager for Americas Strategic Initiatives, discusses Starbucks
philosophy of engaging employees as 'partners' and tactics for increasing partner engagement.


Leadership Week Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Robert Elofson, River Restoration Director, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (second from right), at the mouth
of the Elwha River describing the ecological changes since the Elwha dam removal. Also pictured, L-R:
Polly Hicks, NOAA Restoration Center; Mike McHenry, Fisheries Habitat Manager, Lower Elwha
Klallam Tribe; and Mike Murray, NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.


Leadership Week Amazon Culture and Employee Engagement Leader

Dave Niekerk, Amazon Culture & Employee Engagement Leader, discusses
the value of building Amazon's facilities into the fabric of the surrounding community.


Leadership Week Mike Graddy

Mike Graddy (NMFS) discusses facility innovations and
cost-savings measures at the NOAA Western Regional Center (WRC).


Leadership Week Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish Farms

Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish Farms discusses the impacts of ocean
acidification on aquaculture with LCDP IX Class member DaNa Carlis.


Leadership Week Participants

LCDP IX Leadership Week Participants; Seattle Space Needle in background.


Leadership Week Elwha River

LCDP IX Leadership Week Participants with NMFS Watershed Manager
George Pess (fifth from left) on the bank of the Elwha River at the bottom of drained Lake Aldwell.


Want to learn more? Download the Schedule and Briefing Packet for Leadership Week 2015 here.