Lynnie Martin

Public Relations Director, Young Government Leaders Lynnie Martin is the Young Government Leaders (YGL) Public Relations Director and the founder of the YGL GOLD Academy. Her day job is at the Department of Homeland Security where she is working in her dream job as a Training Specialist. She is in charge of several developmental and rotational programs for the 3,000 employees within her directorate. Lynnie moved to Washington, DC from the west coast and enjoys all the opportunities provided by living in our nation’s capital.
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How I Lead: I See Opportunities Everywhere

February 6, 2015 Jeff Bardwell, executive strategic communications liaison at the Homeland Security Department’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, juggles many roles. He manages the office’s internal and external communications; advises senior leaders on industry, public and legislative affairs; and serves as liaison between government and industry on DHS’ annual $16.5 billion...

How I Lead: Set Clear Goals and Ask Employees What They Need to Achieve Them

January 16, 2015 Cecilia Moore is a supervisory environmental scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Division in Chicago. An EPA employee for the past 20 years, she is an aspiring Senior Executive Service candidate and takes pride in the agency’s mission to protect human health and the environment. What is the best...

How I Lead: Valuing Each Person’s Input

December 24, 2014 Tim Cannon is a senior financial adviser at the Office of Personnel Management, where he works in the chief information officer’s Financial and Program Management Office. Reporting to the director of Enterprise Human Resource Integration, Cannon focuses on leading change, building partnerships and improving the quality of operations. What is...

How I Lead: Preparing Employees for the Next Level

November 10, 2014 As a chief administrative law judge for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Atlanta, McArthur Allen hears cases about disability, retirement and survivor benefits. In addition to holding hearings several days per week, Allen oversees administrative and program issues for the Atlanta (North) Hearing Office. The office has...

How I Lead: Supporting the Professional Growth of Others

October 8, 2014 During the last seven years, Miguel Joey Aviles has supported the Department of Defense to implement high visibility employment initiatives and development programs with the mission of optimizing a highly capable and diverse workforce. He is the deputy program manager of the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program, designed to develop...

How I Lead: Addressing the Root Cause of Problems, Not Just the Symptoms

September 23, 2014 Laura Herrin oversees the teams that provide virtually every tool and safety equipment for ship repair at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia and Kings Bay in Georgia. As a resource manager, she is responsible for hiring, promotions and performance appraisals, along with determining where in the organization each employee...

How I Lead: Read the Sign on Their Backs That Says 'Make Me Feel Important'

August 25, 2014 Lori Aquilino, former manager of the Federal Aviation Administration's San Francisco International Field Office, spent 20 years leading a virtual team of aircraft safety inspectors worldwide. She and her team at FAA created an award winning telework program to manage a global workforce. Aquilino, now retired, works as an aviation...

How I Lead: Building Trust and Communication Between Teams

July 31, 2014 Ken Sosne is director of regional grant operations at the Health and Human Services Department’s Administration for Children and Families. He has more than 20 years of service as a budget analyst, grants officer, administrative officer and resource manager at agencies including the Federal Public Defender’s Office and Immigration and...

How I Lead: Behind the Scenes So Others Can Succeed

June 13, 2014 Cherlyn “Sunny” Hester is the workforce support and development program manager at the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. The center monitors nuclear treaties. Her federal career also includes positions as director of workforce support and development at the Food and Drug Administration and...

How I Lead: Mentoring Those Who Will Someday Take Charge

May 8, 2014 Dora Quinlan is the business operations director at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast in Florida. The center is the largest tenant command at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and the largest industrial employer in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The diverse and highly skilled workforce maintains some of the most sophisticated and...

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