Cultivating Future Leaders: Insights from ERG Leadership Journeys & Experiences

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Date: May 23, 2024 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

Embark on a transformative journey with our upcoming webinar, ‘Cultivating Future Leaders: Insights from Leadership Journeys & Experiences’, hosted by our Global ERG Network (GEN) during AAPI month. Delve into thought-provoking discussions led by AAPI leaders from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as they share their profound experiences and address pivotal questions shaping leadership in diverse workplaces. Explore innovative programs driving inclusion, strategies for supporting emerging leaders, and the impact of ERGs on professional growth. Gain insights into overcoming cultural biases, debunking harmful stereotypes, and fostering inclusive leadership practices. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain wisdom and inspiration from our esteemed panel of leaders as they shape the future of inclusive leadership.

Register for Cultivating Future Leaders: Insights from ERG Leadership Journeys & Experiences. 

Global Teahouse Chat Panelists:

Stephen Bieda III, Ph.D.

Chief of the Severe, Fire, Public & Winter Weather Services Branch and Hazard Services Initiative Team Lead,
NOAA National Weather Service

Dr. Stephen Bieda is the Chief of the NWS Severe, Fire, Public & Winter Weather Services Branch, overseeing the management and administration of the branch’s 4 service programs. He assists with the implementation of NOAA and NWS strategic plans while ensuring the execution of the NWS Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the programs for which he is responsible. He is a key contributor to NWS Transformation efforts, serving as the Community-Centric Warnings Initiative Team Co-Lead within NOAA’s National Weather Service.

Stephen has served previously as the NWS National Science & Operations Officer, the NWS Amarillo Science & Operations Officer, and as a NWS Pendleton meteorologist.  Prior to joining the NWS in 2013, he started his federal career in 2009 with the United States Air Force as the 25th Operational Weather Squadron’s Science & Operations Officer and later the Squadron’s Director of Training & Standards.  Stephen is a graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program – Cohort XII (Phoenix Rising) and the Federal Executive Institute, allowing him the opportunity to detail to the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Stephen holds degrees from the University of Arizona, including a Bachelor (2003) and Master of Science (2007) in Atmospheric Sciences, and a Doctor of Philosophy (2012) in Arid Land Resource Sciences with an emphasis on Meteorology, Climatology, and Hazard Communication.  During his non-working time, he is a busy father of two (ages 7 & 3), and enjoys spending time with his family, practicing Tae Kwon Do, and traveling.

Thanh Pham

Information Systems Division Chief
NOAA NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)

Thanh Pham is the Chief of the Information Systems Division for the Center of Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS).  He oversees IT operations supporting CO-OPS as the authoritative source for accurate, reliable, and timely tides, water levels, currents and other coastal oceanographic and meteorological information.  These services support safe and efficient maritime commerce and transportation, help protect public health and safety, and promote robust, resilient coastal communities.

Prior to joining CO-OPS, he served as IT Services Branch Chief for the National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey supporting IT systems that deliver navigation products and services that ensure safe and efficient maritime commerce on America’s oceans and coastal waters, and in the Great Lakes.

Before NOAA, Thanh served in IT management roles at the Department of the Army, the Defense Technical Information Center, and the Department of State.

Xiaofang ‘Bonnie’ Zhu, Ph.D.

COSTA lead, Physical Scientist and OutreachCo- lead
NOAA NESDIS Satellite Analysis Branch

Xiaofang ‘Bonnie’ Zhu is a Physical Scientist and outreach lead in the Satellite Analysis Branch in NOAA/NESDIS. Satellite Analysis Branch is the 24/7 product monitoring branch, where analysts use near real time satellite imagery to detect marine oil spill, volcanic ash emission and movement prediction, tropical storm intensity and track classifications as well as wildfire and smoke tracking. As the outreach co-lead for a user facing branch, Bonnie regularly gave tours and work to connect SAB to other line offices and federal agencies for collaborations opportunities.

In addition, she led the Collaboration for Oil Satellite Tracking in the Americas (COSTA) , a highly visible satellite oil spill monitoring training and capability building effort for countries in the Americas led by NOAA which has helped set up oil spill satellite monitoring in Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Peru and Colombia so far, and championed by United Nation Environment Programme(UNEP), Group for Earth Observation(GEO) and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

Prior to joining Satellite Analysis Branch, she worked as a research scientist at NESDIS STAR, working on satellite ocean sea surface temperature product development and research.  She holds a PhD and Master degree from University of Miami in ocean physics, as well as an undergraduate degree in physical oceanography from Ocean University of China. She is a recent immigrant who came to the US at 23 years old to attend graduate school. In her non-working hours, she is a busy mom of 3 (age 8,7 and 5) and enjoys reading, running, traveling, cooking for home and gatherings.

Hans Van Tilburg, Ph.D.

Maritime Heritage Coordinator
NOAA NOS Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Hans Van Tilburg’s mother was born in Honolulu to a large Chinese family (his great grandfather emigrated from Zhongshan, Guangdong Province in 1870), and his father is of Dutch extraction from Indiana (Dutch ancestors relocated to New Amsterdam in 1600s).  Hans was born in New Jersey, raised mostly in California, and has lived in Hawaii for 30 years.  As the maritime heritage coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, his role involves the identification, assessment and preservation of archaeological, cultural, and historic resources throughout the ONMS system.  Hans has also been a unit diving supervisor (NOAA Diving Program) for the National Ocean Service, and an instructor for UNESCO’s underwater cultural heritage training courses worldwide. During off-duty hours, Hans lives with two dogs and likes to travel, read, garden, cook Chinese food, and go on extended backpacking trips on the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail (far from the ocean!).

After Hours ERG Q&A (continued)

Tomas Vergel ‘Tom’ Jamir, Ph.D.

Learning Officer and
Senior Advisor on Organizational Excellence & DEIA
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service,
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office

With over fifteen years of diverse work experience at NOAA, Tom currently serves as Learning Officer and Senior Advisor on Organizational Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility for the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Years prior, he was Executive Director of the Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center and Program Director of the Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc. where he managed multi-million dollar R&D projects to advance the commercial fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing industries of the Gulf of Mexico and Northeastern United States.  Dedicated to the advancement of cultural minorities in America, Tom sat on the Board of Iskwelahang Pilipinoof Boston, an all volunteer community organization connecting diaspora Philippine-American children to their native roots and culture. He is currently an Executive Board member of the Harvard Square Philippine American Alliance that hosts the May Asian Festival and the Filipino-American Heritage Month Celebration in October.  At NOAA, Tom’s leadership led the Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group to win the Global ERG Network’s Diversity Impact Award in 2023 for ranking 5th Best ERG/BRG Globally.

A lifelong learner, Tom has a Certificate in Military Science, B.S. Marine Fisheries and M.S. Physical Oceanography from the University of the Philippines, and an M.S. Marine Resource Management, M.Ag. Aquaculture and Agricultural Economics, M.A. Geography and International Development, Master of Business Administration, and Ph.D. Biological Oceanography from Oregon State University.

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