Dr. Kandis Boyd is the deputy director of NOAA’s Office of Weather and Air Quality. In her role, she manages a team of 20 federal and civilian employees that supports research to advance timely and accurate weather information.
What drew you to your current career or field?
My love of weather led me to an engaging 24+ year career in NOAA.
What projects or research are you working on now?
My area of expertise is organizational excellence. In the past year, our office has doubled the number of team members, and I onboarded and oriented 13 new team members. In OWAQ, I created the first ever strategic plan, the inaugural annual plan, and the office’s first off-site retreat.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I give my staff the ability to do their very best by giving them the tools needed to succeed. I wear many hats, but by far the most enjoyable are those activities that enable collaboration, connections, and partnerships throughout the enterprise.
Who do you look to as a role model? Why?
There are many role models I look to every day.
Rear Admiral (retired) Evelyn J. Fields—She was the first woman and the first African American to serve as Director of NOAA Corps (OMAO) and the first to hold the rank of Rear Admiral. Other notable role models include Samuel Williamson, Mary Glackin, and Saundra A. Cauffman.
What does success mean to you?
Success means to persevere, never quit, and strive for excellence in all that you do. Here’s a quote that really resonates with me:
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston S. Churchill
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