Sheri Brown Witnesses the Positive Impact She Makes at Goddard
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With 30 years of experience, it’s the life changing moments when Sheri Brown is able to witness the positive impact she’s making on the Goddard campus.
Sheri T. Brown
Diversity & Inclusion Programs Specialist and GSFC Ombudsman
Formal Job Classification:
Code 120, Office of the Director/Equal Opportunity Program Office
Years at Goddard:
Years in Current Position:
What do you do and what is most interesting about your role here at Goddard?
I work in several capacities within the Office of the Director aimed at developing strategies, implementing programs, and facilitating the resolution of concerns in support of the Goddard workforce.
Specifically, I am the Goddard Ombudsman, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Programs Specialist, and Federal Women’s Program Manager.
The most exciting part of my work is crafting and implementing a program, event, or activity for the Goddard workforce and witnessing the positive impact it makes. I’ve seen this through efforts such as the Diversity Dialogue Program, Power and Privilege series, and the Accelerated Leadership Program, as well as by co-chairing the very first Celebrate Goddard Day.
Photo of Sheri Brown. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Becky Strauss
Are you a supervisor or a team lead? What makes a good leader or manager?
I am a program manager in my current position, though I have held several supervisor positions in the past.
A good leader is visionary, strategic, inspiring, and one who empowers others to perform at their best and embodies characteristics of a good team player.
A good team player is one who contributes to the achievement of team goals, has integrity, is emotionally intelligent, is a good communicator, models respect and inclusive behaviors, is open to possibilities, and is flexible.
Is there something surprising about your background that people do not generally know?
Many people may not know that I am a licensed counselor in the State of Maryland. I enjoy working with couples and families seeking to overcome life challenges to resolve conflict and thrive in their relationships.
For years, I’ve aspired to serve in a Center-level capacity directly focused on enhancing the quality of employee work-life. Having the opportunity to become Goddard’s Ombudsman and a member of the Center’s D&I office directly aligns with this purpose and my passion. I’m able to support the Center’s mission in a way that aligns with my values, leverages my knowledge, and draws upon my strengths and competencies.
What is the coolest thing you’ve ever done at Goddard?
One of the coolest things I’ve done was to go to Kennedy Space Center to witness the launch of STS-82 for the second Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission in 1993. The launch took place around 4:00 a.m. It was still dark outside, so when the rocket boosters fired up, the sky lit up in hues of orange, yellow and blue. It was a spectacular sight to behold! I had become a part of Goddard’s HST Project Team (first financial manager for the Operations and Ground Systems), shortly after deployment, so the mission was really personal.
What is the one thing you would tell somebody just starting their career at Goddard?
Never let fear, apprehension, or doubt keep you from pursuing your goals. There will always be counter-forces. Don’t you be one of them!
If you weren’t in your current profession, what would you be doing?
I can see myself as being a talk show host, if I weren’t in my current profession. I enjoy meeting people, gaining insights about various topics, and examining issues from all sides. I have a way of communicating where persons feel comfortable sharing and get a charge out of providing a venue for others to learn and grow.
Do you have a favorite book, magazine, movie, or TV show?
One of my favorite TV shows was “LOST.” It was a fascinating display of intrigue and group dynamics.
Where is your favorite place in the entire world and why?
My favorite place in the world is in the midst of family enjoying quality time. They bless my life tremendously and are truly gifts of love from God.
What one word or phrase best describes you?
What is your “six word memoir”? A six word memoir describes something in just six words.
Spur one another towards good deeds.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Seize and take hold of “Life-Changing Moments” where purpose is realized, gifts are exercised, and dreams fulfilled.
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