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Workforce Development & Education’s Susan Brady Wells to Retire Jan. 3

— A message from Public Affairs head Jeff Miller

brady-wellsAfter more than nine years of outstanding leadership as Public Affairs’ Manager of Workforce Development & Education (formerly Center for Science and Engineering Education), Susan Brady Wells has announced her retirement from Berkeley Lab, effective Jan. 3, 2017.

During her tenure, Susan developed and strengthened extensive internal and external collaborations, helped develop the Berkeley Lab Ambassador Program, partnered with Human Resources at national conferences for minority-serving professional societies, and founded the BLISS Resource Center, which provides preparation and materials for Lab employees to take hands-on science to more than 5,000 people annually at school and community events.

In addition, Susan was a strong advocate for the power of volunteerism and to that end, established an annual volunteer recognition reception and provided Berkeley Lab t-shirts to employees representing the Lab at outreach events, as well as expanded science outreach programs to underserved communities. Through her strong commitment to reaching diverse audiences, Susan and her colleagues have been instrumental in bringing the Laboratory recognition as community partners, earning awards from the Berkeley Public Education Fund, the West Contra Costa County Unified School District, and Faith Network in Oakland.

Susan’s organization has touched and influenced many lives during here nine-year Lab career: WD&E has hosted more than 35,000 students and teachers for educational visits and workshops, mentored nearly 1,400 student interns and faculty collaborators, shared internship and career opportunities with an estimated 415,000 participants at national conferences, and brought over $10M in funding from DOE and private foundations to the Lab. 

A reception will be held to honor Susan and her contributions to Berkeley Lab on Friday, Dec. 9, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., in Building 15, Room 253.  Please join me in thanking her for her commitment and service and wishing her the best in her new adventures.