What do you appreciate most about working at NGA as a part of the Pride community?
Nikki: I appreciate that I can feel comfortable enough to be open about my sexuality at work and feel supported by those around me.
Lindsey: There's an enormous amount of opportunity for growth and mobility both laterally and upward at NGA. The agency has supported me on my career journey by giving me the space to create my own positions and opportunities to complete two master’s degrees and multiple certifications. Through the support and learning opportunities, I transitioned into my most recent position as a team lead in DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility). Being a part of the Pride community at NGA has been a great experience. NGA has a special emphasis program council, NGA Pride, which is not only a great networking opportunity but an opportunity to contribute to the Agency through numerous initiatives. For example, we offer training to the workforce on how to become an ally and work with recruitment to hire more LGBTQ individuals. I even had the amazing opportunity to serve as the West Pride Council Lead in 2017.
What would you tell someone who is interested in a career at NGA?
Nikki: NGA is a part of the intelligence community that is a hidden gem: It is the best place to work in the IC and not many people have heard of us since we are a relatively new agency compared to the others. There are so many opportunities for growth, connection and recognition that I never feel the need to look elsewhere.
Lindsey: If you’re interested in working for NGA, even slightly, I highly recommend you apply. It’s a great place to work and it may very well be the best decision you ever make. I couldn’t imagine working somewhere else. Not only are you compensated well, have great benefits and job security, you will meet people and make relationships that may last a lifetime. I’ve made a lot of great friends and even met the best man in my wedding at this agency.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Nikki: People will surprise you in supporting who you are, regardless of their background. Be confident in every part of who you are, and people will respect that.