I'm a recently retired Senior Executive with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), an organization and career that I loved for over 20 years. As an Assistant Special Agent in Charge, I ran the FBI New York Office's Joint Terrorism Task Force International Terrorism Operations for the greater New York City area, Western Europe and all of Africa.
Earlier in my career, I was the first woman to head the FBI's office at the American Embassy in Paris, France, with a territorial reach that included 22 Francophone countries in Africa. The extraordinary experience of living and working in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, coupled with my love of mentoring, has informed and transformed my post-FBI plans.
Throughout my career I have actively mentored young people. It is clear to me that the future success of law enforcement in emerging/developing nations or nations coming out of trauma is dependent on building the next generation of law enforcement officers.
I passionately believe that the best path to success is to engage girls and boys in organized activity which emphasizes respect for each other and challenges them to become responsible citizens of their communities and their nation. This is one point of focus of my International Consulting practice.
Questions & Answers 11
What advice do you have for focusing on your own professional development and success without comparing yourself to others?
I noticed that you attended both Harvard and Northwestern business school. How has a business background helped you in your career?
Have you any advice for students interested in working in international governmental organisations? (i.e. languages/work experience etc)
What special advice do you have for women seeking to qualify for challenging positions in government service, especially orgs like the FBI?
Your question has been submitted!
Leigha Chan asked:
How has your international experience play a role in your career? How can I leverage my study abroad experience for job opportunity?
Favorited Office Hours
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitudes you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your minds looks at what happens." Khalil Gibran "There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward." Khalil Gibran
Courage in leadership; Thriving in an overseas environment; Excelling and leading in a male-dominated profession; Passionate mentoring; Networking until I've ceased breathing; Sharing what I've learned; Leading in crisis situations; Public speaking; Empowering youth; Unstoppable desire to learn and boundless curiosity; Being strong and physically fit; Retaining our humanity; People who look at the world as a "glass half-full".
I've had one....and I'm hard at work on the next one!
January 2013 – Present
January 2007 – December 2012
November 2009 – April 2010
August 2008 – August 2009
February 2008 – May 2008
April 2002 – October 2005
February 1984 – October 2001
I'm a Mentor
11 questions answered
What is a Levo Mentor?
A mentor is someone who helps you achieve clarity through guidance and encouragement. Ask Levo Mentors questions to learn their insight on elevating your career.