Leadership Los Alamos Profile: Melissa Reed

2015-16 Leadership Los Alamos graduate Melissa Reed. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 25 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our area.  

In the Leadership Los Alamos program, participants learn as much about themselves as they do about leadership, teamwork and the community. To learn more, visit About Leadership Los Alamos and Applying to the Program.

Leadership Los Alamos graduate Melissa Reed. Photo by Martha Katko

The Leadership Los Alamos profile series continues with Melissa Reed of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LLA: How many years have you lived and/or worked in Los Alamos? 

Reed: I have lived and worked in the Los Alamos area since 1986; this would be my 30 year anniversary.

LLA: Why did you enroll in Leadership Los Alamos? 

REED: I enrolled in Leadership Los Alamos as a way to step out of my comfort zone and into a realm other than my usual … home and work. To challenge ourselves is a different kind of learning experience than when a job requires a challenge of us. A self-imposed challenge into an area that we are new to, somehow brings out the wonder and fun that we as adults have lost. The freedom of this kind of challenge also allows us the time we need to relax and let it work on us intuitively. In addition, when trying something out-of-the-ordinary for myself, I learned that I really am made to weather much more than I ever thought possible! Growth is vital to stay young and I am on my journey to stay young and if I have to … age gracefully.

LLA: What was your biggest “take-away” from the class? 

Reed: There are many wonderful and courageous individuals in Los Alamos and the surrounding neighborhoods who are striving to make our community a better place to live, work and learn.

LLA: What are you doing with what you’ve learned?

Reed: Knowledge is power and I believe that I am more knowledgeable about my community and it is my duty as a responsible neighbor to share this with others.