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News | Feb. 8, 2020

Black History Month Spotlight: Lakeea Kelly

DLA Disposition Services

Lakeea Kelly

Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
EEO Office, DLA Battle Creek, Michigan

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Lakeea Kelly
Lakeea Kelly is an equal employment opportunity specialist for the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services.
Photo By: Courtesy Photo
VIRIN: 200205-D-D0441-154
Describe your job in a sentence or two: As an EEO specialist, I assist the EEO manager in providing training regarding EEO law and polices, provide equal employment consulting services to managers and supervisors on systemic EEO problems as well as individual problems, and provide program direction and guidance in the area of affirmative action, complaint resolution and related areas.

How long have you worked for the federal government including military service? 16.5 years.

How long have you worked for DLA Disposition Services? A little over a year.

What is your favorite thing about your line of work? Educating and training mangers, supervisors and staff on EEO law and policies. I also enjoy providing managers and supervisors with the tools that are needed to make their jobs more effective.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you? In my career, the best piece of advice that I was given is to remain objective. Do not form an opinion or conclude something as factual regarding a situation based upon hearing one side of a story. Remain objective and always do what is right based upon the facts.

What do you think about when you hear “Black History Month?” When I hear Black History Month, I think of innovators, creators and visionaries that have accomplished great things that have significantly impacted the world.

Who’s your biggest influence? I do not necessarily have a particular individual that is my biggest influence; however, I am inspired by individuals that are confident, bold and courageous for what they believe in and not easily shaken by naysayers. My faith in Jesus Christ also has a big influence in my life.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a psychologist when I grew up. My master’s degree is in psychology, but I'm not sure if I will pursue a doctorate degree.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy reading in my spare time.

What is your favorite quote? My favorite quote is an original, “Skill unlocks the door but character opens the door” ~ Lakeea Kelly.

Employee spotlight regularly features outstanding personnel from throughout the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services and other DLA organizations located at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. Organizational directors may submit feature request to DLA Disposition Services Public Affairs.