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Paula Linnen

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Organizational Development
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
(509) 375-2450

Paula Linnen serves as the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for the Organizational Development (OD) Directorate, a role she has fulfilled since October 2007. As an ALD, Ms. Linnen is a member of the PNNL Executive Committee and leads more than 180 staff members across four divisions: Directorate Marketing and Technical Communications, Human Resources, PNNL Communications, and Science and Engineering Education.

Focused on the objective of PNNL being respected and regarded by staff and stakeholders as a renowned science and technology (S&T) institution, her Directorate serves as the primary steward for enhancing PNNL's reputation, cultivating trusted relationships, and enriching PNNL's culture of courageous discovery and innovation.

Ms. Linnen and her staff:

  • Create a strong sense of community and belief in the PNNL mission, vision and values
  • Prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators
  • Accelerate Laboratory impact by advancing and protecting PNNL's reputation
  • Build internal and external PNNL advocacy
  • Recruit, develop, and engage the talented workforce needed to tackle the nation's greatest challenges.

Under her leadership, PNNL has enjoyed several awards and distinctions, including: "Candidate Experience Award" (2012, 2011); "Five-Star Award" from the Federal Government Distance Learning Association (2011); "President's Award" in recognition of PNNL's partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) and its foundation in STEM leadership training for school administrators and teachers in Washington State (2011); "Washington's Best Places to Work" as named by the Puget Sound Journal of Business (2010); "Great Employers for New Grads" as named by Fortune magazine (2007); and "Training Top 100 Award" from Training magazine (2004, 2005).

Since joining PNNL in 1991, Ms. Linnen has served in a number of roles, including Director of Human Resources (HR) from 1996 to 2007, Vice President of HR for the Global Laboratory Operations sector of the Battelle Memorial Institute, and numerous other program and department managerial roles. Since assuming HR leadership in 1997, she has provided the vision, advocacy and stewardship for an award-winning set of PNNL leadership and staff development programs. These best-in-class programs have been woven into the fabric of PNNL and affect positive change for the way PNNL retains and wins the global competition for talent. Similarly, she provided the vision, advocacy, and stewardship for assessing and developing PNNL's staff engagement program, Life@PNNL. This collaborative vehicle embraces and reinforces the employee experience through safety and health, social responsibility, diversity, and environmental stewardship. It also provides staff members access to community service opportunities and employee affinity programs.

Ms. Linnen holds/has held leadership roles in several community and professional organizations: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) National Accelerator Laboratory (HR committee for the Board of Overseers), Washington State STEM Education Foundation (board member), Advisory Council for Washington State University Tri-Cities, Heritage University (board member and vice chair), March of Dimes (board member), Columbia Industries (past board chair, vice chair and marketing committee chair), Pioneer Circle for Women Helping Women, and Tri-Cities Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Managers (past vice chair). Ms. Linnen has also been the recipient of the Benton-Franklin County Volunteer Center's "Golden Heart Award" for volunteer excellence of a board member and the ATHENA Leadership Award for supporting, honoring and developing women leaders, an award recognized nationally through the Chambers of Commerce.

Ms. Linnen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Missouri.

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