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A diverse workforce and inclusive culture drive LLNL’s innovation

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), our leaders and employees are committed to creating an environment where we respect and value the diverse talents, perspectives, ideas, backgrounds, and life experiences of all employees. We believe this gives rise to the most innovative ideas and fosters our ability to take on and solve grand challenges that our mission demands.

Investments in the development of our workforce and in the practice of “team science,” and the team approach throughout LLNL, are a vital component of our success. We are always expanding the definition of “team” through a healthy research culture of workforce diversity, inclusion, mutual respect, openness, interdisciplinary teaming, and partnerships.

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Developing our employees and our Lab’s culture

We have a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive environment that offers a variety of ways for employees to engage, learn, and share perspectives.

We invest in our employees by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth through continuing education, invited speakers, "Lunch and Learn" meetings with leaders, workshops, development courses, employee resource groups, and celebrations.

For more about the various educational opportunities, employee resource groups, and community events at LLNL, visit Employee Engagement.

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Our People in Action

Our employees form diverse, multidisciplinary teams of talented individuals who share a collective passion for results.

Explore their stories, learn more about their areas of work (e.g., Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H), Science and Technology (S&T), and Operations and Business (O&B)), and see how they have contributed to the Laboratory’s success.


Bianca Toledo

“Diversity and inclusion are important because without them, innovation is put at a halt. I believe that we should strive to break cultural barriers and understand more of how the world works by connecting with people who are different from us. After all, we can’t change the world if we don’t understand it.”

Before working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Bianca was working with tech startups creating products that did not necessarily feel meaningful or impactful. This left her with a deep dissatisfaction because her passions lay in the realm of innovation, especially as applied to energy conservation and environmental sustainability. When she was recruited into the Laboratory, she was ecstatic to have the opportunity to use her UX Design skills to contribute to the Lab and the world.

Bianca feels LLNL is a great place to work because it is understood at the Laboratory that people are not static and that they grow and change. She loves how Laboratory employees are encouraged to expand past the boundaries of their careers and explore new skillsets by providing free lectures or allowing the flexibility to help on multiple projects that interest them. She feels that the Lab shares the same values as hers, which is that life is not all about work and stress. The Laboratory’s programs break the routine of her workdays by surrounding employees with activities, events, and clubs that can be enjoyed with colleagues.

She is currently the Vice Chair of APAC and Chair of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPIHM) and is excited to help push diversity and inclusion within the lab and grow alongside so many other ERGs within the lab. Being part of the APAC board not only gives her a space to challenge others in their ways of thinking, but also be challenged in the understanding of her own culture. She constantly feels like she is gaining more empathy for others while learning about herself.

Her role models are her parents. “As immigrants from the Philippines, they sacrificed so much to bring my siblings here, and for that I am eternally grateful. They instilled deep values within me: work with honor and excellency, live with purpose, and always make others feel loved and welcomed! I hope to always reflect them in my character.”

Lynda Tesillo

Lynda Tesillo

“LLNL is a great place to work because of the unique mission, exciting science and engineering, and fantastic work-life balance.”

Lynda was intrigued by LLNL’s mission to study and practice science in the national interest. “The diverse and exciting science and engineering work being done here is unmatched anywhere else!” she says. She applied to LLNL because she is passionate about the mission and wanted to serve her country through engineering. She felt that LLNL also provides amazing work–life balance and continuing education programs.

She feels she is constantly learning and growing as an engineer. She is also a member of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association (LLLWA) and the Early Career Employees Group (ECEG). Lynda joined LLLWA because she wanted to help empower and strengthen women at LLNL. “LLLWA strives to develop women professionally and personally and I absolutely want to be a part of that. I joined ECEG because, as an early career employee myself, I am passionate about ensuring that all new employees learn the skills and have the tools that they need to thrive professionally and personally as they start their careers at LLNL,” she says.

Lynda believes diversity and inclusion is paramount to being able to innovate and advance science and technology through diverse thought and varying perspectives. It is also important in ensuring that all employees are comfortable being their whole selves and feeling fully included at work.

Her role models include every woman in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that has come before her: “They have endured so many obstacles and overcome numerous barriers that have allowed me to thrive today as a female engineer.”


Terri Stearman

“It feels great to know that I am part of something important—no matter what you do here, you are helping people.” 

Terri joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2018. Her husband has worked at the Laboratory for over 20 years. After a career in both the private sector and law, she was inspired to join the Lab after learning about its national security mission. Terri was always impressed with the world class science being achieved in her backyard. 

Terri manages a business operations team that ensures needed applications are available to the many scientists and researchers who support the Lab’s mission. She also serves as the President of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association (LLLWA). When first joining the Lab, she was impressed by the dedication to give back to the community manifested by the employee resource groups (ERGs). In her first month, she attended a talk coordinated by LLLWA and has been involved with them ever since. The group and its membership are sources of inspiration and motivation. Terri was recently named the Chair of the WCI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. In this role she will help WCI achieve its goals of creating a more inclusive workplace.

Terri believes diversity, equity, and inclusion are important because diverse workplaces are more successful, more innovative, and more likely to achieve our mission goals of groundbreaking science. 
Her role models are Mae C. Jemison and Sally Ride.


Striving to inspire and develop the next generation

We work to promote a diverse and talented pipeline through outreach and engagement with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. In particular, LLNL contributes to under-represented, marginalized communities. These STEM programs are just a part of LLNL’s overall outreach effort.

For more about our K-12 student and teacher opportunities and our workforce relationships, visit Broadening Participation.

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For more information on DEI at LLNL or our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, or to schedule an appointment to review our Affirmative Action Plan (available at 7000 East Ave, Livermore, CA. 94550) during regular business hours, please contact the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office at baylis3 [at] llnl.govtarget="_blank".

Join our team

We offer opportunities in a variety of fields, not just science and technology. We are home to a diverse staff of professionals that include administrators, researchers, creatives, suppy chain staff, health services workers, and more. Visit our Careers Areas page to learn more about the different career paths we offer and find the one the speaks to you.

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