Congratulations to LCDR Marcus Canady, our
Diversity Champion! The Diversity Champion
distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made
significant contributions in support of the Commandant's
Diversity Strategic Plan
LCDR Marcus Canady reported to the Office of Financial Analysis at Coast Guard Headquarters in 2012. LCDR Canady is an active member of the National Naval Officer Association (NNOA) at both the national
and local levels. While stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, LCDR Canady played
a lead role in re-establishing the NNOA "Brown Bag Leadership and Development Series."
These leadership events have provided active duty officers and members of the civilian workforce
impactful personal and professional development. He coordinated the finest speakers and panel guests
that the Coast Guard had to offer including, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for
Mission Support, former Director of the Executive Residence and White House Chief Usher, Director of
the Civil Rights Directorate, Chief of Officer Personnel Management Division, and four high ranking
Commanding Officers. He facilitated presentation of topics involving the most challenging leadership
and diversity issues, including career pitfalls, dealing with difficult situations, crafting a quality
OER, and civilian mentorship.
However, LCDR Canady’s outreach extended far beyond his contributions with the NNOA. Since 2006,
he worked diligently with the Coast Guard Academy to develop and implement innovative minority
outreach programs designed to reach, recruit, and retain underrepresented minorities from across the
country. LCDR Canady became the active duty champion for the Academy Minority Outreach Team (AMOT),
a group of more than 25 active duty Coast Guard Academy graduates across the country who work in
coordination with Academy Admissions Staff as a force multiplier to provide Academy presentations
at numerous local high schools.
LCDR Canady gave presentations to schools and conferences including the Friendship Collegiate
Academy Science Technology and Engineering Math Fair, and the National Society of Black Engineers
(NSBE) summer camp. On 8 March 2014, LCDR Canady volunteered as an Academy admissions representative
at the Bowie State University Black College Expo. He spoke to over 100 high school students
regarding opportunities that the Coast Guard Academy and Coast Guard overall could provide. Because of his tireless dedication and leadership, more than 50 students earned their appointments
to the USCGA or USCGA preparatory scholars programs.
LCDR Marcus Canady's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are
exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact
one can have on a unit. As a direct result of
your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides
toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic
Plan. Thank you for your work in championing diversity!