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Interested in meeting the women leaders behind NGA? You’ve come to the right place.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and PowerToFly joined forces for an invite-only virtual networking event. During a 90-minute session, you’ll learn about NGA’s work culture, discover new job opportunities, and gain industry insight from a few of NGA’s most prominent women leaders.

This free event is a fit for both job seekers and those simply looking to expand their network. If you’re open to new opportunities, NGA is hiring.

This event took place online Tuesday, February 9th from 12 PM - 1:30 PM ET.


  • 12:00 PM ET - PowerToFly Kickoff
  • 12:05 PM ET - Welcome & Keynote Address from Melissa Planert, Director, Tradecraft and Technology, Analysis
  • 12:15 PM ET - Product Demo from David Loghing, NGA DevCorps, “NGA’s Land Scan and Data Generation”
  • 12:25 PM ET - Panel Discussion Featuring:
    • Suzanne Alessi, Analytic Advisor & Executive Officer, Analysis Tradecraft & Technology Group
    • Melissa Planert, Director, Tradecraft and Technology, Analysis
    • Sierra Sellman, Supervisory Data Scientist
    • Joy Silverio, Data Steward
    • Ichesia Veal, Chief, Commercial GEOINT Discovery Division
  • 12:55 PM ET - Closing Remarks from PowerToFly
  • 1:00 PM ET - Breakout Sessions
  • 1:30 PM ET - Event Concludes

About the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA): NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders. Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to national disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA.

NGA is headquartered in Springfield, Virginia and has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Missouri. Hundreds of NGA employees serve on support teams at U.S. military, diplomatic, and allied locations around the world.

About PowerToFly: PowerToFly is a women-run startup that works with companies to identify skilled professionals they’d like to network with. Over the past few years, we’ve produced 1,000+ events across the world with brands like American Express, Microsoft, Deloitte, and Slack, which have resulted in countless hires.

About PowerToFly’s Events: All RSVP’d attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require assistance to fully participate in this event, please email, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Meet The Speakers

Melissa Planert
Melissa Planert
Director, Tradecraft and Technology, Analysis

Ms. Melissa A. Planert is the Director, Tradecraft and Technology Group, Analysis Directorate. In this role, she provides strategic leadership on advancing analytic skills and methods as well as the development of technology to support community modernization goals.

Ms. Planert joined NGA’s Analysis Directorate in 2015, serving in senior roles in Analysis operations and tradecraft offices. From 2007-2015 she served in the Office of International Affairs, where she managed a number of NGA’s international partnerships, including a three-year assignment to Brussels, Belgium, as the Senior Liaison to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union.

Prior to joining NGA in 2007, Ms. Planert served in the US Air Force, retiring as a colonel (reserve). During her career she served in acquisition, logistics, and policy positions in the US and Europe. She volunteered for active duty to support operations overseas. As a colonel she also held several positions at US Air Force headquarters.

Sierra Sellman
Sierra Sellman
Supervisory Data Scientist

Sierra Sellman serves the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency as supervisory data scientist within the Director’s Data Corps Office. In this role she leads a team of data professionals in pursuit of modernizing and advancing intelligence analysis operations. During her 11 year tenure at NGA, Sierra Sellman has led numerous GEOINT teams executing technical and data initiatives to create, access, analyze, and visualize information to support national security priorities. She has delivered automation of intelligence products, developed tools to simplify modeling processes, integrated numerous systems, and delivered big-data analytic capabilities. Additionally, she has drafted agency strategies and served as a trusted advisor to top-level leadership.

Ms. Sellman holds a BA in Geology from Albion College, an MS in Geographic and Cartographic Systems from George Mason University, and MS in Predictive Analytics from DePaul University. Ms. Sellman lives in northern Virginia with her husband and children (6 and 3).

Ichesia Veal
Ichesia Veal
Chief of the Commercial GEOINT Discovery Vision

Ichesia Veal serves the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as the Chief of the Commercial GEOINT Discovery Division within the Source Directorate’s Commercial and Business Operations Group. In this role she leads market research and discovery efforts of emerging and innovative commercial GEOINT solutions.

Prior to this, she served in multiple capacities within NGA, as a program performance officer conducting resource management assessments, as a technical advisor for commercial GEOINT capability assessments and an analytical production lead. Additionally, for more than six years, Ms. Veal served as an imagery scientist in NGA’s Analysis Directorate. In this role she exploited, modeled, and analyzed remote sensing data.

Prior to working for NGA, Ms. Veal was an analyst at the National Ground Intelligence Center. Ms. Veal holds both a master’s degree in materials science and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Norfolk State University. Ms. Veal lives in northern Virginia with her husband and children.

Suzanne Alessi
Suzanne Alessi
Analytic Advisor & Executive Officer, Analysis Tradecraft & Technology Group

Suzanne Alessi serves the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as the Analytic Advisor and Executive Officer of the Analysis Tradecraft and Technology Group. In this role she supports NGA leadership with communicating to the workforce on tradecraft and technology initiatives, engaging with industry, and strategic planning for implementing emerging technology for GEOINT analysis. Prior to this, she served a Computer Vision Subject Matter Expert, leading efforts to evolve tradecraft at NGA for the successful adoption of computer vision applications. She also served as a Strategic Sciences Lead, building partnerships and shaping initiatives with commercial GEOINT data providers. As an imagery scientist, she worked in NGA’s Analysis Directorate for four years analyzing remote sensing data and leading tradecraft and training development for satellite imagery.

Ms. Alessi has a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s in Information Systems from George Mason University. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, child (age 1), and pet bird.