By Air Force Maj. Brett Burdyshaw
Defense Contract Management Agency Atlanta employees are striving to become better leaders through a diverse interagency leadership program.
On Sept. 27, four employees graduated from the Federal Executive Board’s 2018 Peak Performance Program, also known as P3, for aspiring leaders. The employees were Kingsley Emeruem, Dexter Harper, Wilma Norsworthy and Chelsea Willis. This year’s class included 31 graduates. DCMA was one of 12 agencies participating in the program.
“It was a positive experience,” said Norsworthy. “It took a lot of commitment, dedication and teamwork to get through the course. It was very beneficial to me as an individual as well as the organization because the training received can be applied in the office to enhance the workplace.”
FEB was created in 1961 to foster communication, coordination and collaboration among federal agencies. FEB’s mission is to build interagency partnerships and community involvement to create and nurture working relationships that address similar issues of shared interest. Atlanta’s FEB represents approximately 47,000 federal, postal and military employees, and more than 140 federal agencies.
“The P3 experience was insightful and useful in my preparation for my progression in leadership,” said Willis. “It gave me tools that will help me understand individuals on my future teams and allow me to help them reach their full potential. I want my leading legacy to be one of inclusion, fairness, and the individual’s best interest at heart.”
FEB established P3 in 2013 to provide development and leadership training for federal employees in the grades of GS-7 to GS-12. The P3 program consists of more than 20 classes and workshops delivered over a nine-month timeframe. These classes help participants enhance their oral and written skills and problem solving and decision-making skills.
“When you function as a unit and you move as a unit, anything can be accomplished,” said Harper.
In addition to the various classes and workshops, the participants coordinated two events, which included the 45th Employee of the Year and the fourth annual Feds Meet Feds Expo. The Employee of the Year event was attended by approximately 200 people and the Feds Meet Feds Expo was attended by more than 500 people.
Emeruem said he learned several key takeaways after participating in the program.
“I learned that someone can lead from any position and you can draw strength from your teammates in times of difficulty,” he said. “I also learned diversity is key to finding solutions to problems, and we must remain committed to serving others.”
DCMA Atlanta senior leaders Navy Cmdr. Frank Miller, commander, and Vivian Hill, deputy director, and other employees, family and friends attended the graduation.
“I admire and appreciate the graduates for their hard work. I want to congratulate them on a job well done during this rigorous course,” said Miller. “DCMA Atlanta is extremely proud of our four graduates on their successful completion of the Peak Performance Program and look forward to challenging them with future leadership opportunities.”
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