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By Elizabeth Szoke
DCMA Public Affairs
Defense Contract Management Agency’s Total Force Directorate held a virtual graduation ceremony July 18, to celebrate the accomplishments of 42 agency employees who completed the 2023 Emerging Leaders Program.
The cohort of employees from around the agency represented many different job series and have successfully completed the demanding 18-month program, bringing enhanced skills and knowledge back to their specialties.
“I have learned a lot and it has been a blessing for my career,” said John Yeban, one of the recent graduates assigned to DCMA International’s Europe office as an industrial specialist.
The ELP provides high-potential employees a path to enhance their skills and abilities in the Department of Defense leadership competencies through two groups based on grade. The first group is offered to federal employees in grades GS-6 to GS-11 and the other is for federal employees in grades GS-12 to GS-13. However, all participants received the same access to senior leadership, networking opportunities within the agency and a formal mentorship program.
“The graduates should be very proud of their accomplishments,” said Clint Covert, Total Force Programs Branch team lead. “In addition to achieving course requirements, 33% of the participants received a promotion during the course of the program.”
This was the second iteration of students to attend the ELP since its pilot launch last year. The course fostered continuous learning and provided opportunities for growth, enabling participants to gain real-life experiences. It also emphasizes the importance of lasting professional relationships by facilitating collaboration and support through its forums.
“The ELP framework provides a way for employees to develop critical leadership competencies essential to successful mission execution and customer satisfaction,” Covert said. “I am not aware of another program for emerging leaders that provides the number of different types of leadership development opportunities to enhance their skills and abilities in the DOD leadership competencies.”
2023 Emerging Leaders Program Graduates:
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