National Nuclear Security Administration

Finish line in sight for mid-level NNSA leaders-in-training

November 28, 2018

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Mid-Level Leadership Development Program participants with Mark Holecek, NNSA's Kansas City Field Office Manager and Jeff Shoulta, Deputy Manager.
Mid-Level Leadership Development Program participants with Mark Holecek, Kansas City Field Office Manager and Jeff Shoulta, Deputy Manager.

A successful leader within the Nuclear Security Enterprise needs to possess certain qualities: dedication, intelligence, reliability, and an intimate familiarity with the inner workings of NNSA. All of the Mid-level Leadership Development Program (MLDP) participants embody the first three and are currently working on the fourth.

The yearlong program grooms future leaders by developing important professional skills. The MLDP also gives participants the chance to visit the different labs, plants, and sites of NNSA, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the many moving pieces come together.

The current MLDP class recently spent a week at the Kansas City National Security Campus and Kansas City Field Office to complete “Foundations of Project Management” core training. The visit included a lecture on emotional intelligence and a tour of Kansas City facilities, during which the group got to see additive manufacturing and several related simulations first-hand.

“The Kansas City visit was the crucial mid-point of the training and the MLDP participants got a warm welcome at the site. It was obvious how much the people there enjoy what they do and it really brought home how strong our partnership and collaborations are with our field offices, sites, labs, and contractors,” said Dr. Beatriz Cuartas, NNSA Management and Budget Office Program Manager.  

The “Foundations of Project Management” course uses the internationally recognized Project Management Institute's Body of Knowledge set of standards as a guide. The course requires the development and presentation of a real-world project plan under the guidance of certified project managers and expert instructors.

“The MLDP provides excellent ways to prepare for future leadership opportunities, said Jesse Frank, Inclusive Diversity Program Specialist. “It has also been great developing relationships with talented fellow MLDP participants from throughout the NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise.”

Upon completion of the MLDP, participants receive a Leadership Education and Development Certificate from the United States Office of Personnel Management.