National Nuclear Security Administration

Mid-level Leadership Development Program hits the ground running

July 30, 2018

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NNSA’s 2018 Mid-level Leadership Development Class visits the Nevada Field Office.

The latest Mid-level Leadership Development Program (MLDP) participants recently began their journey to reach their top potential and get the most out of their NNSA career with a kickoff event in Las Vegas.

The year-long program grooms future leaders – developing core competencies such as emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, team building, and project management. During their two-week orientation and initial core training, the class met with Nevada Field Office Manager Steve Lawrence.

“NNSA is committed to developing the next generation of leadership. It can be a challenge to distinguish yourself when you work with a strong team, but even among the incredible workforce of NNSA, you’ve set yourselves apart. MLDP will help you continue to grow and shape the future of this agency,” said Lawrence.

During orientation, the group took the Leadership Assessment Program course, which combines personalized feedback from assessment specialists, superiors, peers, and subordinates to gain a greater understanding of how personal behaviors affect others in the workplace.

Operations research analyst Rebecca Lilley embraced the opportunity for self-reflection and values the chance to network with fellow NNSA rising stars.

“The training was very high quality. The Leadership Assessment provided me with a lot of quality material about my current level as a leader and what areas I can focus on to be better,” said Lilley. “It’s easy to be focused on your mission space so it’s refreshing to meet other individuals and learn about their contributions.”

The new class also began work on their capstone projects, large-scale initiatives that enhance various aspects of NNSA. One of the projects this year involves extensive peer review support for the system used to evaluate government oversight practices. The MLDP peer review team will help ensure that the system for evaluation runs smoothly while gaining valuable leadership experience in the process.

MLDP participant Edward Ordonez is no stranger to bettering himself. He joined NNSA as a security specialist in 2007 through a Future Leaders Program. The training he received led to a Master Certification in Personnel Security and set a pace of constant professional development. He is now the program manager for the Sandia Field Office’s protective force operation and incident of security concern program. Ordonez is looking forward to building upon his previous training.

“I am hoping to gain additional experience outside my comfort zone of safeguards and security. My long-term vision is to continue to be an effective leader within the NNSA enterprise demonstrated by delivering quality results and implementing sustainable, innovative ideas in support of the Sandia Field Office,” said Ordonez.

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