National Nuclear Security Administration

Next generation of NNSA leaders rise

July 1, 2019

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NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty with the Mid-Level Leadership Development Program (MLDP) graduates.
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty with the Mid-Level Leadership Development Program (MLDP) graduates.
A group of MLDP graduates led by Darwin Damba, right, present their capstone project.
A group of MLDP graduates led by Darwin Damba, right, present their capstone project.

A ceremony at NNSA headquarters this summer marked the graduation of the third class to complete the Mid-Level Leadership Development Program (MLDP), NNSA’s flagship program for high-potential individuals looking to rise to leadership roles in the agency.

“At NNSA our number one priority is our people,” said Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, who delivered the keynote address. “At every opportunity, we must focus on building a cadre of mid-career professionals who are ready and capable to take NNSA to greater heights. The MLDP fills a crucial need for us to meet this goal.”

Each MLDP participant completed a capstone project over the course of their year in the program on subjects such as improving NNSA governance and plan implementation and updating NNSA’s site governance models. They also each completed a 60-day rotational assignment in other parts of the agency, in order to expand their horizons and gain a broader perspective of NNSA’s mission.

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty addresses the MLDP graduation.
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty addresses the MLDP graduation.

The MLDP class spent a week at the Kansas City National Security Campus and Kansas City Field Office in November, and a week at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in March. During these visits, they got to see the labs’ and plants’ work firsthand, as well as completing training in project management, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence.

MLDP supports NNSA’s goal of creating meaningful and progressively responsible career roadmaps as it strives to be an organization that promotes learning, development, and training to its employees for both the individual and organization’s benefit.

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