National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA graduates its second class of mid-career leaders

April 25, 2018

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The 2018 Mid-Level Leadership Development Program graduating class with NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty.
The 2018 Mid-Level Leadership Development Program graduating class with NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty.

NNSA recently recognized 14 new graduates of its Mid-Level Leadership Development Program, which helps self-motivated and high-performing individuals prepare for the next steps in their NNSA careers.

“At NNSA, mission is our number one priority. Our people are our number one asset,” said Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty at the graduation ceremony. “The Mid-Level Leadership Development program is a prime example of bringing mission and people together.”

Russell A. Barnes and his teammates present their capstone project on “Recruitment Best practices at NNSA M&O sites” at the graduation ceremony.
Russell A. Barnes and his teammates present their capstone project on “Recruitment Best practices at NNSA M&O sites” at the graduation ceremony. 
Dr. Sandra Wells, left, and Adm. Randall M. Hendrickson (Ret.), right, present Erik Woloszczuk with a plaque and leadership certificate for his successful completion of the program.
Dr. Sandra Wells, left, and Adm. Randall M. Hendrickson (Ret.), right, present Erik Woloszczuk with a plaque and leadership certificate for his successful completion of the program.

The young leaders spent 60 days in rotational assignments outside their normal duties to learn new skills and make new connections across the agency. They also participated in one-on-one mentoring sessions with senior leaders. The program is topped off with a capstone project where participants work in teams to devise a solution to an enterprise issue.

“The Mid-Level Leadership Development Program was an invaluable experience that broadened my perspective on leadership and the value of the federal workforce,” said Erika Sesay, who works in NNSA’s Office of Management and Budget and is currently on detail with the Office of Acquisition and Project Management.

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty and Mid-Level Leadership Development Program graduate Erika Sesay cut the cake at a reception for the mid-career leaders.
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty and Mid-Level Leadership Development Program graduate Erika Sesay cut the cake at a reception for the mid-career leaders. 

“Through the program, I have developed a more diverse professional network that I can leverage to better accomplish the NNSA mission. The knowledge I gained has helped me cultivate my strengths and identify areas where continued development would be best focused to lead at the senior level for NNSA,” she said. 

In addition to an NNSA plaque, graduates also received a Leadership Education and Development Certificate from the Office of Personnel Management. Most importantly, they gained skills and knowledge to help fulfill their career potential.