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MLDP graduation

Graduating class marks fourth in the program’s history

A virtual ceremony marked the graduation of NNSA’s fourth class to complete the Mid-Level Leadership Development Program (MLDP) on June 1. The MLDP is NNSA’s flagship program designed for high performing federal employees to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities in preparation for future leadership roles at NNSA.

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator delivered the keynote address.

This program demonstrates that we are investing in a broad background of talent and experiences to ensure the NNSA continues to grow and develop a diverse leadership team to lead our dedicated workforce.

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator

“The MLDP plays a crucial role in taking NNSA to greater heights, as your commitment to grow and serve as future leaders revitalizes our Nuclear Security Enterprise with a generation of diversely skilled professionals,” noted Gordon-Hagerty. “This program demonstrates that we are investing in a broad background of talent and experiences to ensure the NNSA continues to grow and develop a diverse leadership team to lead our dedicated workforce.”

This year’s graduating class represents 10 different program and field offices from across NNSA. This includes a mix of both mission and mission support offices. MLDP participants completed capstone projects 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.

Program participants also each completed a 60-day rotational assignment in other parts of the agency as well as the larger federal government, to expand their horizons and gain a broader perspective of NNSA’s missions and how they fit in the agency’s role in nuclear security.

The MLDP class spent time at the Kansas City National Security Campus\Kansas City Field Office, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the NNSA Production Office in Oak Ridge, TN. During these visits, they got to see the labs and plants’ work firsthand, while completing training in project management, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence.

Rick Hoback, a participant in this year’s class, said he was grateful for the leaders within NNSA who support MLDP and were generous with their time, perspectives, and advice. 

“The MLDP is an excellent representation of what continuous learning in the workplace looks like in that it includes shared 360 degree assessments, key leader engagement opportunities, site visits to locations throughout the Nuclear Security Enterprise, and a structured learning component,” he said. “While this learning opportunity was one centered on professional development, I found my participation also resulted in personal growth and new connections with some fantastic people.” 

The program supports NNSA’s goal of developing meaningful and progressively responsible career roadmaps as NNSA strives to be a learning organization – one that promotes employee learning, development, and training that benefit the agency and the participant.

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