The DC Department of Human Resources offers a complete online course catalog and a summary of training programs. View the 2015 Course Catalog.
The Executive Leadership Program (ELP)
Purpose and Program Objectives
The purpose of the ELP is to support the development of effective executive-level leadership among members of the Mayor’s cabinet and their senior staff. In addition, this program aims to enhance the supply of executive-level talent across the District by establishing a robust pipeline of Cabinet-ready leaders from which current and future mayors can draw.
Executives who complete the program will be able to:
- Use their leadership assets to create organizational leadership climates which foster employee engagement, performance excellence, innovation, and sustained capacity building;
- Think and act strategically with a broadened systemic perspective that enables their departments and agencies to more capably balance short-term requirements with sustained improvement and organization innovation; and
- More effectively lead change and manage transition within and across agencies and sectors.
ELP Design Components
Based on feedback from senior executives within the existing District of Columbia workforce, as well as input from the District’s Department of Human Resources, the program will last 8 months (March—Nov 2014) and will include the following components:
- Small cohort groups to allow opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction and coaching
- Private, one-on-one executive coaching sessions
- Action learning sessions in small groups
- Lectures and discussions with leading faculty and subject matter experts
- Integrated leadership assessments and a thinking preferences inventory
- Cutting-edge content in a dedicated online learning environment
The curriculum will be developed using these learning clusters as guides:
- Organizational Leadership—Topics will include assessing and influencing organizational climate, establishing trust, building shared accountability, collective responsibility, and more.
- Strategic and Systemic Thinking—Topics will include thinking and acting strategically, understanding systems, working across sectors, and more.
- Leading and Managing Change—Topics will include developing executive foresight, leading change, managing transition, and more.
- Executive Communication and Political Savvy—Topics will include personal branding, executive communication, political savvy, and more.
- Data Analytics and Critical Thinking—Topics will include performance measurement, performance management, using predictive and prescriptive analytics, and more.
2014 Executive Leadership Program Cohort
Jesus Aguirre, Director, Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Lucinda Babers, Director, Department of Motor Vehicles
Quincy Booth, Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Mayor
Matthew Brown, Deputy Director for Resource Allocation, Department of Transportation
Sheila Bunn, Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Mayor
Kenneth Evans, Deputy Budget Director, Executive Office of the Mayor
Derek Ford, Chairman, DC Housing Financial Agency
Barry Gersten, Chief Information/Technology Officer, DC Metropolitan Police Department
Jennifer Greene, Director, Office of Unified Communications
Brian Hanlon, Director, Department of General Services
Rosalynn Hughey, Deputy Director, Office of Planning
Ariel Levinson-Waldman, Sr. Counsel to the Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General
Tony Robinson, Director of Public Affairs, Office of the City Administrator
Christopher Shorter, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Health
James Staton, Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Contracting and Procurement
Gitana Stewart-Ponder, Legislative and Policy Analyst, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Service
Wayne Swann, Human Resource Officer, Department of Human Services
Charles Thornton, Director, Office of Returning Citizens
Camile Williams, Chief of Staff, Office of Aging
Kimberly Williams, Deputy Director, Department of Human Resources
If you have any questions regarding the ELP, please contact Patricia Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Director of DCHR’s Center for Learning and Development.