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Corporate Employee Development Training (CEDT) Program


The Corporate Employee Development Training Program (CEDT), one of VA’s leadership initiatives to create a diverse pipeline of well-trained and effective leaders, would like to thank all of those who applied for the Academic Year 2016-2017 programs.

The Secretary, the VA Chief of Staff, and the CEDT are grateful for the interest and efforts of all this year’s applicants, and they encourage all eligible VA employees to consider applying during the next application cycle.  Congratulations to all selected participants!

Please stay tuned later this year for the upcoming applications cycle and program offerings for Academic Year 2017-2018. 

Please click here to download the full list of selectees.

A brief description of each program is presented below:

  • Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Leadership in a Democratic Society: Target audience for this program is GS 15’s for this four week course focusing on organizational theory, the government policy framework, and the global trends and events that shape government agendas. Participants earn 12 graduate credits.
  • Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) - Senior Executive Fellows Program: Focuses on skills associated with the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) executive core qualifications (ECQs) and is designed for federal government employees at the GS-14/15/SES levels and their military counterparts. Many government agencies offer the SEF program as part of their Senior Executive Services (SES) Candidate Development Programs (CDPs). In leadership, functional expertise is overshadowed by the need to build coalitions, drive results and performance, and guide organizational change.
  • George Washington University (GWU) – Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, Senior Leader Program: Designed for leaders at GS 14/15 levels and it includes four 1-week residential sessions.  Key training is developed under the Executive Core Qualifications designed by the Office of Personnel Management with an emphasis on Leading Change. Participants work to learn how to identify and solve real organizational problems. They learn to think and work strategically to meet the visions and goals of their organizations. Emphasis is placed on the study of best practices.
  • University of Maryland University College (UMUC) - National Leadership Institute, Leadership Development Program: The Leadership Development Program targets GS 13/14 to develop the skills and confidence needed to build commitment and translate strategy into effective action. The Leadership Development Program is for experienced mid- to senior-level managers who want to raise their game beyond basic management competence to true leadership excellence. This program is a good fit for operational, group, or department managers who are responsible for supervising management-level direct reports and working across functions. This five-day program is offered at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at University of Maryland University College, just outside of Washington, D.C., in Adelphi, Maryland.
  • Partnership for Public Service (PPS) – Excellence in Government Fellows: Strengthens the leadership skills of GS-13/14 employees.  During the year-long program, Fellows remain in their full-time jobs, meet every six weeks and spend a total of approximately 20 days in session. Fellows also devote up to five hours per week to their projects. The course includes a combination of innovative coursework, best practices benchmarking, challenging action-learning projects, executive coaching and government-wide networking.
  • Graduate School USA (GSUSA) - Executive Potential Program: Designed for leaders at GS 13/14 levels and it includes four 1-week residential sessions.  Key training is developed under the Executive Core Qualifications designed by the Office of Personnel Management with an emphasis on Leading Change. Participants work to learn how to identify and solve real organizational problems. They learn to think and work strategically to meet the visions and goals of their organizations. Emphasis is placed on the study of best practices.
  • American University (AU) – Key Executive Certificate Program: Based on the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) developed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Key Executive Leadership Certificate is designed to provide a unique experience for enthusiastic and seasoned manager who have an interest in strengthening management skills, heightening leadership skills, and furthering their public service career. Creating a participative and rigorous learning environment, students acquire contemporary public management knowledge, values, and skills; develop the personal leadership capacity needed to implement what they learn; transform themselves from good managers to extraordinary leaders; and become lifelong learners.
  • Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) – Meta-Leadership Program: The Meta-Leadership framework and practice method has been developed by faculty at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) after extensive research on and observation of leaders in high-stress, high-stakes situations. It is designed to provide individuals with tools that are conceptually and practically rigorous so that they are better equipped to act and direct others in emergency situations. Meta-leadership is currently being used by leaders in the fields of homeland security, emergency preparedness and response, and public health in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
  • White House Leadership Development Program (WHLD): As part of the President’s continued commitment to training and developing our government’s high performers and strengthening the next generation of leaders who comprise the Senior Executive Service (SES), the Administration is launching the White House Leadership Development Program. Through this program, top civil servants and SES candidates, high-potential career GS-15 employees in the Washington, D.C. commuting area, will participate in rotational assignments across agencies to gain valuable experience by working on the federal government’s highest priority, highest impact challenges that require the coordination of multiple federal agencies to succeed.