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Leadership for a Democratic Society

  • Yes, but it is not recommended due to the intense nature of our seminars. If you choose to bring a spouse or guest, the cost for guests 18 years and older is $20/night, children who are 13-17 years old is $10/night and children who are 12 years old and under is free.  Dining room meals cost, per person: Breakfast buffet- $8, Lunch buffet - $9, Dinner buffet - $18. For specific information please call Angie Kutcher, Clarion Hotel EMDC Liaison, at 304-870-7021.
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  • Normally there are no formal sessions in the evenings or weekends. However, participants should be prepared to meet with their presentation teams/consulting groups during evening hours. Denver and the Front Range have much to offer in the way of entertainment. Many participants get together for sightseeing, movies, shopping, skiing, or hiking. There is a fitness center located in the hotel. The hotel bell stand has details and additional information.  Information about the Mile Hi City will help you with your plans.
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  • Shepherdstown is approximately 85 miles from downtown Washington DC. A map will help you get to Shepherdstown.
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  • Yes, for each additional night stay you will be charged the government rate of $79 per night. For further information please call Kelly Krall, the WMDC Hotel Liaison at 303-306-3367 or Kelly.krall@redlion.com.  
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  • You can find information about course content in the leadership catalog. The Program Director of the specific class can answer in depth questions about the curriculum. The Program Coordinator can answer logistical questions.  Please call 304-870-7021.
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  • 1. The LEAD Certificate Program is a self-paced program, which means OPM is not formally involved until you complete the 5 required seminars for a given level of leadership. This also means you register for each course individually as you progress through the seminars. 2. Within 90 days of completing the last of the five seminars at a given level, you must email a list of your 5 completed courses with the start dates to validate completion within the three year period to the OPM LEAD Certificate Program Manager.  The contact information is LEAD@opm.gov and 303-671-1136. 3. Once validated, you will have 90 days to submit a 4-6 page capstone paper, detailing lessons learned and describing at least one application example at your job. The paper will be reviewed for Pass/Fail by an OPM Program Director/Faculty Member. 4. Once a "Pass" rating on the capstone paper is attained, you will received a LEAD Certificate. Click here for more information: LEAD Certificate Program
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  • You may earn a LEAD certificate for a level of leadership, even if you are not at that level. We strongly recommend checking with your agency's training manager whether there are specific rules regarding taking seminars for a higher level than your current position. Click here for more information: LEAD Certificate Program
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  • The WMDC is located in the eastern suburb of Aurora and is only 16 miles from downtown Denver. The Red Lion Hotel Denver SE provides free hotel shuttle service to/from the airport. There is also a  light-rail transit stop close to the WMDC. Information is available at the hotel bell stand.
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  • Shepherdstown is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and the weather is similar to weather in DC, but often a few degrees cooler. Even in summer the evenings can be cool, so it would be advisable to bring along a sweater during the summer.
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  •  Colorado weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared by bringing layered clothing. It can be chilly in the summer evenings. It is advisable to bring a warm coat and sweater in the winter, and a light sweater or jacket during spring and summer.
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