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Frequently Asked Questions Training

Leadership for a Democratic Society

  • There is no specific dress code. FEI recommends "business casual" attire during class sessions and while interacting with colleagues.  Exceptions include Leadership for a Democratic Society program graduations and some off-campus site visits, which require business dress (e.g.: suit and tie for men) and fitness activities, which require appropriate athletic attire.
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  • The tuition for your course covers meals and lodging. The per diem is $5.00/day for incidentals, depending upon your agency.
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  • The tuition for your course covers all meals and lodging so the per diem is $5/day for incidentals, depending upon your agency.
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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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  • 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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  • The first weekend of each LDS program is a "working weekend" requiring attendance on Saturday and Sunday.    There are no program activities scheduled during the second and third weekend of the seven standard LDS programs offered each year. Program activities end at noon Friday and resume Monday for these sessions.
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  • Yes, but it is not recommended due to the intense nature of our seminars. There is an additional $10.00 per night room charge for guest(s) staying in your room. If they will be eating with you in the WMDC dining room the charges for guest(s) meals are: Breakfast-$8, Lunch-$12 and Dinner-$15. For specific information please call the WMDC Hotel Liaison Kelly Krall. Her direct line is 303-306-3367, and her email is Kelly.krall@redlion.com.
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  • For each additional night you elect to stay beyond the term of the seminar you will be charged the per diem rate,  For children who are 12 years old and under, the cost is free. For guests 13-17 years of age, the additional cost is $10 per night. For guest 18 years and older, the cost is $20 per night. Please note on your lodging and transportation sheet any additional nights. For further information please call Angie Kutcher, Clarion Hotel EMDC Liaison, at  304-870-7021.
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  • The Clarion Hotel provides shuttle transportation at a cost between the three area airports and the EMDC.  Service must be scheduled in advance.  Instructions for reserving transportation are provided with seminar pre-course materials. Payment is due at the hotel's front desk upon check out. Pricing is one-way
    • Reagan - $145
    • BWI - $145
    • Dulles - $95.60
    Contact information
    • Clarion Hotel front desk: 304.87.7000
    • EMDC Liaison/Shuttle Coordindator: Annie Kutcher, 304.870.7021 (Monday-Friday 8 am - 430 pm)
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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 304-870-8014. 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
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