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Friday, June 25, 2010
Contact: Marcus A. Williams
Tel: 202-606-2402

Inaugural Lead Program Commencement Ceremony

OPM Director John Berry and Agency Leaders will gather to confirm the first graduates of the Federal government's premier leadership and development training program

Washington, DC - On June 28, 2010, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry and agency representatives from the Department of the Army, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Defense Commissary Agency will recognize and confirm the first graduates of OPM's Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program. Established in 2008, LEAD is a training program that provides the critical leadership skills needed for a Federal career - from Team Lead to Executive.

Associate Director of Human Resources Solutions, Kay Ely, also will announce the updated LEAD curriculum for FY 2011.

Berry has committed to "recruit, retain and honor a world-class workforce" and this ceremony will acknowledge the work OPM has done to develop a premier and competitive training program for Federal leaders that is key to retaining highly valued talent.

OPM recognizes that it must empower a new generation of talent to replace today's retiring leaders. This is a challenging yet exciting time to work in the Federal government, as global awareness, technological advances and workplace diversity combine to shape the potential for far-reaching social impact.

Who: U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry


Department of DefensePhysical Scientist Dr. Stewart Bennie

Department of the Defense (U.S. Army) Knowledge Management Officer Jon Boren

Department of Homeland SecurityProgram Manager Vincent Dumas

Defense Commissary AgencyBusiness Systems Manager Debbie Emory

Department of Defense Deputy Chief of Science Technology Policy Walter Kennedy

Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Harry McDavid  

Department of Defense (U.S. Army) Deputy Chief of Commander's Planning Group Edward Melton, III

What: Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program Commencement Ceremony

When: Monday, June 28, 2010

Program: 1:00PM

Interviews: Immediately following

Where: U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Pendleton Room

1900 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20415

Media wishing to attend the event should contact OPM's Communications and Public Liaison office at 202-606-2402.

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