In 2015, the White House launched a competitive program for high-performing career GS-15 employees poised to enter the next generation of career senior executives. For one year, fellows selected for the White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP) work within the Executive Office of the President leading efforts to tackle critical government-wide challenges that cut across agencies, such as modernizing IT, improving customer experience for our citizens, and reducing administrative burden for agencies, to name a few.
As the WHLDP welcomed its fourth cohort of fellows in October 2018, the growing network of 45 graduates realized a formal WHLDP alumni association would provide an invaluable, collaborative enterprise leadership offering to senior leaders and agencies across government. Hence, the White House Leadership Development Program Alumni Association was formed. Members hail from a broad cross-section of agencies and continue using their skills to work across silos, build partnerships, and advise others on navigating the complexities of government.
Throughout the past four years, SEA leaders have gotten to know the WHLDP alumni and believe they possess the enterprise level skills to engage C-suite executives and deliver for the American people. We were proud to formally welcome the WHLDP Alumni Association to the SEA at our Annual Meeting in December.
“Asking the WHLDP Alumni Association to formally join the SEA as its newest chapter seemed like an obvious decision,” said Bill Valdez. “I encourage our members to get to know them. They’re passionate public servants who are looking to partner with our members and guide future generations of the Federal workforce.”
“Through the WHLDP, we gained unique and invaluable perspectives and expertise that we are eager to share with the broader SEA community,” said Vicki Simons, WHLDP Alumni Association Chair. “We look forward to working side-by-side with members to create a 21st century government.”
WHLDP Alumni Association Leadership