JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Kiwus recognized two employees April 1 for graduating from the NAVFAC Leadership Development Program (LDP).
Diane Shider and Kendra McMahon were selected for the two year leadership program in 2010 for the 2011 program. Shider completed the Level 2 program for supervisors and McMahon the Level 1 program for non-supervisors.
“I commend you on your dedication and commitment to the program,” said Kiwus to the graduates. “I have spoke with both of you and look forward to seeing you continue to grow as leaders.”
“Participating in the LDP has given me the opportunity to gain extensive leadership experience,” said Shider, currently the Deputy Human Resources Officer Director for NAVFAC Southeast. “I have learned to be adaptable, while being multitasked with a high degree of self-initiative.”
Shider said the most memorable aspect of the program was her rotation at the NAVFAC headquarters in Washington, D.C. as it provided her the opportunity to see the bigger picture and gave her the opportunity to understand business at the headquarters level.
McMahon is a contract specialist who wanted to specifically focus on her career and learn more about leadership within the command.
“This was a great opportunity,” said McMahon. “I was able to meet and shadow senior leaders.
NAVFAC created the LDP to provide more robust developmental opportunities for its future civilian senior leaders. The program is designed to provide leadership development through progressive learning opportunities consisting of formal education and training, rotational assignments, and other developmental activities.
Employees selected for the program are challenged to perform outside their sphere of influence and “comfort zone.”
Annually, NAVFAC selects employees from around the corporation to be a part of the LDP program.