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About the Leadership Development Program Fellowship

Learn about the rotations and leadership development of the WHLD Program. 

The WHLD Program seeks to provide an opportunity for a diverse cohort of high-potential career employees to develop further into the future leaders of Federal government.  Fellows will spend approximately 80 percent of their time in a rotational assignment gaining on-the-job experience. Approximately 20 percent of the Fellows’ time will be spent in leadership development programming.  

Rotational Experience

WHLD Program Fellows will have the opportunity to work on high-priority, mission-critical cross-agency policies and programs. These rotations will provide the opportunity for high-potential GS-15 (or equivalent) career federal employees to receive on-the-job experience working on complex issues that require collaboration, networks and an enterprise approach in order to deliver results. The experience Fellows gain through these rotational assignments is designed to develop the skillsets and networks that enterprise leaders need to deliver results on mission-critical priorities.

Developmental Experience

WHLD Program Fellows engage in an innovative development program that is targeted at the competencies, networks, and experience required of enterprise leaders. Fellows meet each week for a variety of programming, which includes discussions with recognized experts in their fields, workshops to build skillsets in leadership and organizational performance, networking opportunities with colleagues across government, and situational mentoring and coaching sessions.

Alumni Network

Fellows who complete the WHLD Program become part of the alumni network. From mentoring the next cohort of Fellows to alumni events and trainings, Fellows can maintain and expand their network of leaders across government and engage in further post-program networking and developmental opportunities.