Leader Development Program

Applications for the 2021-22 LDP Class are open. Deadline for submissions is December 7, 2020.

Download the program flyer.

Download the application instructions.

Download the program key dates.

To ApplyExample:

1.    Log into your member account: https://www.same.org/Login.

2.    Go to Member Account.

3.    Scroll down to the “LDP” section. (See example on the right.)

4.    Click on “LDP Application” to begin your application.

5.    Then click on “LDP Document Upload” to upload your resume and letter of recommendation.

6.    Once completed and uploaded, you will be able to revise the application by clicking on “My LPD Application” or update your documents using the “My LDP Documents” link.

7.    No changes will be allowed after December 7th.

 

Background

Developed with support from the SAME Foundation, LDP identifies and cultivates talent from within the SAME membership to address the nation’s grand challenges. Participants explore individual strengths and team dynamics. The program supports the development of the next generation of world class military, government, civilian, and industry leaders for the Society and our Nation. LDP is a yearlong commitment, running from Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) to the following JETC.

Read about the program in the SAME Bricks and Clicks blog.


About the Leader Development Community of Interest

Leader development is a key part of the 2020-2025 strategic plan under Goal 3: Develop Leaders for the Profession. To address this goal, the Leader Development Program task force has evolved into the Leader Development Community of Interest. If you are interested in supporting the Society's leader development efforts, log into your member profile and join the Leader Development Community of Interest on the member dashboard. The COI steering committee will reach out to all interested community members. Download bios of the current LDP Task Force here.


Learn More about the Leader Development Program

Download the program flyer PDF file.

Working with support from the SAME Foundation, the Leader Development Program (LDP) was developed to identify and cultivate A/C/E leadership from within the SAME membership. Through this program, SAME fills a vital training gap within our industry, delivers value to our members and Posts, and ensures strong leadership for the future our nation.


Program Year: May, 2021 – May, 2022


Program Overview

The program is a yearlong commitment beginning at the SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) with the graduation occurring the following JETC.

The one-year program is broken into three themes

  • Know Yourself
  • Know Your Team
  • Know Your Future

The opening classroom session at JETC is facilitated by a professional experienced in the science of personality strength assessment and leadership coaching with the goal of identifying how each candidate’s perception of the world around them informs their decision-making, and ultimately defines their values and beliefs.

The opening classroom session sets the foundation for the rest of the year. Each LDP class will consist of 18 candidates, 1 from each SAME region and 1 representing the International Committee.


Mentors

Participants will select a mentor to help shepherd their professional development throughout the year. If you don’t have a mentor in my mind, ask your Post President, Regional Vice-present, or LDP task force for suggestions. The Academy of Fellows has offered to make themselves available to LDP participants as mentors.

 

Meet the 2020-21 Class

Tasmin Brown, Senior Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (California Region: San Francisco Post, Walnut Creek, CA)

Maj Joshua Carroll, Engineering Flight Commander, 8 Civil Engineer Squadron, Kunsan Air Base (International Committee, Republic of Korea)

Agapito Diaz P.E., Project Manager, AECOM (Pacific Region: Guam Post, Hagatna, Guam)

CPT Thomas Fakler, P.E., Civil Engineer, Ulteig (Great Lakes Region: Minneapolis-St Paul Post, Fargo, ND)

Summer Gladden CF APMP, LEED AP BD+C, Proposal and Marketing Manager, Leebcor Services, LLC (Middle Atlantic Region: Central Virginia Post, Williamsburg, VA)

LT Kristi Gordon, P.E., CEC, USN, FEAD Director, PWD Meridian, NAVFAC SE (Lower Mississippi Region: Vicksburg Post, Meridian, MS)

Capt Gregory Hege, Chief, Operations Engineering Element, 628 CES (Carolina Region: Charleston Post, Charleston, SC)

LT Christopher Joseph, P.E., LEED AP, USNR, Project Manager, Stanley Consultants, Inc. (Texoma Region: San Antonio Post, Round Rock, TX)

LT Aaron Kotlarz, P.E., CEC, USN, Public Works Officer, Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa (International Committee, Japan)

Jared Matthews, P.E., Mechanical Engineer, Merrick & Company (South Atlantic Region: Space Coast Post, Merritt Island, FL)

SMSgt Philip McAlpin, Jr., Operations Flight Superintendent, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron (Missouri River Region: Minot Post, Minot, ND)

Ree Miskimon, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications, PRIME AE Group, Inc. (North Atlantic Region: Baltimore Post, Baltimore, MD)

Capt Arpan Patel, P.E, USAF, Team Chief - Civil Engineer, Air Force Civil Engineer Center (South Central Region: Panama City Post, Burke, VA)

Vinnie Plocido, Senior Planner, WSP (Ohio Valley Region: Pittsburgh Post, Pittsburgh, PA)

Bruce Preston, Director of Operations, TSK Architects (Southwest Region: Phoenix Post, Mesa, AZ)

LT Kevin Remley, P.E., Senior Environmental Engineer, Indian Health Service (Northwest Region: Gem State Post, Fort Hall, ID)

Colleen Rust, PG, PMP, Project Manager, Sundance Consulting Inc. (Rocky Mountain Region: Albuquerque Post, Albuquerque, NM)

Scott Turygan, P.E., PMP; Civil Engineer; US Army Europe, G34 Protection (European Region: Rhein-Main Post, Mainz, Germany)

 

Download the Participant bios here.

Meet the 2019-20 Class

Ilana Almquist, Marketing Coordinator, Coffman Engineers, Inc. (Pacific Region)

Holly Bigelow, Program Manager, Wood (European Region)

MAJ Craig Bryant, P.E., Operations Officer, Fort Hood, TX (Texoma Region)

Mark DeSouza, Civil Site Design Project Manager, Thomas & Hutton (Carolinas Region)

Angela Gomez, Business Manager, KOMAN Construction LLC (Southwest Region)

Patricia Graham, Project Geologist, EnSafe Inc. (New England Region)

LT Mike Guaigua, Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy (International Committee)

Erin Krug, P.E., Structural Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Great Lakes Region)

Sean Lebel, P.E., Operations Manager, AECOM (Mid-Atlantic Region)

LCDR Sam Lee, Civil Engineer, U.S. Navy (Northwest Region)

Melissa Lewis, Supervisor Project Management, Scott Air Force Base (Missouri Region)

Capt Brendan Maestas, Instructor, Wright-Patterson AFB (Ohio Region)

Ben Nichols, Project Executive, Harkins Builders, Inc. (North Atlantic Region)

Zakary Payne, Associate, Matrix Design Group, Inc. (Rocky Mountain Region)

Claudia Penny, Assistant Project Manager, HCR Construction, Inc. (South Atlantic Region)

Jorge Rodriguez, Senior Engineer, M.S. Hatch Consulting, LLC (California Region)

Stephen Shattuck, Civil Engineer, formerly with LandMark Engineering (South Central Region)

 

Download the Participant bios here.

Program Objectives

  • Support the development of the next generation of world class military, government, civilian, and industry leaders for the Society and our Nation.
  • Understand individual strengths and how to apply these strengths to achieve success.
  • Understand team concepts including roles, responsibilities, accountability, and groups.
  • Develop leadership skills through training, assignments, a service project, and other opportunities.
  • Foster engineering leadership for the Nation!

Who May Apply?

Members of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) with at least one-year membership in the Society as of December 7, 2020, and with at least five years of progressive professional experience may apply.

The target participant is an enthusiastic, mid-career professional dedicated to the Society who exhibits the leadership talents and capabilities necessary to become a leader.

Participation Outcomes

Upon completion of the 2020 Leader Development Program (LDP), participants will gain the following in preparation for increased leadership responsibilities:

  • 35+ hours of formal leadership training
  • A perspective larger than their organization
  • Ability to understand and embrace change
  • Incorporate the perspectives of peers, customers, stakeholders, and industry partners
  • Ability to make timely, sound, and risk-based decisions
  • Understand how leaders articulate and use vision and values
  • The power of diversity
  • Promote cooperation, coalition team building and networking
  • Develop knowledge and skills necessary to form relationships, teams and partnerships
  • Develop an understanding of mission, vision, and challenges of partnering agencies and stakeholders
  • Learn to think strategically
  • An understanding of government and Congress

Participant Responsibilities

Commitment of Time – Selection and participation is a privilege. Participants must commit to the time during and after normal duty day hours. Participants must be able to travel. Participation is entirely voluntary. Most employers cannot afford for staff members to engage in a yearlong program where the employee will be away from their office responsibilities. Therefore, this program has been designed to offer optimal benefits using the least amount of out-of-office time possible. Estimate time required by participants:

  • 2021 JETC – 3 days (up to 8 hours of formal training)
  • 2022 JETC – 3 days (up to 4 hours of formal training)
  • Monthly Webinars and Book Discussions – 20 hours
  • Monthly Preparation and Reflection – 14 hours
  • Reading Assignments – 24 hours

Attendance – Program participants will be expected to attend all on-line class sessions, as well as JETC 2020 and JETC 2021. If a participant misses more than three (3) hours of program sessions, or a mandatory program session, he or she may be dropped from the program.

Utilization Project – Design and execute a Utilization Project that leverages relationships and resources of the Society at the local or national level.

Program – Participants will meet with leaders from government, private sector, and academic fields to discuss issues impacting government and explore each topic with special attention focused on building core competencies.

Program Tuition Cost – The SAME Foundation is funding the Leader Development Program due to the generous funding of individual members, sustaining members, partners and friends of the Society. Participants will have their JETC 2021, SBC 2021 and JETC 2022 registration, travel, lodging, associated travel expenses, training and administrative costs paid by the SAME Foundation. Salary, books and all other costs are paid for by the candidate or candidate’s organization.

Participation Details

Methodology – Training information will be presented through a combination of classroom-style lectures, seminars, simulations and hands-on experiences throughout the program year with participants engaging in detailed class discussions and synthesizing concepts for application in their current leadership roles.

Reading Assignments – Participants are required to read and be prepared to discuss three books. Sample books are listed below. Your final list will be provided once accepted into the program.

Reading List


Month Book Author Pages
May/June/July 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership w/workbook John Maxwell 256
August/September/October Know your Teams: Good to Great Jim Collins 320
November/December/January How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie 291
February/March/April Start With Why Simon Sinek 256
Optional The Carpenter John Gordon 160
Optional Precious Present Spencer Johnson 80

 

Mentoring – Participants will select a mentor to help shepherd their professional development throughout the year. The mentor will help participants become more effective in their current roles and maintain career ownership.

World Class Instructors and Discussion Leaders

The Leader Development Program benefits from a world-class selection of instructors and discussion leaders that help the participants explore different concepts of leadership.

 

Chris Collie
Managing Partner, Engaged Talent Solutions

Chris Collie is highly knowledgeable and skilled Learning and Development Specialist has excellent interpersonal skills and strong abilities in designing conducting and implementing training and educational programs. Has superior technical writing skills and thorough knowledge of Adult Learning Theory and best training program practices. Possesses a Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Certification through HCITB (London) as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance and 13 years of Learning and Development Specialist experience.

 

Don Gleason
President, Achieve New Heights Consulting

Don believe leadership is a life-long journey. He became Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team in 2017. Combined with his years of experience working with people to achieve the mission, plus personal and professional goals, he is focused on how to “Grow leaders, so they can grow their teams.” His goal is to raise them to Achieve New Height, as it’s only thru intentional action, and prioritizing those actions, that desired results become reality.

 

Major General Diana M. Holland
Commander, South Atlantic Division

Major General Diana M. Holland assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division on July 18, 2017. The South Atlantic Division is one of nine U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regions providing engineering and construction services to the Nation. It is the regional business center in the southeast, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, with district offices in Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama.

 

Victoria Mechtly
Business Development Manager, Tepa Companies

Victoria Mechtly is an architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) business and  marketing professional who specializes in client development, strategic messaging and imagery for business-critical marketing and communications efforts. For the past seven years, she has worked with her technical staff to create business development approaches and materials, and with principals to secure new clients and projects. Ms. Mechtly holds a degree in business management, marketing and sales, and brings a passion for helping others develop interpersonal skills. She works with technical professionals and marketing staff to improve communication, team collaboration and other soft skills that lead to successful careers.

 

Ted Studdard
Business to Business Operations Manager, The Home Depot

Ted has appeared as a featured guest on national TV, radio, and podcasts. He is a published author; his book, Depot to Depot, a story about transition, transformation, and leadership, hit the shelves in Fall of 2019. Ted speaks to a variety of audiences from junior leaders to executives about individual and organizational leadership. Ted also educates business leaders and their HR partners about the value veterans bring to the civilian workforce and how to best incorporate them into Corporate America. 

 

Heather L. Wishart-Smith, PE, PMP, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Vice President, Technology & Innovation, Jacobs
National President, SAME

Ms. Wishart-Smith is the Senior Vice President, Technology & Innovation for Jacobs, the #1 ranked architecture/engineering design firm in the world by Engineering News Record (ENR), providing professional solutions such as engineering, cybersecurity, data analytics, architecture, and consulting for the buildings, transportation, aerospace, government, water and related markets.  Prior roles include Buildings & Infrastructure Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, Federal Department of Defense Market Sector Leader, Sales Executive, and Principal of multiple large, full-service programs for the Army, Navy, and Air Force worldwide.  A former Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer, Ms. Wishart-Smith served at the Presidential Retreat, Camp David, among other duty stations.  Ms. Wishart-Smith holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.  Awards include the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award and Tudor Medal, and ENR’s “Top 20 Under 40” Mid-Atlantic.  Ms. Wishart-Smith is a Fellow of SAME and national President for the 2020-2021 centennial year, and has held numerous leadership positions in the Society.  She is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

How to Apply--Deadline: December 7, 2020

To Apply

  1. Log into your member account: https://www.same.org/Login.
  2. Go to Member Account.
  3. Scroll down to the “LDP” section.
  4. Click on “LDP Application” to begin your application.
  5. Then click on “LDP Document Upload” to upload your resume and letter of recommendation.
  6. Once completed and uploaded, you will be able to revise the application by clicking on “My LPD Application” or update your documents using the “My LDP Documents” link.
  7. No changes will be allowed after December 7nd.

 

Each applicant must submit the following as part of the application:

  • Online Application and Answers to Narrative Questions
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation from Employer

 

In the online application, participants are asked to respond to the following questions:

1. Referring to your biographical information, education and work experience explain how you meet the selection criteria?

2. Provide a brief synopsis of your background, including activities, which show possession of the ability to lead and/or manage. Outside activities include leadership in performing various community, religious, and civic programs and activities.

3. What do you expect to gain from the LDP experience and how do you see that effecting your leadership capabilities in the future?

4. How do you see applying what you gain from the program towards your future involvement in the Society?


Each applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from her or his direct supervisor, stating why they are a solid candidate for this program. If the supervisor is unavailable, submission of a short statement regarding their unavailability and a letter from a former supervisor, or someone in a leadership position above the applicant’s supervisor will be accepted.

The application deadline is December 7, 2020.

Meet the LDP Management Team

National LDP Chair: LTC Michael R. Darrow, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)

National LDP Chair: Caroline Roberts, GISP

LDP Monthly Webinar Lead: James S. Blake II, CQM

LDP Book Discussion POC: Angie Martinez Goral, P.E.

LDP Mentor POC: Susan Thames, F.SAME

LDP Projects Lead: Caroline Roberts

LDP Classroom Lead: Caroline Roberts

LDP Overall Curriculum Lead: Mike Darrow

LDP Alumni POC: Vacant