Membership in the LD COI is open to all members of SAME. Leadership for the COI shall be composed of the Leadership Team, as defined below. Positions may be added to or removed from the Leadership Team at the discretion of the COI Chair.
The community will be composed of LD POCs from each Post as identified on the Post Change of Officers Form filed with SAME National office annually. Any SAME member interested in leader development can also join the LD COI community.
Mind Mapping A Strategy
As the Leader Development COI began forming, the leadership team realized "leadership" was too broad a topic to properly advance within SAME. The COI needed a way to add definition to their scope while ensuring they stayed in strategic alignment. They turned to mind-mapping, a process of graphically visualizing information, relationships, and heirchies within a given scope. The process usually involves utilizing a facilitator trained in mind-mapping. The LD COI was fortunate to work with Rear Admiral John J. Adametz, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, to facilitate their process. The end results are captured below. Click on the titles to view a YouTube clip of the process in action.
Scope (Video) Long Range Planning (Video)
(Click on the image to download a PDF of the image. Click on the title for a video of the process.)
The LD COI is investigating how to use this process to benefit more COIs or Posts. If you are interested in this tool, contact Angie Martinez, LD COI Communications Chair, at email@example.com.
Goal 1: Strengthen Industry-Government Engagement
Lead efforts to foster communication and build relationships among military, public, academic, and professional organizations; further collaboration to identify issues and develop solutions in support of National security.
LDP provides a platform for industry and government members to grow professionally in a mutually supportive environment. Industry and government professionals interact under a common theme. The program also offers members of government and industry the opportunity to support the program as instructors and mentors.
Goal 2: Build and Sustain Resilient Communities
Lead efforts to prepare communities to absorb, recover, and adapt from natural and man-made threats, fortify our nation’s resolve directly where people work and live.
Leadership is key to decision-making. When faced with tough circumstances, a leader’s ability to respond to threats helps determine their resilience. LDP enhances that ability.
Goal 3. Develop Leaders for the Profession
Lead efforts to enhance leadership development and cultivate the talent necessary to address the nation’s grand challenges; ensure the enduring stewardship of the A/E/C profession.
Leader development is core to the Leader Development Program.
Goal 4: Enrich the STEM Pipeline for the Nation
Lead efforts to inspire, encourage, and enable youth to pursue STEM careers; help develop the technical capacity that our nation needs to remain globally competitive.
As a component of leader development, mentoring ensures knowledge, skills, and aptitudes are shared among the membership. Student members can especially benefit from mentoring to enhance their own leader development.
Goal 5. Prepare Service Members and Veterans for the A/E/C Industry
Lead efforts to fully integrate military and government members in the A/E/C industry; support training, credentialing, and networking initiatives that build, maintain, and translate skills to meet current and future needs.
LD provides a platform to leverage the leadership of service members and veterans as well as enhance leadership development for them to address challenges in the A/E/C profession.
A Resource for Post Leaders
SAME’s newest COI is ready to support the Society's 2025 SAME Strategic Plan by ensuring Posts have the resources to cultivate the leaders needed to secure America’s future. To accomplish this, the LD COI is proud to present the following Resource for Post Leaders (click here to download).
The document details the scope of the COI and the services/resources the COI can provide you as you work with your Post members. The executive summary introduces you to the COI, and the remaining chapters describe the COI's four main pillars: Post-Level Leader Development, Mentorship, the flagship SAME Leader Development Program (LDP), and LD COI Programs.
We look forward to supporting you, your Post members, and the rest of the Society to develop leaders to address the nation’s grand challenges.