Interior-funded Program Builds Leadership Capacity in the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States
WASHINGTON – With funding support from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) welcomed 28 island government participants to Guam from August 13 to 17, 2018, as they embarked on a one-year program of personal and professional development. The ELDP participants were competitively selected from throughout the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands, representing American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau.
“Secretary Ryan Zinke and I are pleased to support this important program of personal and professional development for these young Pacific Island leaders,” said Doug Domenech, Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs. “We respect sovereignty and the rule of law in an open and free Indo-Pacific. This is accomplished through supporting and encouraging strong and competent Pacific Island leaders, especially among our U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.”
Guam Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio welcomed the ELDP participants to Guam while renowned historian Reverend Francis X. Hezel, SJ, reflected with the new cohort on common leadership characteristics of Pacific islanders. Former Guam Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks and former CNMI Public Auditor Mike Sablan both served as closing panelists for group presentations at the end of the week.
During the first week of leadership training and program orientation, participants reviewed the results of Leadership Effectiveness Inventories, were introduced to their social style, and initiated work on year-long group projects. Other activities included drafting individual leadership development plans, enhancing public speaking skills, and identifying professional mentors to facilitate professional growth.
Participants in the 2019 cohort of the Executive Leadership Development Program from each of the U.S. Territories and the freely associated states in the Pacific are as follow:
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) National Government
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Republic of Palau
A similar executive leadership program is conducted for participants from the U.S. Virgin Islands. They train in Washington, D.C. and other locations along the East Coast with U.S. federal employees and participate in the Executive Leadership Program managed by the Graduate School USA’s Center for Leadership and Management.
This 2019 Pacific cohort is scheduled to meet three additional times over the next nine months. Additional information on each participant as well as detailed program information, is available online at http://eldp.pitiviti.org. This is the 6th ELDP program to be funded by the United States Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs and administered by the Graduate School USA’s Pacific Islands Training Initiative, bringing the total of ELDP graduates from the Pacific and the U.S. Virgin Islands to 153.
The Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, and the Office of Insular Affairs carry out the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees Federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. OIA supports the Secretary's mission of Fulfilling Trust and Insular Responsibilities through balancing efforts and limited resources towards stronger economic and health capacities, and fiscal accountability in the U.S. insular areas.