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The White House Leadership Development (WHLD) Program engages a diverse annual cohort of GS-15 career employees to work on the federal government's highest priority and highest impact challenges.

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  • Scroll down to read about current WHLD Program Fellows
  • Learn more about the WHLD Program Fellow experience
  • Learn more about how WHLD Program Fellows are nominated and selected
  • Meet WHLD Program Alumni

The WHLD Program is sponsored by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and supported by the Performance Improvement Council (PIC).

Program Goals & Objectives

Develop Talent

Cultivate the next generation of career senior executives through a rotation focused on the complex, cross-agency challenges that increasingly confront the Federal Government while incorporating a development component to build and strengthen enterprise leadership skills.

Key Objectives:

  • Provide Fellows a broad federal perspective on high-priority challenges.
  • Provide Fellows with access to senior decision-makers.
  • Develop Fellows as a cadre of leaders with the skillsets and networks to address challenges through a cross-agency lens and implement solutions across organizational boundaries.

Deliver Results

Harness top talent from across the government to support implementation of key priorities and address mission critical challenges, such as Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals.

Key Objectives:

  • Strengthen on-going implementation efforts on specific Administration initiatives, such as the Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals that require collaboration and coordination among multiple organizations.
  • Strengthen long-term strategic planning to ensure delivery of tangible results.

Current Cohort