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Senior Leader Program participants wrap up Capstone projects this week

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Angela Coleman, Acting Associate Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, I step into a new role as Acting Associate Chief, following the retirement of my friend and colleague, Lenise Lago. I draw inspiration in two ways as I take this leap. Monday, we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, with the 25th anniversary of the national day of service. In sermons and speeches across the country, Dr. King’s voice rang out with a call for us to work toward a better tomorrow. This observance gives us an opportunity to begin the year with a commitment to making our community a better place. I can think of no better inspiration for me as I step into this new leadership journey.

I am also inspired this week by our newly graduated senior leaders. As Forest Service employees, we form our own community, where each of us brings a set of personal values and strives to improve our community. It is this sense of togetherness and service to the community that lies at the heart of our Senior Leader Program. The program gives participants a chance to identify, develop and present ideas that benefit the Forest Service as a whole, as well as improve and make a difference in our shared community within the agency.

Today, I recognize and congratulate the graduates of the 14th class of the USDA Forest Service Senior Leader Program. The vision and enthusiasm demonstrated by the graduates of SLP14 is welcome as we move forward into 2020. These 40 new senior presented five Capstone projects to Forest Service leadership this week. The teams gave provided tangible strategies and proposed solutions to challenges facing the Forest Service today. Each group gave a 30-minute presentation, followed by tough questions from the Executive Leadership Team and other attendees about lessons learned and the applicability of their recommendations.

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