Neil E. Caporaso, M.D., senior investigator in the Genetic Epidemiology Branch, Eric A. Engels, M.D., M.P.H., senior investigator in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch, and Jackie Lavigne, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of the DCEG Office of Education, graduated from NCI's Senior Executive Enrichment and Development (SEED) program in December. This is the fourth time the program has been offered.
Sponsored by the Office of the NCI Director, the SEED program is a yearlong leadership development program for supervisors at the GS-14 level or above. The program offers learning and coaching opportunities designed to help participants hone their leadership competencies, develop interpersonal skills in the workplace, and learn how to network and enhance their collaborations with other NCI leaders across divisions and program areas.
All three DCEG participants discovered things about themselves and how they approach management; they also learned the value of connecting within a community. "Participating in the SEED program was a fabulous experience," Dr. Lavigne said. "Not only did it provide me with a new and improved set of leadership tools, but it also helped me connect in unexpected ways to an outstanding group of NCI colleagues." Dr. Engels commented, "The program taught me that there are many things that make a great leader, but a key part is to help others grow and achieve their own goals." Dr. Caporaso reflected, "Before I entered SEED, I thought management simply involved timelines, goals, procedures, and the like." He observed, however, that "SEED focused squarely on people—initially on each of us, then on how we relate to others, and finally on the dynamics of connection, since nothing happens without engaging others to achieve our common goals."