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FDA Veterinarian Newsletter November/December 2001 Volume XVI, No VI

by Monica Brown-Reid, D.V.M.

Building Leaders for the Future

For the participant, the FDA Leadership Development Program is a twelve-month endeavor, which provides a broad range of experiences to groom a future leader at the FDA. It is designed for FDA employees in grades 12, 13, and 14 and Commissioned Officers 04 and 05 whose goal is to be a future FDA leader or executive. This wonderful opportunity is open to individuals interested in developing and improving their leadership skills and developing new insights into the Agency's overall mission.

Participants are required to prepare an individual development plan (IDP) under the guidance of a mentor. They must complete a 60-day assignment outside their home organization; a 60-day assignment in a supervisory role (for non-supervisors); and a 30-day assignment in the field for head quarters employees or at headquarters for field employees. In addition, they must complete three shadowing assignments of at least three days each with FDA senior managers for the purpose of observing different management styles. Last, participants are required to complete FDA's Leadership Skills I and II courses, both of which are 5-day residential courses. Don't forget the paperwork! Participants are requested to submit appraisals from assignment supervisors and participant evaluations within two weeks after the completion of each assignment.

I recently completed the program and found myself participating in a whirlwind of exciting challenges. The program allowed me to engage in developmental assignments within and outside of the Agency. For example, I honed my supervisory skills in the Baltimore District while acting as District Director and Director of the Investigations and Compliance Branches. I also rotated in the Offices of Legislation and Women's Health. I never dreamed that I would work with the Food Safety Unit of the World Health Organization and shadow with Dr. Bernard Schwetz, Acting Principal Deputy Commissioner.

This last year has allowed me to reach my goals, take risks, and learn more about myself. Now, with a greater knowledge base, enhanced professional growth and extended confidence, I am ready to assume a leadership position. More importantly, I am grateful to the Agency and to the Center for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Dr. Brown-Reid is a Veterinary Medical Officer in CVM's Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation.