Office of Leadership (CG-128)

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Commandant (CG-128)
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907

DHS Leader Development Program

About the Program

Click here for overview of the DHS Leader Development Program's Framework and 12/12 Annual Continuous Learning


Secretary Napolitano established the Leader Development Program Office in May 2010 under the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer in order to elevate the importance of leader effectiveness across DHS as an investment in mission achievement.


Through the dedicated efforts of cross-Component working groups, the DHS Leader Development Program (LDP) was established around a DHS-specific Leader Development Framework and Leader Development Competencies.  The Framework (click on image below for more information) identified five levels of DHS leaders – Team Member, Team Lead, Supervisor, Manager, and Executive – and roadmaps for required and best-practice developmental activities at each level. The purpose of the Leader Development Program is to ensure all DHS Components collaborate to support a consistent investment in the development of every leader across the Department.


For additional information on the department level program, please visit the DHS Leader Development Program (Accessible only through Coast Guard workstations) website.


To hear more about the program directly from the Deputy Executive Director of the DHS Leader Development Program, Ms. Lina Savkar, please click on the following link: What is the DHS Leader Development Program? (video runtime: 8:10). Finally, DHS supplies each Component with a monthly “Leadership Matters e-sheet” to continue the leader development discussion, check out the Leadership Matters e-sheet.

Program Framework

The DHS Leader Development Program Framework provides a strategic architecture for enabling an intentional culture and consistent continuum of optimum leader development investment.

Find out more by clicking the image above.

Areas of Emphasis

Capstone (Executive)
Keystone (Manager)
Cornerstone (Supervisor)
Milestone (Team Lead)
Foundations (Team Member)



Leader Development Learning Café


The DHS Leader Development Program is pleased to share the Leader Development Learning Café 20/20 series. This series provides real-time and practical development opportunity regardless of the level at which you lead. It is also a great way for DHS supervisory leaders to satisfy part of their DHS Continuous Leader Development annual competency development requirement. Following in the wake of last year's Competency Cafés, this year will focus on you aligning your leadership vision with your leadership actions and decisions.

The Learning Café series is designed for participants to learn from seasoned leaders, practitioners and subject matter experts who engage in dialogue, share practical insights, lessons learned, and tips to enhance leadership competencies. Each 45-minute session will feature a speaker from various Components, a presentation, informal interview-style discussion, with opportunities for participants to engage in Q&A.

No registration required. Grab your afternoon coffee, open your mind, and dial 1-800-670-9648 to participate or attend our live events.

If you cannot make a session, recordings are available for you to download below.

FY20 Learning Café Schedule
Event ​Date/Time ​Speakers Materials and Recordings




October 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Jason Depasquale
Chief Learning Officer, USCIS Headquarters, Office of Human Capital and Training



​​November 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET Matthew Harmon
Director of Web Operations & Communications, Office of Public Affairs


​So You Want to be an Executive? - Part 1



​​December 11, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Sharon Wong
Strategic Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Executive Director

So You Want to be an Executive?: Communicating Your Executive Potential in Writing ECQs - Part 2

​​January 15, 2020 at 1:30 PM ET

301 7th Street SW
Room 2700-19

Valarie Sheppard
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief, Executive Services Unit


So You Want to be an Executive?: Communicating Your Executive Potential-Interviewing - Part 3


January 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

301 7th Street SW
Room 2720-20

Dr. Teresa R. Pohlman
Sustainability and Environmental Programs Office of the Chief Readiness Support Officer, LEED AP Executive Director
The HeART of Leading: Emotional Intelligence

February 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Dwayne Buckingham Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Strategic Education and Training Consultant
Women in LeadHERship

March 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Soraya Correa
Chief Procurement Officer
The Art of Saying No - Political Savvy

​​April 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Chris Humphries
Associate Center Director,
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
All About Equality: Unconscious Bias

​​May 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Manuel Ramirez
D&I Instructor​,
Strategic Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion
The Leader As Coach

June 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET


​Laurie Boulden and Lina Savkar

Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer

Let's Talk Resilience

July 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Jacquelyn Raines 

Program Manager and Trainer; FEMA​

​The M Word: Managing People

​September 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Joseph Arata

Chief of Staff, Office of Leadership and Career Development, ICE

​"Let's Stay Together" Networking

​October 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

How to Have it All: Work-Life Flexibility

​November 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Communication: Level Up

​December 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET


You may also download a copy of the FY20 schedule.

View archived Learning Café sessions here:

DHS Leader Development Competency Café FY19

CG-128 Leadership Learning Café (2017 and 2018)


Program Manager

Michelle Smith, COMDT (CG-128), phone 202-475-5089, email