Senior Leader Program
Senior Leader Program

Senior Leader Program

GW CEPL is Committed to Building a
federal executive corps


Our Senior Leader Program (SLP) provides the opportunity for executives in high demand to invest in continuing professional development while balancing commitments already in place.  This program covers the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and meets the 80-hour interagency training requirement, focusing specifically on higher-level competencies.  The opportunity allows you to learn more about common and emerging leadership and management issues while developing strategies for effective change.


Ideal For

Federal government leaders at GS levels 14 and 15.

Learning Objectives

The program objectives and curricula are built around the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM's) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), allowing you to hone the skills, develop knowledge, and strengthen the personal qualities leaders need to excel in senior executive positions.

The program is offered in two formats: online and in-person.

Senior Leader Program Fall Virtual Classroom

The Senior Leader Program (SLP) Virtual Classroom is offered as a five-week experience. Participants meet 2 times a week for five consecutive weeks for a total of 80 hours of total class time. Each day will be structured in such a way as to provide ample breaks and opportunities to break out into groups and connect with leaders across other agencies.

Fall 2024: October 16-17, 23-24, 30-31, November 6-7, 13-14 (8 AM - 4 PM EST)
Orientation:  September 26 (1 PM – 2 PM EST)
Tuition Price:
  Government $6,750
  Non-Government $7,425


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Jared Peatman, Ph.D.

Co-Faculty Director, SLP

A nationally recognized authority on the Civil War era, Dr. Jared Peatman has served as a Senior Fellow at GW CEPL since 2014. Jared is well-known by our students for his talent in using history and storytelling to examine modern-day leadership challenges in a fun and engaging way.

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Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, Ph.D.

Co-Faculty Director, SLP
Associate Director, GW CEPL

Dr. Natalie Houghtby-Haddon brings over 25 years of experience teaching and coaching government executives in strategic leadership, stakeholder management and culture change for transformational impact.


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"I was brought out of my comfort zone and stretched to think about where I see myself in the next 5-10 years as a future leader. The most helpful takeaways were the leadership lessons, learning about the different styles for leading teams."

Rhonda Carter
Associate Director, Enterprise Talent Development, VHA Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC


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Fall 2024 Virtual*
October 17-November 15

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Small group of up to 25

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Virtual: Online

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8 CEUs

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Government $8,950

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Government $6,750



Applicants must be US Government employees

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10% OFF

GW CEPL Alumni, Groups of 5+
Exclusive Partners

*Program Dates:  Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Nov. 7-8, Nov. 14-15 (8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)


"SLP prepared me for navigating the dynamics of changing leadership and being able to assist that leadership to be successful with management agendas. It also opened up my aperture to look at things differently in regard to leading change, strategic planning, interacting differently with other executives and staff – producing results that add value to the agency."

Carmelo Melendez
Program Office Director of the Office of Legacy Management, U.S. Department of Energy

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Kateryna Pyatybratova
Marketing and Business Development Director

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