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Program Overview

Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator

Program Overview

The PLI program has the following characteristics intended to fulfill the Learning Objectives:

  • It is cohort-based: each calendar year a new cohort of roughly 20-25 participants from across the DOE complex will participate as a group. 
  • It will provide cohort participants with a prestigious, transformational professional development experience that is simultaneously both a leadership development and project delivery course of study and practice, tailored to the DOE context.  It will emphasize experiential learning components and interaction with leaders from a variety of fields.
  • It will emphasize critical leadership development principles including execution of complex projects, stakeholder communications, leading effective teams, and the role of a project leader.  Participants will undertake self-assessment activities to reveal strengths and potential weaknesses in the project leadership context.
  • It will promote the development of tools and informational resources that aid DOE project executives, project teams, and other key participants in major projects.
  • It will be rigorous and intensive.  It features six instructional sessions (five in-person, one on-line), and a year-long capstone project.  The full commitment of the cohort member and support from the sponsoring institution will be required.
  • A certificate of PLI program completion will be issued to those who fulfill the program requirements.  Participants will earn professional development units (PDUs) for Project Management Professional certification.

 

Who can participate?

  • Eligibility: All employees at DOE laboratories and sites and all DOE federal employees are eligible.  Employees of non-DOE organizations delivering major projects for DOE and who are directly engaged in project management, are also eligible.
  • Nomination: Nomination from employing institution is required.  The Nominating Institution must prepare a letter of recommendation for the nominee from the Laboratory Director (or equivalent) .  Self-nomination is not acceptable.  PLI nominees shall have demonstrated their expertise as technical, business systems, or project leaders, with significant experience in private or public sector organizations with responsibility for project or organization performance and resources.  Letters of Recommendation should be addressed to the PLI Advisory Board Members.

 

Program Schedule

The PLI Program is 12 months in duration, with five week-long in-person sessions and one online session.  Each in-person session begins on late Monday afternoon and concludes on Thursday either at noon or late afternoon.  Participants are required to attend all in-person sessions to successfully complete the program.  See the Program Sessions page for detailed information on the instructional program.

 

The 2018 program year schedule will be as follows:

Event

Dates

Location

Event 1: Preparing To Lead DOE Projects

January 22-25, 2018

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA

Event 2: Becoming a Highly Effective Leader

March 26-29, 2018

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Event 3:  Positioning the Project for Success May 21-24, 2018

University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

Event 4:  Online Course over the summer

June 21-July31, 2018

Online

Event 5: Delivering High-Risk Complex Projects

August 27-30, 2018

Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY

Event 6: Navigating to the Finish

Nov 5-8, 2018

Washington, DC

 

The 2019 program year schedule will be as follows:

Event

Dates

Location

Event 1: Preparing To Lead DOE Projects

Jan 28-31, 2019

Sandia National Lab,

Albuquerque, NM

Event 2: Becoming a Highly Effective Leader

Mar 25-28, 2019

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Event 3:  Positioning the Project for Success May 20-23, 2019

University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

Event 4:  Online Course over the summer

Jun 1-Jul 31, 2019

Online

Event 5: Delivering High-Risk Complex Projects

Sep 9-12, 2019

Fermi National Accelerator Lab

Batavia, IL

Event 6: Navigating to the Finish

Nov  4-7, 2019

Washington, DC