Arlington, Va., –
Ms. Yong-Hee Andrean graduated from the Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP) on April 12, 2019. “Reflecting on my DSLDP program, I've had many challenges, accomplishments, and learned so much from the two year program. I was pushed beyond my comfort zone and have grown personally and professionally beyond my expectations,” said Ms. Andrean of the experience. DSLDP is a DOD program to develop senior civilian leaders to excel in the 21st century joint, interagency, and multi-national environment. The program provides learning opportunities to develop of a diverse cadre of senior leaders with the enterprise-wide perspective and competencies needed to lead organizations, people, and programs.
During the program, Ms. Andrean completed the 11-month resident course at the Army War College (AWC) in Carlisle, Pa., and received a master’s degree in strategic studies. She said her time at the AWC “...introduced me to new concepts of senior leadership, appreciating diverse viewpoints, reflecting on complex issues, and refining my thinking within a strategic perspective sphere.” After graduation from the AWC, she completed a 6-month experiential assignment at the Department of Labor (DOL), Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) in Washington, D.C., serving as the Deputy Director of the Agency Administration, Management, and Budget Department. This opportunity gave her valuable experiences in the general management of a federal agency including its hiring strategies and implementation, budgeting, internal controls, procurement and contracts, operations, and various agency reporting requirements. It also provided her the opportunity to work closely with the VETS senior leadership and participate in the inter-agency task force meetings, which provided her with broader perspectives of strategic issues and resolutions.
Ms. Andrean is currently assigned as a temporary Administrative Branch Chief for DCAA's Defense Contract Audit Institute through December 2019 where she is able to apply what she learned at DOL.