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eldp-white About the ELDP

Introducing the ELDP Class of 2021 - 40 Participants from the Pacific and Virgin Islands
  • What makes leaders successful in the islands, and what makes islanders successful leaders?
  • How do interpersonal relationships contribute to organizational success?
  • Which skills should aspiring island leaders cultivate to be successful at work, in their communities, and at home?
  • What leadership lessons can be learned from nation-builders, from traditional navigators, and from community leaders?

Attracting and retaining qualified staff to work in critical government positions is among the greatest challenges faced by insular governments. Educated, promising employees are often trained by government only to be offered higher paying jobs in the private sector; others relocate abroad to pursue alternative work opportunities. Talent development and succession planning are routinely identified by government institutions as high-priority needs across the Insular areas.

The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) was commissioned by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs in 2008 to assist the insular governments with developing and retaining the qualified and skilled staff needed to lead insular governments into the future. Today, the ELDP serves as the premier leadership development program for government employees throughout the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands. For the past twelve years, the ELDP has provided insular government participants with the skills and strategies they need to lead. Energized by their program experience, the 149 ELDP alumni represent an extraordinary group of Islanders with diverse professional backgrounds, exceptional personal qualities, and an enduring commitment to public service. ELDP alumni represent virtually every government agency, and serve the insular governments as elected representatives, ambassadors, judges, cabinet members, directors, and dedicated public servants.

The program comprises four week-long classroom sessions and a series of developmental and career enhancement assignments between classes. The program is administered by the Graduate School's Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives, with funding support from the United States Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs.

Complete information on the Executive Leadership Develoment Program (ELDP) can be found in the ELDP Program Description. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is also available on this website.

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American Public Education, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Graduate School USA

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American Public Education, Inc. today announced that it has completed its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Graduate School USA (“GSUSA”), effective January 1, 2022. GSUSA is a leading training provider to the federal workforce, with an extensive portfolio of government agency...

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Sixty-One American Samoa Government Ethics Officers Complete PITI-VITI’s Ethical Decision-Making Workshop

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On March 21 and March 28, 2022, sixty-one American Samoa government ethics officers, representing the designated ethics officials for American Samoa Government (ASG) departments, took part in a government-wide training initiative delivered by the Pacific & Virgin Islands Training Initiatives...

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Island Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) Meets Virtually to Discuss Vital Regional Finance Issues

Calendar iconMar 29, 2022

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The Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) has successfully supported the Island Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) to complete its annual winter conference. On March 24, 2022, sixty government finance officers and officials from US insular governments convened for...

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Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Executive Leadership Development Program Participants!

Calendar iconMar 14, 2022

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The Graduate School USA’s Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI), congratulates the twenty-three new Pacific Islands graduates who successfully completed the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). A virtual commencement honoring current and future leaders in public...

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Photos from recent activities hosted by the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) in support of conferences, training and leadership development, are available below.