|2011 PRIDE participants from left to right: Evalena Foster,|
Dominique McClain and Troy Thompson.
The structure of the Engineering strategy calls for continuous efforts to educate individuals about strategic initiatives and these initiatives seek to improve daily operations for the workforce — including a specific initiative like PRIDE that provides ECBC’s “rising stars” the opportunity for career development and to gain valuable perspective within the Center.
Currently, PRIDE is designed for GS-11/12s in the CP-16 career field to gain diversified experience within the Engineering Directorate. It consists of two consecutive six-month rotational assignments in branches outside of the employee’s current division.
PRIDE kicked off its first pilot rotation on May 11 with a formal presentation of the program made by Engineering Executive Officer Vicky Bevilacqua. At the meeting, Bevilacqua introduced ECBC leadership to the first three PRIDE participants: Evalena Foster from the Joint Service Collective Protection Branch, Dominique McClain from the Electronic Design and Integration Branch and Troy Thompson from the Decontamination Engineering Branch.
“The idea is that participants will return to their home branch with diversified knowledge and experience that will ultimately better serve ECBC’s customers,” Bevilacqua said.
The idea for the program was birthed out of a 2010 ECBC Leadership Cohort project. Bevilacqua and Fry are two of the six PRIDE team members who helped design the program and now voluntarily manage it. Other members include Engineering’s Mark Ciampaglio and Michael Palko, and Directorate of Program Integration’s Nancy Pusey and Elaina Taylor. Realizing the potential for the program, the team began circulating the idea amongst the Engineering Directorate’s strategic planning core team as a possible initiative. As a tangible means to execute against one of the BSC’s four key Perspectives – People, Learning and Growth – the BSC core team was quick to approve PRIDE as an official initiative under the strategy.
“This is the kind of strategic planning any organization’s leadership likes to see – initiatives whose inception begins with members of the workforce,” said Engineering Directorate Chief of the Strategic Planning and Business Operations Branch, Ed Bowen. “When this happens, there is a greater sense of ownership in the strategic planning process; it’s not just a mandate from leadership.”
“I wanted more exposure to the areas of expertise offered at ECBC. PRIDE offers me the ability to get that ‘big picture’ idea of what’s happening in the Center, and in turn will allow me to work more effectively within my home branch.”