15 Jun 2016/2017 Leadership Development Program (LDP) Class is Up and Running

Markon’s 4th annual LDP class has already completed two sessions. At the 22 April kick-off class, facilitators Steve Genn and Leigh Valudes discussed the program goals and planned curriculum followed by a fun (yet sometimes surprising) introductory “two truths and lie” exercise. The class ended by developing individual goals or Key Performance Indexes (KPIs). The KPIs will be monitored and discussed during peer advisory sessions each month.

Markon teaming partner The Clearing opened up the second LDP session on 27 May. Jen Van Meter distributed copies of The Primes, a book of 46 effective strategies to solve any problem. Jen presented several of these strategies though presentation and class exercises. Steve and Leigh wrapped up the afternoon session by discussing the trends and status of the class KPI scoring.

The next LDP Class will be held on 24 June with Steve facilitating learning and self-awareness using individual Myers Briggs (MBTI) assessment tool results.


Leigh Valudes

Leigh Valudes leads the Solutions Division, which focuses on Markon’s core competencies—Facilities, Acquisition, Finance, and Security. He is responsible for quality control, branded solutions, and Markon University. During his 19-year consulting experience, Mr. Valudes developed expertise in strategic planning, mission analysis, requirements programming, facilities project management, design and construction management, business operations, and strategic marketing. For most of his career, Mr. Valudes has been embedded directly with the client at secure government sites, providing owner representative services to agencies such as DoD, DIA, ODNI, NRO, DHS, FBI, and GSA. He has also supported commercial, state and local governments, and university clients. During his first five years with Markon, Mr. Valudes served as Program Manager for one of Markon’s largest contracts, the Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda (ICC-B), leading an on-site 18-person program management team to redevelop the former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Headquarters. Before joining Markon, Mr. Valudes supported world-class programs such as the $5.5B Pentagon Renovation Program and the $4B DHS Headquarters Campus Program. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware majoring in both government and history and graduated from American University’s Washington National Semester Program with a focus on national and foreign policy. Mr. Valudes is a Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a LEED AP certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).