Jimbo Completes the 1st Inaugural Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP)
The Office of the National Public Auditor is happy to announce that Ivan (Jimbo) Alafanso has successfully completed the 1st Inaugural Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), and he was chosen to deliver the speech during its first graduation in September, 2009 in Hawaii.
The ELDP is an intensive, year-long program that includes both in-class and between session coursework. All costs associated with the first two cohorts are funded by the US Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, including travel, instructional materials, and program administrative costs. The Graduate School through the Pacific Islands Training Initiative assists with developing and managing the program.
The program is designed to assist the Insular Areas in developing and retaining qualified, skilled staff to become future leaders. The program focuses on the need to establish a pool of potential leaders to assume key government functions in the years to come.
Jimbo was selected and began his first formal training session on Guam in October of 2008. He developed action plans for a specific project and engaged in discussions to identify unique government issues and key topics for projects that will be undertaken for the duration of the program. The second training session was held in CNMI where he was to implement the action plans and ensure sound financial management process of government resources. The third session was held in Pohnpei and was centered on leadership. The final session was held in Hawaii and participants integrated all activities to develop a strategic plan toward a successful future career.
Jimbo was chosen to deliver the graduation speech on behalf of his fellow participants. In his speech, he sent two messages to the audiences: first being, his gratitude to the Office of the Insular Affairs for the financial support and PITI/VITI for their hardworking and second, his advice to the incoming ELDP participants to remember that the purpose of the program is to become leaders and for them to learn as much as they can.