In February 2021, Highlight graduated its 2021 class of its Leadership Development program. This 2021 cohort consisted of 11 employees who support customers across the federal government, including the Small Business Administration (SBA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Army, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of State, and Highlight’s corporate office.
The Leadership Development Program is a competitive and rigorous internal program designed for emerging leaders within the company to develop the skills required to advance as a leader. The six-month program provides employees the opportunity to develop their leadership style and skills, learn more about Highlight and the government contracting industry at large, and conduct a case study as a team.
The Leadership Development Program teaches participants how to be effective leaders, ways they can advance their careers, and how Highlight programs are led and managed. Previous program graduates have been promoted to Highlight management roles within the SBA and Department of Defense.
“Highlight is fortunate to have these talented and hard-working employees on our team. I commend each of them for doing the work to build their leadership abilities, develop relationships across the company, and learn about our company and industry. I am excited to see what’s next for them in their careers,” said Rebecca Andino, Highlight CEO.
Some of the graduates said the following about the program:
“I never thought that parts of my personality could make me a great leader. I have a love for people and have always led with more of a commitment to teamwork and empathy. For most of my career, my need to take care of others was deemed a weakness for leadership. I learned during the Leadership Development Program that, while I am an affirming leader, that I have the capability to stretch myself beyond my leadership dimension without losing who I am at the core.
Being a part of this program has also taught me how to effectively work with other leadership types and how we can get the best out of each other. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Highlight has extended to me and I am excited to use all the tools discovered in the Leadership Development Program,” said Tammy P., Leadership Development Program Graduate.
“The Leadership Development Program was a refreshing experience in a world of uncertainties when dealing with different personalities in a daily work environment. I am now equipped with the tools to adapt and lead in whatever circumstance that may come to the surface in the workplace. The case study was very relatable to the new modern work environment that we now live in. I believe working through the case study materials and white paper with my group/partner gave a sense of accomplishment and put an exclamation mark on the completion of the course,” said Zayd A., Leadership Development Program Graduate.
Highlight is an award-winning woman-owned ISO® 9001, ISO 20000. ISO 27001, ISO 44001, ISO 56002 certified, CMMI-DEV Level 3, and CMMI-SVC Level 3 appraised woman-owned small business that provides critical services to more than 20 U.S. federal government customers. Using our HI-WAY™™ best practices framework, we design and deliver solutions that integrate current systems and procedures, address all stakeholders, and seamlessly advance the mission. With over 10 years of federal contracting experience, we apply our proven transformation and evolution process to deliver quality services that balance agility, continuity, security, and compliance. To learn more, visit highlighttech.com.