NRCS has partnered with the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL) at The George Washington University to develop and conduct the Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP). The program was designed to meet the requirements of our Agency's strategic initiatives to develop a network of leaders and managers who will share their common experience and knowledge and be prepared to lead the agency in its mission of "helping people help the land." The Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP) is a two-year program, consisting of a one week mentoring module facilitated by NRCS, twelve bi-monthly modules and a team project. The program combines leadership and management training and assessments with activities that expose participants to national issues. The modules will introduce participants to management and leadership theories, techniques and concepts applicable to supervision and management in the public sector.