FY 17 PLA Orientation

Pacific Leadership Academy

The Pacific Leadership Academy for Emerging and Senior Leaders is offered annually in Honolulu, by a longstanding program of the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board. The HPFEB is working with stakeholders to determine a 2021 strategy for the Pacific Leadership Academy, given the continued uncertainty with COVID-19 and guidelines for social interaction and travel.

  • Introduction

    The Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board is proud to offer its annual Pacific Leadership Academy (PLA) Program in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pacific Leadership Program began in 2003 and has graduated more than 1000 mid-to-senior level Fellows. This program is designed to meet the leadership development needs of selected federal professionals at the GS-13-15 and military equivalent levels (Senior Leader) and GS-09-12 and military equivalent levels (Emerging Leader) who work in federal government organizations in the Pacific Rim.

    The foundation for the Academy’s leadership program is a series of managerial/leadership competencies, knowledge, skills and behavior that are critical for success. These competencies are based on research done by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management with modifications to fit the needs of federal agencies in the Pacific region.

    Quotas to attend the Pacific Leadership are issued annually to interested federal agencies, which choose their candidates through a local competitive process. After quotas are assigned to agencies, and candidates are selected, the candidates then complete an application via their agency, register, and then their agency provides tuition payment directly to agency. Each Fellow must make the significant time and work commitment to attend all of the course sessions and to complete the required assessments, papers and projects.

    Each year, the HPFEB allocates approximately 40 quotas to federal agencies for both the Emerging and Senior Leaders courses.  Agencies are required to rigorously screen candidates to help ensure they will complete the demanding class and course work.

    Due to the continued challenges with COVID-19 and associated social distancing guidelines and travel restrictions, the HPFEB has re-scheduled the final sessions of  the 2020 Pacific Leadership Academy (PLA) for January, 2021.

    For the 2021 Pacific Leadership Academy, the HPFEB is scheduled to solicit applications from federal agencies in late 2020/early 2021, and the program will commence in late March, 2021.

    Please see the attached memo for details. Pacific Leadership Academy ALL-HPFEB Memo 7.29.20

    The HPFEB will update this site as conditions and plans change, as the pandemic continues to challenge the planning and execution of all resident training 



    For questions about PLA 2021,  please contact: brian.mikel@navy.mil

The leadership program incorporates three major phases:
  • Learning the leadership competencies
  • Applying the competencies on the job
  • Evaluating the application of the competencies

Fellows represent an expansive cross-section of civilian and military agencies and organizations throughout the Pacific Rim. This inter-agency perspective provides the Fellows an opportunity to network with and gain peer support from professionals of other agencies to enhance the learning process and the value of the PLA experience.