Our established leadership development program, LEAD (Learn, Excel, Achieve and Develop), completed its sixth year in 2017. As of yearend, just under half (49.3%) of our current executives are graduates of the course or the Executive LEAD program. These 12-month programs prepare individual performers (LEAD) and mid- to senior-level leaders (Executive LEAD) for future succession opportunities. In 2017, 46 employees completed the LEAD program and 12 completed the Executive LEAD program.
Our Wave affinity group for early career professionals hosted a half-day career development conference. Nearly 100 Houston professionals attended a workshop on building credibility and a panel discussion led by four employees who have pursued diverse career paths. Early career employees in Denver and Greeley connected via teleconference to experience the workshop.