This 2005 photograph showed at left from front to back, VP for Programs, CDC Foundation, Verla Neslund; Sr. Service Fellow, Joan Cioffi; Dir. of the Office of Workforce and Career Development (OWCD), Stephen B. Thacker while they were attending a meeting of the CDC’s Excellence in Learning Council (ELC). The ELC provided guidance and operational direction to workforce and career development programs across CDC. Modeled after the Excellence in Science Committee, the Council ensured that strategic workforce activities, including educational training, were of the highest quality, and were aligned with agency-wide goals. The target audience included not only CDC staff, but also the rest of the nation’s public health workforce.