The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a rotational program for recent graduates with outstanding leadership potential. Rewards include career development, exposure to key areas within KEI, frequent developmental feedback, and accelerated career growth for successful participants. LDP participants are "high-potential" graduates who have demonstrated leadership and academic excellence. Target candidates include those with business acumen (through work experience or education) and the desire and aptitude to lead teams.


  • Successfully completed an accredited 2- or 4-year college program emphasizing ornamental horticulture, landscape management, general management, marketing or similar

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal

  • Experience holding an officer role in extracurricular organizations

  • Relevant work history that reflects experience in directly supervising others, delegating tasks and resolving conflicts

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident


The program consists of three distinct job assignments over the course of 18 to 24 months. The initial assignment is supervisory. Subsequent assignments may include additional supervisory roles or an individual contributor role.

In the supervisory rotations, participants are placed in leadership positions in customer service and technical work environments. These functional areas are essential and provide the knowledge and skills designed to promote long-term career growth. Here, participants enhance their interpersonal skills and demonstrate their ability to unify a team and accomplish results through others.

The individual contributor role, which is generally a non-supervisory assignment, can be in many different areas. These include training, marketing, sales and finance, to name just a few.