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Key FEDTalks: Neurodiversity in Leadership!

Date & Location: Thursday, May 26th - Zoom
Time: 3:30 - 5:00PM EST

Celebrating 11 years of community support programming, the Key Executive Leadership Programs is delighted to announce the 2022 Key FEDTalks Speaker Series. This year's focus is centered on the future of leadership and public service. This series will feature discussions on Neurodiversity in Leadership, Public vs. Private Sector, Trust in the Federal Government, and The Great Resignation.

Neurodiversity is the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways, where there is no single "right" way of thinking, learning, and behaving. What challenges are presented to leaders and organizations seeking mission accomplishment? How do we best meet the needs of not only a diverse workforce, but a Neurodiverse workforce? Join our distinguished panel to discuss this timely topic and hear how you can transform your organization and work into a Neurodiverse environment.

Patrick Malone, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, School of Public Affairs, American University

John Marble, Founder, Pivot Neurodiversity; Instructor, Neurodiversity Pathways
Ranga Jayaraman, Director, Neurodiversity Pathways
Kevin Zachery, Engagement and Chief Learning Officer, FDIC Office of Inspector General
Rochelle Johnson, Senior Education and Training Advisor, Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience, Department of State

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reIGNITE Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) 2022 Conference

Date & Location: Saturday, June 25th - George Mason University
Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM EST

Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) is partnering with the Organization Development and Knowledge Management graduate program of the Schar School of Policy & Government at George Mason University to organize their annual conference on June 25, 2022. The Key Executive Leadership Programs is a sponsor for this event. 

Key Speakers:
Angela Chiarenza, Director, Global Learning & Development; Executive Coach and Adjunct Faculty, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University
Olu Burrell, President & Chief Executive Officer, Olu Burrell Consulting; Executive Coach, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University
Jennifer Hart, Founder and Managing Director, Intelektularo; Faculty, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

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When Managing is not Enough
May 2022
 | Willie Crump, National Unit Chief for Contraband Smuggling at U.S Department of Homeland Security, talks about what it takes to be a manager and provides an insight into what can take managing to the next level. Read More

Finding Passion Within Your Work
April 2022
 | Ken Sheely, Acting Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations at the National Nuclear Security Agency, talks about how important it is to find passion within your work so that you don't dread going to the office. Read More

March is Here - Time for a Spring Refresh!
March 2022
 | Laura Hill, Acting Assistant Chief Information Officer, USDA Forest Service, recommends that now is the time to self-reflect and establish some new habits. Read More

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When is a Story not a Story?

December 2021 | When is a Story not a Story? is December's topic for Key's Mindfulness Mondays podcast series focused on building listeners' mental resilience. Facilitated by Dr. Ruth Zaplin, each podcast guides listeners through various meditation practices, including combating mind traps, embracing impermanence, and connecting mind and body. Listen Here

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Since 1978, the Roger W. Jones Award has honored and recognized federal career executives for the Senior Executive Service who have demonstrated dedication to superior leadership in achieving their agency's mission and nurturing future managers.

For more information, check out the Roger W. Jones Award page

Nominations close July 1st. 

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