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2019 Executive Forum
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When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Marvin Center, George Washington University
800 21st Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Christine Kalambary

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As we enter the next decade, our government leaders face new challenges and opportunities. These 2020 Federal Executives must be prepared to adapt to changes in demographics and technology. They must competently address the increasingly diverse population we serve, as well as effectively manage the multi-generational workforce we lead. Successful future leaders are those who can capitalize on these differences to integrate different ideas and approaches in order to innovate and inspire excellence. In addition, Federal Executives should also be equipped to take advantage of new and emergent technology and knowledge in order to support and motivate people to achieve common goals. Most importantly, executive federal leaders must be able to uphold high ethical and moral standards under all circumstances.

Our 2019 Executive Forum focuses on the knowledge and skills you need to become that leader of this new era, empowered to turn challenges into opportunities for a stronger, more resilient democratic society.


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***Group Registration is not available online, please call 703-725-2863 or email your registration form to office@feiaa.org to register.



Forum Agenda


7:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:10 a.m.

Debra Schweikert, FEIAA President

8:20 a.m

Preview of the Day

Michael Belcher, Faculty Member, FEI


8:30 a.m.

Opening Speaker: Nick Morgan

Can You Hear Me? How to Connect with People in a Virtual World


Nick Morgan creates a new set of rules and practical tips for how to connect with people--your team, your audience, your organization--when you can't be physically present. He argues that virtual communication breeds misunderstanding because it deprives us of the emotional knowledge that helps us understand context. In this powerful, practical book, communication expert Nick outlines five big problems with communication in the virtual world--lack of feedback, lack of empathy, lack of control, lack of emotion, and lack of connection and commitment--sharply highlighting what is lost in our accelerating shift to a more virtual world.  He provides a clear path forward for helping us connect better with others. 



9:20 a.m.

Networking Break


9:40 a.m. 
Moderated SES Panel

  • SEA & SES members
    Panelists will discuss and share experiences of their SES journey including acquiring leadership skills aligning with the ECQs, preparing their ECQs portfolio & write up, and preparation and learning from the interview process. 

        1. Dr. Vivian Chen
            Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Emergency Medical Services Director
            Asian American Government Executives Network Chair   


        2. John H. James, Jr
            Department of Defense, Executive Director Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of 
            Defense, Pentagon 

        3. Mr. Jack Schreibman
            Department of Transportation, Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration for the
            Maritime Administration             



        4. Dr. Lisa Thomas
            Department of Veterans Affairs, Human Capital Management for the National Cemetery 
            Administration Executive Director            
            Senior Executives Association, Vice Chair


        5. Mr. Bill Valdez  
            Senior Executives Association Chair 


SES Qualifications Review Board member – Mr. Joseph McMillan

Mr. McMillan will discuss and share his insight based on his 5+year experience serving on the Qualifications Review Boardincluding what may be perceived as advantages/disadvantages as well as strengths/weakness in the application review and interview processes.

  • QRB members
    QRB members will discuss and share their insight based on their experience serving on the Qualifications Review Board including what they consider to be advantages/disadvantages as well as strengths/weakness in the application review and interview processes.


11:10 a.m.
Networking Break


11:30 a.m.

Suzanne Logan, Ed.D.,
Director of the Office of Personnel Management’s Center for Leadership Development and Federal Executive Institute


12:00 Noon

Luncheon and Networking— Continental Ballroom


1:00 p.m.

FEIAA Recognition of Past Board Members and Introducing New Board Members
Marc Flaster- FEIAA Past President


1:30 p.m. 

Antoinette Allen, Ph.D. FEI Faculty
Political Pardons, Prominent Prisoners, and the Power of Strategic Forgiveness



Antoinette’s talk is based on a course she’s teaching at FEI titled Strategic Forgiveness. It is a timely topic in today’s challenging climate and perfectly resonant with our Forum’s theme. The legacy of Nelson Mandela will serve as inspiration for those seeking to determine the validity of this concept as a viable leadership strategy. Mandela successfully averted civil war in South Africa and transformed the heart of his nation through the power of strategic forgiveness. His leadership continues to inspire world leaders to consider reconciliation. Although forgiveness is not often considered or described as a core leadership value in most organizations; it is definitely critical to establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships. Antoinette will help us to explore the who, what, when, where, why and how of strategic forgiveness, its role in maintaining resilience and its value as a coping strategy to overcome adversity. You will be challenged to employ forgiveness and encouraged to champion it in the workplace.

2:30 p.m.

Networking Break 

2:50 p.m.  

Michele Gelfand
Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World


Michele Gelfand takes us on a journey through human cultures, offering a new view of the world and ourselves. She shows that much of the diversity in the way we think, and act derives from a key difference—how tightly or loosely we adhere to social norms. Why was the Daimler-Chrysler merger ill-fated from the start? Why are “Red” and “Blue” States really so divided?  Why does one spouse prize running a “tight ship” while the other refuses to “sweat the small stuff?”  Across all age groups, family variations, social classes, businesses, states and nationalities, Michele identifies a primal pattern that can trigger cooperation or conflict.  She provides us with clarity on various actions and attitudes that we experience and observe.

3:50 p.m.

Forum Recap & Evaluation


4:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks


4:15 p.m.



Immediately Post-Forum: Continued networking and social at Elephant and Castle.  


Registration Fees


***Group Registration is not available online, please call 703-725-2863 or email your registration form to office@feiaa.org to register.


Download Printable Registration Brochure


Registration Fee

Early Registration



April 1, 2019

Individual FEIAA Member



Individual Non-Member






Group – Minimum 5

$450 per person

$475 per person



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