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Welcome to 2019 and Say Hello to the New Normal
By Debra Schweikert, LDS 272


I’m proud and humbled to have been recently elected to serve as president of this amazing organization. FEIAA has been a big part of my life since I was a member of Class 272. I think it is fair to say no one in my class ever would have believed that the government could shut down for a month or that our elected leaders would allow it to have such a devastating effect on federal employees (many of whom are current FEIAA members). Like everyone in federal service, this association has tried to keep up with the frequent and jarring changes to the federal landscape—changes that no longer surprise us but always fail to defeat us. 

The year 2018 was a great one for us. We established a mutually beneficial relationship with the Senior Executives Association (SEA) that allows FEIAA members to attend some SEA events (and vice versa) and that offers FEIAA members a discounted rate to join SEA. 

FEIAA had an incredibly successful Executive Forum this past May. Mark your calendars: the 2019 forum is planned for May 21. Watch for upcoming details and the chance to qualify for an early-bird discount! Our webinar series has become very popular and will continue this year. We also continued our regular after-work meet-ups around DC. Weather permitting, our next meetup will be held at District Commons (about a block from Foggy Bottom Metro) on February 28. It’s a great way to meet other FEI grads and do a little networking. Finally, this past year, we once again participated in the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery. Bad weather didn’t slow down our mighty group! This has become an annual event for us, and I hope you will consider joining us this year.

Coming soon will be a virtual town hall with your Board members. Please log in to learn more about the organization and meet its leadership. 

We are always interested in hearing from you. This is your FEIAA, and we need your ideas to grow and to keep alive and well that feeling you had after your weeks at FEI. Some days, it’s a challenge—but you have proved to the world your resilience and commitment to public service. 

So, speaking for all our new and continuing Board members and for my fellow officers (and Maya and Christine, the great staff who support us), I want to thank you for your membership in the organization, for all of your support, and, most importantly, for your federal service. We promise to keep evolving to serve you—no matter what the new normal brings in 2019.



Meet Our 2019 Board of Directors
Congratulations to our 2019 Board of Directors!! 





Introducing Our New Board Members
Abe Brown, III, is a graduate of LDS 449 (2018) and is the director of the Division of Partnership Investments and Agreements, Office of Partnerships, Office of Regulatory Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...




Peer Coaching Leadership Series:
What Is the Most Important Part of a Peer Coaching Relationship
This is the second in a series of articles focused on peer coaching, including benefits and how best to develop the coaching relationship. The first peer coaching article, entitled “Bringing FEI Home—The Value of Peer Coaching” was published in the January edition of the FEIAA newsletter.




Wellness News:
Know Your Numbers
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death across the globe, according to the World Health Organization. The good news is that your risk for heart disease can often be reduced with preventive screenings and lifestyle changes.




FEI Happenings:
FEI Footsteps Classes
FEI is excited to offer two unique programs this year for continuing professional leadership development. Both are great opportunities to get out of the classroom and expand your perspective while also focusing on your own wellness—all things that help to develop your leadership capacity.




Upcoming Events:
Save the Date
February 21, 2019 – Can We All Just Get Along? Working in a Toxic Environment. March 2019 – e-Town Hall. 




Upcoming Events:
Coming Soon! FEIAA’s e-Town Hall
Because of the federal shutdown, FEIAA’s Board of Directors moved the e-Town Hall from February 2019 to March 2019. The date of the event is still being determined, as is the agenda. If you have a topic that you would like to see covered, please send us a note about it. 




February Is National African American History Month
National African American History Month annually celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our nation’s history. 




Class Notes:
Happy Lunar New Year - Year of the Pig!
On January 1, we rang in 2019. On February 5, at least 15 million people in the United States and more than 1.5 billion worldwide celebrated the Lunar New Year. Many people think that honoring the Lunar New Year is just a Chinese tradition, but this event is observed with diverse and vibrant customs and festive activities in many countries throughout Asia.



Leadership Lessons Series:
Leadership Lessons from Making Marines
United States Marine Corps recruit training (aka “boot camp”) is where Marines are made, where citizens are transformed into warriors. Most marines experience this rigorous rite of passage only once—but, trust me, once is more than enough.




Upcoming Events:
It’s Almost Here! The 2019 FEIAA Executive Forum
Registration will be open soon for this year’s Executive Forum on May 21, 2019. The forum will be on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. It is a one-day training event that you and members of your staff should attend to brush-up on your leadership skills.  





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