It Starts with Us: Forging the Future of Federal Leadership

It Starts with Us: Forging the Future of Federal Leadership

February 23, 2021 | Virtual

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Today’s Senior Executives, GS-15s and GS-14s are an important bridge between policy  – which can be slow to change  – and the immediate need

for promoting diversity and inclusivity amongst cultures and generations to cultivate the federal leadership of the future, before these candidates fall off the diversity cliff.

The African American Federal Executive AssociationExecutive Women in GovernmentSenior Executives Association, and Management Concepts have partnered to present “It Starts with Us: Forging the Future of Federal Leadership” with keynote speaker Ambassador Susan Rice and a panel discussion of distinguished speakers to address the actions federal leaders can take today to forge the leadership of tomorrow.


1:00 PM              Introduction
1:10 PM              Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Susan Rice, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
1:30 PM              Panel Discussion

Moderator: Tyra Dent Smith, Executive Director, African American Federal Executive Association (SES Retired)

Patrina Clark, Deputy Director, Office of Agency Services, Farm Credit Administration

Roland Edwards, Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Wonzie Gardner, Office Head and Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of Information and Resource Management, National Science Foundation

Kerry Neal, Assistant Inspector General for Management, Office of the Executive Director, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of State

2:00 PM              Q&A
2:30 PM              Close

Join us on February 23, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST for this complimentary event.

Register: Senior Executives Association (

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