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Workforce Wednesday

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Explore critical issues affecting today’s federal workforce with Graduate School USA.

Join Graduate School USA (GSUSA) on Wednesday, October 9, for an examination of how the federal government is training, retaining, and managing talent in an increasingly turbulent climate. GSUSA will present a panel discussion titled “The New Face of the Federal Workforce,” which will address challenges such as job security, pre-retirement, succession planning and mobility, training and professional development, and more. The panel will be moderated by Terry, Gerton, President of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Workforce Wednesday will also include the presentation of the 2019 W. Edwards Deming Outstanding Training Awards and several other panel discussions featuring distinguished federal experts.

Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

8:00 AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:25 AM Opening Remarks
8:30 AM Opening Keynote
8:55 AM Panel: Employee Engagement for the Mission
In times when many federal agencies can feel their missions and workforces pressured from political machinations, employee engagement is vital. But with many still-vacant leadership positions and the ever-present pull of the private sector luring talent, some agencies can experience difficulty retaining and energizing their workforce. This session convenes federal leaders to discuss their employee engagement strategies, use cases and best practices during times of change.
9:30 AMSpotlight Session
10:10 AMThe New Face of the Federal Workforce
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Michelle Amante, Director of Federal Workforce Programs, Partnership for Public Service
Miguel Joey Aviles, Director of Diverity and Inclusion, US Coast Guard
Dan Mielke, Chief Human Capital Office, US Government Publishing Office
Michelle Rosa, President of Young Government Leaders
• Moderator: Terry Gerton, President, National Academy of Public Administration
10:25 AMNetworking Break
10:55 AMPanel: Performance Management Innovation
The complexities of employee performance life cycles--ranging from initial planning to contribution-based rewards and more--require a nuanced, multifaceted performance management strategy. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has been a pillar of transformative performance management potential, but other agencies have also introduced innovative management practices. Hear from federal human resources leaders as they discuss the value of performance management and ways your agency can improve its own talent development strategies.
11:20 AMClosing Remarks


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The W. Edwards Deming Outstanding Training Award Luncheon will immediately follow, featuring keynote speaker Anita Blair, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy, U.S. Department of Defense.