Government Workforce 2020


Concurrent sessions will walk you through each stage of the talent management process—from identifying strategies for organization change, to pinpointing employees’ development needs, to getting buy-in from leadership, to agency-wide implementation. You will be able to assess your level of readiness across three main themes to determine which session will help you discover the most insight, advice, and feedback.

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    Sae Schatz
    (General Session) Modernizing Learning
    Significant technological progress combined with an increased understanding of human performance are changing how we approach learning and talent development. These advancements have helped us realize the promise of “anytime, anywhere” learning as well as learning personalized to individual needs. The ADL Initiative, a U.S. government research program, has recently completed a multiyear study on the future of learning and developed an implementation blueprint for connecting lifelong learning experiences across time, location, purpose, and context. This co-created plan responds to external demands such as the pace of global change and increased need for technical expertise, and it simultaneously considers emerging capabilities, including advancements in AI and neuroscience. The resulting concept, referred to as the “future learning ecosystem,” promises to substantively change the way we learn, moving away from old models of disconnected, disjointed experiences to a connected continuum of lifelong learning, personalized, driven by data, and delivered across diverse locations, media, and periods of time. How do we harness this new power to modernize learning as we know it?

    In this presentation, we will discuss the rationale and influences driving this radical shift in learning from external demands, such as the pace of global change and increased need for technical expertise, to the promise offered by emerging capabilities, including advancements in AI and neuroscience. You will learn about the relevant strategic goals and corresponding case studies from business, academia, and government, and we'll discuss specific steps needed in technology, learning science, policy, organizational dynamics, and other supporting structures to realize this vision. Finally, you will take away several practical actions to leverage these advancements to modernize your own learning and development systems—whether in K–12, industry, academia, or government sectors.

    You will learn:
    • About future trends, learning science and technology trends, and change drivers
    • About recommendations for evolving talent development enterprises for the future
    • How to take a data-driven approach to learning and development
    • How to improve your own learning and development offerings using research-based recommendations
  • (Panel 1) Government Workforce of the Future
    This panel of experts will discuss various topics that relate to the future of the government workforce. This panel will discuss: succession planning, RPA, the impact of technology, teleworking, and knowledge transfer.

    Panelists: TBD
  • (Panel 2) Empowering Employees to Improve Organizational Culture
    This panel of experts will discuss their thoughts about identifying the intrinsic factors that empower employees to give it their all within the public workplace. Join the conversation as the panel covers topics like accountability and the importance of connection within the workplace.

    Panelists: Jerry Gidner, Noha Gaber, and General Jeanine Berkhead, Sponsor
  • Solution Session
  • (Panel 1) Developing Competency Models for Government Leaders
    This panel of experts will discuss the importance of standardizing what it means to be a leader within the public sector. They will also discuss existing best practices across different agencies as well as opportunities for improvement.

    Panelists: Jim Trinka, Amy Parker, Jason Briefel and Sponsor
  • (Panel 2) Ensuring Diversity Among Leadership Within the Public Sector
    This panel of experts will discuss the changing landscape of government leadership and why it is important to ensure diversity among the top ranks. Join the conversation as the panel covers topics regarding equitable staffing and programs on inclusion.

    Panelists: Adelle Dantzler, Miguel Aviles, Zina Sutch, and Sponsor
  • Solution Session
  • General Session
  • (Panel 1) Using Mentoring and Coaching to Develop Employees
    This panel of experts will discuss the effectiveness of formal and informal mentoring and coaching programs within various government agencies. Join the conversation as the panel uncovers key strategies and tactics for making these programs work.

    Panelists: Bryan McNamara, Erica Roberts, and Sponsor
  • (Panel 2) Developing Future Leaders and Managers Within the Public Sector
    This panel of experts will discuss the importance of building programs focused on developing the skills of people managers within the public sector. The panelists will discuss the best practices that they have experienced within their own agencies as well as across the rest of the federal government

    Panelists: Alex Tremble, Melanie Bell, and Sponsor
  • Solution Session
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    Marc Brackett
    Closing Keynote: Managing Emotions and Anxiety in the Era of COVID
    This session will feature the director of the Yale Center for Emotional intelligence, Dr. Marc Brackett, as he shares proven techniques to help you cope during this time of uncertainty. Combining science, storytelling, and decades of experience, Dr. Brackett will offer innovative strategies to help you regulate the powerful emotions that we're feeling during this COVID era.