Sae Schatz

Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative

Sae Schatz, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative, a research and development program under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training. Before joining the Government in 2015, Sae worked as an applied human–systems scientist, with an emphasis on human cognition and learning, instructional technologies, adaptive systems, human performance assessment, and modeling and simulation. During that time, she led the authorship and execution of the Marine Corps’ Making Good Instructor Great course and accompanying instructor tool kit. She was also the chief scientist for the award-winning Border Hunter research effort and the Joint Staff J7’s Blended Learning–Training project.

Sae has worked with the Defense training and education community for over 10 years. During that time her efforts frequently focused on ways to enhance individuals’ higher-order cognitive skills (i.e., the mental, emotional, and relational skills associated with “cognitive readiness”). She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, led development of 3 military textbooks, and received professional recognition for her publications and research, including best paper awards from the I/ITSEC and MODSIM conferences.

Sae also maintains close ties with her alma mater, the University of Central Florida. She formerly held an assistant professor position with the university, and she previously taught courses in visual design, web design and development, modeling and simulation, and human–systems interaction. Today, she continues to mentor UCF graduate students from the Institute for Simulation and Training, and she serves on the Digital Media Advisory Board

Tim Tobin

Vice President, Franchisee Onboarding and Learning, Choice Hotels

Timothy J. Tobin is a learning and leadership development professional with over 25 years of experience. He is committed to helping people and organizations achieve their greatest potential. Throughout his career, he has been directly responsible for the development of thousands of leaders from C-level to first time leaders across multiple industries. He is the author of Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire, and Motivate (Berrett Koehler).

Tim is Vice President, Franchisee Onboarding and Learning, at Choice Hotels International. Previously, he was vice president for global learning and leadership development at Marriott International. Tim has also held senior learning and leadership development roles in multiple professional services organizations both as a consultant and internally as a department head. He has stood up and elevated multiple corporate universities.

Tim has led outstanding teams throughout his career. Programs developed under his leadership have won multiple awards including Chief Learning Officer awards for Global Leadership Development and Innovative Learning, Bersin & Associates awards for Leadership Development Strategy Excellence, Enabling High Impact Learning, Learning and Talent Initiative Excellence, and Operational Excellence, and the Helios HR Apollo award for outstanding employee development programs. In 2017, Tim was recognized for Outstanding Services to the Learning Industry by the Global Council on Corporate Universities.

Marc Brackett

Founding Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based, systemic approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,000 preschool to high schools across the United States and in other countries. He has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins award for his research on social and emotional learning. He also is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Marc consults regularly with corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design and is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. He is the author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and our Society Thrive, published by Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan. Marc also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.

Adelle J. Dantzler

Career and Leadership Expert, and

Adelle J. Dantzler, M.S.Ed., has over 25 years in the training field working for federal agencies, contractors, and private industry conducting analyses to design, develop, manage, and evaluate instructor-led and virtual training. She has used her master’s level knowledge in instructional design to create innovative learning solutions for high potential, manager, and senior executives for 4 federal agencies and developed GS-15 equivalent and SES candidate curriculums. She is a certified InsideOut Coaching Trainer, has managed a federal executive coaching contract, and has developed and delivered many sessions for leaders on coaching and feedback. In terms of her mentoring expertise, she has served on an interagency team for a government-wide mentoring hub, developed & delivered virtual mentoring orientations for federal employees and mentoring coordinators, conducted initial research for an agency’s mentoring program, and coordinated the mentoring program for the DC Metro Chapter of ATD for 2017 and 2018. In addition, Adelle J. Dantzler was the keynote speaker presenting “Mentoring for Agency Success” for the 2018 Training Officer’s Consortium Annual Institute (TOCAI) and discussed “Creating a World-Class Mentorship Program” at the 2018 Leadership Best Practices Conference.

Alex D. Tremble Jr.

Career and Leadership Development Coach, GPS Leadership Solutions

Alex D. Tremble Jr. (aka The Federal Career Coach) is a certified Career and Leadership Development Coach, professional speaker, and author of the bestselling books, "Reaching Senior Leadership: 10 Growth Strategies Every Government Leader Should Know," and "The GPS Guide to Success." Alex's most recent bestselling book, "Reaching Senior Leadership," helps ambitious leaders gain influence and strategically prepare themselves for their next leadership opportunity; whereas his first book, "The GPS Guide to Success," is focused on helping government employees identify their goals and create strategic plans to reach them. Alex is a certified John C. Maxwell Speaker and Coach and has over 10 years of experience coaching and advising Federal Government senior leaders. He has also managed three government-wide executive leadership development forums and several executive mentoring programs. Alex received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from William Penn University and his master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from University of Baltimore.

Allison Yost

Senior Behavioral Scientist, BetterUp

Allison Yost is a senior behavioral scientist at BetterUp, where she works to advance the science and practice of evidence-based coaching and behavior transformation in the workplace. She is trained as an industrial-organizational psychologist, specializing in leadership, assessment, and well-being. Yost has spent more than 10 years studying the science of well-being, motivation, and personality, and her research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Personality Assessment, and Work, Aging, and Retirement.
Throughout her career, Yost has integrated her passion for data-driven decision making, leveraging her training in advanced statistics and psychometrics to inform talent management strategy. She works with clients to design evidence-based solutions and leverage insights from their own data.

Before BetterUp, Yost led research on leadership and employee engagement at CEB (now Gartner) and worked in the talent management analytics and solutions group at Marriott International, where she worked on people analytics projects and evaluated the effectiveness of brand-specific talent management programs. She also worked for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as a personnel research psychologist, designing and validating selection and promotion assessments. Yost earned her PhD in industrial-organizational psychology from the George Washington University and her master’s degree in quantitative psychology from James Madison University.

Amy A. Titus

Managing Director, Government and Public Services, Deloitte Consulting

Amy A. Titus is a managing director in human capital at Deloitte Consulting. She brings more than 25 years of global experience in all aspects of human capital and human resources directed to improve organizational performance. She leads the government and public service learning solutions and career mobility practice and is dean of Deloitte’s annual Chief Learning Officer Forum at Deloitte University. She is responsible for delivering strategic talent, learning, organization improvement, and change assistance and solutions to her clients in the public and private sector.

Before joining Deloitte, she held senior leadership roles, spanning the full range of talent and human resource functions, at BearingPoint, FifthThird Bank, and Citigroup. Prior to that, she founded and led a global management consulting firm that had offices in Washington, D.C.; Geneva, Switzerland; and Cairo, Egypt. Her clients included government agencies, international development organizations, and commercial entities. Noted for her work in business process improvement, performance improvement, and organization transformation, she has won numerous awards and is a sought-after presenter. She is on the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace and the Learning Advisory Council for Doctors Without Borders. Titus holds a master’s in instructional systems from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in adult education from Teachers College, Columbia University

Bethany Blakey

Director of Change Management - Office of Governmentwide Policy

Bethany Blakey, Technology Transformation Service, Centers of Excellence, Director of Change Management - Office of Governmentwide Policy, Shared Services and Performance Improvement, CXO Solutions Performance Modernization Manager

Bethany is an organizational performance professional with specialties in community organizing, non-traditional leadership development, change management, and entrepreneurial practices applied in mission settings. Her Federal career spans over 22 years, serving in multiple agencies before joining GSA to serve all agencies in advancing the use of performance practices. Some of her most memorable projects have been (1) the design and implementation of DEA’s Priority Targeting System, (2) co-chairing the Vice President’s Task Force on Crime Mapping & Data-Driven Management, and (3) launching DOTs IdeaHub, recognized by Harvard’s Ash Center as one of the top innovations in government. And two favorite ongoing projects include (4) Fedpreneur talent identification, development, and coaching for intrapreneurial employees, and (5) training agencies to run the Modern Government Management Traits program for managers, based on Google’s Project Oxygen effort. She also supports the White House Leadership Development, CXO, and President’s Management Council Interagency Rotation fellows programs, and delivers a variety of workshops and coaching services to leaders and teams across government.
Let her know if you are interested in joining one of her current governmentwide projects. (1) Building a Federal Data Ethics Framework, a Data Science Catalog, and a Data Science Curriculum, component of the Federal Data Strategy effort. (2) Building out a Change Management Playbook and toolkit. (3) Customizing and delivering Design-Build Bootcamps ( human centered design, customer experience, Lean start-up, Agile and other 21st century practices) providing applied, experiential project-based learning while advancing specific high-priority Federal initiatives.

Bill Valdez

President, Senior Executives Association (SEA)

Bill Valdez was appointed as the President of the Senior Executives Association (SEA) in September 2016. As President, Bill sets SEA’s overall strategic direction and is focused on strengthening the Senior Executive Service (SES) through legislative and policy initiatives, building a leadership pipeline for the Executive Branch, and establishing SEA as a thought leader in the Washington, DC policy debates that impact not only the SES, but all civil service employees.

Bill retired from Federal service as a career Senior Executive in July 2014. His career with the Department of Energy spanned over 20 years and he held the positions of Director, DOE Office of Economic Impact; DOE’s Chief Diversity Officer; Director of Business Services, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Director of Planning and Analysis, and Director for Workforce Development within DOE’s Office of Science.

In addition, Bill was co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Science of Science Policy Interagency Working Group from 2005-2014, and was a senior advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the 1990s. Bill was awarded the Presidential Rank Award (meritorious) in 2007, was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2006, and was elected to Senior Executive Association’s Board of Directors in 2005 and served as Chairman from 2011-13.

Prior to working at DOE, Bill worked as a Senior Project Manager in private industry where he provided strategic planning services to Asian and European multinational corporations. He also was a reporter in Austin, Texas.

Bill received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas and his Master of Arts in International Economics and Energy Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Brady Reed

Strategic Account Manager, Government Practice, The Arbinger Institute

Brady is a U.S. Army Reserve colonel with more than 28 years of Active Duty and Reserve leadership experience. An entrepreneur, he founded BioTeam LLC, a sales firm whose regular clients included Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, the NIH, and many other biopharmaceutical companies. His experience as both a military leader and entrepreneur allows him to bring a unique perspective to his audiences that draws on hard lessons learned from both worlds.

Brady’s passion for building individuals and teams is both thoughtful and infectious. Clients call him “inspirational” and “dynamic.” Comments include, “Brady provides excellent insights and first-hand examples;” “he listens and tackles the tough questions, making it real;” and “he left me wanting more!”

He has extensive experience in organizational learning, strategy and leadership development, and execution management. He is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance™, Registered Corporate Coach with the World-wide Association of Business Coaches, and certified in Six Thinking Hats® and DiSC®. He is a regular lecturer at the Army Medical Department’s Medical Executive Skills Course and facilitator for the DoD Executive Leadership Development Program.

Brady holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution from Texas A&M and an MBA in strategic leadership from Touro University, CA. He is an active member of his church, Boy Scout supporter, and Muscular Dystrophy volunteer. In his free time, Brady enjoys outdoor work, reading, camping, almost any water-related sport.

Brett Wilson

Senior Director, Thought Leadership & Strategy, Cornerstone OnDemand

Brett Wilson is a seasoned business operations executive who has spent the past 20+ years pioneering major business growth strategies and improving business units for the training industry. His expertise spans many corporate areas, with a firm grasp of essential P&L and client management in support of commercial and government accounts. His primary expertise is in Strategic Talent Management particularly in the areas of Learning & Development and Business Process Design. Brett joined Cornerstone in 2013 as the Practice Leader for Learning and Development within the Business Consulting Group. He is now the Director for Cornerstone’s Thought Leadership and Strategy directorate. In this capacity, he provides advice to clients to help fully leverage and optimize the Cornerstone application and create business strategies to align with business goals and objectives.

Prior to joining Cornerstone, Brett had his own consulting firm where he provided critical HR strategy advice and services to several prominent organizations including Cummins Inc., Raytheon, Bechtel Engineering, Shell Oil, Cognizant, Stanford University, U.S. Pharmacopeia, Thoratec Corporation, and the National Defense University.

Brett has held executive management positions with RWD Technologies, General Physics Corporation (now GP Strategies), Sylvan, ETS, Knowledge Management Solutions, Inc., and Carney Interactive. In these positions, Brett provided leadership and consulting to literally hundreds of commercial and government clients. He has played a key role in some of the largest training initiatives ever fielded and is recognized as an industry thought leader in the area of learning and development. Brett holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education from the University of Illinois, Carbondale.

Brian Green

Portfolio Executive, US Government Partnerships

Brian Green is a recognized and passionate leader in the training and information technology industries. Brian's work has been recognized nationally and most notably by CLO Media (CLO Magazine) for his award-winning, curricula designs. Brian has been a guest speaker at PMI Global Congress, CLO Symposium, ACT-IAC Executive Leadership & Management of Change Conferences, FedNews Radio as well as several federal agencies on the topics of training, emerging technology, program management, employee development and global workforce development trends.

Today, Brian leads the public sector portfolio for - the world's largest and fastest growing EdTech platform serving 40M learners across 60+ countries. His work focuses on serving the leaders of federal, state and international governments by designing, developing and delivering tailored learning solutions that establish digital literacy, improve business acumen and overall advance the prosperity of global communities.

Brian McNamara

Chief Learning Officer, International Trade Administration (ITA)

Brian McNamara is the Chief Learning Officer for the International Trade Administration (ITA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The ITA operates in over 75 countries and promotes U.S. trade and investment. Mr. McNamara oversees a team responsible for ITA's talent management, training, and development and provides strategic direction to ITA senior management on agency-wide leadership and organizational development initiatives. Mr. McNamara is an experienced trainer, organizational consultant, and certified executive coach through the ICF and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Co-Active Training Institute. He holds a dual MBA in International business from Texas Tech University and Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City. He enjoys travel, sports and spending times outdoors. He resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife Jennifer and daughter Catherine.

Britnie Tucker

Executive Performance Policy Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Britnie Tucker is the executive performance policy and senior executive candidate development program manager at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She leads USDA’s executive performance team in efforts to advise executives on policy and objectives, including salary and pay administration, talent management, and succession planning. She is sought out for informed guidance because of her extensive history with hiring and employee management. Tucker specializes in advising managers on targeted staffing and knowledge development, and she is also part of USDA’s role with the federal initiative to develop leaders in the information technology community.

Camille Hoover

Executive Officer and Associate Director for Management, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Ms. Camille Hoover is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and serves as the Executive Officer (EO) and Associate Director for Management for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). She provides visionary leadership and serves as the principal advisor to the Institute Director and senior staff on all phases of management including administrative, financial and human capital management, computer technology, procurement, and ethics for an Institute with an annual budget of $2B and a workforce of approximately 1,300.

In addition to her role as the NIDDK EO, and her involvement in NIH-wide initiatives, Ms. Hoover has been at the forefront of several department-wide and government-wide initiatives. In 2017, while serving as a Senior Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA), Health and Human Services (HHS), Ms. Hoover led several major programmatic improvement initiatives in support of SES Reform. These initiatives led to the creation of innovative hiring, onboarding, rotation and development, and succession planning programs – each, of which, have helped to shape and advance the new HHS SES Talent Management Program. Ms. Hoover currently serves as co-chair for the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) cross-agency priority (CAP) subgoal workgroup, Improving Employee Performance Management & Engagement, a team composed of senior leaders from multiple agencies across the federal government.

Ms. Hoover began her career as a social worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital before joining NIH's Clinical Center as a social worker for the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH. She then transitioned to an administrative career dedicated to building a bridge between administrators and scientists and in creating lasting partnerships and providing critical support to NIH scientists as they conduct and support biomedical research to improve the health of the American people.

Ms. Hoover received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland. She is a certified Emotional Intelligence EQ2.0 and EQ360 Practitioner, and Georgetown University certified Executive Leadership Coach. Ms. Hoover is an honored recipient of the prestigious Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award.

Casey Swails

Director for Executive Services, NASA

As the Director for Executive Services, Casey Swails provides HR leadership and programs for attracting, rewarding and developing NASA's Executive talent to strategically align with the Agency's mission and strategic plans. As the leader of this enterprise organization, she and her team provide end-to-end human capital services to all of NASA's executives and political appointees including talent planning, executive recruitment, talent acquisition, onboarding, compensation and awards programs and policies, succession management and development of the leadership framework and talent pipeline. Casey serves as the advisor to the Agency Executive Resources Board and to NASA Leadership on highly confidential, human capital matters and represents the Agency in this functional area to external groups such as the Office of Personnel Management.

During her career, Casey held positions of increasing responsibility and developed an extensive background in all aspects of HR. In her leadership roles, she has led numerous large scale organizational change efforts including serving as the Project Manager for NASA's Human Capital Transformation effort merging ten separate HR offices into one enterprise organization. She also led the design and stand-up of the Agency-wide Executive Services organization and the design and launch of the industry standard HR Business Partner (HRBP) service delivery model at the Johnson Space Center which is now used Agency-wide. Casey has a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from Duke University.

Chad Majiros

Human Resources Development Specialist, NASA

Chad Majiros, Ph.D., currently serves as a Human Resources Development Specialist at the NASA Headquarters HR Office in Washington, DC. Assigned to the Performance, Development & Engagement Branch, Chad’s primary roles are oversight of Headquarters’ Leadership Development Programs and the Modern Mentoring Program. Prior to NASA, Chad served as an Associate Director at the Employee Education System in the Veterans Health Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs and prior, Chief of the Career Management Division at Passport Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs at the Department of State. Chad has over 18 years of federal service including active duty in the U.S. Navy and several years at a Human Services Non-Profit. He holds a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Military Studies from the Pennsylvania State University; an MSW with post-graduate studies in Clinical Social Work from Boston University; and a Doctorate from Catholic University with his published dissertation titled, Inhibiting Emerging Leaders: A Secondary Analysis of Federal Workplace Culture and Barriers to Knowledge Sharing (2018). Chad was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute (2015). His publications include Majiros, C. (2013). Beyond social exchange theory: A Theoretical shift for mentoring relationships. Advances in Social Work, 14(2), p.531-543; and Majiros, C. November 2013. Duality of roles: Mentor or supervisor. Connect-International Mentoring Association, Vol. 2, p. 2-7.

Cheryl Abram

Lead Evaluator, Federal Executive Institute (FEI)

Cheryl Abram is a social worker, a learning and development specialist, and an evaluation thought leader who, for the last 5 years, has been cultivating an innovative approach to training program evaluation and learning program design. With truth-telling as the foundation, Cheryl’s philosophy acknowledges the reality of complexity and personal accountability while promoting principles of autonomy, authenticity, and freedom in learning and work.

Combining her knowledge and experience as an MSW, Quality Systems Management professional, precision mentor, project manager, life-long learner and “professional questioner”, Cheryl’s created and shared ideas around the globe.

Cheryl is an inspiring and dynamic speaker, mother, author, veteran, daughter and friend who through sharing and implementing her ideas “supports others as they learn, unlearn, and choose to continuously emerge into their wealth and possibilities”.

Clo Taylor

Executive Director of the Strategic Learning, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mrs. Taylor joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on June 12, 2016, as the Executive Director of the Strategic Learning, Development and Engagement Office and Chief Learning and Engagement Officer in the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer. She is responsible for overarching department-wide policy on and oversight of the design, development, and evaluation of learning, development and employee engagement initiatives for executives, managers, supervisors and staff across the entire department.

Prior to joining the department, Mrs. Taylor left DOD where she was the Principal Deputy Director of Administration for the Under Secretary of Defense. She was a member of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) community since July 2008. While concurrently serving as the Principal Deputy Director of Administration, Mrs. Taylor was also the Acting Director OUSD-AT&L Human Capital Initiatives where she provided leadership and expertise in Human Capital Management as demonstrated by her management of the Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project, Senior Executive Service performance management program, and military personnel staffing for OUSD. Mrs. Taylor also served as the Director, Human Resources in the Executive Office of the President on a long-term training assignment. The assignment enabled her to further develop an operational portfolio, as she handled a diverse array of agency-wide programs including Senior Executive Service, Acquisition Demonstration Project, National Security Personnel System, Safety and Occupational Health, labor/employee relations, engagement, workforce development and other special programs.

Mrs. Taylor has served in different capacities across the federal government. In her 25 years of professional experience, she has achieved a strong record of accomplishments, leading people and organizations in the development and execution of forward-thinking programs in strategic planning, human capital management, business process improvement, and administrative management.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Fort Myers, Florida. She earned a Master of Business Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida State University. Mrs. Taylor is married to Mario Taylor and they have two children, a son, Mario Taylor II, who is a Georgia Tech University graduate and a daughter, Latavia Taylor, who is a James Madison University graduate.

Cynthia Hawkins

Leadership Director, Center for Leadership and Management, Graduate School USA

Cynthia Hawkins serves as the director of Graduate School USA’s Center for Leadership and Management. In her role, she has seen firsthand the importance of developing qualified leaders. Hawkins believes that future leaders will require learning tools that are inclusive and respectful of diversity, reflecting a multicultural and multigenerational society. Having worked for a training organization for more than 30 years, she possesses the knowledge of various techniques and methodologies that work together to provide an informative educational environment.

Hawkins’s leadership philosophy embraces the concept that leaders can no longer accept functioning within the constructs of antiquated thoughts and behaviors. The need to work cohesively is critical, now more than ever. Understanding the importance of communication, building coalitions, partnering, and collaborating are key skills.

In addition to her professional career in training, Hawkins is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and has a bachelor of science degree in business administration as well as a master of science degree in administration with a concentration in leadership.

Deadra Welcome

Founder and CEO, Concerning Learning LLC

Deadra Welcome, CPLP, CPTM is the Founder and CEO of Concerning Learning LLC, who is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM), and a Kirkpatrick Bronze Level Certification credential holder.

She has trained thousands of people in corporations, non-profit entities, and government agencies on business, human resources, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and leadership development topics to achieve improved organizational and individual performance.

In June 2018, Deadra completed a successful 27-year federal government career where she demonstrated the ability to create comprehensive mentoring, onboarding, knowledge management, training evaluation, and employee and leadership development programs and courses with little to no budget.

Deadra continues to be a regular contributor for the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Training Industry, and Training Officer’s Consortium. She is the author of Don't Get Left Behind and founded the Extraordinary Learning Academy where she trains other trainers to design, develop, and deliver inspiring, engaging, and actionable learning experiences.

Devon Brown

Senior Consultant, NeuroLeadership

Devon Brown is a Senior Consultant at the NeuroLeadership Institute, working primarily with the Performance practice area. Mr. Brown works with clients to help them rethink how they approach complex
human capital problems. Mr. Brown is a highly regarded organization development consultant, speaker, executive coach and leadership development facilitator, with over 20 years’ experience, and uses his passion for truly understanding client needs to design custom solutions for some of the most challenging human capital issues.

Before coming to NLI, Mr. Brown worked as a Principal Consultant for Linkage, supporting clients in all aspects of human capital through consulting services, workshops, tailored assessments, and executive coaching. Prior to Linkage, Devon was the VP of Leadership Development at FCC Services, an organization effectiveness consulting firm, where he led the leadership development practice. Devon has served on the faculty at the University of Denver – Daniels college of Business, the University of Waikato in New Zealand, and at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In this role he conducted research and designed and taught communication and leadership development courses.

Mr. Brown has a PhD in Organizational Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in Conflict Studies from Earlham College. Devon lives in Boulder, CO.

Diane M. Randon

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff , Installation Management Headquarters (ACSIM)

Ms. Diane M. Randon was selected to the Senior Executive Service in June 2007. Since October 2012, Ms. Randon has served as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM) where she provides advice, support and leadership to the principal official responsible for providing guidance, direction and resources for infrastructure and services on Army installations, worldwide. The primary mission of the Office of the ACSIM is to ensure the readiness of Installations as power projection platforms and to provide support and quality of life to our Soldiers, Civilians and their Families.

Most recently, Ms. Randon was officially detailed from January 2017 to January 2019 and served in capacities as both the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower & Reserve Affairs and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA,(MRA)). In this position, she was the senior advisor for policy and performance oversight of human resources (military, civilian and contractor), reserve component affairs, training, readiness, mobilization, military health affairs, force structure, manpower management, equal opportunity, and equal employment opportunity.

Previous Senior Executive Service assignments include both the Installation Services Director and Resources Director within the Office of the ACSIM, and the Director, Resources and Programs Agency, Office of Administrative Assistant. She has accumulated over 33 years of federal civil service in assignments at Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Army and at Department of Defense Inspector General, both in the continental United States and overseas. She has over 20 years of experience in the Comptroller career field.

Ms. Randon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Old Dominion University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University. She has attended a number of executive level courses including Leadership at the Peak. She is credentialed as an executive coach and holds the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate.

Her awards and achievements include the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, Presidential Rank Award – Meritorious, Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Leonard F. Keenan Award, Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Superior Civilian Service Award, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

Eric Sikorski

Program Manager Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, U.S. Department of Defense

Eric Sikorski is a program manager with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office. He manages the research, development, testing, and evaluation of human performance and training technology for operational users across the DoD and other agencies. Sikorski holds a PhD in instructional systems from Florida State University and a project management professional certification. He is pursuing a master’s in human factors and applied cognition at George Mason University.

Gladys Brignoni

Deputy Commander, Force Readiness Command, U.S. Coast Guard

Gladys Brignoni assumed the duties of Deputy Commander, Force Readiness Command in November 2011. In this capacity, she prepares the workforce by adapting a human performance improvement cycle to impart the skills and knowledge required to achieve mission excellence.

Prior to assuming this position, Brignoni was the executive director at the Navy Warfare Development Command where she ensured contracts, requirements, and programs included doctrine development, Fleet Synthetic Training, and Modeling and Simulation that directly supported the Navy Continuous Training Environment.

In 2009, Brignoni was the facility support services and contract manager for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic where she led the regional acquisition strategic plan and resource management (totaling more than $1.5 billion) for installations located throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. From 2005–2009, she was the executive director at the Center for Naval Intelligence (CNI). She served as principal advisor to the commanding officer on all matters relating to the center’s mission, program goals, and objectives. At the forefront of the Naval Education and Training Command’s efforts to bring the integrated learning environment into the classroom, she successfully adapted curriculum content and delivery to increase student throughput and decrease academic attrition.

Other career highlights include assignments as the learning standards officer at CNI, the education specialist at the Joint Forces Staff College, and the language and cross-cultural training staff specialist for the Peace Corps. From 1996–2000, as an assistant professor at Old Dominion University, she directed the teacher certification program and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in foreign language pedagogy.

A native of Puerto Rico, Brignoni has more than 20 years of experience in training, performance improvement, and change management. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, a master of arts in teaching, and a PhD in education from Indiana University. She is a member of the Defense Acquisition Workforce as a certified facilities engineer and a black belt graduate of the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Lean-Six Sigma College.

Jason Briefel

Executive Director, Senior Executives Association (SEA)

Jason Briefel is the Executive Director of the Senior Executives Association (SEA), overseeing day-to-day operations of the Association and leading execution of the priorities and policies of the Board of Directors, a role held since September 2016. He also leads strategic engagement efforts with members of SEA’s Corporate Advisory Council and other organizations. Mr. Briefel served as SEA Interim President from February-September 2016.

Additionally, Mr. Briefel serves as SEA’s Legislative Director, representing SEA and its members on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. He represents SEA with the Federal-Postal Coalition and the Government Managers Coalition, and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Public Policy Committee. Mr. Briefel is a Director on the Board of the Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), currently serving as Treasurer.

Mr. Briefel joined Shaw Bransford & Roth, P.C. in 2012 to work in the firm's government affairs department, providing legislative and organizational representation to clients of the firm's government affairs practice. In addition, Mr. Briefel is a regular host of FEDtalk on Federal News Network and Editor of the FEDmanager and FEDagent e-report newsletters.

Prior to joining SB&R, Mr. Briefel worked in Congress for a member of the North Carolina delegation and interned with the DC-based think tank Third Way. He also served as a research assistant and project manager for the FireChasers, a collaborative research endeavor between the U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina State University.

Mr. Briefel holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond and an M.S. from North Carolina State University.

Joanie Newhart

Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP)

Joanie F. Newhart, CPCM, has 35 years’ experience in Federal government contracting. For nine years, she has been the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) within the Office of Management and Budget and Executive Office of the President. OFPP is responsible for developing and implementing acquisition policies to support over $450 billion in federal procurements each year. Prior to her position at OFPP, Ms. Newhart gained a variety of work experience as a contractor, as an Army civilian, at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as the Senior Procurement Executive at both the Small Business Administration and the Department of Transportation. Ms. Newhart has Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies and Business Administration. She has both DoD and civilian contracting certifications and is a 2012 and 2017 Fed 100 winner.

Joe Ward

Founder, President, and CEO, Ward Management Group

Joe Ward is the founder, president, and CEO of Ward Management Group. His firm provides keynote speaking, executive training, and coaching and management consulting services. As a professionally certified speaker, teacher, trainer, and coach, Ward helps individuals and businesses achieve their goals while wowing audiences with a special blend of humor, raw candor, and wit. The first in his family to attend college, he brings a unique perspective of having had successful careers as a military officer, senior executive in the private sector and federal government, independent business owner, and survivor of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon. His presentations will make you laugh, cry, and think. They will also inspire you!

Ward is a veteran of Operation Restore Hope [KS1] and retired from the air force in 2003. He continued to serve as an officer with two different Big 4 accounting firms and as a civil servant, retiring as a member of the federal government Senior Executive Service. He specialized in helping federal clients with shared services, governance, strategy, and enterprise risk management. As a federal government senior executive, he led the National Business Center (NBC), one of the largest federal shared service centers, to new heights. Under his leadership, the NBC won awards for Excellence in Culture Creation; Customer Service; and People & Communications from the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON), a global network of public and private shared services professionals, including numerous Fortune 500 companies. His bold vision is widely recognized for bringing attention to needed changes in shared services governance and helping shape the establishment of the Uniformed Shared Services Management Office.

Ward is the recipient of numerous awards, including selection as one of the top accounting and finance officers in the DoD (American Society of Military Comptrollers Meritorious Service Award); top writer and speaker at the premiere DoD financial management school (Professional Military Comptroller School); and recognition as author of the year from the Air Force Comptroller magazine, which was based on his experience as a deployed disbursing agent during Operation Restore Hope. His article became the playbook for future deployments.

Ward is on the board of directors for the African American Federal Executive Association and the Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund. He is also a certified defense financial manager, certified government financial manager, and certified change management practitioner.
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Julia Henderson

Lead Learning Program Manager Learning Experience Team O'Reilly Media

Julia Henderson is lead learning program manager at O'Reilly Media. Her career focus has been on creating engaging and rigorous online learning experiences through interactivity, blended learning, formative assessment, and great instructional design. She has led large high-performing teams and is passionate about operational excellence, continuous improvement, and creating a positive work culture.

Justin Brusino

Associate Director of Content, ATD

Justin Brusino is the associate director of content for ATD. His primary area of focus is on learning technology and innovation. In his role, he’s responsible for content and product development ranging from articles to books to conferences and workshops and more.

Lynne Feingold

Program Manager, USCIS

Lynne Feingold, ICF PCC Coach, pioneered the creation of a coaching culture throughout the Federal Government. She developed the first government-wide coaching cadre; served as one of its coaches; and co-founded the Government Coaching Consortium. These laid the foundation for the Federal Internal Coach Training Program (FICTP), which won the 2014 Best Leadership Development Program Award from Human Capital Management for Government.

One of Lynne's passions is facilitating peer coaching cohorts. Lynne's contribution to government peer coaching is featured in the February 2019 cover article, Peer Coaching: The Wave of the Future. Her article, “Unleashing the Power of Peer Coaching,” was published in ATD Magazine’s October 2016 issue. Lynne co-authored the Complete Job and Career Handbook, 101 Ways to Get from Here to There, published by Garrett Park Press.

She currently serves as Coaching Program Manager, Leader Development Programs, at the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. One of her passions is facilitating peer coaching cohorts across the agency.

Matthew Stafford

Chief Learning Officer, Air Education and Training Command (AETC)

Dr. Matthew Stafford is the Chief Learning Officer for Air Education and Training Command, (AETC) Randolph AFB, Texas. AETC is a US Air Force Major Command, charged with designing, developing and delivering Air Force professional military and professional continuing education, technical training, and flying training, as well as leading Air Force recruiting efforts. In his role, Dr. Stafford is responsible for the redesign, and implementation of the Air Force Continuum of Learning, to include development and tracking of progress metrics as well as strategic messaging across the Air Force. He is also tasked with designing and developing the strategies, governance structures and policy infrastructure to support the full implementation of the Force Development Commander position to maximize learning effectiveness and efficiency force-wide. Prior to taking his current position, Dr. Stafford served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He is a retired Air Force officer who served on active duty for twenty-nine years.

Miguel J. Avilés

Chief, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Mr. Miguel J. Avilés-Pérez assumed the duties as the Chief of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in July 2018. He is responsible for policy development, management, planning, coordination and execution of the Coast Guard's service-wide Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programs.

Mr. Avilés is an award winning D&I Thought Leader with over a decade of experience at the Department of Defense (DOD), Civilian Personnel Policy (CPP) and the Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He is a TEDx speaker, Author of the e-book “Hispanics 101: How to Recruit, Manage and Grow your Hispanic Workforce” and has been featured in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and Telemundo. He has spoken at the Change Management Conference, the Human Capital Institute, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Management and D&I Conferences, Fortune 500 companies, and other global organizations.

Before coming to CG-127, Mr. Avilés served as the Division Chief of the Office of Recruitment and Retention Programs at BLM. He was responsible to lead five enterprise-wide programs: The White House Executive Orders Program; the Direct Hire Authority – Resource Assistant Internship Program; the Pathways Programs; the D&I Program to include 500 Diversity Change Agents and the Diversity Talent Acquisition Pilot; and the Employee Engagement and Retention Program to include the Employee Engagement Ambassadors and the Exit Interview Process.

Mr. Avilés held several other key positions in DOD. He served as the Deputy Program Manager of the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), the Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP), the DOD Managerial and Supervisory Training Program and the DoD-wide Mentoring Resource Portal. He started his federal career as a GS-4 Diversity Recruiter in Mayagüez, PR and served as an HR Specialist in the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service, Recruitment Assistance Division.

Mr. Avilés is the Chair of the Young Government Leaders (YGL) Advisory Council and immediate past President. YGL is a non-profit organization consisting of 12,000 members with the mission to educate, inspire, and transform the current and future leaders of local, state and federal government.

Mr. Avilés is a graduate of the Excellence in Government Fellows Program, the DOD DCELP and completed the OPM LEAD Certificate. He has a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. Mr. Avilés is the recipient of the HR Leadership Award of Greater Washington for Excellence in Mentoring 2014.

Mr. Avilés grew up in San Sebastián, Puerto Rico. He lives in Fort Washington, Maryland with his wife and best friend Michelle Rosa, a Program Manager with the U.S. Navy, and his two rescued puppies Bella and Stella.

Patrice Jones-Washington

Associate Coach, International Coaching Federation

Patrice Jones-Washington is an International Coaching Federation, Associate Coach Certified Executive Coach and Learning and Workforce Development professional. She provides executive coaching and career development services to individuals and teams in the federal government.

Presently, Patrice works at the Department of Justice, Human Resources Headquarters as a Senior Employee Development Specialist. She is a highly accomplished HR leader, strategic and operational professional with an extensive background in organizational development, employee engagement, program management, strategic planning and communication. Patrice’s expansive career encompasses leadership, management and coaching in the federal sector.

Patrick S. Malone

Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Patrick S. Malone, PhD is a very funny guy – just ask his daughters. He is also the Director of the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University in Washington, DC. and is an is an Executive-in-Residence in the Department of Public Administration and Policy where he teaches courses in public sector leadership, executive problem solving, organizational analysis, action learning, leadership ethics, and public administration and policy. He is a frequent guest lecturer on leadership and organizational dynamics in state and federal agencies, professional associations, and universities. Dr. Malone spent twenty-two years in the Department of Defense where he served in a number of senior leadership and policy roles including as a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Academic Director; and Dean of Academics for Navy Medicine. His most recent publications include "Thinking Up," “Selfies in the Workplace: Narcissists and the Public Manager,” “Making Assumptions? Try the Power of Inquiry,” “The Challenges That Set Public Service Apart” and “Enhancing Your Leadership by Tapping into Staff Attitudes.” His TED Talk, “Thinking about Time,” is available at and his co-edited book, The Handbook of Federal Leadership and Administration was published in November 2016.

Rhonda Carter

Associate Director for Transition and Experienced Based Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA)

Ms. Carter was appointed Associate Director for Transition and Experienced Based development in February 2017 within VHA’s Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute (HLTI). As Associate Director, she is responsible for implementing and supporting national Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Enterprise Talent Development programs and activities that fall under the purview of the HLTI.

Ms. Carter leads a staff of 10 education professionals in providing education, training and support to over 300,000 VA employees. Prior to her appointment to Associate Director, Ms. Carter served as an Education Program Manager in VA Learning University. From 2010-2017, she was the Program Manager of the Senior Executive Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) and Corporate Employee Development Board (CEDB) Training Program. Ms. Carter was instrumental in the development of the CEDB serving as a member of the Task Force and ultimately the Administrator/Program Manager. The CEDB program expanded from 30 offerings to over 300 during Ms. Carter’s time as the PM. Ms. Carter led the effort to obtain OPM Certification for the SESCDP and also was responsible for the relaunch of the program in 2016 after a 5-year pause in the program.

Ms. Carter has 24 years of public service having worked in the area of human resources development in various agencies including the Small Business Administration, Office of Personnel Management, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and the District of Columbia Courts. Ms. Carter joined the Training Officers Consortium in 2000, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2011 and was elected Chair in 2017. Ms. Carter has held multiple leadership positions in her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority on a local, regional and national level.

Ms. Carter volunteers at her church, her Homeowners Association and is actively engaged with her children’s sports activities. She is married to Rodney Carter and has 2 sons Kendall (13) and Jalen (9).

Sarah Moffat

Senior Advisor for Cyber Workforce Management, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Sarah Moffat is a senior advisor for cyber workforce management with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sarah promotes innovation and information sharing across departments and sectors in support of a strategic mission to recruit, retain, and advance a world-class cybersecurity workforce. Sarah is an exceptional and passionate speaker who's delivered keynote speeches on cybersecurity education, training, and awareness across the US. Sarah is also a TED® speaker and was honored to be admitted to TED Masterclass program in 2018.

Sarah is a recognized leader who works cross-functionally to develop and deliver insightful, impactful, and effective strategies on cybersecurity workforce development, education, and training. Sarah is the co-chair of a Federal Interagency initiative to develop and implement cyber career pathways and competency models across the government. This homegrown, agile effort has brought together 20 agencies across the government, with support from Chief Information Officers (CIO) through the Federal CIO Council. Sarah’s leadership, innovation, and creativity have earned her awards and recognition in both federal government and private sectors.

Sarah is a powerful proponent for cybersecurity education across America and has become a recognized expert and go-to speaker, continuing to promote women in cybersecurity. Sarah’s mission is educating and empowering the next generation of women in cybersecurity through education, engagement, mentorship, and training. Prior to joining the VA, Sarah was the lead for Cybersecurity Education and Professional Development at US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Suzanne Logan

Deputy Associate Director of Human Resources Solutions , U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Dr. Suzanne Logan, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is a Deputy Associate Director of Human Resources Solutions within the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), who serves dual-hatted as the Director of the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) and Director of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI). Operating within a yearly revolving-fund budget of $100M, she successfully leads all aspects of the U.S. government’s career-long professional leadership and management development programs. CLD’s Continuum of Leadership and Professional Development is delivered through FEI and the two management development centers in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado as well as through the SES Leading EDGE program, USALearning, OPM’s Innovation Design Lab, the Presidential Management Fellows program, the Presidential Executive Fellows program, the International Leadership Development program, Performance and Process Improvement program, and the Federal HR Institute. Each year over 18 million courses or programs are completed by the Federal workforce through these courses or programs.

Before joining FEI, Dr. Logan served as the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Academic Officer for Officer Education, Spaatz Center and the Chief Academic Officer, Air War College at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. She served on the J7 JPME educational advisory group, participated in updates to the CJCSI 1800 and led or participated in the joint accreditation processes of war colleges and staff colleges each year.

While working in private industry, Dr. Logan was Vice President of Academic Affairs for, a private company formed by the University of Nebraska, where she held responsibilities for the development and delivery of a completely Internet-based worldwide academic program. Earlier, she served as a Regional Manager for Texas Instruments, Inc. where she developed training programs and oversaw the training for one-third of the country.

A seventeen-year academic administrator at Texas Tech University (TTU) and a member of the graduate faculty, Dr. Logan was the guiding force behind several groundbreaking academic initiatives, including the first virtual public school district in Texas, the university’s first online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and the largest kindergarten through Master’s degree e-learning program in the country. She was one of the first members of Texas Tech’s graduate faculty to teach courses using interactive video instruction and was the first to teach online courses over the worldwide web. She led the TTU to international prominence as a pacesetter in e-learning. Dr. Logan served regularly for over a decade as a peer consultant for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Middle States Association during her university tenure and again while serving at Air University.

Dr. Logan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Midwestern State University, as well as a master’s degree in management and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from TTU. She has completed certificate programs from Harvard University, the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina, and the Center for Creative Leadership. She is a recipient of the Texas Tech University Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Logan is an Academy Fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration. She is also a member of the National Defense University Board of Visitors. Dr. Logan has consulted with organizations ranging from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to George Washington University to the government of Columbia and the European Union. She has written and presented extensively to national and international audiences on the topics of e-learning and career-long learning.

Tim Quiram

Deputy Chief, FORCECOM Training Division, United States Coast Guard

Tim Quiram is the deputy director for Coast Guard training. He lives and works in DC and is part of the Force Readiness Command, headquartered in Norfolk, VA. Tim is a certified performance technologist (, frequent presenter at professional conferences, and was the architect and a co-author of the widely read study titled “Where the Performance Issues Are and Are Not: A Meta‐Analytic Examination” first published: 07 April 2016 Tim is also a senior DHS fellow, member of the DHS surge capacity force responding to hurricane Sandy, and a graduate of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute.

Veronica Villalobos

Principal Deputy Associate Director, Employee Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Veronica Villalobos is the Principal Deputy Associate Director for Employee Services (ES) at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and was selected for the Senior Executive Service in 2010. Her responsibilities include formulating and implementing human capital strategies and policies to support Federal agencies in meeting their missions. In her role leading the Strategic Workforce Planning Center, she has driven efforts to advance evidence-based human capital management through strategic foresight, futuring methods, analytics and research. Her leadership in this area is enabling the Federal Government to better shape an informed Human Capital policy agenda by anticipating drivers that will influence and impact the Federal workforce and testing and evaluating new approaches to create effective initiatives and solutions. She also oversees the division's performance on key strategic goals like the President’s Management Agenda Workforce for the 21st Century (including reskilling, performance management and engagement, and simple and strategic hiring), and Building a Modern IT Workforce.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Villalobos served as the first Director of OPM's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She led efforts to develop, drive, and monitor strategies and initiatives designed to create a more diverse and inclusive Federal workforce and improve the quality of decision-making at all organizational levels.
Before joining OPM, Ms. Villalobos worked at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as one of the agency's first Honor Program Attorneys. From 2008 to 2010, she served as the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity where she was responsible for EEOC's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Complaint Processing and Affirmative Employment Programs. In spring 2010, Ms. Villalobos was detailed to OPM as Special Counsel to OPM's Deputy Director and Chair of the Inter-Agency Work Group on Diversity (Work Group). She coordinated the Work Group's efforts to develop a Government-wide Strategic Plan to create a Federal workplace that represents all segments of society.
In 2008, Ms. Villalobos served as the chair of the Federal Hispanic Work Group, which was charged by the EEOC Chair with examining the Hispanic community's systemic concerns about Federal sector employment and executive development. From 2000 to 2008, Ms. Villalobos was assigned to the EEOC's Office of Federal Operations where she issued decisions in cases covering the entire spectrum of alleged discrimination, including race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, and reprisal. In 2006 and 2008, she also served as a supervisory attorney and was responsible for reviewing the appellate decisions drafted by attorneys on appeals from agency and EEOC Administrative Judge decisions issued on Federal sector discrimination complaints.
In 2002, Ms. Villalobos was detailed to the EEOC's Office of Legal Counsel, where she litigated EEO and Merit System Protection Board cases on behalf of the EEOC and provided legal advice to the chair and commissioners regarding complex disability cases, as well as administrative and union matters. In 2003, she was detailed to the National Labor Relations Board, where she worked in both the chairman's office, drafting Board decisions, and the General Counsel's Contempt Litigation Division.
Ms. Villalobos was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana, in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and psychology. After graduation, Ms. Villalobos received the Telecommunications Fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, during which she gained hands-on experience at the non-profit Public Technology, Inc. She earned her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, in 2000. Ms. Villalobos is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Zina Sutch

Deputy Associate Director of Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

As Deputy Associate Director of Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Dr. Sutch leads OPM’s Government wide functions and responsibilities related to Recruitment, Policy and Outreach, Veterans Services, and Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she leads efforts to maximize and coordinate resources, delivering to Federal agencies, guidance, policies and technical assistance toward effectively, efficiently and optimally reaching Federal agency and Government wide goals. Prior to this position, she also held the position of Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at OPM.

Before joining OPM, she was Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Executive Secretariat. While there she led that office’s oversight of all correspondence for USDA Secretary Vilsack. Prior to holding that position, Dr. Sutch served as USDA’s Director of Diversity, Recruitment, and Work/Life, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration. In that role, she led the Department in the development and implementation of programs and policies that help foster a modern, diverse, and inclusive workforce. She also oversaw accountability efforts for the Secretary’s Cultural Transformation initiative, analyzing data that include diversity, hiring reform, training, and leadership, while focusing on employee engagement.

Prior to leading that Division, Dr. Sutch served as the Deputy Provost of USDA’s Virtual University and USDA’s Chief Training Officer. Her career at USDA began in 2006 when she joined the Federal Government as the Leadership Development Program Manager at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. She has been with the Federal government for close to 15 years and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of education and training in both the public and private sectors.

Before joining Federal service, Dr. Sutch worked with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Public School System assessing and developing improvement plans for low performing schools and was a faculty member at George Mason University, Bowie State University, and Baltimore University, is currently Adjunct Faculty for American University. Dr. Sutch has a doctorate degree from the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University. She currently also serves as Adjunct Faculty at American University, has two daughters and currently splits her time in Falls Church, Virginia and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay.

Dr. Kimya Lee

Senior Advisor on Strategic Human Capital Research and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO)

Dr. Lee serves as the technical expert for OCHCO to improve effectiveness by developing and utilizing a more rigorous base of information and scientific evidence to guide decisions about programs, policies, funding, implementation and management. She serves as consultant to OCHCO senior executives on the application of innovative research procedures, analytic tools, and methods of communicating findings.

Dr. Lee’s background in Social Science Research and Statistical Analysis includes more than 20 years of experience in both public and private sector organizations.

Prior to joining DHS OCHCO she served as OPM’s Senior Advisor on Research and Evaluation and prior to that she was the manager of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and OPM’s Survey Analysis Group.

As the senior advisor, Kimya oversaw OPM’s human capital research initiatives and data analytic strategy. She provided policy advice and recommendations, based on data-driven insights to OPM’s Director, Chief of Staff, and Senior Executives.

Kimya also spearheaded OPM’s Annual Research Summit, in partnership with American University’s School of Public Affairs. The summit brought together 300 academic researchers, federal practitioners, and industry partners to share research, exchange ideas, and participate in critical conversation about ways to transform Human Capital Management Policy through research, innovation, and analytics. The information and insight gained from the Research Summit was incorporated into OPM’s Research Agenda.

In 2016 Dr. Lee was a Samuel J. Heyman, Service to America medal (SAMMIES) finalist. She was nominated for turning a government-wide survey into an effective tool for managers to better understand employee views of the workplace and provide critical data for leaders to improve employee engagement, satisfaction and performance.

Dr. Lee spent 12 years in the private sector at a Westat—a statistical research firm—where she was the Senior Study Director focusing on Employee and Workforce Studies.
While at Westat, Dr. Lee lead the Department of Defense’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) survey engagement that assessed the impact, if any, a change in the DADT law would have on Military readiness. That quantitative and qualitative survey effort contributed to the major Military policy change.

Dr. Lee earned her BA in Psychology form Seton Hall University; and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Howard University. In 2015 Dr. Lee attended Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows program. She also attended programs at the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland focusing on data analytics and advance statistical analysis.