Senior Executives Association

On December 13th, 2018 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Senior Executives Association and Senior Executives Association Professional Development League will host the 2018 Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit, a full-day event offering exceptional educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities for current and aspiring government leaders.

The event will include:

  • Lunch Awards Reception Recognizing Meritorious Rank Award Winners & Evening Awards Reception Recognizing Distinguished Rank Award Winners
  • Expert Policy Panels and Educational Training Seminars Across Multiple Content Tracks on Advancing Public Leadership
  • Small-Group Speed Mentoring and Dedicated Networking Opportunities with Career Federal Leaders

The Summit will feature educational tracks that address the three most pressing areas of concern for Federal career senior leaders, including: Future of Work, Future of Workforce, Future of Workplace.

The conference will also recognize the extraordinary public service of senior career professionals by honoring the 2018 Distinguished and Meritorious recipients of the Presidential Rank Awards. The Presidential Rank Award represents the top award a civilian federal employee can receive, awarded by the President of the United States to the top 1% (Distinguished) and 5% (Meritorious) of federal employees, as nominated by their respective agencies. In 2017, more than 300 Senior Executives were among the event's 500 attendees.

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Susan Yarwood (DHS)

Priorities: I have three priorities, and they are simple:  First, to advocate for a strong civil service.  Second, to locate and leverage talent for public service.  And third, to ensure the senior career leadership is collectively recognized as a critical institution - providing effective, non-partisan stewardship of the Executive Branch.  A strong, agile, and interdependent Executive Corps is fundamental to these priorities.  We do great things individually and collectively.  But we’re not always our best champions or story-tellers.  To that end, the SEA provides meaningful insights, development, advocacy and recognition.  I’ve reached the point in my career that I’d like to contribute to our collective interests – help share our good stories and build on institutional successes.  Specifically, I’d like to work on SEA strategic communication and membership.  I’d also be interested in working on executive succession planning, (with a particular emphasis on senior leader development) as well as any civil service reform projects of interest to the Association.

SEA and other volunteer experienceI’ve been a lifetime member of the SEA since my first SES assignment in 2006, recruited new executives for the SEA and provided recruitment opportunities via SES training (APEX) in DoD.  I am on the Key Executive Leadership Board at American University.  My other volunteer work has focused on my family and community – numerous positions in the Girl Scouts, church lay committees, local school and community sports teams and, most recently, a ten-year member of the Parents’ Council at Elon University.   

Executive Professional Experience: CHCO, US Secret Service; Deputy Director, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), DoDDirector, Human Resources, WHS, DoD; Director, Enterprise Services, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Policy) (OUSDP) Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), DoD;  Deputy Director, Enterprise Services, OUSDP, OSD

Awards: Presidential Rank Award – Meritorious (2017); Meritorious Civilian Service Award (bronze cluster) – OSD/DoD; Multiple executive performance bonuses

Education: BA in Psychology, UC Berkeley; MA in Public Administration, American University

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Weekend: Closed

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