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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Karen Durham-Aguilera (Army)

Ms. Karen Durham-Aguilera is the Executive Director of Army National Military Cemeteries. As the Executive Director, Ms. Durham-Aguilera reports directly to the secretary of the Army and is dual-hatted as Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) Staff Principal and Executive Director of the Direct Reporting Unit, U.S. army Element Arlington National Cemetery.

Ms. Durham-Aguilera most recently served as the Director of Contingency Operations and Office of Homeland Security, Headquarters, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. As Director, she was responsible for the USACE Homeland Security mission support of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Army, and the Department of Defense. She served as the Agency Principal for all USACE efforts to assist Federal, state and local emergency management and response organizations to prepare, respond and recover to any emergency or disaster, for natural or manmade hazards. Ms. Durham-Aguilera’s portfolio included leading USACE efforts in flood risk management and critical water resources infrastructure resilience, and supporting Combatant Commands with forward field engineering assets for overseas contingency operations.

• 2007-2011, SES Director of Task Force Hope, New Orleans, LA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
• 2003-2007, SES Director of Programs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwest Division
• 2005, SES Director, Reconstruction Programs, U.S. Army Project and Contracting Office, Baghdad, Iraq
• 1985- 2003, Numerous positions home and abroad, construction, operations, and engineering, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

• University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, MEng, Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering
• University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, BS, Civil Engineering
• Harvard Kennedy School of Government, National Preparedness Leadership Institute

• Harvard Kennedy School of Government, National and International Security for Senior Executives
• Army Senior Executive Advanced Course, University of Virginia
• Army Senior Executive Intermediate Course, University of Notre Dame
• Department of Defense, APEX for Senior Executives
• Registered Professional Engineers (Civil), State of Louisiana

• American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2016 Government Civil Engineer of the Year
• Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service
• Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service
• Silver Order and Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal
• Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism

• Society of American Military Engineers
• American Society of Civil Engineers
• Army Engineers Association
• Senior Executive Association (Board of Directors)

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