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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Tim Dirks Named SEA Interim President

The Senior Executives Association’s Board of Directors has named former Board member and former SEA staff member Tim Dirks as Interim President.

He will serve while a search is conducted for the next President.Tim Dirks

SEA is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and continues its commitment to support good government, effective management and the essential role of the career Senior Executive service to meet those goals.

Barbara Pabotoy, chair of the SEA board commented, “Tim is an exemplary senior executive with extensive public and private sector experience. He will serve the Association well, implementing our strategic approach to support Senior Executive Service and Senior Professional employees as the basis for efficient and effective government management.”

Dirks retired from the Federal government in 2002 after over 32 years of service, the last ten of which were as the Director of Human Resources Management at the Department of Energy. Dirks also worked as a senior HR expert and manager at several agencies, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Following his retirement from the Federal government, Dirks engaged in various types of human resources and management consulting activities with GRA, Inc. as well as the Partnership for Public Service and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). He has also served as a part-time instructor in Catholic University’s Masters in Human Resources program, teaching courses focusing on Federal HR management from 2007 to 2013.

OPM and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recognized Dirks for the development of some of the government’s best human capital management programs. He twice received the prestigious Presidential Meritorious Rank Award (in 1996 and 2001) for his executive leadership achievements as a member of the Senior Executive Service and for his pioneering work in Federal human resources management.

He received a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. (concentration in HR) from the George Washington University, and an M.A. in Transpersonal Studies from the Atlantic University. A member of SEA since 1992, he served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2004, was Treasurer from 1999-2003, served on SEA’s staff as Director of Member and Agency Liaison from June 2013 to August 2014, and has consulted with SEA on occasion since leaving his staff post.

The Senior Executives Association (SEA) is a professional association representing Senior Executive Service members and other career federal executives. Founded in 1980, SEA’s goals are: to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and productivity of the federal government; to advance the professionalism and advocate the interests of career federal executives; and to enhance public recognition of their contributions. The SEA Professional Development League (PDL) is a nonprofit educational organization committed to advancing the professionalism of career federal executives through the sponsorship of training, recognition, and research activities.
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