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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Results are In: SEA Member Survey

We asked and you answered.

SEA’s recent mini-survey provided intriguing insights into the current thinking of SEA members.

The following are the results, with a typical comment for each of the answers:


Q: What is your biggest challenge as a leader in government?

A: In rank order:

  1. Unclear political leadership.
  2. Budget uncertainty.
  3. Lack of resources.
  4. Quality of human capital.
  5. Too much time spent of fire drills.
  6. Public perception of, trust in government.

Typical Comment: “All of these are equally challenging!  It’s the confluence of these challenges that keeps me up at night and prevents effective leadership.”


Q: Do you currently feel empowered?  (Empowered defined:  As a leader to run your program/organization effectively and efficiently.)

A: 44% said yes.

Typical Comment: “Yes, but eroding quickly with hiring freeze, budget uncertainty and IT mandates.”

     56% said no.

Typical Comment: “I can make program decisions to the extent that I have funding…but I have no control over my payroll and no control over HR practices that ultimately limit what I can do.”


Q: What are areas of government reform that could help you do your job better?

A: In rank order:

  1. Improved business processes.
  2. Civil service reform.
  3. Budget reform.
  4. Improving cyber capabilities.
  5. Flattening organizational hierarchies.
  6. Other:  HR reform, primarily improved labor/management relations.

Typical Comment: “Every item listed has been touted for years as the latest savior for government effectiveness and efficiency, but all result in morale draining and distracting fire-drills that do nothing to improve government effectiveness.  Stability, and allowing leaders to focus on the organization’s mission would do more than anything.”


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