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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SEA and NAPA news


The National Academy of Public Administration and the Senior Executives Association (SEA) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on projects to achieve the organizations’ shared goals of effective and efficient government, modern management practices within the federal government, and strong public confidence in career civil servants’ ability to carry out their mission.

This announcement was made during Public Service Recognition Week, which takes place May 7-13.

“We are pleased to partner with the Senior Executives Association on select projects, which will strengthen our ability to make progress on challenging public administration issues,” said Terry Gerton, President and CEO of the Academy. “The SEA and the Academy share many of the same goals, which is to see government work well for all and for our citizens to understand and appreciate the good work and dedication of career civil servants. With this Memorandum, we can join forces to help achieve that.”

“NAPA is a recognized thought leader in Washington and we are honored to partner with them to address important challenges confronting the Federal government,” said Bill Valdez, President of the SEA. “Through this MOU we are joining forces to improve public perceptions about the value of public service through rigorous research and innovative projects. We believe that NAPA’s deep analytical capabilities combined with the experience and knowledge of senior career leaders will move the needle in a positive way.”

The MOU between the Academy and SEA identifies the following goals:

  • Developing rigorous solutions that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government;
  • Creating leadership programs and policies designed to bring 21st Century management practices to the federal government; and,
  • Improving public perceptions about the role of the federal government and restoring public confidence in the ability of the career civil service to deliver on the vital missions that have been entrusted to the government.

Under the MOU, the Academy and SEA will develop proposals for projects to achieve the organizations’ shared objectives, including:  

  • Partnering to jointly develop specific recommended solutions for issues;
  • Partnering to jointly provide conferences that offer training and development for Senior Executive Service participants;
  • Developing joint responses to grant solicitations;
  • Facilitating exchanges with other organizations outside of the MOU; and,
  • Additional forms of co-operation, including publications, seminars and conferences. 

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