10 Oct 2018 17:00 : FED Talks: Diversity & Inclusion: Creating An Inclusive Culture

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October 10, 2018

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Root Room

1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036

Diversity & Inclusion: Creating An Inclusive Culture with Nicole Cozier

October 10, 2018

Speaker: Nicole Cozier, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Human Rights Campaign


Nicole has more than 20 years of non-profit experience in the direct service, advocacy and philanthropic sectors. Most of Nicole's career has been focused on gender equity; however, in the words of Audre Lorde - "there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives," so a lens of diversity, inclusion and cultural competency has always been a central component of her work. Nicole describes her current position as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Human Rights Campaign as "a perfect culmination of her experience and her passion for work with deep personal significance." In this role, Nicole is responsible for designing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives that shape diversity, equity and inclusion philosophy and turns it into core organizational practice. She also manages the D&I team. Nicole is also a member of the Equity Advisory Board for Mission Partners - a woman-owned and led, mission-focused consultancy working to advance social justice and causes that result in an equitable future for all.

Immediately prior to joining HRC, Nicole spent 8 years on the staff of Washington Area Women's Foundation in various positions, the last of which was as Chief Operating Officer. Cultivating excellence among staff and maintaining an organizational environment where staff could thrive was a core priority in this role in addition to the development and cross-organizational implementation of the organization's strategic goals.

Nicole holds an MBA and MS from Temple University, as well as an honors bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto. A resident of the metro Washington area for more than 18 years, Nicole has also lived in Philadelphia, New Jersey, USVI, Canada and Barbados. Nicole currently lives in Northern Virginia with her wife and daughter.

Talk Description:

There has been fairly consistent consensus that we need diversity-in teams, organizations and society as a whole-if we are to change, grow and innovate. Being around people who are different from us requires us to engage differently, more thoughtfully and makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working. Less clear is how we create an environment that can both sustain diversity over time, and leverage the power and potential inherent in it. Part of the reason why diversity efforts aren't sustainable is because there is insufficient intentionality about creating inclusive environments - not simply by being nice to each other and having sound policies - but in truly examining the environments in which we work and the ways that the very systems of oppression that plague our society play out in our workplaces and undermine even the most well intentioned diversity efforts. In this session, we will deepen our understanding of inclusion (as it pertains to our workplace) and what often gets in the way of creating inclusive environments. Then we will explore some strategies to overcome those obstacles.

Save the Dates for our 2018 Fed Talks:

* Wednesday, December 5 

Diversity & Inclusion: A Year in Review

Presented by the School of Public Affair's Key Executive Leadership Programs

In an effort to keep our current students and alumni engaged, and as an enrichment service to the greater federal community, the Key Executive Leadership Program presents the "Key Executive FED Talks." 

These sessions occur several times a year, and are complimentary.


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19 Oct 2018 13:00 : Women in Government Relations Fall Golf Event: Links & Drinks

This fall WGR has partnered with the Women's Bar Association (WBA) for a fun afternoon out of the green! Join us for a clinic or 9-hole practice course.

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When: Friday, October 19, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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East Potomac Golf Course
972 Ohio Dr SW,
Washington, District of Columbia  20024
United States
Contact: WGR Office


Online registration is available until: 10/19/2018 

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26 Oct 2018 18:30 : AFCEA Bethesda Roaring 20 Years of Giving Gala

Roll the dice with AFCEA Bethesda at our annual, premiere social event as we dive underground to a prohibition-style event. Imagine champagne towers, oysters and caviar dancing on your tongue as your body dances to the swing music played by the big jazz band. Interested in fun and games? We’ll have blackjack, craps, roulette and more if you’re the bettin’ type. If that isn’t enough to get your toes tapping, how about out-bidding government executives and industry professionals alike on silent and live auction items - Napa wineries? Casino excursions? Speakeasy date nights? Will you bid for the top item? It’s sure to be the bees knees. Flappers and gangsters welcome.


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02 Nov 2018 08:00 : November New Member Meet & Greet

Whether you joined SEA to strengthen your network, find career advancement opportunities, access professional development opportunities, or to support the senior leadership corps through advocacy, SEA has something for you.

Join us on the 3rd to meet SEA’s President and Executive Director, mingle informally with your colleagues, and learn about the member services that SEA provides. We also want to hear from you directly about the ways in which SEA can support your leadership career.

This event is an informal meet & greet, so stay for a few minutes or join us for the entire hour. We look forward to meeting you.

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07 Nov 2018 18:30 : 41st Roger Jones Award Ceremony

Mayflower Hotel

1127 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC 20036


November 7, 2018

Ceremony: 6:30pm

Reception to follow. 

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41st Roger Jones Award Ceremony

Presented by the School of Public Affair's Key Executive Leadership Programs

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to invite you to attend the Roger W. Jones Award Ceremony to celebrate outstanding leaders in public service, presented by the School of Public Affairs, Key Executive Leadership Programs, at American University.

Since 1978, the Roger W. Jones Award has annually recognized two federal career executives of the Senior Executive Service who have demonstrated superior leadership in achieving their agency's mission and developing future managers.

Recipients of the Roger W. Jones Award will be honored in a special ceremony at American University in the fall and receive a $2,500 cash award.

Thank you for taking the time to help us honor the senior federal executives whose commitment to the work and mission of the government constitutes exceptional public service. I look forward to seeing you all at the Roger W. Jones Award Ceremony.


Patrick Malone

Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

School of Public Affairs, American University

For questions regarding tickets, please contact Jennifer Tether, jtether@american.edu.

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