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                                          SEA Development Programming 2019-2020

SEA provides members with opportunities to refresh skills, identify new leadership and management tools, build networks, and access information on important issues across government. Some programming will be of interest to all SEA members, while some will be targeted specifically toward senior leaders or those in the leadership pipeline.

Below are the types of sessions and topics SEA will focus on in the coming year. Subject matter and speakers may change, but the framework will be used to ensure leaders have a chance to continue their professional learning journey.

Developing Tactical Tools - Real World Use Cases

Sessions in this category will focus on building and understanding tools that can be put to use in agencies and programs. Senior leaders do not need to be experts in the tools, but they need to know they exist, understand how they might be used, know what questions to ask in considering different tools/application, and feel empowered to unleash their teams to test these tools in tackling their work. Tools might include:
• Journey-mapping and user centered design
• Organizational health and using the EVS
• 2nd generation performance management
• Building an internal communications program
• Using data to solve a policy problem
• Creating a culture of evidence-based decision making, performance and results
• Stakeholder Analysis, Mapping & Engagement
• Building an enterprise risk management culture
• Strengthening Data Literacy
• Behavioral Sciences and how to use them on programs
• Identifying competencies, assessments, and how to use them to identify the right people for the right job at the right time
• Building an integrated C-Suite or lines through components

Continued Leadership Development - Focus on Leadership Skills

Sessions in this category focus on skill development and refreshers that senior leaders may not have experienced before. These sessions are focused more on critical skills and self-development, and might include:
• Mindfulness & Mindset
• Strategic Forgiveness
• Confirmation Bias
• Design Thinking
• Systems Thinking
• Receiving Feedback
• Facilitation for Senior Leaders
• Creating a learning culture in your team/organization
• Leading & Managing Across Generations

Enterprise Experiences

These sessions will bring together senior leaders from across government for in depth discussions on particular management challenges. This might include hiring, performance management, creating a data driven culture, employee engagement, etc. Participants will identify common challenges, share workarounds and solutions, and identify potential paths forward for further exploration.

Leader Roundtables

These sessions will allow a small group of career leaders to meet with Administration, Congressional, and Private sector leaders for an off-the record, in depth look at hot topics. These will be open to career federal employees only and will be fewer than 25 participants to allow for discussion. Possible speakers include:
• Suzanne Kent, Federal CIO, on the new data strategy
• Update on the work of the National Commission on Public Service
• US House & Senate Members
• Media Behind the Scenes on how reporters do their job, what they look for in stories, how federal employees can be better prepared if speaking to the press, what trends they see as top stories in government
• OMB & OPM Leadership
• AI - ethics, usage, workforce, etc - thinking ahead through foresighting

Building the Leadership Pipeline Sessions

These sessions are aimed at GS-12-15 employees looking to build skills, networks, and further their career journey. Possible topics include:
• Coaching at all levels of your career
• Developing & Writing ECQs
• All about the SES
• 21st century leadership skills, beyond the ECQs
• Building emotional intelligence
• Mindfulness
• Continuous Process Improvement
• What it means to be a leader - leading at all levels