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Member Connect

SEA offers members the ability to network with peers across government – whether other SES colleagues, by community of practice, or by agency. SEA members have access to a member directory to facilitate individual networking. Other opportunities include:

The DEAN’s List
What is the DEAN's List?
The Distinguished Executives Advisory Network (DEAN) is an informal group of SEA members who have volunteered to use their experience and expertise in furtherance of SEA's policy conversations around government effectiveness/improvement and efforts to support the next generation of Senior Executives. It also provides a forum for DEAN's List members to network and connect with each other or with SEA members generally.

Who Can Participate?
SEA members who received a Presidential Rank Award during their federal career may sign up to be a part of the DEAN's List

How to Join DEAN's List:
SEA members may log in to their member profile and click on the DEAN's List option, along with signing up to mentor and join a Community of Practice. SEA will reach out to members who have elected to join the DEAN's List with further instructions and to coordinate with DEAN's List members.

What Types of Things Will DEAN's List Members Be Asked to Do?

The objective of the DEAN is to advance government effectiveness, efficiency and service by making its members' institutional and experiential knowledge more readily and easily available as a resource that can be used to enhance the operation and success of government in a manner consistent with SEA's work and purpose. This assistance may be given through a number of mechanisms including, but not limited to:

  • Roundtables with both career and/or political appointees, or both;
  • Agency and outside speaker bureaus;
  • Focus groups;
  • Working groups set up by agencies and others to improve the functioning of government and the delivery of government services;
  • Mentorship and advising programs for senior executives and those who wish to become senior executives;
  • Opportunities to share Best Practices;
  • Surveys and other methods of academic evaluation and investigation;
  • Guest lecturing and brown bags; and
  • Response to requests for advisory input/insights, as appropriate.

For the full DEAN charter, Click here.
Are You a PRA Recipient, but Not A Member of SEA? Join Today and Join the DEAN's List!

SEA-YGL Mentoring Program
SEA has partnered with Young Government Leaders (YGL) to provide mentoring to YGL members. Every year, SEA offers its members an opportunity to give back through mentoring. YGL runs a selection process for aspiring mentees and then pairs them with SEA mentors. SEA mentors agree to meet individually with their mentee and attend 2 to 3 group learning sessions.

To become a mentor, email

To learn about YGL’s process, visit 

Communities of Practice
SEA members bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the table. These are even more powerful when combined with a network of peers across government. SEA’s Communities of Practice afford members the opportunity to engage with colleagues to share information, ask questions, discuss major initiatives, and simply connect.
SEA’s current Communities of Practice are:
Human Capital

To join a Community of Practice, log in to your Member Profile and check the box. You will then be able to connect with colleagues through the Groups function and search the Member Directory.