Presence Under Pressure
An Executive Course

Preparing executive leaders to succeed

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September 18–21

October 10-13



Group Size



SES members and highly qualified GS-15s

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Nathan Pace

Agencies’ executive leaders have immense responsibilities. Our Presence Under Pressure: An Executive Course offers intensive, high-impact sessions to help senior-level federal executives lead their agencies through complexity and change.

During the 3.5-day program, participants will visit Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss how they can collaborate effectively. Participants will also receive personalized media relations training, strengthening critical skills needed to advance agency priorities and adeptly respond during times of crisis.

In very little time, this course equips members of the Senior Executive Service to become more effective leaders who can navigate complex challenges.

Program Structure

The 3.5-day program enables participants to network and discuss common challenges with their peers from across government. Each day of the program focuses on developing specific executive-level capabilities that will help participants manage evolving leadership challenges.

We restrict the size of each group to 20 people to ensure each participant can receive individual attention.

Day 1
Afternoon session: Program Introduction

  • Participant networking
  • Overview on working with political appointees

Day 2
Working effectively with Congress

  • Half-day visit to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and discuss key topics
  • Panel discussion on effective ways to work with Congress
  • Capitol Hill debrief

Day 3
Preparing for the spotlight: Media training

  • Full-day media relations training, focusing on interacting with, presenting to and leveraging the media
    • Among other sessions, participants will practice speaking on camera, watch a recording of themselves and receive feedback to help them improve

Day 4
Driving results

  • Panel of experienced public- and private-sector executives discussing key leadership challenges, including transparency and decision making, followed by a group coaching session
  • Employee engagement best practices

How to apply

To ensure that Presence Under Pressure: An Executive Course is a meaningful experience for all participants, we verify that all applicants are either members of the Senior Executive Service or high-performing GS-15s and are capable of adequately participating in programmatic activities.

Applications must include your personal information, professional experience and objectives, up-to-date resume and supervisor information.

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