AI Federal Leadership Program Quick Details Location Virtual, Washington, D.C. Duration 18 hours | 6 months Dates April–September 2023 Cost Free Audience SES and select GS-15s For more information, contact: Julia Barr [email protected] (202) 775–2756 AI Federal Leadership Program Artificial intelligence has the potential to improve how government works—more so than any other recent technological innovation. From increasing efficiency to finding data insights that enhance the customer experience, AI is an invaluable tool for federal leaders to serve the public and transform their agencies. But to capitalize on these benefits, leaders must understand AI fundamentals and how to use AI effectively. Through a partnership with Microsoft and Google, we are creating a cohort of senior leaders across government who are prepared to guide their agencies’ AI strategy. This program is designed to: Educate agency decision-makers on the opportunities around AI. Highlight best practices for how to make the case for and develop AI solutions. Prepare leaders to incorporate AI technology into their strategies and equip their workforce. The Partnership has extensive experience delivering leadership development programs that support federal employees at all levels. This program is offered to select senior executives and GS-15s at no cost to federal agencies. Application closed Details PDF How to Apply We have high standards for our participants. We will evaluate applications based on numerous criteria to ensure that individuals selected for the program are interested in developing a vision for AI and leading change at their agencies. Applicants should be senior executives or GS-15s who are committed to attending all six virtual or in-person session dates in Washington, D.C. Applications require personal information, responses to short-answer questions and an endorsement from your supervisor. Please note, many agencies have specific application guidelines for their employees. Before submitting your application, please make sure that you are following your agency’s internal guidelines for participation in this program. Application closed. 93% of participants agree that they have a greater understanding of adopting and managing AI. “It’s given me a broader understanding of AI capabilities and challenges and has frontloaded the question of, ‘Can AI assist with this?’ for future endeavors” —Former participant Program Structure The program includes six half-day virtual or in-person sessions presented monthly over the course of six months. Each session is three hours long and held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT/EST. Select in-person sessions are followed by an optional one-hour networking lunch. The program also includes a one-hour virtual orientation session. Virtual orientation and virtual participants will join via Zoom for Government. Participants will choose to participate in the full program either virtually or in-person. Please note that participants will not be permitted to switch between options during the program. All in-person sessions will take place at the Partnership for Public Service offices in Washington, D.C. and applicants who live in the D.C. metro area are highly encouraged to join the in-person program. Dates OrientationApril 13 (Virtual, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT/EST) Session 1: AI fundamentalsThursday, April 20 Set a vision for AI and its potential in government Relate mission outcomes to state-of-the-art AI technology Begin building an AI community of practice as executive leaders in government Session 2: Designing AI strategyThursday, May 18 Develop a holistic AI strategy Transform business processes with AI Link strategy to mission impact with tools and application Session 3: Fostering an AI-ready cultureThursday, June 15 Communicate the importance of culture and the implications for the workforce Create champions for AI Effectively lead change and manage risk in building an AI-ready culture Session 4: Establishing AI governanceThursday, July 13 Select models for AI governance Develop guiding processes for AI structure Create accountability for the effective use of AI Session 5: Responsibly leading AIThursday, Aug. 10 Understand the negative effects of AI and its default to bias and injustice Design AI around values that promote diversity, equity and inclusion Establish principles for the responsible use of AI Session 6: The future of AI in governmentThursday, Sept. 7 See AI’s potential in positively impacting the public good Synthesize learning from the program Create accountability and action plan for leading AI in government Executive Coaches Once accepted into the program, each participant will be assigned to a cohort led by an executive coach. Our executive coaching team is dedicated to helping participants reach their leadership goals. Our coaches possess a common set of core qualifications and bring a diverse set of backgrounds, global perspectives and training styles to the AI Federal Leadership Program. Many are former federal leaders from a wide variety of agencies, and all have extensive experience in executive leadership coaching, organizational development, and training and facilitation in the public sector. “I really appreciated being a part of the AI Federal Leadership Cohort. I learned a lot from the exposure to the topic and loved the insight I gained from experts and other federal executive colleagues about the relevant issues involved in developing AI projects and products. I am grateful for the investment made to convene us and ignite conversations about possibilities.” —Former participant Staff Partnership staff will work with you throughout the AI Federal Leadership Program to ensure that your experience goes smoothly. Mark Lerner Director, Technology & Innovation About Julia Barr Manager and Facilitator About Rachel Bixby Associate About FAQs Who is eligible to apply? The AI Federal Leadership Program is designed for members of the Senior Executive Service/Equivalents and select GS-15s. How will I know if I’m accepted? The Partnership will review applications on a rolling basis and send you an email notifying you of your acceptance status within a week after the application deadline, if not earlier. Can I reapply if I am not accepted into the program? Yes, you can reapply if you meet the program’s minimum qualifications. What should I do if I must miss parts of a session or an entire session? Do you offer makeup sessions? Graduation from Partnership programs is contingent upon full attendance and participation in our training sessions. In the event of a conflict, please notify a Partnership staff member as soon as possible, even before the first session is held. Should you miss any part of a session, we will work with you to provide resources for content missed. Where will the sessions take place? Participants will choose to participate in the full program either virtually or in-person. All in-person sessions will take place at the Partnership for Public Service offices in Washington, D.C. and applicants who live in the D.C. metro area are highly encouraged to join the in-person program. Zoom for Government is the platform used for virtual participants.