Emerging HR Leaders Forum

“This was a fantastic program. A must have for any HR professional that wishes to advance to the next level.”

–Former EHRL Participant
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DC Program: January 2018–November 2018
Virtual Program: January–May 2018




GS-9 to GS-13 federal employees

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For more information contact Chris Wingo at cwingo@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 464‑2690.

The federal HR workforce plays a critical role in bringing the most talented people into government and ensuring they have what they need to succeed. Agencies must invest in the next generation of HR leaders to secure the strength of their workforce.

The Emerging HR Leaders Forum is a professional development program for HR employees early in their federal careers. Participants develop the knowledge, perspective and professional network necessary to manage effectively and lead in the federal HR community.

We offer both an in-person program at the Partnership’s DC offices for local participants and a fully online program for those outside the DC area.

In both versions, the emerging HR leaders engage in professional development activities and learn from subject matter experts. Outside of the monthly sessions, they also work on a team capstone project, taking a deeper look into a specific topic of interest to the federal HR community. Teams produce interagency white papers, develop case studies, create HR toolkits and work on other deliverables that are shared with the group and participating agencies.

After graduation, emerging HR leaders build on the connections they developed by joining the Partnership’s Leadership Alumni Network. Multiple cohorts of the program graduate each year, providing them with an ever-growing network of federal HR professionals to engage with and learn from.

89% of participants said they gained insight into the workings of other agencies and benefited from information sharing

97% of participants said they would recommend the program to a colleague

Session Details

During the year-long program, participants remain in their full-time jobs. Those participating in the in-person program meet one day per month and spend a total of 38.5 hours in session. Those participating in the virtual program meet once every two weeks online. There are two separate and independent cohorts for the in-person program.

DC Program: Winter 2018


January 25, 2018

Your Leadership Style

February 21, 2018
February 22, 2018

Effective Communication

March 13, 2018
March 14, 2018

Building Teams

April 24, 2018
April 25, 2018

Motivating and Engaging Others

May 29, 2018
May 30, 2018

Driving Innovation

June 12, 2018
June 13, 2018

Leading at All Levels

July 24, 2018
July 25, 2018

Working Across Agency Boundaries

August 21, 2018
August 22, 2018

Managing Change

September 18, 2018
September 19, 2018

Capstone Project Presentations

October 16, 2018
October 18, 2018

Program Synthesis

November 7, 2018
November 8, 2018


November 29, 2018

Virtual Program: Winter 2018


January 11, 2018

Your Leadership Style

January 25, 2018

Effective Communication

February 8, 2018

Motivating and Engaging Others

February 22, 2018

Midpoint Check-In

March 8, 2018

Managing Change

March 22, 2018

Working Across Agency Boundaries

April 5, 2018

Driving Innovation

April 19, 2018

Final Project Presentations

May 3, 2018

Program Synthesis and Graduation

May 17, 2018

How to apply

Applicants for Emerging HR Leaders must be high-performing and high-potential HR employees in the early stages of their federal careers (within the first ten years). Most participants are at a GS-9 through GS-13 grade level. Program content is geared toward highly motivated, aspiring leaders who demonstrate a willingness to develop professionally, engage with their peers and contribute to group discussions and team projects. We ensure all applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the programs to ensure the high quality of the experience for all program participants.

Completed applications must include your personal information, professional experience and objectives, up-to-date resume and letter of reference from your supervisor. Carefully consider your short-answer responses to ensure your government career objectives align with our high expectations of participants.

You do not need to complete the application in one session; you may save your application and return to it later.

If you have further questions, please see the FAQ section.

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“Treasury is a strong supporter and participant in the Partnership’s Emerging HR Leaders Program. We have had two dozen graduates from across all our bureaus. This is exactly the type of program critical to developing the strategic partners we need.”

—Anita Blair, Chief Human Capital Officer, Department of the Treasury


Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: The Emerging HR Leaders Forum is for high-potential HR employees in the early stages of their federal careers. An emerging HR leader:

  • Demonstrates a willingness to learn and develop professionally
  • Enjoys engaging with peers and meaningfully contributing to group discussions
  • Has the ability to commit fully to the program
  • Is typically within the first ten years of a federal career
  • Is normally at the GS-9 through GS-13 grade level

Q: What application materials must I provide to be eligible?

A: You are required to submit one letter of reference from your immediate supervisors and a copy of your resume. Your resume should include all professional work experience, including nongovernmental experience.

Q: How will I know if I’m accepted?

A: You will receive an email from a Partnership representative notifying you of your acceptance status within one week after the application deadline. If we have an agreement with your agency to accept you as part of an internal selection process, you will receive word from your agency first, but your acceptance is not confirmed until you have received a notification from us. We do not have a maximum number of participants—we are able to accommodate a large and diverse group for each cohort.

Q: I’m no longer able to attend, can I defer my enrollment? Will I receive a refund?

A: Yes, you can defer your enrollment, but only if you paid your tuition prior to the tuition deadline of the program year for which you applied. If you have not, you will need to reapply. We do provide credits or refunds to agencies who have paid but are no longer able to send participants to the program. If you have participated in one or more sessions, we will determine the credit or refund amount on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Can I reapply if I am not accepted into the program?

A: Yes, you are able to reapply as long as you meet the program’s minimum qualifications. However, please check with your agency prior to reapplying—we do limit the number of accepted participants from a single agency in order to maintain a sufficient diversity of agency perspectives.

Q: Is there an application fee?

A: No.

Q: How much is tuition?

A: Tuition is $2,500, which includes all course materials (e.g., books, articles and management tools), online collaboration tools for team projects, and access to the Partnership’s resources, expertise and networks.

Q: When is the tuition deadline, and what are the options for tuition payment?

A: Pay should be arranged prior to the first session (the specific date will be provided in the first program communication to accepted applicants). Your agency is responsible for paying tuition. We do not accept payment from individual applicants. We will include a tuition form in the pre-program communication describing the acceptable forms of payment.

We accept the following forms of payment: credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express), purchase order or Standard Form 182 (SF-182). The Tuition Form will provide instructions to request a purchase order that can be paid by your agency through Automated Clearing House transfer or check.

We will work directly with the agency POC (e.g., training coordinator, human resources specialist, etc.) responsible for paying your tuition, but we will need you to provide us with the name, email and phone number of the POC. Any tuition status update requests should go through your agency POC.

Q: What should I do if I have to miss parts of a session or an entire session? Do you offer make-up sessions?

A: Graduation from Partnership programs is contingent upon full attendance and participation in sessions. In the event of a conflict, please notify a Partnership staff members as soon as possible, even before the first session is held. Should you miss any part of a session, we will arrange for you to attend the same session held during the following year’s program. We only offer make-up sessions within the same program year for the first session.

Q: Where will the sessions take place?

A: All classroom sessions will take place at the Partnership (see address below). There will be off-site visits throughout the program to federal agencies as well as nongovernmental organizations in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Participants will be notified of these visits in advance.

The Partnership for Public Service
1100 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200 East
Washington, DC 20005

Q: Will I take any personality assessments as part of the program?

A: Yes, we administer and facilitate debriefs on various assessments, including emotional intelligence 360s, the Strength Deployment Inventory, DiSC and the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator. The assessments will vary depending on your program.