Leadership Alumni Network

“Our alumni don’t stop learning when they graduate from our programs.”

–Leadership Alum
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This year, we presented three awards to worthy candidates:

  • The BAIR Award
  • The Leadership in Action Award
  • The Citizen Impact Award
Applications closed

Contact

For more information contact Lindsey Ryan at lryan@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 775‑6961.

The Partnership’s Leadership Alumni Network provides a meaningful way for our program graduates to continue their personal and professional development. With more than 6,000 members, it is a community committed to pursuing excellence in government through ongoing learning and knowledge sharing.

We offer a variety of programs and opportunities for alumni to connect and learn from each other and other federal leaders. Through our alumni benchmarks, alumni networking receptions, brown bags with high-level leaders, online discussions and webinars, the Network provides alumni with many development opportunities.

For more information contact Lindsey Ryan at lryan@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 775‑6961.

How to Get Involved

In addition to participating in the network’s programming, there are also three ways to play an active role in the network community: Alumni can volunteer on the Leadership Alumni Board, serve as a cohort ambassador or act as an agency point of contact.


Leadership Alumni Board

The Leadership Alumni Board is made up of volunteers from the various alumni groups and meets monthly via conference call from 3:30 to 5 p.m. EST on the third Thursday of every month to share information. To join this teleconference or to learn more about the Board and how to get involved, please email Shanda Adams or Kala Shah Surprenant.

The Board and the Partnership work together to develop a variety of activities, including networking events, social outings and continuous learning opportunities. The Board is also responsible for collecting nominations and selecting recipients of the Leadership Alumni Awards, which are given to alumni who have achieved exceptional results for their respective agencies at the annual Fall EIG graduation luncheon.

Board Co-Chairs

Shanda Adams
shanda.adams@occ.treas.gov
Kala Shah Surprenant
Kala.Surprenant@ed.gov

Board Committee Co-Chairs

Professional Development and Networking

Geoff Abbott
AbbottG@SEC.gov
Marvin Turner
Marvin.Turner@hud.gov

Communications Committee Chair
Bridgette Walton
Bridgette.G.Walton@usace.army.mil


Agency POCs

The Partnership welcomes one to two leadership alumni from each agency represented in the Partnership alumni network to serve as an agency point of contact. Agency POCs play an important leadership role in keeping alumni in their particular agency connected and informed of opportunities for networking and continuous learning. POCs are appointed for two-year terms, with the option to renew if they are still committed to fulfilling the position’s duties and have the alumni community’s support.

We estimate that POCs will spend approximately four hours each month on their duties.

The responsibilities of agency POCs may include:

  • Sending emails to Partnership alumni within your agency, including event announcements and other alumni news
  • Organizing at least one agency-wide function for alumni within your agency each year (e.g., benchmark, panel, networking event)
  • Participating in occasional strategy meetings with Partnership staff and other alumni community leaders on how to increase alumni engagement and participation
  • Fielding suggestions from alumni within your agency about future professional development and/or social networking events
  • Maintaining current contact information for other alumni within your agency
  • Helping champion the Partnership’s leadership development programs (e.g., the Excellence in Government Fellows program, Emerging HR Leaders program) to rising leaders within your respective agency
  • Serving as a point of contact and key resource for promoting the annual Leadership Alumni Awards program within your respective agency
  • Agreeing to have contact information shared with other agency POCs and cohort ambassadors to facilitate more communication and best practice-sharing between groups


Cohort Ambassadors

Play a key part in keeping your cohort connected with one another and the Partnership for Public Service’s alumni community.

The Partnership would like to welcome one to two representatives from each graduating coaching group to serve as a Cohort Ambassador. The Ambassador will play an important leadership role in keeping their cohort engaged among their group and the entire alumni community. Cohort Ambassadors are elected for one-year terms, with the option to renew if they are still committed to fulfilling the position’s duties and have the cohort’s support.

We estimate that Ambassadors will spend approximately three hours each month on Cohort Ambassador duties. Their responsibilities may include:

  • Send emails to your cohort which include event announcements and other Leadership Alumni news
  • Organize at least one reunion event for your cohort throughout the year
  • Participate in occasional strategy meetings with Partnership staff and Leadership Alumni Board members on how to increase alumni engagement and participation
  • Field suggestions from your cohort about future Leadership Alumni professional development and/or social networking events
  • Maintain current contact information for your cohort members
  • Serve as a point of contact and key resource for promoting the annual Senior Fellows Award program within your cohort
  • Agree to have contact information shared with other Cohort Ambassadors and Agency POCs to facilitate more communication and best practice-sharing between groups

Share success stories from your cohort with the Partnership. This could be anything from a promotion in the group to a results project making a difference post-program to an award given to a classmate.

Eligibility

Alumni from the following Partnership programs are considered part of the core Leadership Alumni Network:


ACF Potential Leaders Program


Department of Education leadership initiatives


DHS Fellows and Capstone Program


HHS ASPRing Leaders Program


Excellence in Government (EIG) Fellows

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Executive Master Class


Financial Leaders Program

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Emerging HR Leaders

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Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP)

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USDA IT Fellows


Alumni from short-term programs and initiatives, including Partnership Leadership Seminars, Sammies winners, Student Ambassadors and the Call to Serve Speakers Bureau, are welcome to join our affiliate Alumni Network.

“The leadership alumni network improves government because we can share the ideas that are working and change the ones that aren't.”

—Tina Barham, current Agency POC for the Navy Department and graduate of EIG Spring 2015

2017 Leadership Alumni Awards

Presented annually by the Partnership and the Leadership Alumni Board, the Leadership Alumni Awards showcase the important and high-impact work of our alumni community.


This year, we presented three awards to worthy candidates:


The BAIR Award: The winning alumnus or team will receive a $5,000 prize for their work that has improved government effectiveness, demonstrated exemplary leadership in teamwork and engaged relevant stakeholders to achieve intended goals.

Winners:
  • Susan Shelton, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Susanna Cook, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Brinda Dass, Food and Drug Administration
  • Lisa Kelleher, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Chrissy Killilay, Architect of the Capitol
  • Melissa Koval, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Donald Smith, Small Business Administration
Achivement:

Established a formal partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Dream Foundation to fulfill the final dreams of terminally ill veterans

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The Leadership in Action Award: Recognizes individuals or teams whose efforts reflect values-, people-, and results-driven leadership.

Winner:
  • Karen J. Dean, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Achivement:

Created the first ombudsman’s office at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to help employees address workplace issues in an informal, confidential and safe setting

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The Citizen Impact Award: Presented to an alumnus or team that made a significant improvement in the lives of the American people and/or the environment.

Winners:
  • Cecily Brewer, Department of State
  • Mary Rose Conroy, Department of Agriculture
  • Lynn Hull, Food and Drug Administration
  • Kamran Khaliq, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Teri Osabutey, General Services Administration
  • Jennifer Williams, Department of Health and Human Services
Achivement:

Refurbished and delivered 70 laptop computers to underprivileged students at an alternative school in rural Mississippi through the Computers for Learning program

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If you have questions or need additional information, contact Lindsey Ryan at the Partnership for Public Service at lryan@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 775-6961.

Applications closed