Leadership Alumni Network

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

–Leadership Alum
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For more information contact Derrick Taylor at dtaylor@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 292-1006.

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 Derrick Taylor at dtaylor@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 292-1006.

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 via conference call to share information. To join this teleconference or to learn more about the Board and how to get involved, please email Derrick Taylor at dtaylor@ourpublicservice.org.

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

Communications Committee Chair
Princess Martin
Princess.L.Martin@HUD.gov
Sarah Wear
Sarah.Wear@VA.gov

Advisor to Co-Chairs

Tony Notaro
Tony.Notaro@SSA.gov


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

Partnership for Public Service Outstanding Alumni Award

Presented annually by the Partnership for Public Service and the Leadership Alumni Board, this award showcases the important and high-impact work of our alumni community. The award is given to an alumnus/a or alumni-led team who exemplify public service through their work to improve the lives of the American people at home or abroad; or through work that transforms government operations for greater mission impact.

Award Eligibility and Submission Guidelines

Nominations for the Leadership Alumni Award are open to all members of the Partnership’s core Leadership Alumni network. Core Alumni are those who graduated from the Partnership’s long-term development programs:

  • ACF Potential Leaders Program
  • Department of Education leadership initiatives
  • DHS Fellows and Capstone Program
  • Emerging HR Leaders
  • Excellence in Government (EIG) Fellows
  • Executive Master Class
  • Federal IT Leaders Program
  • Financial Leaders Program
  • HHS ASPRing Leaders Program
  • Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP)
  • USDA IT Fellows
Guidelines
  • Nominations for the 2018 Leadership Alumni Award closed on June 4, 2018
  • All submissions must be completed using the online form by the deadline
  • Individuals involved in the selection process may not submit nominations
  • Self-nominations will be accepted with the appropriate references
  • Submissions that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee

Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed according to the award criteria below. Please ensure the nomination describes how the person or team met the criteria.

Awardee(s) is determined by the Partnership for Public Service and the Leadership Alumni Board, following review and vetting of the nominations. Vetting may include interviews for clarification or additional information, reference checks and review of additional source material. The award recipient(s) is honored at the Excellence in Government Fellows graduation luncheon in August.

Selection Criteria

Nominees can be graduates from any program year, but nominations should highlight a recent accomplishment. The selection committee will assess the impact and innovation of the accomplishment, and public service values and leadership demonstrated by the nominee(s) in achieving the accomplishment.

1. Impact
  • To what extent does the accomplishment improve the lives of the American people at home or abroad; or, transform government operations for greater mission impact?
  • To what extent is the accomplishment designed to yield ongoing benefits and efficiencies?
  • To what extent has this accomplishment made a significant impact on the lives of the American people?
  • To what extent has this accomplishment the potential to be applied more broadly within the agency or replicated in other federal agencies or sectors? Have any steps been taken within the agency or to other agencies to share or replicate this accomplishment more broadly?
2. Innovation
  • To what extent did the nominee(s) introduce a new approach to simplify and improve government?
  • To what extent did the nominee(s) use an innovative, creative approach to build upon and advance an existing product, service or resource?
  • To what extent did the nominee(s) demonstrate a willingness to take risks to achieve the end goal?
3. Public Service Values
  • To what extent does the individual or team model exemplary behavior, integrity and an understanding and commitment to the core values of public service?
  • To what extent does the individual or team promote these values within their organization?
4. Leadership
  • To what extent does the individual or team promote collaboration and teamwork within their agency and/or across agencies and sectors?
  • To what extent can this individual or team influence and motivate others to accomplish collective goals?
  • What challenges did the individual or team have to overcome to implement their initiative?

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Derrick Taylor at the Partnership for Public Service at dtaylor@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 292-1006.

Nominations closed

Past Recipients

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.

In 2017, we presented three awards to worthy candidates:

The BAIR Award: The winning alumnus or team received 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
Achievement:

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: Recognized individuals or teams whose efforts reflect values-, people-, and results-driven leadership.

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

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
Achievement:

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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