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Partnership Leadership Seminars

Our Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® research shows that leadership is the number one driver of organizational performance—yet federal employees consistently indicate that this is where government underperforms most significantly. With a focus on the practical application of classroom lessons, our two-day Partnership Leadership Seminars develop participants’ leadership skills and help federal agencies build the long-term, in-house capacity to innovate and solve management problems.


Leaders learn best by doing. We invite participants to bring challenges they are currently facing on the job into the classroom. We then help each participant create an action plan to improve their performance and we provide ongoing guidance after each seminar to ensure the implementation of lessons learned. With this emphasis on action, we help translate classroom lessons into results.

Program Benefits

Seminar participants will:

  • Learn how to apply best practices from the public and private sectors
  • Participate in interactive class discussions and exercises
  • Reinforce class lessons by creating an action plan to address real-time challenges
  • Receive after-class support from Partnership staff after classes to ensure implementation
  • Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Units
  • Become a member of the Partnership’s Leadership Alumni Network
  • Participate in Partnership programs such as seminars, workshops and events held to release research reports
  • Gain access to resources, information and best practices from agencies across government

My experience was all positive. The approach was like a breath of fresh air in comparison to other seminars I have attended. New, progressive and out of the box!

— Former Seminar Participant

The seminar broke down the process of overcoming challenges into basic, meaningful steps that were relevant to any agency or situation.

— Former Seminar Participant

The seminar helped me think of ways to challenge my approach to be more innovative in my work.

— Former Seminar Participant


Who Should Apply

We set recommended GS grade ranges for each of our seminars to ensure that the content is appropriate for participants. Throughout the class, we encourage participants to discuss their challenges and develop solutions jointly. For this reason, we want to ensure that our participants have similar levels of experience. If you are not in the recommended grade range for a seminar you think would benefit you professionally, please contact Rachel Klein-Kircher at for more information.


All sessions will take place at the Partnership’s offices in Washington, D.C.


The cost for a two-day seminar is $995* and includes:

  • All session facilitation and program support
  • Course materials (e.g., assessments, books, articles and management tools)
  • Breakfast and lunch for the two days
  • Access to the Partnership’s resources, expertise and networks
  • Invitations to ongoing activities

*A discount is available for Federal Human Capital Collaborative members.

Our Results

99% of participants found our facilitators to be highly effective.

98% of participants would recommend our seminars.

94% of participants said the seminar effectively increased their skills.

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For more information contact Rachel Klein-Kircher at


Open Seminars

Driving Innovation
Recommended for GS-12 to GS-14
OPM Competency: Results Driven and Leading Change
Continuing Education Units: 1.5

This session will focus on:

  • Identifying root causes of challenges you face at work
  • Learning fresh approaches to innovation from best-practice public and private organizations
  • Testing ideas in a supportive and engaging environment
  • Implementing solutions upon returning to the office
  • Networking with leaders across government

Custom Seminars

If you are interested in arranging these courses for your agency, please contact Alex Schroeder at

Motivating and Leading People
Recommended for First- and Second-line Supervisors
OPM Competency: Leading People
Continuing Education Units: 1.5

This session will focus on:

  • Better understanding your leadership style and that of your colleagues
  • Adapting your leadership style to the needs of your employees
  • Coaching and motivating both your struggling team members and your best performers
  • Delegating effectively to your employees and peers
  • Networking and action planning with leaders across government

Leading From Your Level
Recommended for GS-9 to GS-12
OPM Competency: Results Driven and Building Coalitions
Continuing Education Units: 1.5

This session will focus on:

  • Exploring your leadership style and that of your colleagues
  • Building credibility and influence within your organization
  • Expanding your professional and personal networks
  • Leading peers without authority
  • Strengthening your relationship with your manager
  • Action planning to ensure that you can apply lessons learned to your job