Excellence in Government Fellows Program

For government to carry out missions ranging from defending against cyberattacks to promoting health and wellness for all Americans, agencies need the absolute best leaders at the helm.

The Excellence in Government Fellows program is the premier leadership development course for federal employees at the GS-14 to GS-15 levels. For more than 30 years, EIG has trained federal employees on the skills and strategies they need to lead. Empowered by their experience, our graduates go on to develop and implement innovative solutions to address the federal government’s biggest challenges and improve their agencies’ effectiveness.

We at the Partnership for Public Service remain fully committed to our nonprofit, nonpartisan mission. We also remain fully committed to you and your development. To help you continue to achieve your agency’s mission and grow your skills during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing with all programs and will carry them out virtually. Just like our in-person sessions, each virtual offering uses research-supported methods from highly experienced facilitators.

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Quick Details


April 2021 – March 2022, 26 total days
Virtual and in-person sessions




GS-14 to GS-15 federal employees

Program Details PDF


For more information contact Chris Wingo at [email protected] or
(202) 464-2690.

An EIG for a new era of government

The mission of government hasn’t changed, but the challenges facing agencies are evolving quickly and so are the tools for addressing them. Federal leaders need a professional development program that instills fundamental leadership principles while also providing them with up-to-date tools to help them adapt in a rapidly shifting environment.

In the fall of 2019, EIG began implementing its own innovations. The program will continue to offer key components that have made EIG such a unique leadership development opportunity over the past 30 years and will incorporate new elements to help participants address 21st-century issues most effectively.

1. New session structure

  • Longer in-person sessions: Previously, EIG would meet for three- to four-day sessions over the course of 11 months. Starting this fall, each of our six sessions will last a half- or full-day longer than in the past, giving fellows additional content and more in-person executive coaching as well as extra time between sessions to practice implementing lessons learned
  • Three new virtual sessions: Responding to feedback that virtual teams and meetings are becoming more common in agencies, we have added three two-hour virtual sessions, so fellows can practice learning how to interact in a virtual environment.

2. Greater emphasis on the Executive Core Qualifications

  • The Executive Core Qualifications are the competencies leaders must have to enter the Senior Executive Service, according to the Office of Personnel Management. EIG sessions continue to focus on different aspects of the ECQs, and now includes a deeper and more intentional focus on hands-on practice in the classroom.

3. Updated and expanded content

  • New objectives and evaluation tools: The objectives we set at the beginning of each session are critical for establishing the participants’ focus and helping them determine whether they achieved their goals by the end of it. Our revised evaluation tools will allow us to measure learning and continue to adapt the program to the fellows’ needs.
  • New case studies, simulations and modules: To ensure the program offers the highest quality experience, we consistently refresh our educational materials. The lessons reflect the latest knowledge and best practices, and the examples in the case studies reflect modern challenges confronting federal employees.

While the fall 2019 program will reflect a turning point in EIG, we have still preserved the qualities of the program that have made it so successful over the past 30 years. In addition to receiving one-on-one coaching and a 360 assessment, EIG will continue to offer:


The EIG program is led by world-class executive coaches from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In each session, fellows discuss leadership topics and the challenges they face in their agencies and are given strategies for addressing them. Each session focuses on how to apply leading management principles to their jobs, including the government’s Executive Core Qualifications.


We use the term “benchmarks” to refer to site visits, service projects and guest speakers that connect classroom lessons to real-world application. These experiences provide participants with a behind-the-scenes perspective at innovative companies and organizations. By observing the work of successful organizations and hearing from leaders working in different sectors, EIG fellows learn novel management techniques that can be applied to their roles in government. Previous site visits have included the Capital Area Food Bank, the Government Publishing Office, Microsoft, NASA and Salesforce. 

Results Projects

We’re not satisfied with just passing on knowledge. We also ensure EIG participants are able to apply what they learn. Throughout their time in the program, fellows work on group projects to tackle complex issues confronting our country. Each group comes up with an idea for a project and sees it through to implementation. Fellows have developed strategies to streamline drug approvals, strengthen cross-agency collaboration during food recalls and national disasters, and improve recruiting for mission-critical occupations.

Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching is a critical element of leadership development. That’s why we provide opportunities for fellows to receive targeted, individualized support from our team of executive coaches. EIG participants also can seek advice from the Partnership’s extensive network of leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.


Throughout the program, EIG participants interact and build relationships with peers across government. They join a community of leaders that enables them, even after graduation, to continue to learn and develop, and benefit from ongoing professional development opportunities. This helps individuals with their own work and helps federal agencies work together.

100% of supervisors think EIG has made their employees better leaders

We have developed more than 2,500 federal leaders from more than 50 agencies


We have high standards for our EIG fellows. We will evaluate applications based on numerous criteria to ensure that individuals selected for the program will be able to contribute fully to group projects and classroom discussions.

Applicants should be either a GS-14 or GS-15 (although high-performing GS-13s are encouraged to apply).

Completed applications must include personal information, professional experience and objectives for the program, an up-to-date resume and a letter of reference from a direct supervisor. Applicants should carefully consider short-answer responses to ensure their government career objectives align with the high expectations of EIG fellows.

The application does not need to be completed in one session. 

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 and that you have permission from your agency’s leadership to participate in this program.

For further questions, please see the FAQ section.

Apply by March 19, 2021

Session Details

During the year-long program, fellows remain in their full-time jobs and meet virtually every six to eight weeks, spending a total of 26 days in session. Fellows also devote up to five hours per week to their results projects and session pre-work. Fellows are expected to attend all sessions, so applicants should review the class schedule and confirm their availability before applying for the program. Exceptions are made for family and work-related emergencies.

Once accepted into the program, each fellow will be assigned to a cohort led by an executive coach. Each cohort check-in (three total) will be two hours long, held between 1 – 4 p.m. ET on a single date within the date range listed. Once you are assigned to a cohort, you will be given the exact date and time assigned for your group. 

Sessions through August 2021 will be held virtually.


April 20–23, 2021, virtual
Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. ET

Cohort Check-in 1

One slot between May 17–21, 2021

Leading People

June 22–25, 2021, virtual
Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. ET

Strategic Systems Leadership

August 16–19, 2021, virtual
Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. ET

Cohort Check-in 2

One slot between September 20–24, 2021

Building Partnerships and Coalitions

November 2–5, 2021
Tuesday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET;
Friday, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. ET

Cohort Check-in 3

One slot between November 29–December 3, 2021

Navigating Change

January 11–14, 2022
Tuesday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET;
Friday, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. ET

Synthesis and Celebration

March 8–10, 2022
Tuesday–Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET;
Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. ET

“It truly has impacted how I approach my job. Every day, there is some kind of conflict in my work, and the lessons I learned from the program around leading change and leading people, handling difficult situations and resolving challenges, that’s something I apply every day. It really has made me think about different approaches to problems and has helped me immensely.”

—Former EIG Fellow


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 EIG program. Many are former federal leaders representing a wide variety of agencies, and all have extensive experience in public sector executive leadership coaching, organizational development, training and facilitation.

Meet the Coaches
Excellence in Government Fellows Program Coaches

Alison Miller

Alison Miller is a leadership coach, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, and leadership development advisor with over 25 years of professional experience. Alison has held executive level positions with information technology, management, and human capital consulting organizations, with responsibility for multi-million dollar budgets and the development and wellbeing of over 100 staff. Through her experience, training, and personal journey, Alison cultivated a desire and expertise to help other leaders and organizations develop their strategic vision, align their goals and priorities, and lead change by effectively communicating and supporting customers, stakeholders, and employees. Alison specialties are assessing and developing organizations, leading individual and team coaching programs, and delivering leadership development training. Focus areas most requested by clients include developing and sharing vision and goals; enhancing leadership presence; improving emotional intelligence; increasing influencing skills; managing conflict; setting clear expectations; providing effective feedback; motivating staff; and maximizing employee engagement.

Recognizing that clients often have too much to do in high-pressure, high-visibility, complex environments, Alison provides practical coaching and thought leadership. She collaborates with her clients to design actions that increase self-awareness about their current mindsets and behaviors and encourages them to incorporate new skills. Her support is always customized to the specific goals and circumstances of each client, and includes resources and frameworks to reinforce learning and adopt new habits. Clients consistently report their appreciation for her insightful questions, clear feedback, and helpful best practices that create a new way of seeing, thinking, and leading.

Alison has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University, an M.B.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, and she is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program with a Professional Certified Coaching (PCC) credential through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Alison is certified in the Bar-On Emotional Quotient-Inventory (EQ-i), Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP), Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO) Element B, Klein Group Instrument for Leadership and Team Effectiveness, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI). She is currently studying positive psychology and applied neuroscience to support her client work.

Becky Lee

Becky Lee has over thirty years of experience at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and with Korn/Ferry as a Senior Consultant. A couple highlights of her government career are the design and delivery of an experiential, award winning leadership program for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and implementation of a coaching program at CIA that is still thriving after 15 years.

Becky is an innovative organization development consultant and experienced executive coach who is known for her ability to connect with leaders, helping them to become more self-aware and achieve their business results. She coaches leaders at all levels within the Intelligence Community, in other government agencies and the private sector. Becky also designs and delivers leadership development programs with recognized impact.

Becky is accredited in numerous 360 and self-assessments including: Benchmarks, VOICES, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, FIRO-B®, several Hogan assessment tools, Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory, and more.

She holds a certificate in organization development from Georgetown University and is accredited as an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation.

Becky has a Master of Science degree in college student personnel and counseling from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from Virginia Tech.

Christine R. Williams

Chris has over 25 years of experience designing and creating programs and strategies that enable organizations and individuals to improve performance and achieve their goals. Her cutting edge programs are considered world-class by both industry and Government standards. She is frequently invited to speak internationally on the topics of leadership development, organizational change, executive coaching and the application of advances in neuroscience to improving employee learning and organizational effectiveness.

Prior to establishing the consulting division of Otto-Williams Limited, a company which she co-owns, Chris served as the Director of a number of NASA’s most successful agency-wide leadership development programs, including NASA’s Executive Coaching Program and the Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program. For over 20 years she helped build the next generation of leaders at NASA, an organization that is rated among the top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®.

Chris is a recipient of the Leadership in Action Award from the Council for Excellence in Government, NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, External Achievement Award, Creative Management Award, Innovative Management Award, and Space Flight Awareness Award. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Neuroleadership Institute and the Conference Board’s Executive Coaching Conference.

After receiving her BS in Oceanography, Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Johns Hopkins University with an MS in Organizational Development and Applied Behavioral Science. She also obtained a certificate in business management from the Harvard Business School and a Professional Coaching Certification from the Newfield Network.

Dana Karp

Dana has over 25-years of experience driving organizational change in the federal government, private industry and non-profit healthcare organizations, Dana brings expertise in leadership and management development, performance consulting, executive and team coaching, program design, group facilitation and process improvement.Dana left the private sector and joined the Central intelligence Agency in 2003 as a mid-career hire and has held leadership positions across the organization. Dana recently served as the Deputy Chief of the Center for Leadership Development within the Talent Center, guiding the department through a major transition as a result of the Agency’s modernization effort. She currently holds the lead talent role within a mission center, providing executive coaching and consulting, leadership development and team facilitation. Dana also leads the mission center’s diversity and inclusion and resiliency initiatives. Dana holds advanced degrees in Human Performance Systems and Human Resource Development, a certificate in instructional systems design, and coaching certifications from Georgetown and the Integral Coaching of Canada. Dana is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Ed Kropp, Ed.D.

With significant experience in private industry and in government, Dr. Kropp founded E.H. Kropp & Associates to serve the coaching and training needs of both areas. His firm specializes in the design and implementation of dynamic leadership training, developmental programs, and executive coaching. He demonstrates managerial excellence through research and analytical skills in education, government, as well as in the private sector.

Dr. Kropp’s diverse talents include having led Marines in combat as well as organizing and executing major corporate initiatives such as acquisitions, mergers, and realignments. This broad experience has facilitated his focus on what is effective in individual and team development, as well as nurturing open and pragmatic communications throughout the client’s organization.

Prior to forming E.H. Kropp & Associates, Ed enjoyed parallel careers in the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he rose to the rank of Colonel, and also with several major corporations; specifically, AT&T, Science Applications International Corporation, and Bearing Point Consulting. His broad domestic experience includes managing the telecommunications and broadcast services for the International Olympic Committee during the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta. He has developed his strong international business knowledge through managing a worldwide Department of Defense contract for military installations throughout the eastern hemisphere, as well as managing major projects in Europe and Asia for prominent companies like Toshiba, British Telecom, and Olivetti.

A partial list of current satisfied clients includes the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Interior, Department of Homeland Security, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Defense Finance Accounting Service, as well as several major banks throughout the Northeast corridor. These organizations are but a few of the clients who have seen the value that an experienced practitioner brings to problem-solving and coaching at the senior leadership level.

Ed is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia teaching graduate program courses in project management, technology leadership, organizational change, and risk management.

Felícita Solá-Carter

Prior to her retirement in January 2009, Feli served as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources and Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer of the Social Security Administration (SSA), rated among the top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®. She shared national leadership of the Personnel, Training, Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity, Labor, Management and Employee Relations, Human Capital Planning and Executive Services Support programs.

A native of Puerto Rico, Feli graduated from the College of Mount St. Vincent. She began her career with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in New York City. Advancing into managerial positions, she joined the Office of the Commissioner in Baltimore as Senior Advisor to the Principal Deputy Commissioner, becoming the first Hispanic in that role. In 1998, as Associate Commissioner for the Office of Training, she became the first Puerto Rican woman appointed to the Senior Executive Service at the Social Security Administration. She is the recipient of a 2004 Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive and a 2005 Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, the highest honors a career federal executive may receive.

An Excellence in Government Coach since 2009, Feli also works with a variety of Federal, local, and non-profit organizations. Active in the community, Feli serves on the Board of Trustees of The Horizon Foundation, and is the former President of Conexiones of Howard County. A graduate of Leadership Howard County, Feli has been named to the Maryland Top 100 Women and inducted in 2014 to the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame.

John Riordan

John Riordan has been committed to challenging people and organizations to reach their full potential for many years—first as a leadership program founder and director in East Africa, and now as an organization and leadership development consultant.

John knows what it means to face the challenges of leadership and produce real results under extremely difficult conditions. Beginning in 1990, he invested 8 years in the future of a nation struggling to overcome a tragic history of genocide, racism and anarchy. John and two colleagues developed a vision for a community that would build a new generation of leaders for Uganda. What emerged was Cornerstone Leadership Academy—a comprehensive boarding school community for young adults focusing on leadership, character, spiritual and intellectual development.

John and his family lived on-site and dealt with the challenges of turning a revolutionary vision into a reality in the midst of racial and tribal tensions, scarce resources, and numerous physical hardships. In 1998 he successfully handed the leadership of the community over to the Ugandan staff he had developed over the years (including several of the school’s own graduates). These same committed colleagues continue to build leaders for Uganda to this day. Over 600 graduates of the Academy have gone on to take positions of leadership and service in their communities, including two current members of Parliament. Graduates have also helped establish Leadership Academies in Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and Kenya.

John has consulted with a broad range of Federal, private sector and non-profit organizations over the past 15 years. He has conducted hundreds of workshops ranging from large groups (200+) to small teams, and is adept at making sure the approach for the work fits well with his clien’s style. He brings his diverse experiences to bear in working with organizations and individuals, helping them establish strategic and business plans, build strong teams, and fully develop their leadership capacity. He prefers to tackle the “real work” that needs to be done—hether helping clients lay out business plans, establish operating agreements, or identifying specific leadership challenges to overcome—and use that engagement to strengthen the team.

John has 15 years as a Coach with the Excellence in Government Fellows and other Agency-based leadership programs, and has supported hundreds of rising leaders, from across the federal government, in expanding their leadership capacity. He has impacted many more individuals in various short-term leadership and training workshops over the years. He continues to work with young adults as a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol (Air Force Auxiliary) and supports a variety of non-profit organizations with leadership development training and facilitation.

Leah Kedar

Leah has over 20 years of experience as a consultant, facilitator, workshop trainer, and executive leadership coach; helping teams, managers, office directors, CEOs, leaders, and organizations in diverse organizational environments, including government, corporate, not-for-profit, political and academic, in both domestic and international settings. In a transient and ever-changing work environment, Leah specializes in supporting leaders as they are called to collaborate and partner within their organizations as well as across organizations.

Leah provides consulting and coaching services, both individually and collaboratively, to many organizations including National Institutes of Health, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Department of Commerce (DOC), Economic Research Group-USDA, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), NASA, United Nations Foundation, Democratic National Committee, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services: Office of AIDS Policy, Office of Women’s Health, and Human Resources Service Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau, Department of Education. Private sector clients include InfoVista, KaBoom, Inc., Genpact Europe, Chemonics International and J. LaSalle.

Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Maryland (1978), M.S./AbD in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University (1982). She is a Newfield-trained ICF coach, and is a certified facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and the LPI, CCL Skillscope, and EI 360-degree assessment tools. She is also a certified Results Based coach and facilitator and an Action Learning Team coach/facilitator. Over the last three decades she has participated in numerous Leadership and Organization Development, Communication and Coaching programs. Her publications include “Power through Discourse” and “Voices of the Community: AIDS Orphans in the District of Columbia.” She served on the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland for fifteen years.

Leah is the recipient of the 2009 and 2010 ICF Prism Award for Coaching Excellence with National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Monica Thakrar

Ms. Thakrar’s expertise builds on over 15 years of experience focused on strategy, organizational change management, leadership development, training and executive coaching. Monica brings to all of her work a deep understanding of human and organizational development based on years of working with large-scale organizations, executives, mid-managers, and individuals on leading change, building strong relationships, creating high-functioning teams, enhancing leadership capacities, and working across organizational silos.

She has worked with individuals and organizations to enhance their effectiveness, realize greater efficiency, and develop increased capacities in leading people, leading change, and building relationships. Monica has worked with clients in the private sector (Marriott, Lucent, Cable and Wireless, Cannon, Hanley Wood, MedStar), the public sector (US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Education, US Agency of International Development, US Department of Agriculture (NIFA and NRCS), US Department of Energy, US Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, SAMHSA, and ACL), NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the US Postal Service) and abroad (Central Bank of Jordan and Greater Amman Municipality).

Ms. Thakrar is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has a Masters in International Trade and Business from Columbia University. She is a graduate of Newfield Network’s organizational coaching program. Ms. Thakrar’s is an ACC certified coach through the International Coaching Federation and is certified in the Myers Briggs assessment, the DISC assessment, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) 360 Assessment Suite, the LEI 360, the EQ-I 2.0 assessment, the Change Style Indicator, and the Healthy Leader Profile.

Sheryl D. Phillips, M.A.

Sheryl, a leadership consultant and executive coach, has partnered with leaders for over 25 years to create more effective and forward-thinking organizations. She works at the individual, team and system level providing executive coaching, leadership development, organizational development and strategic and business planning. Sheryl is on the faculty of the internationally acclaimed Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program (since 2001) and the newly formed Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown. Prior to beginning her own practice in 2001, Sheryl spent a decade as a Senior Executive, which allows her to understand the challenges of leaders, particularly within large, complex settings.

Sheryl works extensively with leadership teams to develop their capacity to communicate and coordinate action and to create both strategic and operational plans. She also provides Executive Coaching to individual leaders and has worked with hundreds of clients across the public, non-profit and corporate sector, in the US and internationally.

Sheryl has her Master’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. She is a Certified Professional Coach by the Newfield Network; and a certified Somatic Coach by The Strozzi Institute. She has a certificate in Organizational Learning from George Mason University and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s program for leadership practitioners. She is a qualified Myers-Briggs Administrator and is certified in leadership assessment instruments from the Center for Creative Leadership, The Hay Group, Lominger and The Leadership Circle. She is a contributing author to On Becoming a Leadership Coach (Palgrave 2008).

Sheryl’s recent clients include Capital One, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), CFPB, FINRA, Fannie Mae, Treliant Risk Advisors, MedImmune, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, Department of Transportation (DOT), NAEYC, and many others. She also regularly donates her services to nonprofit boards and leaders.

Sioux Thompson

Sioux Thompson is a seasoned leader with 30 years of increasingly responsible Organization Development, Learning and Talent Management experience. She has a broad and extensive business background in high-tech, government, association, scientific/research, and financial firms; and is a trusted advisor to C-level staff. She has worked with client groups in Korea, Singapore, Australia, Denmark, Ireland and the UK. 

Sioux recently retired from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC as the head of Talent Management where she provided direction and support to the Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, and Organization Development functions, and supervised a team of 15.  She is now a senior consultant with Change Fusion in Falls Church, VA and works with government, corporate, and non-profit leaders to improve their effectiveness. 

Over the past 20 years, Sioux has worked as a leader in organizations as varied as: 

  • Sensei Biotheraputics (cancer vaccines) 
  • Texas Instruments, Inc. (hardware/software) 
  • Novell, Inc. (network software) 
  • RappCollins Worldwide (marketing) 
  • Janney Montgomery Scott (wealth management, financial services) 
  • Choice Hotels Group (hotel franchising, hospitality) 

Sioux has a Master of Science degree in Organization Development & HR from the University of San Francisco, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Education from Whittier College, California. 

Solly Thomas

Solly has over 30 years of experience in the leadership and management of federal agencies and programs. He has held executive-level positions in both the public and private sectors—as Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Staff, and Acting Associate Director for Human Capital in the Federal Government; as an Associate Partner at IBM Corporation; and as an Executive Coach/Instructor for federal leadership programs.

Solly has served as an Executive Coach/Instructor for the Excellence in Government Fellows program since 2009. His coaching experience has included interagency/open enrollment programs, cohort from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fellows program. Solly also serves as an Instructor for the Senior Executive Assessment Program sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Prior to his coaching and instructing experience, Solly was a consultant at IBM Corporation where he provided Human Capital consulting, subject matter expertise and thought leadership for the federal sector. He served as project executive for delivery of services, drafted and edited Human Capital thought leadership publications, served as guest lecturer/trainer, and conducted conferences, forums and workshops.

When he retired from federal service in 2006, Solly was the Acting Associate Director for Human Capital at OPM where he led a number of government-wide programs. At OPM, he managed government-wide human capital programs under the President’s Management Agenda with an emphasis on leadership development, succession planning, talent management and performance management, including pay for performance. He also managed the Senior Executive Service selection, performance management and certification programs. In addition, he was an Executive in Residence at the OPM Eastern Management Development Center where he designed and delivered leadership programs. He also served as the acting Center Director.

Solly has also held Senior Executive positions as the Executive Director of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer, and the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Solly has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Steven E. Jones, Ph.D.

Steven has held senior leadership positions in private and public organizations leading change efforts. He has over 18 years of experience providing facilitation, coaching and training to organizations focused on building more effective workplaces. He develops coaching and training protocols that transform people’s skills in the areas of leadership, team building, communication, systemic change and diversity management.

Steven is an executive coach to leaders of foundations, nonprofits, banking and federal government agencies including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, the Africa Development Foundation, Shore Bank, National Cooperative Bank, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Aviation Administration, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institution and U.S. Department of Commerce. Steven has been an Excellence in Government Fellows leadership development coach since 2002.

Tom Fox

Tom Fox draws upon his more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive and coach to offer leaders practical advice for making their lives—and their employees’ lives—better. Tom has worked with thousands of leaders — everyone from emerging leaders to experienced executives — in the federal government, the non-profit sector, and private sector start-ups. The leaders he supports successfully build high-performing teams, confront difficult professional conflicts, launch new initiatives and successfully navigate change, receive sought-after promotions, and finally find that elusive balance between their professional and personal lives.

Tom is an International Coach Federation (ICF)-certified coach who completed Marshall Goldsmith’s LEAD 60 coaching program and the Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University. He is also trained and certified in the MHS Emotional Intelligence 360 assessment, a variety of Center for Creative Leadership assessments, Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Model, the Strength Deployment Inventory and the DiSC assessment. For more than eight years, Tom wrote the Federal Coach column for The Washington Post where he interviewed approximately 500 leaders and regularly dispensed advice to the column’s tens of thousands of weekly readers. He’s been a regular television guest, and his work has been covered by news outlets including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News and CNN. His previous work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors also includes experience at the Partnership for Public Service, Andersen Consulting, the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Senate and the White House.


Members from the Partnership staff will work with you throughout the Excellence in Government Fellows program to ensure that your cohort experience goes smoothly.


Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: EIG is for GS-14 to GS-15 (or equivalent) leaders seeking to solve national challenges by driving innovation, inspiring employees and delivering results. Exceptional GS-13s are also encouraged to apply.

You must:

  • Have a record of strong accomplishment and demonstrate high-potential in OPM’s Executive Core Qualifications
  • Have the ability and interest to commit and contribute fully to the program
  • Be capable of traveling to Washington, DC and other locations for sessions
  • Have the support of your department or agency

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

A: You are required to submit one letter of reference from your immediate supervisor 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: 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 $11,400, 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 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.

You are committed to paying the full tuition once you begin the program.

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. For the spring 2021 program, sessions through August 2021 will be held virtually.

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.