Public Service Leadership Circle: Southern California

The Public Service Leadership Circle is a virtual cross-agency leadership development opportunity offered exclusively to regional and field-based federal employees in Southern California in partnership with the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board. The Fall 2021 cohort is open to new and aspiring supervisors (GS 11-13 or equivalent employees).

Based on the Partnership’s Public Service Leadership Model, this program highlights the core values leaders must prioritize, and the critical competencies they must master to achieve their agencies’ missions and desired impact.

Through this 10-month program, you will: 

  • Gain a deeper understanding of leadership styles, challenges and approaches among federal employees in Southern California. 
  • Enhance your leadership and communication skills. 
  • Increase your knowledge of available cross-agency resources. 
  • Share experiences, best practices and techniques to improve cross-agency collaboration. 
  • Develop and engage with a cross-agency network in Southern California to enhance your effectiveness. 
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Quick Details


October 2021–July 2022




Southern California-based federal employees who are new or aspiring supervisors GS11-13 or equivalent


Victoria Schaefer
Manager, West Coast Programming
[email protected]
(202) 840-6846

Program Details PDF

Information Session

Not sure if you want to apply or sign up your employees? Join the Partnership and the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board for a free information session where we’ll discuss the Public Service Leadership Model and what you can expect from the experience in the Leadership Circle. 

  • Opening Remarks
    • Kathrene Hansen, Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board
  • Public Service Leadership Model Overview 
  • Public Service Leadership Circle Overview 
  • Audience Q&A
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Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. PST
Platform: Zoom for Government (link provided after registration)

How to Apply

Completed applications must include your personal information, professional experience and objectives, and an up-to-date resume. 

You do not need to complete the application in one session. You can save it and return to it later. 

Please note that many agencies have specific application guidelines for their employees. Before submitting your application, please ensure that you are following your agency’s internal guidelines and that you have permission from your agency’s leadership to participate in this program. Accepted applicants will be asked to submit a supervisor approval form. 

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

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Program Structure

This program meets virtually eight times over 10 months. Each session convenes from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. You are expected to prepare for and attend every session. Prior to applying to the program, please review the program schedule and confirm your availability for the virtual sessions. 

In these highly interactive virtual sessions, an experienced Partnership instructor engages participants in conversations and activities around key course concepts. Prior to each session, participants will review a curated list of readings, podcasts, videos and additional resources. During the first half of each session, participants discuss prerequisite resources and share experiences, best practices and techniques through facilitated discussion. The second half of each session features a guest speaker to share their leadership journey related to the topic. 

Previous guest speakers include: 

  • Mark Doboga, Ret. US Air Force 
  • Sherika Ekpo, Anaplan 
  • Christine Harada, Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council 
  • Parimal Kopardekar, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute 
  • Michael McAfee, PolicyLink 

To encourage application of concepts and foster strong relationships, participants are assigned to peer groups who meet, potentially in person, between sessions to delve into session topics as it relates to their shared experience (geography, GS-level, etc.) and discuss homework assignments. To supplement the virtual sessions, the Partnership manages an online forum for program participants and alumni to continue the conversation, deepen their rapport and create connectivity across cohorts. 

Session Details

Session 1: Oct. 26, 2021 (virtual)

Program Orientation

The program will begin with an orientation session for participants, offering a great opportunity to meet the Partnership team and network with fellow participants. During this session, we will discuss individual development plans to be completed by program participants to outline personal goals and track progress throughout the program. We will also ensure participants are prepared to use the technology being used throughout the program. 

Session 2: Nov. 30, 2021 (virtual)

Public Service Values, Part 1

This session will focus on the first core value from the Public Service Leadership Model: stewardship of public trustGiven the vast and unmatched influence, power and resources of our government, which affect the United States and the world, trust in federal leaders and their integrity is paramount. Federal leaders represent the American people and must be held to the highest standard. They are stewards of the Constitution, taxpayer dollars and the workforces they lead. By the end of this session, participants will be equipped to live this core value. 

Session 3: Jan. 11, 2022 (virtual)

Becoming Self-Aware

Becoming self-aware begins with an introspective understanding of your values, thought patterns and motivations, all of which are essential to personal development and better interactions with others. In this session, participants discuss self-awareness and how it can enable them as leaders to stay true to self and perform at their highest level in service to the American public.

Session 4: Feb. 15, 2022 (virtual)

Engaging Others

To engage others, it is important to foster an inclusive culture that encourages team members to offer constructive feedback, recognize good work and pursue professional development. This session enables participants to build a foundation for collaboration within and across federal agencies, as they learn how individuals, teams and agencies can work together to have a greater impact on government effectiveness.

Session 5: Mar. 22, 2022 (virtual)

Leading Change

Leading change in a rapidly evolving federal environment means initiating, sponsoring and implementing innovative solutions. In this session, participants discuss proven methods in leading change and how to manage change at an individual and organizational level.

Session 6: Apr. 26, 2022 (virtual)

Achieving Results

Achieving results means managing skillfully, thinking strategically and making good decisions that deliver measurable outcomes and improve the quality of life for the nation and the world. In this session, participants discuss how to build a strategic plan, delegate responsibility and deliver results.

Session 7: June 7, 2022 (virtual)

Public Service Values, Part 2 

The final content-focused session will be about the 2nd Public Service Leadership Model core value: commitment to public good. For federal leaders to achieve their agencies’ expansive missions, they need a deep-rooted service orientation and commitment to the public good. By the end of this session, participants will be equipped to live the model’s core values, as well as the competencies from prior sessions. 

Session 8: July 12, 2022 (virtual)


The graduation program will synthesize the year’s content and offer participants the opportunity to reflect on the experience.


Members from the Partnership staff will work with you throughout the Public Service Leadership Circle program to ensure that your experience goes smoothly.

Program Manager


Q: Who is eligible to apply?
 The Public Service Leadership Circle – Southern California is designed for federal employees based in Southern California who are new or aspiring supervisors. Employees from any GS level or wage grade are welcome to apply, but the program is designed for employees GS 11-13 or equivalent. 

The Partnership will accept participants who fit eligibility requirements on a rolling basis. To ensure the broadest possible range of agencies, variety of occupations, grade levels, etc., the Partnership may coordinate with agencies to cap the number of participants from a single office. 

Q: What application materials must I provide to be eligible?
 You are required to submit a copy of your resume with all your professional work experience, both inside and outside of government. You must also submit a supervisor approval form upon acceptance.

Q: How will I know if I’m accepted?
 Applicants will receive an email from the program manager notifying them of their acceptance status within a week of receipt of a complete application, no later than a week after the October 8 application deadline.

Q: I’m no longer able to attend, will I receive a refund?
 If sessions have not yet begun, you may defer your participation to a later cohort or transfer your enrollment fee to a colleague who can attend (pending an application review) by contacting [email protected].

If you have participated in one or more sessions, we will determine whether a credit or partial refund is appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Can I reapply if I am not accepted into the program?
 Yes, you are welcome to reapply, if you meet the cohort’s eligibility requirements.

Q: Is there an application fee?

Q: How much is tuition?
 Tuition is $1,200 and covers all course materials. This includes articles and management tools, online collaboration tools, and access to the Partnership’s resources, expertise and networks. Any associated costs such as local travel and attendance at Federal Executive Board events or trainings are paid by the participant’s agency.

Q: When is the tuition deadline, and what are the options for tuition payment?
 Payment 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 an agency contact—such as a training coordinator or human resources specialist—who is responsible for paying tuition, and we will ask you to provide us with a contact’s name, email and phone number. Your requests for tuition status updates should be sent through that contact. 

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?
 Participants should notify the program manager if they anticipate missing part or all of a session. The program manager will provide make-up materials with recordings of session segments for individual review as appropriate.

Q: Where will the sessions take place?
 All sessions will take place online via Zoom for Government. Peer groups may meet in person outside of program sessions at a location of their choosing.

Q: How does this program differ from the Partnership’s other offerings, such as Preparing to Lead and Foundations in Government Leadership?
 This program is shorter and discussion-based, and offered at a lower cost, with the goal of making our training more attainable for employees affiliated with regional or field offices.