CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and bestselling author Michael Lewis, celebrate public servants

The Partnership teamed up with Axios, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and bestselling author Michael Lewis for a virtual event celebrating the 27 finalists for the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Learn more about this year’s finalists and watch a recording of the event.

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Announcing the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals finalists

Meet the 27 finalists of this year’s Service to America Medals, and learn how you can vote for the People’s Choice Award.

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The Sammies effect

Victoria Brahm writes about her experience as the 2019 Service to America Medals Federal Employee of the Year winner.

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What I didn’t expect to take away from a trip to NASA

By: Nola Tolsma

Nola Tolsma, an events associate at the Partnership, was invited to visit the Kennedy Space Center by Director Robert Cabana, a 2019 Sammies winner. Learn about her trip and the surprising discoveries she made.

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Pull accomplished government employees onto the red carpet, and watch the fun begin

Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS captured the incredible accomplishments of federal employees with waggish good humor Wednesday night, highlighting honorees who attended the 2019 Service to America Medals Awards gala October 16.

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Innovation is essential – why is it so difficult to spread what works?

By: Henry Feinstein

Innovation is crucial for effective public service, yet numerous barriers prevent innovative ideas from spreading across government. In part one of this innovation series, we’re identifying these barriers, so we can figure out how to move forward.

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Remembering a larger-than-life public servant: Paul Volcker

By: Max Stier

Paul was a model public servant in the best sense of the word. He was a deeply committed patriot and statesman, who valued the people who served in government and understood that our country’s success depends on the quality of our public servants.

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Recognizing the people who do the work: Michael Bloomberg and Penny Pritzker praise public servants at 18th annual Service to America Medals gala

In a conversation at the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals gala, Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, and Penny Pritzker, former secretary of the Department of Commerce, discuss keys to successful leadership and management.

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#StoriesOfService: Kristen Finne

Each week leading up to the eighteenth annual Service to America Medals gala on October 16, we will share a new track featuring a 2019 finalist’s powerful story of service. Each of these outstanding honorees reflected on their federal journey in conversations facilitated by StoryCorps®, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”

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Listen to untold government stories

By: Meredith Huddle

Each week leading up to the eighteenth annual Service to America Medals gala on October 16, we will share a new track featuring a 2019 finalist’s powerful story of service. Each of these outstanding honorees reflected on their federal journey in conversations facilitated by StoryCorps®, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”

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