Kriste’s fifteen-year federal sector career has spanned multiple agencies to deliver results. At the U.S. Department of Education, she managed a wide range of complex endeavors from reducing class sizes in the nation’s schools to improving default rates for federal student loan programs. A graduate of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program, her assignments included leading change at DHS headquarters and benchmarking the “Best Places To Work” practices at the Government Accountability Office. She has a diverse background from leading complex information technology deployments, implementing acquisition management principles, and institutionalizing learning and development programs. Her current role is at the helm of a transformational change effort at the Transportation Security Administration.
Kriste has attained the Office of Personnel Management’s certification for senior executive service qualifications, and is a graduate of the Partnership for Public Service’s Fellows Program. One of her secrets to unleashing team potential is astute application of standards-based management principles. She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute along with the Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. In 2005, the Department of Homeland Security certified her as a Level III (highest level) Acquisition Program Manager. A former Vice President for Professional Development for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Kriste also volunteers for other professional and non-profit entities that share her passion for delivering results in the federal sector.
Overview and In depth Conversation at NextGen 2012
What is your Next Move? Prep for SES or “Manager of One”?
Thursday, July 26, 2012
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Prepare to operate powerfully in either role, as we discuss the unique opportunities and challenges in taking the Senior Executive Service path vs. inventing a satisfying career as a nonsupervisory expert or “Manager of One.” As Fried & Hansson (37 Signals), suggest in their New York Times Bestseller, Rework:
Managers of one are people who come up with their own goals and execute them. They don’t need heavy direction. They don’t need daily check-ins. They do what a manager would do – set the tone, assign items, determine what needs to get done, etc. – but they do it by themselves and for themselves.
Why is it that some view nonsupervisory work as “less than,” while some individual contributors develop significant influence and the ability to make things happen from any position that plays to their strengths? Effective preparation for either path involves developing a persistent belief in one’s own competence and understanding how to get results that matter to the organization. Trade insights with panelists who continually choose their paths from positions of strength, and come away with tools, connections, and next steps.