Schedule

2014 Next Generation of Government Training Summit Schedule

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM – Arrive, Eat, and Network


Come to the summit a little early. Get settled in, meet new people, process your registration and listen in on the Welcome Session. Here’s a glance at what happens during this time:

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 Office Hours* w/ the experts
9:00 – 9:15 Learn how to best navigate the summit & get the most out of your training.
Steve Ressler, Founder & President, GovLoop
Ginny Hill, President, Young Government Leaders

*Office hours are time slots set aside to provide summit attendees with the opportunity to meet with NextGen experts in 15-minute one-on-one meetings. These meetings are on a sign-up basis and are made available to all attendees in the days leading up to the summit.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM – Keynote Speaker


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Dan M. Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration
Kate Otto, Founder & Director, Everyday Ambassador

*One other dynamic speakers are being confirmed. Check back to see if they are unveiled.

Break

10:50 AM - 11:40 AM – Breakout Sessions #1


NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingChange_colorTrack 1: Understand Government Policies & Trends (New to Gov)
ECQ 1: Leading Change – External Awareness
Take a crash course and get caught up on the top 10 most popular and relevant government policies and trends every govie should know. Leave with a better understanding of digital government strategy, procurement reform, and open data policy, just to name a few. During this session you’ll also learn how to continuously stay up-to-date on these policies so you’re always in the know.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_ResultsDriven_colorTrack 3: Project Management Best Practices
ECQ 3: Results Driven – Problem Solving, Decisiveness
To be a government leader, you need to learn how to run successful projects in a timely manner, on budget, and within scope. Learn real skills on how to manage the complex challenges, set quality objectives, assess risk, and get stakeholder buy-in to make sure your projects are successful.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_BizAcumen_colorTrack 4: Understanding Your Benefits
ECQ 4: Business Acumen – Human Capital Management
From TSP to FEGLI to HSAs, financial planning can be boring and full of acronyms — but it’s essential. Come to this session to learn the nuts and bolts about insurance and retirement in understandable English and tailored to the new fed experience. After all, it’s not a benefit unless you understand it!

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Coalition_colorTrack 5: How to Engage in Public-Private Partnerships
ECQ 5: Building Coalitions – Partnering, Political Savvy
The challenges of the 21st century not only cut across multiple agencies, they cut across the lines between the public and private sectors. Cybersecurity policies, national innovation policies, evolving intellectual property to digital, and several other topics require us to take U.S. public-private partnerships to the next level. Together we can help our nation address 21st century challenges together. Bring your hot topics to the discussion!

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Fundamental_colorTrack 6: Build Your Strengths (Senior Leader)
Fundamental Competency: Continual Learning
Develop your strengths; don’t just work to improve your weaknesses. You can improve on your strengths faster, especially once you know what they are. Join this session, built on Gallup’s Strength Finder assessment, to help you identify what your strengths are and how to harness that knowledge.

Break – Lunch Buffet

12:05 PM - 12:45 PM – Luncheon Session


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12:05 PM – 12:10 PM Lightning Speaker
Speaker Contest Winners are being unveiled on Thursday, April 24th.
Check out who was in the competition.

 

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12:10 PM – 12:45 PM Keynote Speaker
Bethany Henderson is a Social Entrepreneur as well as the Founder of City Hall Fellows.
Was in the 2012-2013 Class of White House Fellows.

Break with Office Hours

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM – Breakout Sessions #2


NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingPeople_colorTrack 2: Prepare for Crucial Conversations
ECQ 2: Leading People – Conflict Management
There are really only three ways of tackling a difficult conversation: 1) Deal with it well 2) Face it head-on and fail or 3) Avoid it altogether. It’s time to deal with it well and enhance your conflict management skills. In this session we will do just that!

 

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_ResultsDriven_colorTrack 3: Create a Culture of Accountability
ECQ 3: Results Driven – Accountability
To have a culture of accountability, you have to start by being accountable. Come and learn the tactics to make yourself and others answerable. We will discuss methods to manage conflict as well as the opportunities for you, or others on your team, to take ownership of actions and projects.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_BizAcumen_colorTrack 4: Acquisition ABC’s (New to Gov)
ECQ 4: Business Acumen – Financial Management
All government leaders need to know the basics of acquisitions in order to get the most out of their budget. In this session, we will provide an acquisition overview for non-acquisition professionals — all the basics you need to know to buy smart and get services delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Coalition_colorTrack 5: Improve your Negotiating Skills (Senior Leader)
ECQ 5: Building Coalitions – Negotiating
Great government leaders know how to negotiate — whether it is negotiating a cross-agency memorandum, an expensive acquisition, or a public-private partnership. In this session, you will learn frameworks and tactical tips to improve your negotiating skills.

 

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Fundamental_colorTrack 6: Framework to Manage your Career
Fundamental Competency: Public Service Motivation
To achieve a successful career government, no one is going to do it for you – you need to manage your own career. In this session, we will walk the audience through the career framework that provides a foundation to thinking through key decisions and building the skills to be the successful leader.

Break

2:25 Pm - 3:15 PM – Breakout Sessions #3


NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingChange_colorTrack 1: Innovation in Government (Senior Leader)
ECQ 1: Leading Change – Creativity and Innovation
Discover best practices, lessons learned, and examples of how to create innovation in government and uncover new approaches and ideas for to implement it in your agency. Hear from pioneers country-wide on how to directly address the challenges of innovation with a fascinating discussion of the tools and mindset it takes to make change happen.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingPeople_colorTrack 2: Embracing the Diversity of Thought
ECQ 2: Leading People – Leveraging Diversity
It’s time to rethink diversity. Latest research on diversity of thought shows how harnessing the connections between individuals and their ideas can help improve problem-solving, mitigate the risk of overlooking critical information, and increase the opportunity for change in their organizations.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_ResultsDriven_colorTrack 3: Customer Service Design Thinking
ECQ 3: Results Driven – Customer Service
To improve how government delivers customer service, agencies must understand how customer experiences work, how expectations are set and met, and how experiences are perceived and remembered. This session will present the foundations for how meaningful and valuable experiences are defined, designed, and developed for government entities.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Coalition_colorTrack 5: Purposeful Networking
ECQ 5: Building Coalitions – Partnering & Fundamental Competency: Interpersonal Skills
Networking is a critical function for a successful career, and every individual must carefully select networking opportunities to maximize  returns. This session will discuss the importance of networking and how to use this tool to grow and sustain your personal connections.

 

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Fundamental_colorTrack 6: How to Become a Brilliant Communicator (New to Gov)
Fundamental Competency: Oral & Written Communication
Ninety percent of our day-to-day job responsibilities require excellent communication — but few of us probably feel as if we manage our communications effectively. In this session, you will explore the 4-5 most common modes of communication and engage with the facilitator and other participants to identify the best mode to use in various scenarios. You’ll also learn how to use each of those modes in order to achieve the right impact.

Break

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM – Interactive Team Building Workshop


Working with acquaintances in the workplace brings out a multitude of different qualities and dynamics within each team member. During this workshop we will collaborate in small teams with other NextGen attendees to solve a problem, identify unique leadership, and identify followership attributes within yourself to determine how you can better utilize them in the workplace.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM – Closing Session


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4:00 PM – 4:15 PM NextGen Public Service Awards Ceremony Recap
David Bray, Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission
NextGen Public Service Award Committee Chairperson

 

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4:15 PM – 4:20 PM Lightning Speaker
Speaker Contest Winners are being unveiled on Thursday, April 24th.
Check out who was in the competition.

 

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4:20 PM – 4:55 PM Closing Keynote
Senator Mike Johnston, represents Northeast Denver in the Colorado State Senate

4:55 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Comments

8:00 AM - 9:10 AM – Arrive, Eat, Network


Come to the summit a little early. Get settled in, meet new people, process your registration and listen in on the Welcome Session. Here’s a glance at what happens during this time:

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 Office Hours* w/ the experts
9:00 – 9:10 Kick Off Day Two with a little energy

*Office hours are time slots set aside to provide summit attendees with the opportunity to meet with NextGen experts in 15-minute one-on-one meetings. These meetings are on a sign-up basis and made available to all attendees in the days leading up to the summit.

9:10 AM - 10:30 AM – Opening Session


NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Speaker_colorThree keynote speakers with back-back-back important messages!

Katherine Archuleta, Director, Office of Personnel Management
Whitney Johnson, Author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When you Dare to Dream
Michael D. Smith, Director, Social Innovation Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service

Break

10:50 AM - 11:40 AM – Breakout Sessions #4


NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingChange_colorTrack 1: Lean In, Leading as the Youngest
ECQ 1: Leading Change – Resilience, Flexibility and Fundamental Competency: Continual Learning
Are you one of the youngest in your office? Learn to harness the power you possess. Identify and capitalize on your strengths and learn to expand your role. Be optimistic, persistent, and lead in times of adversity. Through this session you will learn to establish credibility, influence through communication, and lead from your level.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingPeople_colorTrack 2: Courageous Followership: Standing Up to and For Our Leaders
ECQ 2: Leading People – Team Building
At some point, everyone is a follower. It’s time to take notice of how to be a support system for our leaders by being a courageous follower. With these skills in place we can reduce cynicism and save organizations from serious missteps. It takes a good follower to become a great leader.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_ResultsDriven_colorTrack 3: Analytics & Decision Making (Senior Leader)
ECQ 3: Results Driven – Technical Credibility, Decisiveness
Government agencies are using the power of analytics to understand government performance as well as analyze key trends, catch fraud, and drive  citizen engagement. In this session, you will learn tips on how to use data effectively to do your job better. Learn key  strategies that will help you become an analytical star within your agency or organization.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_BizAcumen_colorTrack 4: What Every Federal Employee Needs to Know About the Budget (New to Gov)
ECQ 4: Business Acumen – Financial Management
“Just follow the money.” To get anything done in government, you need to understand how the money flows to get the resources necessary for your projects. Yet, the budget process can be confusing. You are often planning years in advance and have to account for the difference between appropriations, apportionments, and allotments. In this session, we’ll provide the foundation you need to understand the budget process.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Fundamental_colorTrack 6: Powerful Presentations
Fundamental Competency: Written and Oral Communication
You’re on the rise of your career with lots of good ideas, but as long as those ideas stay in your head, they won’t change anything. In this session you’ll learn a practical tips for sharing your ideas with others through presentations. We’ll cover the selection and use of presentation tools as well as basic public speaking and persuasion tips.

Break – Lunch Buffet

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM – Luncheon Session


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12:00 – 12:05 Lightning Speaker
Speaker Contest Winners are being unveiled on Thursday, April 24th.
Check out who was in the competition.

 

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12:05 – 1:00 Interactive session with SecondMuse, an innovation and collaboration agency. They co-create prosperity by applying the art and science of collaboration to solve complex problems.

Break w/ Office Hours

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM – Breakout Sessions #5


NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingChange_colorTrack 1: Operating Through Leadership Changes (Senior Leader)
ECQ 1: Leading Change – Resilience, Flexibility
Unsure of what happens next when leadership goes through a transition? Whether you’re waiting on the next political appointee, promoted colleague, or just a new hire, it’s important to keep some resemblance of balance and forward progress. Learn to be adaptable and flexible in times of leadership and administration changes. Even though change in leadership is a tough process, it is manageable.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingPeople_colorTrack 2: How to be More Emotionally Intelligent?
ECQ 2: Leading People – Team Building, Conflict Management
Take the time to identify, evaluate, and control your emotions as well as better understand those of others. By being more emotionally intelligent you can relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict.

 

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_ResultsDriven_colorTrack 3: Enhance your Digital Communication Strategy
ECQ 3: Results Driven – Technical Credibility
How do agencies communicate in an era of social media and smartphones? Join this session to hear case studies of how agencies are getting their messages out across Facebook, Twitter, and mobile devices to deliver mission value in a cost-effective manner. We will also discuss the Digital Government Strategy and how agencies are meeting mandates around mobile-first and APIs.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_BizAcumen_colorTrack 4: How to Rock at Workplace Recognition
ECQ 4: Human Capital Management
When should recognition and reward be linked? How can you acknowledge extraordinary behavior? In this session we will explore when recognition is deserved, when it’s felt as a true honor, and how we can begin recognizing our peers in a proper and meaningful fashion.

 

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Coalition_colorTrack 5: Building Global Partnerships
ECQ 5: Building Coalitions – Partnering
Expanding your network and maintaining partnerships are difficult, but they are more complex when on the global level. Learn how to maintain and build upon your global influence. Learn to collaborate and build partnerships with people internationally.

Break

2:45 PM - 3:35 PM – Breakout Sessions #5


NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingChange_colorTrack 1: Design Mindset for Workforce 2020
ECQ 1: Leading Change – Strategic Thinking
Get started now! A design mindset is a way of thinking that continuously evolves, changes, and adapts. Gain the ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes. Strategic thinking, with a design mindset, can help you come up with the best solution for a problem, and get that solution to work.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_LeadingPeople_colorTrack 2: Bridging the Generation Gap (New to Gov)
ECQ 2: Leading People – Leveraging Diversity
With four generations spanning our government workforce, it’s time to identify where our generation can make an impact for building successful teams. Let’s leverage the information captured in the 2013 Viewpoint Survey and embrace the diversity in each generation. We can build on the positive skill sets and attributes within each generation to further collaboration and cooperation.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_BizAcumen_colorTrack 4: Tech Tips & Tricks
ECQ 4: Business Acumen – Technology Management
Prezi as an alternative to Powerpoint. Dropbox as a means to share large files. Know that person in the office who always has the best tech tips? In this session, you will learn 50 ways to be more effective at work with these tips, websites, and shortcuts to get the job done.

 

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Coalition_colorTrack 5: Bring NextGen to your Agency
ECQ 5: Building Coalitions – Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing
Want to create change in your organization but lack authority, resources, or a way to get started? This session will cover the basics of starting a bottom-up transformation. A panel, comprised of those who have started groups within their agency, will discuss how you and your peers can become a community of change-makers, win executive sponsorship, and manage grass-roots change projects to make your agency more responsive, effective, and fun.

NextGen_Graphics_Icon_Fundamental_colorTrack 6: Ethical Insurgency
Fundamental Competency: Honesty/Integrity
Being a public servant comes with a lot of responsibility. Come get a crash course in government ethics and how you can abide by those rules to still create change in government. Don’t be afraid of the unknown, learn so you can have more opportunity in an honest manner.

Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM – Closing Keynote Speakers


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4:00 PM – 4:05 PM Lightning Speaker
Speaker Contest Winners are being unveiled on Thursday, April 24th.
Check out who was in the competition.

 

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4:05 PM – 4:55 PM Closing Keynote Speaker
Cristin Dorgelo, Assistant Director, Grand Challenges, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

*One more excellent speaker is being confirmed. Check back to see who will wrap up the 2014 summit.

4:55 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Comments
Steve Ressler, Founder & President, GovLoop
Ginny Hill, President, Young Government Leaders

This year summit attendees have the opportunity to follow a specific track. Tracks can help attendees further hone a specific area or more easily identify the multiple areas they wish to improve, but you are not required to follow a track.

Track 1: Leading Change
Take part in this track and you’ll leave NextGen with a true understanding of how government works and what it takes to: navigate a leadership transition, bring about strategic change within a constantly evolving environment, and step into tough conversations under adversity. Furthermore, new and creative ideas will emerge from the design mindset course through discussions of real innovation that is being implemented in government. .

Track 2: Leading People
By following this track, you’ll enhance your ability to lead your team towards achieving your organization’s mission, vision and goals. You’ll learn how to navigate tough conversations, embrace diversity, manage multiple generations, and become a better leader by understanding how to support and follow your supervisor. Not to mention, you’ll get a better understanding of your emotional intelligence.

Track 3: Results Driven
Take part in this track and you’ll be on your way to becoming a results driven leader. You’ll gain a unique perspective toward customer service, learn how to make your team more accountable, and become more decisive in your problem solving to ultimately produce high-quality results.

Track 4: Business Acumen
By participating in this track, you’ll become more educated in business strategy. Get a better understanding of the financial processes, technological developments, and internal recognition/human resources management principles that are critical to any government organization’s success.

Track 5: Building Coalitions
Become the “glue” in government by following this track. You’ll learn how to enhance your organization’s network and develop partnerships locally and globally, as well as build alliances and hone your negotiation skills.

Track 6: Fundamental Skills
At the base of everything are the fundamentals. Take the time to hone these fundamental skills and they will carry into many other aspects of your personal and professional life, positioning you for success.