How to Speak Your Mind Despite Bureaucracy

1-Hour Breakout Session
Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
ECQ 3: Results Driven
Attendees Can Earn 1 CPE Credit

“I’ve got an idea” is one of the hardest phrases to say for someone working in an environment of “this is how we have always done it.” How can you break free of red tape and truly speak your mind with conviction? 

Key Takeaway: In this session, you will hear from a government leader who has broken through the proverbial glass ceiling and learn how you can, too. 

Relevant Competencies: Written Communication, Influencing/Negotiating


Patrick S. Malone, Ph.D., Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs Department of Administration and Public Policy, American University

Patrick is the Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on kindness, gratitude, emotional intelligence, compassion, ethics, mindfulness, and leadership at various organizations, professional associations, and universities including the Fulbright Scholars Program and the Workhuman Conference. His research and teaching interests include human motivation, kindness, leadership, ethics, and organizational behavior.

He is also one of the few researchers in the country certified in the Subject/Object Methodology developed at Harvard. Dr. Malone is a retired Navy Captain. While in the Navy, Patrick served in a number of leadership and policy roles including as a professor of biometrics and preventive medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Academic Director; and Dean of Academics for Navy Medicine. His most recent publications include: “The Way Leaders Think,” “The Trusting Leader,” “Selfies in the Workplace,” “Kindness and Survival of the Fittest,” “Go Ahead, Laugh – Why Humor Makes for a Better Workplace,” and “VulnerABILITY – Can Managers Benefit from Extreme Exposure?” His TED Talk, “Thinking about Time,” is available at and his co-edited book, The Handbook of Federal Leadership and Administration was published in November 2016. His critically-acclaimed coauthored book Leading with Love and Laughter – Letting Go and Getting Real at Work was released in Spring 2021. His book Emotional Intelligence in Talent Development was released in October Patrick’s new book Soma Signs focuses on the human body’s reaction in various leadership situations and is due to be released in winter 2023.