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2017 NextGen Keynotes Announced!

2017 NextGen Keynotes Announced!

The Next Generation of Government Training Summit is less than two months away and we hope you are as excited as we are! Not only will you network with over 800 federal, state and local govies from more than 75 organizations, you will also participate in interactive breakout sessions and hear from these expert government keynote speakers:

A History of Public Service and Why it Matters – Don Kettl is a professor and former dean in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Partnership for Public Service, the Volcker Alliance, and the Brookings Institution.

For many, the Trump Administration is the first major presidential transition they have been apart of. No matter the politics, a transition means a tremendous amount of change and uncertainty for government employees. So how do you thrive in the era of change? One way is to remember the mission of government. In this keynote, Professor Donald Kettl will share with his insights on the public sector of the past. How did former govies thrive in times of change? How were they inspired and called to work?

How Does the Brain React to Change? – Judith E. Glaser is an organizational anthropologist.

What’s going on in that head of yours? As major changes swirl around your agency with the new administration, what is physically happening in your brain? In this engaging keynote, we hear from the leading authority on conversational intelligence and neuro-Innovation Judith Glaser. She will explain how applying neuroscience to the way we think about change can actually outsmart our anxiety. She will also provide strategic tips to thrive in a time of great change.

The Energy Bus – Moving Teams in a Positive Direction – Amy P. Kelly creates human capital strategies to enhance performance and profitability.

Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success. In this keynote, Amy Kelly will reveal the 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment at work and at home. Drawing upon her experience with thousands of leaders, sales professionals, teams, non-profit organizations, schools, and athletes, Kelly will infuse this engaging story with keen insights, actionable strategies and a big dose of positive infectious energy.

I Was the One in a Skirt – Ms. Christina Monaco joined the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in April 2013 and since Jan. 2017 has served as Director of NGA’s Corporate Assessment and Program Evaluation Office.

What is it like to be a leader in a male dominated field? NGA’s Christina Monaco has championed leadership and development in the public sector for years. In her keynote, Monaco will provide inside tips on how to rise through the ranks as a female leader. She will also provide advice on how to encourage and empower diversity and inclusion in these roles.

When You Raise Your Hand to Serve – Greg Touhill is one of the nation’s premier cybersecurity and information technology senior executives. A highly experienced leader of large, complex, diverse, and global operations, in 2016 Greg was selected by President Obama as the U.S. government’s first Chief Information Security Officer.

A lifetime of government service is exactly what Greg Touhill signed up for more than 30 years ago when he joined the Air Force. Throughout his career, he focused on not only taking the next step, but thinking outside the box. All of that determination led to his appointment as the first ever Chief Information Security Officer for the government. But what strikes Touhill is not his achievements, but what it takes to soldier on when things get tough. In his keynote, Touhill will describe why he served and what motivated him to dedicate his life to public service.

Check out the full two-day schedule here. Thinking about joining us at the Summit this year? Grab your Early Bird rate to make sure you get the lowest rate possible before the rate increases on June 16!