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Key Executive Leadership Speaker Series: 2015 Biographies

The Key Executive Leadership Program is pleased to present the following accomplished speakers for the 2015 Leadership Speaker Series: 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Topic: Leadership
Speaker: Rebecca Archer

Rebecca Archer

Becca Archer is an organization development specialist and leadership coach at the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, DC. She partners with leaders to create healthier organizations by supporting culture change, employee engagement, team building, learning, leadership coaching and conflict resolution to enhance overall well-being and productivity. Becca also designed and implemented several pilot projects to address systemic issues.

Prior to joining SBA, she worked at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in the areas of diversity and inclusion, leadership development and organization development. She joined the Federal government through the Presidential Management Intern Program (now the Presidential Management Fellow Program), and worked at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management where she also had assignments with the city of San Francisco, the U.S. National Aeronautics Space Administration and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Becca has a dual master’s degree in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Williams College. She also has professional certificates from Georgetown University in leadership coaching, and transformational leadership; National Training Laboratories (NTL) in organization development; and the Fielding Graduate University in dialogue, deliberation and public engagement.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Topic: Presentation Skills
Speaker: Ann Timmons

Ann Timmons

Ann Timmons helps clients discover and embrace their unique leadership presence. Clients include current political leaders at the local, state and national levels, as well as national association leaders and executives. Ann has designed and run workshops for diverse organizations and businesses, including the Embassy of Switzerland, the Department of State/Wilson Center's Women in Public Service Program, The Ferguson Group, The Fulbright Program, and Latham & Watkins, LLP. She has taught public speaking and presentation skills for the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and the Women and Politics Institute in the School of Public Affairs at American University, where she received the prestigious Alice Paul Award.

When not helping clients become more dynamic communicators, Ann is playing a variety of roles in the professional theatre, as an actor, playwright and director. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Social Awareness
Speaker: Susan Collins, Ph.D.

Susan Collins is USCIS' Organizational Development and Leadership Coach, working out of the Office of Human Capital and Training (HCT). Susan is a certified executive coach and leadership development professional with over 15 years' experience designing and delivering leadership programs. She is certified in a number of instruments –including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO-B), The Leadership Circle Profile, and the Balanced Scorecard –all of which she uses to provide team-effectiveness facilitations and leadership team coaching. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program and the George Mason University Advanced Coaching Certificate Program in Generative Well Being, and she has her Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation. Prior to taking on this role, Susan was Chief of the Leadership and Career Development branch in the USCIS Training and Career Development Division. She also has facilitated the development of USCIS' Human Capital Strategy, and before that, she managed the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and other senior leadership programs at DHS Headquarters. Susan has been a consultant to federal agencies, a housing and labor economist, and a lifelong learner throughout her career. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Topic: Succession Planning
Speaker: Reginald F. Wells, Ph.D.

Reginald Wells, Ph.D.

Reginald F. Wells was named Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Human Resources effective July 15, 2002 after serving short tenures as Deputy Associate Commissioner for Disability Program Policy and Senior Advisor in the Office of Disability and Income Security Programs. Dr. Wells also serves as the Chief Human Capital Officer for SSA. In his capacity as Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources, Dr. Wells oversees a staff complement of 400 employees with an operating budget of $100 million.

Dr. Wells served as Deputy Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities from October 1994 to April 2002. He shared with the Commissioner full responsibility for planning and directing 25 federal staff and programmatic activities, including the University Centers, Developmental Disabilities Councils, Protection and Advocacy Systems and Projects of National Significance with a program budget of over $122 million.

From October 1997 to May 1998, Dr. Wells served as the Acting Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Prior to his appointment in the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Dr. Wells had 10 years of extensive public sector experience with the District of Columbia’s (D.C.) Department of Human Services.

In 1980, Dr. Wells received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia. He also earned his M.A. in psychology from Temple University and B.A. in psychology and sociology from American International College.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Ethics
Speaker: Donald Zauderer, Ph.D. and Patrick Malone, Ph.D.

Donald Zauderer, Ph.D.

Dr. Donald G. Zauderer is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration at American University. While at American, Dr. Zauderer directed the Key Executive Program for emerging leaders in the public service. As an educational entrepreneur, he also developed graduate programs in Organization Development, Management Consulting, Human Resource Management, Public Financial Management, and the Management of Technology for the Mitre Corporation.

Upon retiring from American, Dr. Zauderer served as Senior Advisor at The Brookings Institution, where he directed a program entitled Mastering the Art of Public Leadership. This innovative and value based program focused on developing the next generation of public service leaders.

Dr. Zauderer is currently Principal of Zauderer & Associates, LLC, where he provides educational and consulting services to public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. His clients have included the Marriott Corporation, Omni Construction Company, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, HHS University, the Treasury Department-FedSource, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, American University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the National Gallery of Art, and the U.S. Census Bureau, among others.

Dr. Zauderer serves as a feature editor for the Public Manager and is a former member of the DC Bar Ethics Committee and the Montgomery County Schools Ethics Panel. His most recent publications include Graduate School Education: "Learning in a World of Relatedness", "Leading With Character", "Leadership Lessons from World-Class Coaches", "The Benefit of Dialogue," "Winning with Integrity", "Organization Incivility and the Management of Human Capital," and "Mastering the Art of Public Leadership."

Dr. Zauderer received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, with concentrations in Public Management, Public Policy Analysis, Organization Behavior, Political Science, and Economics