Key Executive Leadership Forum: The Mindful Leader

  • How will mindfulness help you to become a better federal sector leader?
  • How is emotional intelligence enhanced with the introduction of mindfulness?
  • How might a mindfulness program reduce stress in the workplace?

From Google to Genentech to the US Army, public and private sector organizations have developed mindfulness programs and are seeing results. It is being introduced to deal with stress, and develop the kind of leaders we need in today's increasingly VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) environment. Mindfulness instruction will be given along with a panel discussion and Q&A.


  • Michael Carroll, Author
  • Susan Collins, Manager of Executive Education at the Treasury Executive Institute
  • Dr. Leo Lefebure, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Ruth Zaplin, Key Executive Leadership Programs
  • Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
    9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    1779 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036
  • Contact:
    Jennifer Tether
    (202) 885-3857

The first 60 attendees will receive a copy of Michael Carroll's book, The Mindful Leader.

This special networking forum creates an environment where federal executives can explore and discuss solutions to common challenges that can impede the public policy implementation process and hinder the success of a strong workforce.

Past Session: ROI of Leadership Development

Have you sent employees to leadership development programs and when they returned to the workplace they showed no evidence of having attended? Do you wonder whether a leadership development program will ever lead to changed employee behavior that results in improved employee engagement and increased agency productivity?

Please join us for a presentation of a team from the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security as they describe their leadership development experience that led to their changed behavior.


  • Jennifer Nelson, Chief, Records Division, USCIS, DHS
  • Kelly Gilmore, Deputy Chief, Records Division, USCIS, DHS
  • Harris "Ben" Hull, Chief of Staff, and Branch Chief, Program Management Office, Records Division, USCIS, DHS
  • Robert Purvis, Branch Chief, Records Training, Evaluation, and Monitoring, Records Division, USCIS, DHS
  • Location:
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    1779 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036
  • Contact:
    Jennifer Tether
    (202) 885-3857

Who Attends the Leadership Forum?

Leadership Forum participants are busy career federal executives who seek solutions to common problems that stifle the public policy implementation process. The attendees are key stakeholders of public policy: members of Congress, political appointees, SES career executives, union and association presidents, members of consulting and technology firms, and academics. These decision-makers recognize that collaboration is critical to successful implementation.

ISPPI provides well-known experts in public policy who faced the same implementation issues that plague Leadership Forum participants. These experts provide information and reveal the strategies and tactics they used to address implementation problems.

Ideas for Leadership Forum meetings come from meeting participants, and straight from the headlines. Some of the issues previously discussed include:

  • Use of category ranking program
  • Use of Balanced Scorecard System
  • Forming public/private partnerships
  • Developing agency culture to improve program outcomes
  • Collective bargaining compatibility with pay for performance

The issues discussed at Leadership Forum meetings are broad-based. The lessons participants learn from their interaction with Leadership Forum experts provides participants the opportunity to learn and attain tools to be used to implement the changes necessary to improve agency performance.