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Key Executive Leadership Speaker Series

To engage our current students and alumni, the Key Executive Leadership Program presents the “Key Executive Leadership Speakers Series”. The sessions occur every other month, and are free to alumni and students.

2015 Scheduled Speakers and Topics: Transform, Integrate, Motivate

The Key Executive Leadership Program is pleased to present the following speakers and topics for the 2015 Key Executive Leadership Speaker Series under the theme "Transform, Integrate, Motivate":

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Susan Collins, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Topic: Social Awareness
Title: The Way You Make Meaning Matter: Learn How to Assess the Way You, Your Boss, and Your Subordinates Perceive the Complexity of Your Challenges to Reduce Frustration and Work Together Better

Most of you have other leaders above and below you in your chain of command. It's typically the case that the higher you are in that chain, the more authority you have. But just because someone has more authority doesn't mean they can handle more complexity or uncertainty. In this program, you will learn more about different stages of mental complexity and form hypotheses about your own "center of gravity" and those of your boss and subordinates. Through application of the theory to observed behavior, you will speculate about the different ways your colleagues see the world, and will develop an action plan to try and "meet them where they are" to improve communication and collaboration. At the end of this session, you will have some tools to identify potentially significant differences in the ways you and others see the world, and will have practiced forming strategies for using that information to improve your relationships and enhance your effectiveness as a leader in the future.

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Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Reginald Wells, U.S. Social Security Administration
Topic: Succession Planning

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Donald Zauderer and Dr. Patrick Malone, American University
Topic: Ethics
Title: High Integrity Political Astuteness: Employing Political Tactics for Personal and Organizational Success

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Key Reasons to Attend

  • Provides a stimulating environment for Key current students and alumni, which is conducive for continued intellectual and professional growth.
  • Cultivates professional connections between current students, alumni, faculty and staff.
  • Supplements your Key experience with subject matter relevant to improved leadership in the public sector.
  • Current students and alumni are eligible to receive a certificate of completion for attending at least six seminars within a two year period.
  • Allows the Key Executive Leadership Program to reciprocate the support and serve the public good.

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