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The Key Executive MPA is ranked#4 in the nation for Executive Master in Public Administration Programs. There are 900+ new Key students annually. 96% of Key students said the program helped foster their successful careers.

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Annual Key Conference

The Future of Leadership: Leading through Chaos
December 7, 2023 in Washington, DC

Get your tickets by October 27 to save $100 per registration!

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Not the Mighty Oak
November 2022 | 
Stephan Schaefbauer, DVM, MPH, Area Veterinarian in Charge – Minnesota, United States Department of Agriculture, walks through her leadership journey, describing the process of more the growth of a interwoven forest rather than the stangation of the might oak in this short poem. Read more.

Joy in the Workplace
September 2022 | 
Bob Tobias, Former Director & Senior Executive-in-Residence, Key Executive Leadership Programs, attempts to answer the ever-present question - where can we find joy at the workplace and why is doing so uncommon? Read more

To Truly Make a Difference, You First Have to Care
July 2022 | 
Kyo Marie Dolan, Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Cyber Operations, U.S. Secret Service, Criminal Investigative Division, breaks down conventional thoughts on leadership and the importance of bringing emotion and intelligence to the table to make an effective leader. Read More

Giving Everyone Their Own Voice (and Making Sure it is Heard)
June 2022
 | Maribeth Petrizzi, Assistant Director, Federal Trade Commission; 2021 Roger W. Jones Award Recipient, talks about the importance of having your own voice and how a leader can can encourage that. Read More

When Managing is not Enough
May 2022
 | Willie Crump, National Unit Chief for Contraband Smuggling at U.S Department of Homeland Security, talks about what it takes to be a manager and provides an insight into what can take managing to the next level. Read More

Finding Passion Within Your Work
April 2022
 | Ken Sheely, Acting Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations at the National Nuclear Security Agency, talks about how important it is to find passion within your work so that you don't dread going to the office. Read More

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12th Annual Key Conference - The Future of Leadership: Leading through Chaos on December 7, 2023 in Washington, DC. Register by December 4, 2023
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