You are here: American University School of Public Affairs Key Executive Leadership Programs Home

Change Your Career, Change Your Life Key Executive Leadership Programs

The #4 ranked Key Executive MPA and Executive Leadership Certificate Programs have transformed good managers into extraordinary leaders since 1975.
Request Info

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.

key events banner

Who Am I Writing For?

Plain Language and the Target Audience

Date & Location: Thursday, September 23rd @ Zoom 
Time: 1:00 - 3:30PM - EST 

The foundational principle of plain language is to write clearly for the intended audience. Although it might seem simple, government writers are often stymied by misconceptions about plain language and audience. How can you be sure you're targeting your message and writing clearly for that audience? How can you write in plain language for technical experts without "dumbing down?"

Wendy Wagner-Smith will convince you that plain language is not dumbing down, even for experts.
RSVP

key blogs banner
Sparring and Role-Playing are Effective Exercises

August 2021 | Katherine Coffman, Former President for Executive Women in Government (EWG), discusses ways to resolve conflict in the workplace and how this can aid in leadership skills. Read More

A Year-End Funding Investment in Federal Manager Leader Development is Needed

July 2021 | Robert Tobias, Key Executive-in-Residence, calls for parallel investment in federal manager leader development using unspent year end travel funds to ensure the prompt, effective implementation of Congressional intent.  Read More

Know Thyself

June 2021 | Kirstin Austin, Chief Learning Officer of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, embarked on a journey to know herself and her core values by reflecting on the courageous female public servants who came before her.  Read More

mindfulness mondays podcast banner
Dealing with Uncertainty

August 2021 | Dealing with Uncertainty is August's topic for Key's Mindfulness Mondays podcast series focused on building listeners' mental resilience. Facilitated by Dr. Ruth Zaplin, each podcast guides listeners through various meditation practices, including combating mind traps, embracing impermanence, and connecting mind and body. Listen Here

New Certificate coming to the Key Program!

The Leading Change and Organization Development Certificate is a highly experiential, rigorous, and practical course of study for leaders and executives from all sectors: corporate, nonprofit, social, entrepreneurial, and government.
Learn More

Clark and Persily Lamel's headshots

Business ·

New Book Release: Six Paths to Leadership

Kogod professor Mark Clark and executive coach Meredith Persily Lamel examine over 65 successful leaders' journeys and offer insight and action items to aspiring leaders across industries.
Full Story

soldier salute toward American flag on the top half with bottom half text saying "Veteran Benefits" and brief description of Yellow Ribbon Program
2018-2019 Key Executive Leadership Programs Impact Report. Read Report Here.
What does it take to be an extraordinary leader in today's world? Integrity. Skill. Fierce Resolve.  Watch video here for more information.
Key Events Calendar
Government employees now eligible for 25% discount in the KEY MPA Program
Key Executive Leadership Programs' COVID-19 Resource Guide. Read the complete guide here.