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Offered by the Key Executive Leadership Programs, the Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate program focuses on developing skills, knowledge, and values needed by public and nonprofit leaders.
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Key is the global public sector leadership program of choice, as it challenges good managers to become extraordinary leaders who become lifelong learners and build an environment of organizational success. Home to the 3rd nationally ranked Executive MPA program and leadership certificate programs, Key’s alumni leave as leaders who exhibit passion for improving public service, act with integrity and authenticity, become a force for personal and organizational change, and empower others to action and excel.

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Ranked 3rd in the nation - the Key Executive Leadership Master of Public Administration (MPA), along with the Key Executive Leadership Certificate, have transformed good managers into extraordinary leaders for more than 40 years.

The Key Executive Leadership Programs curriculum is aligned with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and works to promote a residential experience that lasts a lifetime.

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The job of running a democracy is not an easy one, and the implementation of public policy requires extraordinary leadership. Today's challenging environment demands leaders who are willing to: grow a mindset that can make sense of a complex environment; diagnose and change their behavior; inspire those they lead; work and learn collaboratively; overcome barriers to institutional change; act with integrity; facilitate reflective and productive dialogue, think strategically, and implement public policy with pristine skill and fierce resolve.
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Register Today! Annual Key Executive Women in Leadership Forum

2020 Key Executive Women in Leadership Forum

Join us on March 10, 2020 for the Annual Key Executive Women in Leadership Forum! This year we are celebrating not only Women's History Month, but also 100 years of women's suffrage and examining the future of women in the federal government. 
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Key now offering Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate!

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Get a jumpstart on your leadership journey with the all new Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate! Built off of the nationally-ranked Key Executive Master of Public Administration program, the Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate focuses on developing skills, knowledge, and values needed by public and nonprofit leaders. This 12 credit program is open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. 
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SPA and Guidehouse Bring Experts Together to Discuss Data Management

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Key in the Media

  • Key Director, Patrick Malone, and Key Faculty, Zina Sutch, published an article with the Association for Talent Development in February 2019 outlining feedback and its importance in the workplace.

  • Key Alumna, Catrina Bonus (USSS 4), made history in becoming the first woman to serve as Deputy Chief of the Uniformed Division of Secret Service.

  • Key Coach, Joseph A. Sclafani, published an article with the Association for Talent Development (ATD) in June 2018 discussing leadership development. 

Government employees now eligible for 25% discount in the KEY MPA Program