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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 Executive Leadership Programs


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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Apply to Present at the 2020 Key Conference Today - Deadline Extended

Panelists addressing audience at 2019 conference

Interested in presenting at the Annual Key Conference and gaining access to our growing network of 5,000+ alumni, students and government executives? Then submit your RFP now through January 3, 2020! This year's theme is Future of Excellence.

Featuring concurrent sessions, plenary speakers, workshops and networking, the Key Conference has spurred nearly 2,000 public servants to become exemplars of excellence in leadership and service since it began in 2010. Follow the link below for information on the RFP process and the application!
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Key Alum Named Top Engagement Influencer of 2019

Russell Robinson

Key MPA Alumnus, Russell Robinson of Key 43, was recently listed on the 2019 Engagment 101 - Top 101 Employee Engagement Influencers. This is the 3rd year the list has been curated and is produced by the Employee Engagement Awards & Conference.
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Read more about Veterans Benefits at the Key Programs
Roger Jones Award For Executive Leadership nominations are open for 2019-2020.  Apply by Feb. 3, 2020
Presidential Rank Awards

2019 Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit

Key will be at the 2019 Presidential Rank Awards in partnership with the Senior Executive Association on December 17 at The Mayflower Hotel. Read more about SEA and RSVP today! 

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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