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Key Executive Leadership Programs Founder In Memory of Don Zauderer

We are sad to share that Professor Don Zauderer passed away in the company of his loving family on November 26, 2018.  Don joined American University in 1970 and immediately began investing his heart and soul into what would become the Key Executive Leadership Program.  He was a friend and mentor to many, and his impact on the men and women of the public service is immeasurable.  His legacy is his authenticity, values, and love for all.  We will miss him deeply but we know he will live on in all of us forever.
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Ranked 6th 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 35 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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  • 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 Certificate alumna, Jordan Hibbs (OE 55), shares about her preparation for the Key Executive Leadership Programs Federal Executives Abroad program.

  • 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