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Key Executive Leadership Speaker Series: 2014 Biographies

The Key Executive Leadership Program is pleased to present the following accomplished speakers for the 2014 Leadership Speaker Series:

Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Topic: Collaborative Partnerships
Speaker: Jim Thompson, U.S. Department of State

Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson is the Director of Innovation in Secretary of State's Office for Global Partnerships and Innovation. He is responsible for launching innovative diplomacy initiatives in the Department, building new partnerships for the Secretary and managing the Department's major corporate relationships. Jim previously served as the Director for Partnerships and Innovation on the National Security Council at the White House in 2012, where he authored the Building Partnerships Best Practices Guide. He is the former Acting Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID's) Global Development Alliance.  Jim has over 20 years of Government experience, previously serving as a USAID Food for Peace Officer, Program Officer and as a Contracting Officer at both USAID and at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has extensively used his acquisition and assistance experience to create new public-private partnership models. 

Jim is a frequent speaker on partnerships and has taught management and partnership courses throughout Africa, Latin America and Europe. Jim was a Rotary Ambassadorial and completed his Master of Arts in Political Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He lives with his husband and twin boys in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Topic: Action Learning
Speaker: Patrick Malone, Ph.D., American University, School of Public Affairs

Patrick Malone, Ph.D.

Professor Malone is an Executive-in-Residence in the Department of Public Administration and Policy where he teaches courses in public sector leadership, executive problem solving, organizational analysis, action learning, leadership ethics, and public administration in the policy process. He also serves as a senior advisor and faculty member in American University's Key Executive Leadership program. He is a frequent guest lecturer on leadership and organizational dynamics in state and federal agencies, professional associations, and universities including Oklahoma State University and the Visiting Scholars program at Yale. He has extensive experience working with federal sector leaders from DHHS, EPA, IRS, USDA, HUD, DHS, and DoD among others. Professor Malone also regularly presents in international forums to government leaders from the Republic of Vietnam, Panama, Poland, Belgium, and Mauritius. His research interests and scholarship include work in public service motivation, leadership, ethics, and organizational behavior. He is one of only thirty researchers in the country certified to score the Subject/Object qualitative research methodology developed at Harvard University. Dr. Malone spent twenty-two years in the Department of Defense where he served in a number of senior leadership and policy roles including as a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Academic Director; and Dean of Academics for Navy Medicine. His most recent publications include "Leading in Ballast Water," "Can Leaders Keep Their Cool While Feeling the Heat?" "Running Into the Jaws of Conflict," and "Keeping Your Lens Clean Amidst Ethical Challenges."

Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Topic: Generation Gap
Speaker: Sean M. Clayton, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Sean Clayton

Sean Clayton is an accomplished federal employee with an internal consulting approach that leverages his skills in strategic planning, marketing and communication, organizational development, performance analytics, and process improvement to bring about positive change to the organizations for which he has worked.

Mr. Clayton currently serves as Chief Human Capital Officer for the National Archives and Records Administration. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program with the Social Security Administration (SSA). He held several key leadership positions, most notably as the Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner for Management and Operations Support, responsible for a $34 million budget, facilities, IT automation, and human resources in the 6,800 employee San Francisco region.

Prior to joining SSA, Mr. Clayton served as a Human Capital Specialist for the Department of Energy (DOE). His projects consisted of $2 million in improvements to the agency's strategic recruitment, social media strategy, career mapping, competency identification and development, student program policy development, and end-to-end federal hiring process improvements.

Mr. Clayton also worked as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist while working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA). He served as the agency's National Hispanic Employment Program Manager during his tenure and developed the agency's first 5-year Affirmative Employment Plan in over a decade. Other career highlights include being elected as the Chair of the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers. In this role, Mr. Clayton has consulted with various federal agencies and non-profit organizations in the development of Hispanic hiring toolkits to overcome Hispanic underrepresentation in the Federal workforce.

Mr. Clayton is also recognized as one of the Federal Government's thought leaders on building management strategies to address generational differences in the workplace. His team-taught workshop has been received by thousands attendees across the nation. Mr. Clayton has received national attention from numerous non-profit organizations, government agencies and was featured on Black Entertainment Television and Government Executive magazine for his work on civil rights as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Mr. Clayton attended Ursinus College and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics. He went on to pursue his Masters degree in Public Administration at American University with a focus in Organizational Diagnosis and Change Management.

Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Speaker: Erran Carmel, American University, Kogod School of Business
Topic: Technology/Telework

Erran Carmel

Professor Carmel studies the globalization of technology work: global teams, global sourcing, and the emergence of technology industries around the world.

In 2011 he completed his 3rd book. This one is about the special issues that time zone separation imposes on global coordination of work. “I’m Working While They’re Sleeping: Time Zone Separation Challenges and Solutions” is co-authored with his colleague Alberto Espinosa.  Carmel’s 1999 book "Global Software Teams" was the first on this topic and is considered a landmark in the field, helping many organizations take their first steps into distributed tech work. His second book "Offshoring Information Technology" came out in 2005 and became popular as outsourcing began to be taught in business schools around the world.

He has written over 100 articles, reports, and manuscripts. He consults and speaks to industry and professional groups. Here is a video of a 2013 talk at IESE (Barcelona) on global coordination across time zones. He also writes a Blog.

He is a tenured full Professor at the Information Technology department, Kogod School of Business at American University. In the 1990s he co-founded and led the program in Management of Global Information Technology. In 2005-2008 he was department Chair. In 2009 he was awarded the International Business Professorship and in 2012 he was named Kogod UPS Scholar. He has been a Visiting Professor at Haifa University (Israel), University College Dublin (Ireland), and at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile). In 2008 he was awarded the Orkand Endowed Chaired Professor at the University of Maryland University College. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Information Technology and the Global Economy (CITGE).

He received his Ph.D., in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona; his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Speaker: Patrick K. Barker, Defense Acquisition University
Topic: Project Management

Patrick K. Barker

Patrick Barker serves as adjunct professor at American University in support of the Key Executive Leadership Programs, where he specializes in leadership & executive decision-making, earned value management, scheduling/planning, risk management and program assessment.

His primary full-time job is with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) where he teaches Department of Defense (DoD) senior program managers and acquisition management officials at the Defense Systems Management College’s (DSMC) Executive School. This also includes consulting duties for a variety of DoD agencies and major acquisition programs. Previously he worked over 14 years as a contractor providing support and consulting to Defense, non-Defense Federal and commercial organizations in areas such as earned value management (EVM), integrated baseline reviews (IBR), scheduling, risk management, test & evaluation and systems engineering. Clients included the US Navy, US Army and US Air Force programs, research and policy support for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, multiple Federal Aviation Administration’s programs, programs in Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Small Business Administration and a dozen small and mid-sized commercial businesses. Mr. Barker has served as program control/integration lead and, as a consultant, often led small teams that prepared clients for IBRs and/or set up EVM system implementations “from scratch,” often in the middle of program execution. He also led EVM assessments of numerous DoD and other Federal programs. He is certified at Level III in Defense Acquisition Improvement Act (DAWIA) Program Management.

Prior to becoming a DSMC professor and contractor, Mr. Barker spent a 20-year career in the USAF and USAF Reserves. Assignments included serving as instructor electronic warfare and tactics officer in B-52s, assistant professor of history and airmanship instructor at the USAF Academy, and functional manager in technology transfer for the Defense Intelligence Agency. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Barker earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1986) and a Masters of Arts in History (1994), both from Lehigh University. He is an avid reader of American Civil War history and frequently leads battlefield tours in Northern Virginia and Maryland.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Speaker: Jennifer Wicks, U.S. Department of State
Topic: Global Leadership

Jennifer Wicks Jennifer Wicks currently is the Director of the Office of Presidential Appointments at the Department of State and held that position since November 2012. Her previous State Department positions include Chief of Staff in the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, Senior Advisor for congressional and public affairs to the Under Secretary of State for Management, and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Administration. She also worked in the Department’s Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Logistics Management.

Wicks began her government career with the Department of the Army’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs in Seoul, Korea. Throughout her tenure with the Army, she held a variety of positions ranging from program manager to senior analyst in Korea, Hawaii, and Virginia.  

Wicks received a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University in 2008 and a Master of Public Administration from The American University in 2003. She received a number of awards, including the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award, the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and special recognition awards from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Wildlife Refuge System and the Army National Guard.