Key Executive Leadership Speaker Series

FEDTalks Speaker Series 2018

To engage our current students, alumni, and colleagues, we are proud to present the 2018 Key Executive Leadership Programs Speaker Series "FED Talks." This series offers four sessions in the calendar year, and is a complimentary service to the federal community.

2018 Scheduled Speakers: FED Talks


Wednesday, August 8, 2018 
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20039

Theme: Diversity and Inclusion: LGBTQIA+

Speaker: Deena Fidas, Director, the Workplace Equality Program, Human Rights Campaign

Title: The Case for LGBT+ Workforce Inclusion 


Over the last 15 years, the private sector has adopted policies, benefits and practices to make their workplaces more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people -- well-ahead of lawmakers and of public opinion. Right now for example, over 80 percent of the Fortune 500 offer explicit protections on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination policies, something federal law does not do in 2018. Why have so many companies sought to establish themselves as LGBT-inclusive and federal agencies followed suit in their practices? Come learn about how the Human Rights Campaign began certifying businesses in 2002, building the case for inclusion and today working directly with hundreds of major global employers on their LGBT inclusion best practices and walk away with key take-aways for your workplace.

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | Creating an Inclusive Culture
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | 2018 Diversity & Inclusion: a year in review

February's FEDTalk 

Look for our recording in tour new podcast series!

Speaker: Gary A. Smith, Co-Founder and Senior Partner, IVY Planning Group (Ivy)

Description: Depending on how long you've been involved with diversity and inclusion (D&I) really determines not only how much you've seen, but how different the goals, the journey, the strategies and yes even the outcomes have been.

Let's be clear, this talk matters as it does several critical things all at once:

1. It clarifies why the topic matters more than ever

2. It highlights why the work itself is harder now than ever

3. It provides proven ways to win around diversity and inclusion execution

Ultimately, everyone who is interested in achieving D&I outcomes will have to redefine or change how they communicate what it means to "win." Determining if that translation is a will or a skill issue is a critical first step. It's a step that requires honest introspection.  

We'll discuss what it is, why it matters, and what makes D&I success so difficult all while allowing for that introspection to occur. Just as appealing though are the lessons learned that provide hope, excitement, enthusiasm and a demonstration that success is still possible. In fact, perhaps greater and more impactful D&I success is possible now. This FED Talk will strike the right balance between D&I in the public and private sectors while carefully identifying what translates across sectors and what doesn't. It will provide an interactive forum for the discussion for those who want to know what works, what doesn't, and how to achieve success in 2018.

 5 Key Reasons to Attend

  • Provides a stimulating environment for Key current students and alumni, which is conducive to continued intellectual and professional growth.
  • Cultivates professional connections between current students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
  • Supplements your Key experience with subject matter relevant to improved leadership in the public sector.
  • Current students and alumni are eligible to receive a certificate of completion for attending at least six seminars within a two year period.
  • Allows the Key Executive Leadership Program to reciprocate the support and serve the public good.