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To engage our current students, alumni, and colleagues, we are proud to present the 2017 Key Executive Leadership Programs Speaker Series "FED Talks." This series offers six sessions in the calendar year, and is a complimentary service to the federal community.

2017 Scheduled Speakers: FED Talks

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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

Theme: Government Bureaucracy

Title: True Digital Transformation for 21st Century Bureaucracies

Speaker: Thomas Cochran, Acquia Chief Digital Strategist & VP, Public Sector

Talk Description: Changing any bureaucracy, let alone one over two hundred years old, can be a daunting task. What are the three key ingredients to put you on the path towards successful transformation efforts? What are the signs of heading towards failure? Bureaucracies are not immutable machines destined to remain status quo. With leadership and properly managed expectations, big changes are possible.

Speaker Bio:

Tom Cochran is the Chief Digital Strategist and VP of Public Sector at Acquia, the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. He joined the company after spending over four years in the Obama administration as a presidential appointee and digital leader. Most recently, he held a Deputy Assistant Secretary role at the U.S. Department of State running their global digital public diplomacy platforms. He also worked at the White House running their digital technology and led the team that built the 'We the People' petitions platform.

In the private sector, he spent a couple years as the CTO for Atlantic Media (i.e., The Atlantic, Quartz, GovExec, National Journal brands) and he was the first person hired by Blue State Digital (Obama campaign's digital team), spending a few years engineering the early applications that would grow into the robust digital platform which helped President Obama raise $1.2 billion online in two election cycles. Early in his career, he was the lead engineer and inventor on a content and feedback management system, which was awarded a U.S. patent.

Tom has a degree in economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.

Key Reasons to Attend

  • Provides a stimulating environment for Key current students and alumni, which is conducive for 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.