This semester's event will be unique in that there will be a virtual and in-person component – as always, all federal employees are invited to attend either or both events.

Wednesday, May 10

Virtual event 

5th Bi-Annual Federal Government Education Symposium

At this interactive virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from many of the schools and attend presentations, at no cost.

Thursday, May 11

In-person event 

Graduate School USA

600 Maryland Avenue SW Washington DC 20024

At this in-person event, you will again have the opportunity to meet representatives from many of the schools, and then hear from an engaging speaker from the Federal Government, followed by a rooftop networking event.

About the Event

Thank you for your interest in the Spring 2023 5th Bi-Annual Federal Education Symposium! The schools represented in this event are all members of the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Academic Alliance.

At this interactive virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from each of the schools and attend panel discussions at no cost. Be sure to sign up for our Panel Discussion series to hear more from industry professionals on Workforce Health & Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Cybersecurity & Data Analytics and Leadership: Managing teams.


Federal employees and their families (spouses and dependents)

Event Objectives:

Inform federal employees and their families about the benefits available through the Federal Academic Alliance Provide learning opportunities through forums and panel discussions Support career development for Federal employees Provide information for Federal employees to obtain college degrees/certificates and/or college credit Discuss mission-critical topics

About the Federal Academic Alliance

OPM created the Federal Academic Alliance in 2014 to assist the federal government in addressing critical skills gaps. Today, the alliance has grown to include over 30 schools, colleges and universities from across the country. Each of these schools offers benefits to federal employees, spouses, and dependents to advance their education.

For more information about the Federal Academic Alliance, please visit Federal Academic Alliance email:



May 10, 2023 09:00

Western Governors University

The TikTok Debate: You Make the Call!

This interactive presentation will allow participants to 'make the call' as we examine the current TikTok debate through the lens of cybersecurity policies and practices. Attendees will use online polling to share their virtual opinions while they consider various perspectives on one of today's top trending topics.

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Paul Bingham
Vice President and Dean

May 10, 2023 10:00

The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Human Factors in Cybersecurity and Privacy

While we can design secure systems, if the user cannot use them properly, this can lead to insecurities. Humans can (and are often) the weakest link in the chain, and in this talk, we'll provide some background on the research efforts in human factors in cybersecurity and privacy to help correct this, by designing systems that empower users to better manage their security and privacy online. We will also discuss how this research integrated into GW's growing cybersecurity curriculum and future efforts to create broader cyber@gw programs.

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Adam Aviv
Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science

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John Paul Helveston
Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

May 10, 2023 11:00

Purdue University

A Practical Framework for Cybersecurity AI Ethics Reasoning

How can cybersecurity professionals be trained to make ethical decisions that prioritize human well-being? What competencies are required to incorporate ethical principles into their professional decision-making process? The key lies in a principle-based approach that considers the trade-offs involved in practical work. The ethical principles that need to be considered are beneficence, non-maleficence, trust, justice, and autonomy. The trade-offs between them depend on the context. By adopting this reasoning approach, it is possible to create efficient and effective systems that are ethically defensible, without relying on moralistic absolutism.

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Dr. Sorin Adam Matei

May 10, 2023 13:00

University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Blockchain and AI: An Evolving Framework for Cyber Security and Analytics

An exploration of how new technologies, such as AI and blockchain, are impacting concepts, practices, and education in the fields of enterprise cybersecurity and analytics .

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Dr. Tejwansh Singh Anand
Clinical Professor of Practice and the Academic Director for MS in Information Systems

May 10, 2023 09:00

American University

Why It Matters - the Science of Kindness

Leading in the public service is difficult enough. Few resources, no time, multiple layers of oversight, and a volatile environment. Our single most effective means to achieve agency success lies not in detailed strategic planning or flawlessly executed programs, rather in the environments we create as leaders. Kindness is simple. It is an intentional act that inspires drive and commitment among those on the receiving end. Its positive impact on department mission and the people who deliver it is well-established, allowing for greater contributions in an impersonal world often marked by cynicism and doubt. This session focuses on understanding how the concepts of kindness and gratitude can be used to harness our own intellectual and emotional skills to build better relationships and stimulate individuals and teams to serve our public more effectively.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, attendees should be able to:
• Understand the science of kindness and how it contributes to mission accomplishment.
• Recognize the signs of toxic environments and their impact on organizations and people.
• Assess the impact of kindness on relationships in and out of work.
• Develop a plan for infusing kindness into leadership, organizations, and life.

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Patrick Malone
PhD Director, Key Executive Leadership Program, American University

May 10, 2023 10:00

Southern New Hampshire University

Leadership & Emotional Intelligence: Developing Your Winning Mindset

Each person views life through their own distinctive perspective. "This is your mindset - the assumptions and expectations you hold about yourself, your life, and the situations around you" (Primeau, 2021, para.1). Your mindset plays a significant role in determining your life's trajectory and how you succeed or fail in your endeavors. “Developing a Winning Mindset,” where you set the course for success in both personal and professional endeavors, requires a thorough understanding of your mindset and its sometimes unconscious influence. Furthermore, by adapting and refocusing your mindset, you can set the stage to improve your health, relationships, and confidence to overcome life's challenges and achieve success. Successful individuals have developed unique mindsets as they shape their thought patterns, with the success mindset as the centerpiece of their activities. Developing a winning mindset is a powerful component of success and a strategy that can be developed and harnessed for personal and professional growth and excellence.

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Dr. Hector Garcia
Associate Dean, Social Sciences

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Dr. Barbara Lesniak
Senior Associate Dean Social Sciences

May 10, 2023 11:00

Michigan State University

Leadership For Today & Tomorrow

“Leadership is viewed today as a critical element in achieving success in any organization, whether it's a business, non-profit, or government agency. It is recognized as the process of inspiring and guiding a group of individuals toward a common goal and involves taking initiative, making decisions, and managing resources.
One of the key aspects of modern leadership is the ability to be adaptable and flexible, given the fast-paced and constantly evolving nature of today's business environment. Leaders are expected to be proactive in identifying and responding to emerging trends and to be able to make quick decisions that align with the organization's objectives.
Another important aspect of contemporary leadership is the emphasis on ethical and responsible behavior. Leaders are expected to operate with integrity, transparency, and accountability, and to create a culture of trust and respect within their organization.
Finally, modern leadership places a significant emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Leaders are expected to create a workplace environment that is welcoming to people of all backgrounds and to actively promote diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices, management strategies, and decision-making processes.”

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Prof. Keith Niblett
Assistant Director of Executive Development Programs

May 10, 2023 12:00

Rosemont College


We live in an ever-changing world. In order to remain relevant and successful, we need to constantly grow and learn. That means, we must acquire new skills, knowledge and abilities, and hone those that already exist.
Stephen Covey, author of “The Speed of Trust”, has set out 13 behaviors that one can use to create trust and build essential relationships with others. Behavior #7, titled “Get Better”, advocates that we continuously increase our capabilities to improve, develop informal and formal feedback systems, and refrain from assuming what you know today will be sufficient for you to succeed again tomorrow. Getting better envisions a continuous process, requiring life-long learning and growth!
This presentation will discuss what “Get Better” means for Federal Employees seeking to further their formal education. As Government employees, you each already possess a wide array of skills, knowledge, and abilities. Now, it’s time for you to leverage those achievements to develop new ones and to hone those that already exist. The Momentum Program at Rosemont College will provide you this opportunity!
As a 34-year employee for the Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel and a 30- year Adjunct Faculty Member at Rosemont College, Ms. McDonald will share her insights into the value of “getting better” and how pursuing a degree at Rosemont College can be a game changer for you!

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Lucie J. McDonald

May 10, 2023 13:00

Purdue Global

Happier at Work!

Do you feel satisfaction, peace, and even joy when you think about what you do every day? The formula isn’t magic. It’s available to you right now. Explore workplace trends and consider what they mean to you as an employee and as a leader. Whether you are considering a career transition or are looking for ways to reengage in your current position, you can be happier at work.

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Carrie Stringham

May 10, 2023 09:00

Bellevue University

7 Tips to Managing Conflict in the Workplace with Remote Employees

Conflict can be a huge challenge at work. When employees are located all around the country, it becomes even more challenging. But, if handled correctly, conflict can be an opportunity for growth and improvement. Join us as we discuss tips on how to effectively manage conflicts that come up between you and your remote employees or others in this digital world!

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Emily A. Redinbaugh
M.A.- Assistant Director Content Marketing

May 10, 2023 11:00


Leverage LinkedIn to Advance Your Career

Join to learn how to optimize LinkedIn to leverage your professional network and elevate your personal brand.

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Cathy Francois
Director of Career Programming

May 10, 2023 12:00

University of North Alabama

Strengths Quest – How Learning More About Your Strengths Can Help You Succeed and Lead

Strengths Quest is a tool that provides you with the opportunity to develop strengths by building on what you do best – the way you most naturally think, feel, and behave as a unique individual.

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Dr. Amber Paulk
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Online Education

May 10, 2023 13:00

Central Michigan University

The first step for development: Self-awareness, 360 feedback, and vision statements

Self-awareness, 360 feedback, and vision statements

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Dr. Michael Dillon

May 10, 2023 14:00

OPM Resume Workshop

Writing Your Resume for Federal Jobs

Job seekers can apply for Federal positions using a resume and an optional cover letter.  This session will provide participants with information on how best to write a resume that highlights strengths, accomplishments, and results.  You will learn what information to include on your resume, tips to market yourself, and how to describe your experience.  Participants will leave this session armed with information to craft an effective Federal resume.

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DeShan King, Senior Human Resources Specialist, OPM

May 10, 2023 09:00

Exhibit hall opens and presentations begin

May 10, 2023 13:00

Learn about the different federal affinity groups

May 10, 2023 13:00

Chat with a representative from Blacks in Government (BIG) and learn more about membership benefits in this professional organization

May 10, 2023 13:30

Chat with a representative from Federally Employed Women (FEW) and learn more about membership benefits in this professional organization

May 10, 2023 14:30

Chat with a representative from the African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA)

May 10, 2023 18:00

Event concludes. Exhibit hall will remain open for 30 days but will be unstaffed. All are invited to the in-person event on Thursday, May 11 at Graduate School USA (L'Enfant Plaza).

Exhibition of Schools
11:25 – 12:00 p.m.
Transforming Human Resources: A Journey to Build a Career Development Program

As a key driver of employee engagement and organizational performance, career development programs can motivate and inspire employees in so many positive ways. This session will highlight practical steps and lessons learned to design and deliver transformative human capital solutions with a focus on career pathing.

Chief of Human Resources for the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the U.S. House of Representative

Lunch (Snack Bar Provided)

OPM Resume Workshop

Writing Your Resume for Federal Jobs

Job seekers can apply for Federal positions using a resume and an optional cover letter.  This session will provide participants with information on how best to write a resume that highlights strengths, accomplishments, and results.  You will learn what information to include on your resume, tips to market yourself, and how to describe your experience.  Participants will leave this session armed with information to craft an effective Federal resume.

DeShan King, Senior Human Resources Specialist, OPM

Rooftop Networking Event

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bi-Annual Federal Government Education Symposium:

The Bi-Annual Federal Government Education Symposium is a virtual education fair where employees of the federal government can connect with the 27 colleges and universities associated with the Federal Academic Alliance. OPM has created these alliances to help assist the federal government in addressing critical skills gaps. At this virtual education fair you will also be able to attend panel discussions on various topics to hear more about what subject matter experts have to say about the evolution of these topic areas.

What can I expect from the Bi-Annual Federal Government Education Symposium:

  • Gather information about the school's educational offerings, degree opportunities, and certificate/CEU options.

  • Attend live panel discussions on key topic areas impacting today’s leaders and employee workforce

  • View fresh and exciting information on what our college partners are offering new students.

Do I need to register for the Bi -Annual Federal Government Education Symposium?

Yes, you will need to enter your name and email address to enjoy all the features of the Symposium

Do I need to download or install any software to be able to attend this event?

  • No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our education fair. You only need to have access to the Internet

  • Zoom will be the meeting tool to access the panel discussions

Are there TWO events?

Yes, on May 10 there will be a virtual event just as we have done in the past, we have added an additional opportunity to talk to school representatives “face to face”, at the in-person event to be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at the Graduate School USA in Washington DC.