Federal Government Virtual
Education & Professional
Development Symposium


Tuesday, Sept 14th, 2021

Mark your calendars now09/14/2021 09:00 AM09/14/2021 06:00 PM America/New_York Federal Government Virtual Education & Professional Development Symposium Hosted by Education Institutions of the Federal Academic Alliance https://fedgovedfair.vfairs.com/ true MM/DD/YYYY

Education Benefits

Meet with representatives from 25 academic institutions



Join our presentations to hear about many of the important topics facing federal employees

Thank you for your interest in the Fall 2021 Federal Government Virtual Education & Professional Development 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 webinars at no cost. Plus, be sure to visit the “Networking” area, to connect with colleagues and like-minded professionals.


Federal employees and their families (spouses and dependents)

Veterans in the federal government

Event Objectives:

Inform federal employees and their families about the benefits available through the Federal Academic Alliance

Provide learning opportunities through forums and workshops

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 25 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: learninganddevelopment@opm.gov

Schools Attending


September 14, 2021

9:00-10:00 am

Villanova University

The events of the last 18 months – the COVID-19 pandemic, national reckoning on racism, and the Great Resignation – have signaled a need for those who lead and manage to be emotionally intelligent, agile, and dedicated individuals. In this panel, three Villanova University faculty members, Dr. Lauren Miltenberger (Public Administration), Colonel Kenneth DeTreux, USMC (ret.; College of Professional Studies and Public Administration) and Bethany Adams, MA (Human Resource Development) will discuss ways that leaders and managers can employ an innovative mindset to motivate employees in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors and develop effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Panelists will also offer their insights as to how the mission, vision, and values of an organization can serve as a rallying point upon which leaders and managers can build confidence and a shared sense of belonging.

Leading and Managing with Creativity and Conviction

Presented by:

Dr. Catherine Wilson

Dr. Lauren Miltenberger

Colonel Kenneth DeTreux, USMC (ret.)

Bethany Adams

9:00-9:30 am

Excelsior College

In the last several months, the United States has seen an unprecedented growth in distributed employees as a consequence of COVID-19. Research has also noted that distributed work will remain an important part of how people work in the post-pandemic world. Several companies, e.g., Twitter, Square, and Capital One, have announced that they will maintain a distributed workforce post-COVID, thus creating new priorities for leaders. Therefore, increased attention must be paid to training managers on ways to successfully lead and manage distributed employees. Research has suggested that when strategically planned and implemented, distributed work programs increase productivity, increase job satisfaction, increase loyalty, ease work-life integration and reduce employee stress and burnout.

Join the discussion on how to manage a distributed workforce, tools to utilize and monitor productivity and accountability, and how management can best lead within this new working environment.

Managing Distributed Workforces in the Federal Government

Presented by:

Michele Paludi, PhD

9:30-10:00 am

Excelsior College

As more computers, sensors, software, vehicles and other technologies are incorporated into the delivery of public services, exponential volumes of data are being generated that hold the promise of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery. The purpose of this panel is to explore the concepts of big data, and to survey how agencies are using data analytics to improve governmental operations. We will also explore a how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to support the mining of this data for effective use and storytelling. This panel should appeal to aspiring leaders in government seeking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations through the use of advancements in data analysis.

How Government Leaders are Leveraging Data Analytics to Improve Service Delivery

10:00-11:00 am

Georgetown Univ. Biomedical Graduate Education

Every year, new events relevant to the biomedical sciences emerge in the global arena, from outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases that threaten lives and livelihoods to the development of tools and knowledge with the potential to transform humanity’s future. In these times of constant change, decision-makers face a delicate balance: how to anticipate and manage safety, security, ethical, and moral considerations that might arise from these events while promoting innovation and discovery. Being resilient and bridging the gap between science and policy is critical for those in governmental biomedical careers. Dr. Tomoko Steen will discuss how cross-disciplinary approaches to these emerging threats can help researchers and policymakers navigate these ever-evolving situations.

Career Pathways: Navigating Resilience and Professional Development in Biomedical Career Fields

Presented by:

Tomoko Steen, PhD

10:00-11:00 am

Univ. of Louisville

How many times have you heard the phrase, “Data driven decision”, but have been unsure of what data you need, or even how to analyze the data? Learn how you can access, design and use common applications like; LinkedIn Learning, IBM, Adobe and Microsoft to manage and analyze data. The next time a supervisor or manager says, “data driven decisions” you can proudly say, “here is the data, and here is what I recommend we do based on the data”.

How Data Analytics and Digital Literacy Can Propel Your Career

Presented by:

Dr. Sharon Kerrick

10:00-11:00 am

Rosemont College

The world has changed fundamentally in the past year and a half, forcing employers and employees to reassess what matters. While the pandemic has created tremendous stress, it has also opened doors to new definitions of professional development and growth, and the opportunity to intentionally reclaim what is most inspiring about one's work. This presentation will offer employers and employees the space to consider how to articulate a shared sense of purpose with their organizations and to build a work environment where everyone feels connected to the broader goals.

Seize the Moment: Bending Our Current Reality into the Professional World You Want to Live In (for supervisors & employees)

Presented by:

Dr. Mika Nash

Dr. Mika Nash is Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Rosemont College. An experienced and innovative academic leader, she has been responsible for the operation, maintenance, and growth of the academic and student affairs side of institutions offering Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral level degrees, primarily at institutions that support first generation, low income, under-represented students. She brings a deep commitment to social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion, believing that every student deserves a quality education.

Dr. Nash earned her Doctor of Education degree in Higher Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as both Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English.


Colorado State Univ. Global

The scope of the session will focus on how the agency is vulnerable through their people and furthermore the things they need to be on the lookout for so they are not a victim!

Cybersecurity - How to Hack a Human

Presented by:

Dr. Michael 'Dr. Fraud' Skiba


Florida Tech

Elaine Larsen, President and Co-Founder of Larsen Motorsports, speaks about the importance on a STEM education. How we bridge the gap, giving students who are going to Florida Tech for Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Bio Medical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, etc. hands on projects to take what they are learning in the classroom and directly apply it to a project that goes 280 mph down the quarter mile. From a digital twin of my race car, to drivers compartment foam integration, to Bio fuels used. How these students then take what they have learned from Florida Tech and Larsen Motorsports and turn it into a career working in the STEM industry.

The Importance of a STEM education: from STEM to a Jet Powered Dragster.

Presented by:

Elaine Larsen

Elaine Larsen has been blasting down the quarter mile for the past 19 years at 280 mph in her jet powered dragster. With 2 world championships under her belt, Larsen is showing no signs of slowing down. Being a strong positive role model is something that she takes seriously. In the past decade, Larsen has licensed 10 new jet car drivers with over half of them being female, worked alongside her husband to create an internship program working with the new generation of high-performance vehicles specialist in STEM related careers, published her own comic book series, and started a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) outreach called Blazing Trails.

At 54 years old, Elaine is just hitting her stride both personally and professionally. This wife, mom and race car driver has never been one to just sit back and wait for something to happen. Elaine is actively looking for exciting opportunities for her company. What people do when everyone is looking is important, but the true test of character is what they do when no one is looking, when things get tough, that is where true character is made. Elaine is the youngest of seven, born and raised in a small town in Michigan on her family’s farm. Hard work was something that she learned from her father. “My dad would wake up before everyone and would not sit down until the work was done.” Says Elaine. That hard work has paid off for Larsen, starting their race team from the ground up and getting behind the wheel was no easy feat. Getting people to take you serious as a woman in a male dominated sport over 2 decades ago was a challenge Larsen was up to.

Find out how Elaine Larsen uses STEAM to cross the finish line.


St. Mary’s Univ. of Minnesota

Current HR Trends

Presented by:

Amy Jauman

Noon-1:00 pm

Drexel Univ.

How to become more powerful in your career, more valued in your department, and more deliberate in your life’s journey by developing a powerful personal persona. Sound like a panacea of professional development to tackle those mission-critical objectives with panache and brio? It could be . . . depending on whether you embrace the Seven Secrets to develop a Powerful Personal Persona.

Your Face to the World: Seven Secrets to Develop Your Powerful Personal Persona

Presented by:

Stanley K. Ridgely, PhD

Noon-1:00 pm

Univ. of Maryland Global Campus

Agencies and federal employees today are faced with the pressure of constant change and evolving priorities. Join us to hear from panelists across the government as they explore the topic of how agencies and employees can address the competencies needed to accomplish their mission. Is continual learning the key to it all? We hope you will join us to find out!

Is Continual Learning the Key to Enabling an Ever-Ready Workforce?

Presented by:

Matisha Montgomery

Matisha Montgomery is the Chief Learning Officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this role she oversees general training for employees across the Department, leadership development, learning technology and solutions, workforce and succession planning, and HR data analytics. Matisha has been a career Federal servant since 2005 with prior roles at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Matisha holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a graduate of American University’s Key Executive Leadership Certificate program.

Robyn Rees

Robyn Rees is the Senior Advisor for Human Capital Transformation at the Department of the Interior within the Office of Human Capital and is the lead for the "My DOI Career" initiative. Mrs. Rees leverages her experience with Information Technology management, governance, budget, and project execution, to unlock human capital data leveraging advanced technologies. She is a passionate advocate for enabling an "ever-ready" workforce that is highly resilient, adaptable to the changing world of work, and who will continue to be highly contributing members of diverse teams. Through the DOI Office of Human Capital efforts to enable an ecosystem of continuous reskilling and redeploying, Mrs. Rees is an advocate for prioritizing human capital, workforce, and work data, in order to provide equitable access to employment and advancement information over a long, varied, and diverse career.

Love Rutledge

Ms. Love Rutledge hosts the FedUpward Podcast, a show for federal employees. The podcast covers tips and tools to navigate through the bureaucracy (FedUpward.com). She is the Chief of Staff for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Readiness. The team responds to all readiness inquiries from senior leadership within the Department of Defense (DoD). Love has 21 years of experience in the DoD. Her career spans multiple fields within the DoD, including: budgeting, programming, global force management and readiness. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University, and a Master of Science in Defense Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University.

Alvin Steward

Dr. Alvin H. Steward III has over 30 years of experience in the areas of Leadership, Leadership Training, Coaching, Business Operations, Organizational Development, Change Management, Performance Management, Group Facilitation, Needs Analysis, Total Quality Management, High Performance Teams, and Professional Counseling.
Currently, Dr. Steward serves as the Chief of Talent Development, a branch of Human Capital Programs Division, Office of Human Resources, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, Dr. Steward is responsible for the management and contract support of the Learning Management System, Mentoring and Coaching program, Supervisor Training, Mandatory Training, 508 Compliance, Vendor and Contract Management, University Partnership Program (25 partner universities), and all course development efforts. Dr. Steward is also responsible for providing insight into education and development, leader and supervisor learning and development, and management/leadership platforms that add value to the individual and the organization. He also provides advice and direction in creating curriculum that enhances performance. He is responsible for developing strategies, policies, procedures, priorities and process improvement in compliance with agency, Federal and other applicable directives.
Before joining HHS, Dr. Steward served in a number of senior and executive leadership roles that include: Vice President for Education Solutions at UniversityNow, Inc.; The Apollo Group and the University of Phoenix as Associate Vice President for Government Workforce Solutions; Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as VP of Commercial Accounts; and Siemens Business Services as Area Director for Outsourcing. Dr. Steward has led large teams in excess of 1500 employees and managed P&L’s up to $600 million per year. Dr. Steward has experience in managing global teams that has spanned across 35 countries. Dr. Steward also served as Executive VP for Leadership Consulting Group, LLC where he successfully led a leadership consulting firm from start up to steady state operations.
Dr. Steward served in a number of leadership positions during a 23-year military career (Army retired). He is a disable veteran.
Dr. Steward’s qualifications also consist of a combination of formal and academic training that includes a Doctoral degree in Business Leadership with a focus on Epistemology, a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management, and MBA, and an advanced certificate in Executive Leadership, as well as several other degrees and many professional experiences giving him an in depth understanding of business and community issues.

Noon-1:00 pm

Purdue Univ.

A growing number of professions have certifications and credentials that allow employees to demonstrate mastery, which can be a great way for organizations to support employee development and implement processes like replacement and succession planning. Reskilling, upskilling and new skilling are all terms related to the expansion of knowledge by an employee. Reskilling involves training employees on an entirely new set of skills to prepare them to take on a different role within the company, upskilling occurs when workers improve upon existing skills and deepen their abilities and impact within their area of expertise. The term new skilling represents all types of continuous learning to help build high-demand skills, whether an individual is trying to upskill current capabilities or they need complete reskilling to build entirely new capabilities. By expanding their knowledge, employees become better positioned for additional responsibilities and higher-level roles on their career track.

How to Utilize Professional Development Certificates in Career Development and Succession Planning

Presented by:

Noel S Paul

1:00-2:00 pm

Bellevue University

Collaboration is so much more than just conversing. It’s about gathering input, discussing options and reaching consensus on what’s best for team outcomes. Collaboration is a skill that can help us all be more effective working together…especially now.

As part of the Federal Government Education Fair, join us for this webinar packed with tips, tricks, and information geared to help you and your team excel in our virtual or hybrid work environments. From the leader in online learning, Bellevue University.

Collaboration; 10 Tips That Will Have You Knocking Down Virtual Cubicles

Presented by:

Emily A. Redinbaugh, M.A.

1:00-2:00 pm

Michigan State Univ. Broad College of Business

Managers often assume that becoming of leader is simply a matter of doing more of what they already do. Moving up the career ladder, taking on more responsibility and commanding more people. Because they don’t know what they don’t know, they often fail to achieve or succeed in a leadership role. The reality is that what makes you a great manager is the opposite of what will make you a great leader. In this workshop we will (1) look at the differences between managers and leaders, (2) discuss specific actions you can take to develop a leadership mindset, (3) highlight key leadership skills you need to develop and (4) identify self defeating behaviors that can undermine your success.

The Challenges of Becoming a Leader

Presented by:

Dr. Richard Gooding

1:00-2:00 pm

Penn State World Campus

The global pandemic, caused by Covid-19, has forced many people to work from home. Yet few managers have been given training on how to manage work-from-home employees, and fewer still have been given special training on how to encourage group dynamics and group interaction among virtual work groups or work teams. Virtual Group Coaching: Improving Group Dynamics for Increased Productivity is what’s new in Change Management and Organization Development. Join William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPLP Fellow, Professor of Learning and Performance in the Workforce Education and Development program, Department of Learning and Performance Systems at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus, and co-director of the Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change at Penn State World Campus as he leads this session. Upon completion, participants can:

  • Define virtual group coaching
  • Describe the characteristics of highly productive virtual groups
  • Summarize how to facilitate more effective interaction among work-from-home employee groups
  • Discuss a model that can guide implementation of a virtual group coaching effort
  • Evaluate how well a small group or team is working together and identify ways to intervene to improve group interaction to get more effective work results from a team

What’s New in Change Management and Organization Development? Virtual Group Coaching: Improving Group Dynamics for Increased Productivity

Presented by:

William J. Rothwell

2:00-3:00 pm

Central Michigan Univ.

Public Health for Rural Communities

Presented by:

Dr. Jeff Inungu

2:00-3:00 pm

Southern New Hampshire Univ.

Micro-Learning for Career Progression

Presented by:

Dr. Jessica Rogers

Jonathan Kamyck

Cheryl Frederick

3:00-3:30 pm

Champlain College

The human resource management profession is needed now more than ever to improve the economy, revamp DE&I practices, shift workplace culture, and prepare the future of work. From changing recruiting practices and adjusting to a new reality, to creating positive ROI for your organization, now is a great time to consider a career in human resource management. Join Champlain College faculty for a 30-minute conversation about this fast-growing field and what you can do to become an HR professional.

Why It’s a Great Time to be a Human Resource Professional

Presented by:

Mary Prindle, MBA

Albert Orbinati, PhD

3:00-4:00 pm

Purdue Global

The Future Direction of Data Analytics

Presented by:

Deanne Larson, PhD

3:30-4:00 pm

Columbia College

Let’s face it, very few of us are experts in change management, but yet, all of us are leading in times of change. We will explore the challenges that come with managing and leading through uncertainty, crisis, competitive pressure, and a world that is continually evolving. Together, let’s talk about how we can survive, thrive, and impact others to move things forward despite challenges.

Leading in Times of Change

Presented by:

James P. Arnold