AAFEA 2021 Federal Executive Webcast Series

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Bundle #3 - SESSIONS

Aspiring to Inspire - June 30, 2021
2-3:30 PM ET

Many executives are still spinning from the many changes made by the previous administration.  Getting a handle on the new rules, what has been eliminated or changed, who the new players  are and best approaches to the new game are topics that will impact all stakeholders.  Strategies for knowing yourself, knowing your stuff, and doing the right thing (proven concepts for success) will be discussed in this webcast.

Clarence C. Crawford (c3) Bio

Clarence C. Crawford (c3)

Clarence C. Crawford an adjunct professor inthe American University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) Programwhere he teaches Federal budgeting, ethical leadership, and enterprise risk management (ERM). He was appointed by Gov. Hogan to serve as a Member of the Maryland State Board of Education, and he was subsequentially elected as Board President. Clarence is thefounder and president of the Teach ‘em to Fish CDC whose God-given call is to be the best in world at battling poverty, hopeless, and violence by creating a generation of successful business owners and outstanding employees who will transform their world.He is also an executive coach and mentor.Finally, heis a member ofGAO’s Center for Audit Excellence Advisory Boardand OPM’s Presidential Rank Review Panel.

Beginning as a GS-1,Clarencelearned how to progress through the ranks and how to become a strong leader, enabling him to become a senior executive,ES-6(i.e., four-star general equivalent) chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He used innovative approaches to lead successfultransformations.Clarencespecialized in starting up new functions, creating high performance organizations, and turning around less than stellar ones. His senior executive career included positions at the General Accounting Office, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Office of Personnel Management where he oversaw the $1.8 trillion Federal employee pension and benefits fund programs,and he implemented an ERM program. Clarence’s career also included assignments as a Metropolitan Police Officer, Presidential Management Intern, and numerous assignments at the Internal Revenue Service.

Upon retirement from the Federal government with 39 years of service in 2006, Clarence was recruited as a managing director to create a Deloitte presence among Federal CFOs and establish the Deloitte Federal Financial Management Solutions Center. He created and hosted the Federal CFO Insights Radio Show on WTOP’s FEDNEWS Radio. Clarence hosted the quarterly CFO Roundtable series. He helped create and/or tailored solutions to addressmany of the major challenges facing the Federal government. He grew his account into one of the Federal practice’s bestperforming accounts. Clarenceretired from Deloitte Consulting, LLP in April 2014. Helater served as the Senior Vice President for Corporate Solutions for the Addx Corporation where he helped his clients develop and execute transformative strategies needed in this fast-paced, ever-evolving Federal environment. Clarenceco-moderated the National Academy of Public Administration’s(NAPA)quarterly Federal CFO Forum.Finally, he completedhis appointmentas a Principal Director (Maryland) and 1stVice Chair of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board.

Clarence wasa Meritorious Presidential Rank Award recipient, elected as a NAPA Fellow, and received the African American Federal Executive Association’s Ebenezer Bassett Award. He earned his MPA in Finance and Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from theAmerican University,and he has takenclasses at the Capital Bible Seminary.


Leading and Working Across Generations - July 20, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET


Agencies anticipate a great deal of turnover with a new administration.  Managing Baby Boomers, Millennials, Gen Xers and GenYers requires an understanding of generational differences.  An SES from Census Bureau indicates the task is to “get everyone on the same bus and make sure everyone is in the right seat”.  Everyone needs to be aware of their value, be heard by the team, and have an opportunity to use their skills.

Jeffrey Vargas Bio
Jeffrey Vargas loves empowering people and has devoted his professional life to helping companies and federal agencies cultivate talent and unleash leadership potentialbut don’t get it twisted, before anything else, he is a son, a father, a husband,and a servant of the most-high.

In 2018 he founded Generationology LLC-a talent management and intergenerational leadership development consulting firm. His firm provides more than 31online/virtualand in-person cutting-edge dynamic and interactive leadership training workshops for individuals, corporate clients, and federal agencies. Under his direction Generationology has been able to help more than 35 multimillion and multibillion dollar organizations build a more effective intergenerational leadership culture through self-reflection, introspection, and improving their intergenerational collaborative intelligence.

Jeff is a nationallyknown figure in the learning and development community and is widely identified as the nation’s expert on generational differences in the federal government. He is known for sharing human capital management and leadership insights using data and stories to help facilitate organizational change. Jeff has been speaking professionally since 1995 and has served as a keynote speaker atmore than 85 major human capital and workforce conferences and at hundreds of seminars, programs, and events.Jeff is a sought-after learning collaborator who has worked with renowned leadership experts like Ken Blanchard.

Before started his own consulting practice, Jeff enjoyed a 22-year career in the federal service, serving innumerous senior-level human capital roles. He spent more than a decade at the Department of Energy where he designed, developed, and deployed strategic hiring and workforce development programs. Jeff then served as the Chief Learning Officer(CLO) for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).In that role he over saw learning for the 4000 employees of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex and successfully created a cadre of executive leadership development programs. In his last role in the Federal government, Jeff served as the CLO for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a financial regulator, who oversees the futures, options,and swaps financial marketplace, notionally valued at 600 trillion dollars. At the CFTC he led the Commission’s learning practice including securing highly technical/complex financial-education programs, building, and overseeing executive education; and creating a peer-to-peer learning program that built and deployed over 40 original workshops. Jeff also helped to create the framework for the first-ever federal swaps professional certification program.

undergraduate degree is in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and he is a graduate of Georgetown Universities Training Specialist Program and the prestigious Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also is the founder of the “Chief Learning Officers Network” on LinkedIn, a past instructor at the Brookings Institution, and an advisor to the George Mason University Chief Learning Officers Certification Program.

Today Jeff resides with his family in the suburbs of Denver Colorado where he also serves on the board of Global minded, a Denver-based non-profit organization that helps first generation college students and young professionals over come bias, learn the hidden workplace curriculum,and become world-class leaders.


Diversity of Thought - July 28, 2021
2-3:30 PM ET


Cognitive diversity is a relatively new kind of diversity that plays an important role in leadership success. The culture, background, experiences and personalities of staff are core to the concept of diversity of thought.  Leveraging this diversity to motivate, develop and empower others can reduce conflicts and increase progress.



Rosalind G. Brewer: How to foster true diversity and inclusion at work (and in your community) | TED Talk

When companies think of diversity and inclusion, they too often focus on meeting metrics instead of building relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, says Starbucks COO Rosalind G. Brewer. In this personable and wide-ranging conversation with TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Brewer invites leaders to rethink what it takes to create a truly inclusive workplace ...

Dr. Patrina M. Clark (SES) Bio

Dr. Patrina M. Clark (SES)
Expert in Public Sector Strategy, Operational Excellence, Leader Development, and Employee Engagement

Dr. Patrina Clark is a trusted advisor on a broad range of human and organizational performance transformation strategies. From 1986 to 2011, Clark served with distinction in five federal agencies, including serving as Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Staff Director for the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Regional Executive Director for the Department of Navy, and Senior Manager for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Clark returned to federal service in 2019 as the Deputy Director, Office of Agency Services at the Farm Credit Administration (FCA). A career member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Clark has received numerous awards and commendations during her government career, including the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and a Hammer Award from the Partnership for Reinventing Government.

After moving to the private sector in 2011, Clark continued to receive recognition and accolades. In 2017, her firm was recognized as Professional Services Firm of the Year and a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). In 2016, the firm received a Small Business Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Clark received the SmartCEO Brava Award, which included induction into the Class of 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year.

Active in public sector thought leadership activities, Clark served as President of Executive Women in Government (EWG) 2018 - 2019, Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of the Senior Executives Association (SEA) Professional Development League (PDL) 2018 - 2019, and Chancellor for the African American Federal Executives Association (AAFEA) Fellows Program and member of the Board 2018 - 2019. Clark is the creator and moderator of the LinkedIn group “Public Service Excellence,” with almost 4,000 members. She is a contributing author to the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Public Manager Journal.

Clark earned her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University. She has completed graduate studies and programs at Harvard University, Cornell University, Georgetown, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland. Clark is also an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB).

Committed to giving back through volunteer service, Clark served two terms as the Chair of the Board of Directors and ten years as a board member for the Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School, a Washington-DC based adult charter school serving Washington D.C.’s most disenfranchised citizens. She currently serves as an Advisor to In a Perfect World, an international non-profit that supports the educational and infrastructure needs of under-served and developing communities around the world.