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"Inspiring and Engaging a 

High-Performing 21st Century Workforce"

An FEI SES Onboarding Forum



Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Onsite registration and networking start at 8:30 AM.

(This Forum was previously offered in March 2017 and January 2018.)


Even as the nature of work itself is changing, the Federal workforce in the 21st century is also changing as it becomes more multisector, multicultural, intergenerational, intergovernmental, international, and virtual. 

Federal Senior Executives lead America's workforce, continuously inspiring, engaging, and aligning employees to ensure mission success even in the midst of constant change.

When talent management is a strategic priority, senior leaders and executive leadership teams are building results-oriented cultures of engagement, accountability, and high performance.  Employees feel connected to the agency mission, are empowered to take charge of their careers, and have a laser focus on customer service and execution.  At the same time, senior leaders are shaping resilient human capital systems so that the agency is attracting, developing and retaining world-class talent to meet agency priorities efficiently and effectively.

Inspiring and Engaging a High-Performing 21st Century Workforce is a Forum designed to help new Federal Senior Executives lead their most critical resource — people — strategically — with an enterprise mindset and change management toolkit suited to leveraging talent strategies in service to the American people.

How You 
Will Benefit

As a new Federal Senior Executive you will have the opportunity to:

  • Dialogue with enterprise leaders about how they inspire and engage a diverse and dispersed workforce throughout the most demanding periods of transformational change
  • Assess and apply strategies to lead a great place to work that is mission-driven, engaged, efficient and innovative 
  • Explore and discuss how Federal Senior Executives include talent management in their strategic planning and decision making to better align their workforce to desired results

  • Create leadership action plans to improve employee engagement in the workplace

  • Collaborate with peers and experienced Federal Senior Executives to expand networks and apply insights and tips

An agenda and other materials to prepare for the Forum will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the program.

Who Should 

This Forum is designed exclusively for career Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Level (SL), and Senior Scientific or Professional (ST), and other SES-equivalents who are in their first two years as an SES.


The tuition is $695 per person, payable by Government-issued purchase card or agency-specific procurement forms. Tuition includes instructional materials and a working lunch.


United States Patent and Trademark Office, (USPTO) Lower Level Auditorium at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22310.  If you need lodging, click here to see nearby hotels.  The nearest airport is Ronald Reagan International Airport.  We will email you directions after your registration is confirmed.

about the SES

Meaning of
“SES equivalent”

SES positions are those within the executive branch of the Federal government that are classified above the GS-15 level, or an equivalent position, which is not required to be filled by Presidential appointment with Senate confirmation, and in which the incumbent:

  • Directs the work of an organizational unit;
  • Is held accountable for the success of one or more specific programs or projects;
  • Monitors progress toward organizational goals, and periodically evaluates and makes appropriate adjustments to such goals;
  • Supervises the work of employees other than personal assistants; or
  • Otherwise exercises important policy-making, policy-determining, or other executive functions.

There are Federal agencies with legislation (e.g., Title 10, Title 38, and Title 42) that permits hiring into executive service positions for specialized skills (e.g. law enforcement and defense intelligence and medical specialties) paid above GS-15 that are not in the SES (QRB-certified), ST (Scientific or Professional), or SL (Senior Level) pay plans. The SES Leading EDGE Onboarding Forums are appropriate for such SES-equivalent positions.

Also click here for OPM information on ST (Scientific or Professional) and SL (Senior Level) positions that are included in our definition of SES-equivalents.


We suggest wearing business attire to all FEI SES Leading EDGE programs


For more information, call (434) 980-6278 or email SES-Leading-EDGE@opm.gov.

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