Here are some pictures from 2015’s Leadership Best Practices Conference at the Capital Conference Center.
Practice Leader for Agility Analytics,
Agility Consulting and Training LLC
Leadership in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World
The world is becoming increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA), and leaders across the public, private and non-profit sectors need new ways to become focused, fast and flexible. Dr. Baran will introduce the VUCA framework as a way to consider the forces of change facing today’s leaders along with insights from The VUCA Report™, an original research study of 280 senior leaders. Attendees will also learn how The AGILE Model® allows leaders to survive—and even thrive—within a VUCA world.
Dr. Ben Baran is probably one of the few people in the world who is equally comfortable in a university classroom, a corporate boardroom and in full body armor carrying a U.S. government-issued M4 assault rifle.
Ben is an assistant professor of management at Cleveland State University, where his research and teaching focuses on human resource management and organizational behavior. His research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, and he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Psychology.
Ben is a partner at the management consultancy Agility Consulting and Training, where he leads the firm’s Agility Analytics practice. He is also a senior fellow of The Strategic Agility Institute, a global collaborative dedicated to producing and communicating knowledge related to leadership, team and organizational agility.
Since 2002, Ben has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and will soon be promoted to the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, his military experience has included both service at sea and in numerous staff functions. From December 2012 to December 2013, Ben served on active duty as an adviser to the Afghan National Police as part of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.
Ben holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and communication from Villanova University and earned his master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and Ph.D. in organizational science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
When not working with dynamos of the business, academic and military worlds, Ben enjoys picking up heavy things and running—but not at the same time. He lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife and four rowdy children.
Chairman, Senior Executive Consultant and Coach,
JJA Consultants, Inc.
A New Breed of Leaders: A New Breed of Learners
We are in a paradigm shift in the leadership development field – a new paradigm is required for developing a new breed of leaders. A brief review of the megatrends affecting leadership and leadership development in America will lead to the dynamic shift that is required to develop new mental models and competencies and prepare a new breed of leaders. Effectively develop a new breed of leaders and a new breed on learners for the next generation.
Dr. Johnson A. Edosomwan is the Chairman, Senior Executive Consultant and Coach of JJA Consultants, Inc., a full service consulting, training, research and facilitation firm headquartered in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Edosomwan is a pioneer, leader, expert, and published author in Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership and Management Development, Performance Improvement, Customer Satisfaction Management, Quality, Productivity, Technology, Innovation, Performance Measurement and Management, Teambuilding, and more. He is the recipient of over 175 awards and citations including, “Men of Achievement in the World”, “Who’s Who of Intellectuals”, and “Who’s Who in Distinguished Leadership”, “Who’s Who in Technology and Innovation”, “Who’s Who in Quality”, “Who’s Who in Productivity”, and “Personalities of the Americas”. His experience and contributions span several continents.
Dr. Edosomwan is the author / editor of over 68 books and holds over 16 certifications in several academic disciplines. He received his Doctor of Science in Engineering Management and Economics from the George Washington University, Professional Engineering Degree from Columbia University, and MSIE and BSIE from the University of Miami. He is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union University.
Dr. Edosomwan serves as a senior executive coach and consultant to over 6000 organizations worldwide. He is credited for the development of over 425 performance improvement models and tools. Several scholarships and institutes have been named in his honor including The Johnson A. Edosomwan Leadership Institute at the University of Miami.
The NIH Advantage: Market Competitiveness, Tiered Options, and Feedback Loops for Top-Notch Leadership Training
Serving over 27 unique Institutes, the NIH Training Center offers a robust series of opportunities by the agile, forward-thinking group of professionals to serve thousands of employees annually. Best practices to be presented include an agency fee-for-service funding model; their long-term, multi-tiered strategy; their unique approach to recruiting, retaining and developing young leaders; their robust coaching program; and, their approach to deploying and (not deploying) leading edge technology.
Collaboration and Coalition Building: Developing Future Leaders with a Cross-Agency Lens
At the highest levels of government, the US recognizes the need for advanced leadership competencies focusing on collaboration and building coalitions. As part of the President’s Management Agenda in 2014, Ms. Mattingly will share the new White House Leadership Development (WHLD) Program design, concepts and lessons learned as she manages a mission-critical, next generation developmental opportunity. Selected leaders focus on a broad federal perspective on high-priority challenges to address challenges through a cross-agency lens and to implement solutions across organizational boundaries.
Jenny Mattingley currently serves as the Director of the recently created White House Leadership Development Program. In this role, Jenny is responsible for designing and implementing the program, which includes a rotational component as well as weekly leadership development programming, and bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure programmatic success.
Prior to joining GSA in April 2015, Jenny spent seven years at the federal employment law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, P.C. A non-lawyer, Jenny served as the Firm’s Director of Government Affairs and implemented comprehensive policy, communications and legislative strategies for a variety of federal employee organizations, including serving as Legislative Director for the Senior Executives Association.
Jenny has also served as the Director of Communications and Membership Services for a national winery trade association. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Jenny worked in the Oregon State Legislature and managed state-level political campaigns.
Jenny holds a B.A. in Art History (Whitman College) and an M.A. in International Affairs (George Washington University). Jenny lives with her husband and two young children in Arlington, VA.
Ms. Mattingley will be presenting with Dr. Susan Camarena, a Fellow of the WHLD Program. Dr. Camarena leads the FTA Learning and Knowledge Management Group, which has the mission of enhancing individual, team and organizational effectiveness by providing procedures, tools and activities that connect FTA’s people with what and whom they need to know, facilitate learning and collaboration across the Agency, promote professional and personal development and stimulates employee engagement. Before joining FTA, Dr. Camarena led the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Knowledge for Development (KfD) Program and was the Chief of the USAID Development Information Division.
Prior to her civil service career, Dr. Camarena served in the U.S. Army as a Signal Corps officer. She completed her Army career at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Dr. Camarena holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a MS in Educational Leadership from Troy University, and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
Re-engaging a Burned Out Culture through Values-based Leadership and Mindfulness
As one of the largest family-owned and operated producers of crushed stone, sand and gravel in the nation, Luck Stone has transformed the culture of the business to one of using a Values-based Leadership philosophy. Back in 2002, Luck Stone started their Values-based Leadership journey as a way to re-engage their associates. Their leaders were experiencing a palpable burn-out syndrome. Learn how they refocused their journey and experienced a breakthrough in employee engagement that continues even today.
Tom works for Luck Companies, a privately-held, for-profit organization that operates one of the largest stone companies in the United States. Tom has supported the organization in a variety of ways over the years, including his role as one of the architects of Luck Companies’ cultural transformation. Tom is currently the Senior Director of Human Resources for the company, and is responsible for Leadership Development and Training, Organizational Development, Benefits and Compensation, Associate Relations, and HR Business Partnerships.
Tom is also the Executive Director of InnerWill, a non-profit dedicated to developing better people, braver leaders, and a wiser world through Values Based Leadership. In Tom’s role as Executive Director, he oversees the day to day operation of the non-profit, including work supporting social impact, financial sustainability, programs, the client experience, and digital strategy.
Tom has nearly twenty years of experience as an executive coach, facilitator, and speaker, and regularly works with clients to help transform leaders and their organizations. Tom is a certified business coach and has a Doctorate in Leadership from The George Washington University. Tom is currently an adjunct instructor in Virginia Commonwealth Universities’ Executive MBA Program.
Tom believes that leadership is a choice, not a title, and that our responsibility as leaders is to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us. Tom balances high expectations of himself and others with relentless optimism about the ability of individuals to make our organizations, families, and communities amazing places to live, work, and grow. Tom believes that leading is a powerful force for good in the world. His personal mission in life is to help others make that choice.
Tom works hard to be a great husband and father. He’s married to a strong, creative woman and has two fantastic boys who have taught him that we can learn as much about ourselves and our leadership at home, as we can at work.