Here at TeraThink, we work to create opportunities for everyone to learn. Recently we had the opportunity to have the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, talk to us about her new book Aim High: Chart Your Course And Find Success. Hosted by our Leadership Community of Practice, Debbie shared some lessons learned from her very impressive career.
I am lucky enough to know Debbie in her role as a Board Member here at TeraThink. I knew that her insights and inspiration would be spot-on for our audience. As outlined in her book, Debbie told us her story. She shared how failures had become successes and about how a path that seemed clear was actually not. Most importantly, Debbie told us that having purpose and passion are keys to a life well lived.
Last month I was accepted into the ACT-IAC Voyagers Program. This is a highly competitive leadership development program for rising leaders in government and industry (another term for the private sector). This intensive nine-month program matches 16 industry leaders with 16 government leaders. It focuses on collaboration and expanding understanding between the government and the companies that support the government.
The curriculum of the program is based off OPM’s Five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Many federal agencies use ECQs for selection, performance management, and leadership development for management and executive positions. Additionally, entry to the Senior Executive Service (SES) requires ECQs. It is an honor to be a part of the 2019 Voyagers Class and work alongside the other 31 leaders throughout the program’s duration.
Once again, I am attending the Information Governance Conference (InfoGovCon) in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to the excellent content during the main conference, The Information Coalition team added two new components to the agenda, the Leadership Summit and CIO Breakfast.
I was honored to be asked to represent TeraThink and speak at the Leadership Summit. I shared many of personal lessons from my past and stressed the need for fresh leadership in the industry. However, I want to take a moment to share what some of the others discussed during the events.
TeraThink had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Professional Development Training (PDT) in Orlando, FL. This massive event had over 2,000 attendees between July 22-25. Our small group included Jim Levitan, Howard Campbell, Leslie Hubbard-Darr, Matt Duffy, Rodney Taylor, Todd Barber, and myself.
This year, traveling to Orlando proved to be more challenging than planned. Many people, including myself, experienced several hours of delays. Even in the midst of a slow start, the AGA managed to pull off a spectacular event. Despite arriving at 2 a.m. due to delays, Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General, GAO demonstrated quick wit and amazing recall of stats throughout the opening plenary session.
TeraThink recently attended the 2018 Association of Government Accountants (AGA) National Leadership Training (NLT) symposium in Washington D.C. It was our first AGA event since rolling out our expanded offerings after our merger with Dominion Consulting. I attended with Jim Levitan, Howard Campbell, Leslie Hubbard-Darr, Matt Duffy, and Rodney Taylor.
Held February 27-28, the 2018 NLT was one of the largest ever, with 862 participants. The conference served as an excellent platform to learn about the latest trends in Federal financial management in a shared-experience environment. Additionally, it helped showcase TeraThink services at our booth in the exhibitor’s hall.