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Thursday, April, 25, 2019
4:30 AM - 7:50 AM
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1600 K St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20006
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Unleashing Workplace Creativity: Fostering a Government of Innovation
A half-day conference hosted by MSI, A Tetra Tech Company, and the National Academy of Public Administration, focused on how government can become more innovative, develop innovative leaders, build innovative cultures, and empower employees to become more creative and inspired.
Who Should Attend
Managers and senior leaders across Federal, State, and Local government,
other leadership specialists who work in government, for consulting firms, or international organizations,
and anyone who wants to encourage innovation in their teams or organizations.
08:30 am
Check-in & Continental Breakfast
09:00 am

Joseph Christoff, Senior Vice President, MSI, A Tetra Tech Company

09:05 am
Keynote and Q&A

Stephen Goldsmith, Director, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Q&A Moderator: Suzanne Bond, Technical Director, MSI, A Tetra Tech Company

09:35 am
Break-Out Group and Plenary Discussion: “Shaping Creative Environments”

Small Group Facilitators: Gail Naimoli, Senior Training Specialist; Brian Calhoon, Technical Manager; Suzanne Bond, Technical Director; Mary Liakos, Technical Diector, and Andrew Dicello, Technical Director, MSI, A Tetra Tech Company

Plenary Facilitator: Suzanne Bond, Technical Director, MSI, A Tetra Tech Company

10:25 am
10:35 am
Panel Discussion: "Shaping Creative Environments"

Moderator: John Haecker, Technical Director, MSI, A Tetra Tech Company

Kristin McNally, Director, Office of Employee Engagement, U.S. Department of Labor

David Milestone, Acting Director, Center for Innovation & Impact, USAID Global Health Bureau

Sharon Kershbaum, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Human Services, D.C.

11:45 am
Concluding Remarks

Terry Gerton, President, National Acadamy of Public Administration

11:50 am
Keynote Speaker
Head shot photo of Stephen Goldsmith

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Stephen was the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the district attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990. He has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship; The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America, The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance; and, most recently, A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance.


Head shot photo of Kristin McNally
David Milestone
Sharon Kershbaum

Kristin McNally leads the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Employee Engagement, created to continue implementing dynamic culture change initiatives and enhance the areas of employee experience, Training and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and engagement data analysis to foster an environment where employees thrive and drive organizational success. Kristin is a founding member of DOL’s Innovation Council, is part of the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and leads DOL’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Community of Practice.

David Milestone is acting director of USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII), which applies business-minded approaches to the development, introduction, and scale-up of health innovations. To do so, CII invests seed capital in the most promising ideas and applies a rigorous, market-oriented approach to cut the time it takes to transform discoveries in the lab to impact on the ground.

Sharon Kershbaum is the Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Human Services, District of Columbia. The DC Department of Human Services provides benefit eligibility determination and enrollment as well as homeless services, with a $580M budget and over 1,100 employees. As Chief Operating Officer, Sharon oversees the internal operations including human resources, information technology, capital operations, performance management, Emergency Management, risk management, budget and procurement oversight, and a customer call center. Former positions include Acting Assistant Secretary for Management and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget with the US Department of Treasury. Former positions with DC Government include Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Contracting and Procurement and CapStat Program Manager, Office of the City Administrator. Sharon also served as a Deputy Budget Director for the City of Philadelphia.


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Keynote Speaker Session - Stephen Goldsmith

Break-Out Group and Plenary Discussion: “Shaping Creative Environments”

Panel Discussion: “Shaping Creative Environments”