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  • Alexandria, VA - The Federal Managers Association (FMA) will hold its 79th annual National Convention and Management Training Seminar March 13 - 15, 2017, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The conference, Federal Managers: Leading in Complex and Uncertain Times, will feature a keynote address by Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) on Tuesday morning, who will speak to a joint audience of both FMA members and representatives from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). A full day of unparalleled federal managerial training will follow Representative Connolly's speech, all of which the press is welcome to attend. 

    On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 8:00 am, Representative Connolly will give a keynote address that examines the legislative landscape and talks about federal managers' important role of leading in the face of uncertainty. Representative Connolly is the Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations and is a strong supporter of all federal employees and annuitants. He is leading an effort to provide a reasonable pay raise to federal employees as sponsor of the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act (H.R. 757). He was an original cosponsor of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, which took effect in November 2016.  

    Following Mr. Connolly's address, FMA's management training seminar will focus on topics including: a discussion on volatility, ambiguity, complexity, and uncertainty in the workplace; real-world strategies for managing budgets, leveraging technology, and navigating regulations; making better places to work; and, a leadership effectiveness exchange workshop. The presentations promise to be useful and practical for all federal managers and supervisors, and the speakers look forward to a healthy exchange of ideas and questions from training day delegates. Additionally, FMA's Manager of the Year Award, as well as other top honors, will be announced at the Awards Luncheon, featuring special guest Mike Causey, the host of Your Turn on Federal News Radio.

    Press is welcome and encouraged to attend the following events:


    Keynote Address: The Honorable Gerry Connolly

    Who: Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

    Where: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA

    Room: Plaza Ballroom

    When: 8:00 - 8:45 am, Tuesday, March 14, 2017


    Federal Management Training Seminar

    Leading in Complex and Uncertain Times

    Where: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA

    Room: Magnolia Room

    When: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday, March 14, 2017



    Volatility, Ambiguity, Complexity, Uncertainty

    9:00 A.M.    

    Patrick Malone, Ph.D., Professor, American University


    Real World Strategies -- Business and Politics:

    Managing Budgets, Leveraging Technology, Navigating Regulations

    10:15 A.M.  

    Terry Gerton, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

    Julie Perkins, Partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

    Bill Valdez, President, Senior Executives Association


    Making Better Places to Work

    11:15 A.M.

    Michelle Amante, Director of Agency Outreach and Business Development, 

    Partnership for Public Service


    FMA Awards Luncheon

    12:00 P.M.

    Special Guest: Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent and 

    Host of Your Turn, Federal News Radio 

    Recognizes FMA Manager of the Year, Chapter President of the Year, Chapter of the Year, and Executive Board Member of the Year


    Leadership Effectiveness Exchange Workshop

    1:30 P.M.    

    Steve Frieman, Ph.D., DOI Federal Consulting Group


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