Key Executive Leadership Speaker Series

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To engage our current students, alumni, and colleagues, we are proud to present the 2018 Key Executive Leadership Programs Speaker Series "FED Talks." This series offers four sessions in the calendar year, and is a complimentary service to the federal community.

2018 Scheduled Speakers: FED Talks

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20039

Theme: Diversity and Inclusion: Bias

Speaker: Bruce Stewart, Managing Partner: Small World Solutions; Adjunct Professor American University

Former Deputy Director for Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Government Former Co-Chairperson for White House Committee on Reducing Unconscious Bias in STEM

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Title of Talk:

The Bias Virus: How a Beer Commercial, Autistic Kids, Google, a Small African Country, and Kevin Bacon Are the Keys to Reducing Bias


What if our discussion around both explicit and implicit bias is incomplete? What if looking at bias is not purely individual nor completely social? But, instead is a network science issue greatly influenced by the structure of the respective network. What if bias is contagious like the flu? What if a better way to reduce bias, especially along ethnic lines is to view it as a public health problem that requires measures like responding to flu outbreaks. What if I were to tell you that there are a group of people immune to racial bias? What lessons could we learn from them to help us in our fight to reduce bias? What if I told you that there is a network pattern common to how communities, cities, companies, countries, and our brains are organized? What new insights could we learn from this common pattern of relationships? Many theories and solutions have been developed to reduce racial bias. And, while there has been some success most solutions are hard to scale and inherently difficult to apply. In this Fed Talk I will offer a unified theory of bias that connects explicit and implicit bias using a new model of bias called the Bias of Crowds, and in turn combine this Bias of Crowds model to contagion and small world network theories to produce a solution to bias reduction that is both scalable and effective.

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | LGBTQIA+
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | Creating an Inclusive Culture
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | 2018 Diversity & Inclusion: a year in review

February's FEDTalk 

Look for our recording in tour new podcast series!

Speaker: Gary A. Smith, Co-Founder and Senior Partner, IVY Planning Group (Ivy)

Description: Depending on how long you've been involved with diversity and inclusion (D&I) really determines not only how much you've seen, but how different the goals, the journey, the strategies and yes even the outcomes have been.

Let's be clear, this talk matters as it does several critical things all at once:

1. It clarifies why the topic matters more than ever

2. It highlights why the work itself is harder now than ever

3. It provides proven ways to win around diversity and inclusion execution

Ultimately, everyone who is interested in achieving D&I outcomes will have to redefine or change how they communicate what it means to "win." Determining if that translation is a will or a skill issue is a critical first step. It's a step that requires honest introspection.  

We'll discuss what it is, why it matters, and what makes D&I success so difficult all while allowing for that introspection to occur. Just as appealing though are the lessons learned that provide hope, excitement, enthusiasm and a demonstration that success is still possible. In fact, perhaps greater and more impactful D&I success is possible now. This FED Talk will strike the right balance between D&I in the public and private sectors while carefully identifying what translates across sectors and what doesn't. It will provide an interactive forum for the discussion for those who want to know what works, what doesn't, and how to achieve success in 2018.

 5 Key Reasons to Attend

  • Provides a stimulating environment for Key current students and alumni, which is conducive to continued intellectual and professional growth.
  • Cultivates professional connections between current students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
  • Supplements your Key experience with subject matter relevant to improved leadership in the public sector.
  • Current students and alumni are eligible to receive a certificate of completion for attending at least six seminars within a two year period.
  • Allows the Key Executive Leadership Program to reciprocate the support and serve the public good.