PRESIDENTAL PERSONNEL SERIES

Join us for one or all four of these programs. Register now to reserve your spot.

Appointed Service in the Executive Branch: Job Opportunities and the Hiring Process

Wednesday, September 9
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (EDT)

A panel of current and former appointees share their insights on job opportunities and how hiring works in Presidential Administrations.

You’ll learn:

  • The wide variety and number of positions in an Administration
  • The in-demand skills, professional experiences, and attitude that Administration hiring managers seek
  • How to prepare for the hiring and background check process

Moderator:

Kyle Bonnell, Job Bank Manager, Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development, The Heritage Foundation

Speakers:

Jordan Hayley, External Relations Director, The Office of Presidential Personnel, The White House

Todd Thurman, White House Liaison, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Angela Sailor, Vice President, Edwin J. Feulner Institute, The Heritage Foundation; former Deputy Chief of Staff to the United States Department of Education, Office of Secretary Rod Paige; former Associate Director, The White House Office of Public Liaison

Steven Groves, Margaret Thatcher Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; former Chief of Staff to Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; former Assistant Special Counsel to the President, The White House; former Deputy Press Secretary, The White House

How to Serve as an Effective Presidential Appointee

Wednesday, September 23
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

A panel of former presidential appointees will share lessons learned on how to serve effectively in the Executive Branch.

You’ll learn:

  • The mindset that every appointee should adopt immediately
  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities—and most importantly attitude—that separate the good from the best appointees
  • Steps you can take right now to prepare yourself for future service in a presidential administration

Moderator:

Mike Howell, Senior Advisor for Executive Branch Relations, The Heritage Foundation; former Oversight Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Speakers:

Jessica Anderson, Executive Director, Heritage Action for America; former Associate Director, Intergovernmental Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Management and Budget

Nina Schaefer, Senior Research Fellow, Domestic Policy Studies, Health Policy, The Heritage Foundation; former Senior Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Andrew Olivastro, Director, Coalition Relations, The Heritage Foundation; former Deputy Director of Speechwriting, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Stand Out in the Executive Branch: Maximize Your Effectiveness and Get Stuff Done

Part One - Wednesday, September 30
Part Two - Thursday, October 1
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

This two-part program teaches completed staff work (CSW)—a proven method for solving problems, making decisions, and delivering results. Once a classified military leadership technique, CSW has gained traction as a primary operational methodology in the federal government.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Efficiently manage incoming and urgent assignments and deliver exceptional results for your agency as a manager or individual contributor
  • Increase effectiveness by asking key questions to clearly define the situation and the work that needs to be done
  • Develop a leadership mindset by anticipating what your bosses need, and producing it before they ask

Moderator:

Becky Turco, Associate Director, Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development, The Heritage Foundation

Speaker:

Steven Bucci, Ph.D., Colonel, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.), Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; former Staff Director and Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense

Own Your Seat at the Table

Wednesday, October 14
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

Serving in a Presidential Administration is unlike any other job.  Staff at all levels, from junior to seasoned, frequently support appointed and career officials serving at the highest levels of our nation’s government. This program prepares you to interact with and communicate effectively with cabinet members, department heads, and other principals.

You’ll learn:

  • Guidelines for engagement with high-level officials
  • The importance of active listening and non-verbal cues in meetings
  • How to prepare for meetings and deliver information with confidence; when and how to offer comments and recommendations

Moderator:

Becky Turco, Associate Director, Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development, The Heritage Foundation

Speakers:

Beverly Hallberg, President, District Media Group and Senior Fellow, Independent Women's Forum

Steven Bucci, Ph.D., Colonel, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.), Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; former Staff Director and Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense