Federal Spotlight: Amy Rogers
MC: How long have you been in Federal Service and what is your main responsibility in your role today?
AR: I’ve worked for the Federal government for over 25 years, starting my career at State, then at OPM and then at Treasury as the Director of the Treasury Executive Institute (TEI), a shared service program of leadership and executive development programs and coaching services. At the end of October, I began a detail working in Treasury’s Human Capital Office helping to set up and implement strategies for Treasury and its workforce.
MC: What keeps you motivated and passionate to stay in the public sector?
AR: Making a meaningful difference. Specifically, my joy is in bringing people together in a setting in which they can grow and thrive by equipping, empowering and encouraging them to develop and unleash their leadership skills – for their customers, staff, colleagues and their own benefit.
MC: What is one of your biggest achievements?
AR: There are a number of projects and successes that I could point to, but one that I am most proud of was when I was a branch chief at the State Department. It was there that I had the opportunity to establish a culture and create an environment in which my colleagues and I transformed our organization into a high performing service provider that earned respect and kudos from our customers. More importantly though, we broke down the internal silos and barriers, earned one another’s respect and came together to serve a greater purpose, transforming ourselves in the process.
MC: What advice would you share with young people on entering government?
AR: My advice may seem obvious, especially to Millennials and those who will come after them, but sometimes we need to see and hear messages repeatedly so let me add my voice to the many others who have said:
- Get clear on who you are: Know what matters to you, what you want out of life and your career, and who you are here for. This insight will help you navigate the numerous options and decisions over your lifetime.
- Invest in yourself: Never stop learning, growing and challenging yourself. Most often your growth and development doesn’t require money but it will require focus, time, and effort. Remember, you’re worth it! Even when you become an Executive, don’t assume you’ve made it and that you’re “done”. There is always something to learn, refine, or deepen.
- Connect, connect, connect! Relationships are what make the world (and your government career) go round. Help and be helped.
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