Insights and updates from AGA’s 2018 National Leadership Training
I recently had the opportunity to represent Management Concepts at the Association of Government Accountants’ National Leadership Training (NLT) event at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. This two-day event is designed to develop and train government financial professionals to excel as leaders. Featured speakers included Dave DeLong, President, Smart Workforce Strategies and Mark Updegrove, CEO, National Medal of Honor Museum. The event drew hundreds of CEO’s, CFO’s, senior executives, PhD’s, CPA’s, senior managers, and future leaders from Federal, state, and local organizations across the U.S.
So, what was in it for attendees?
The agenda included timely presentations on the OMB Budget Update, Enterprise Risk Management, the DoD Audit Update, Digital Transformation in Government, Using the “Right” Data to enable evidence-based decision-making, Engaging Millennials in Government Financial Management and more. The featured speakers made a tremendous impact on attendees as Dave DeLong spoke about “Closing the Skills Gap: Innovative Talent Management Solutions for a Changing Workforce, and Mark Updegrove shared wisdom and “Lessons in Character and Leadership from Seven American Presidents.” The event addressed many critical areas that current and emerging financial leaders need to excel in today’s competitive environment. It was rewarding to provide attendees information on training and consulting services that Management Concepts provides to help them gain the knowledge needed to move to the next level.
Throughout the event, there were several skills emphasized for current and future leaders to possess. Some of those abilities included:
- Project/Program Management
- Change Management
- Oral Presentation (to senior leaders)
- Intellectual Curiosity
- Data Analysis
- Relationship Building (Interpersonal)
We enjoyed meeting professionals from the various agencies, organizations and companies represented and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s NLT. In the meantime, stay in touch, keep learning, and visit our website for upcoming classes to support your professional development.