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Posted by on Oct 22, 2015

We Asked the CHCO

We Asked the CHCO

For the past six months, Management Concepts sponsored the “Ask the CHCO” radio interview series, hosted by Lauren Larson of Federal News Radio.

Every Wednesday Federal Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCOs) shared priorities for their agencies, goals for the future, successful programs, and areas in which they strive to improve. As a trusted learning development and workforce improvement partner to the Federal government, Management Concepts appreciated the opportunity to hear from these Federal leaders on trends in human capital.

We heard from the following 13 CHCOs:

  • Bridget Bean, CHCO and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the Small Business Administration
  • Ambassador Arnold A. Chacón, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the State Department
  • Dr. Reginald F. Wells, Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources and CHCO at the Social Security Administration
  • Paige Hinkle-Bowles, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Civilian Personnel Policy)
  • Deborah Kircher, Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Human Capital and the Intelligence Community’s CHCO
  • Catherine Emerson, CHCO at the Department of Homeland Security
  • Antonia Harris, CHCO at the General Services Administration
  • Mary Pletcher, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Capital and Diversity at the Department of the Interior
  • Dr. Joanne Tornow, Head of Office of Information and Resource Management and CHCO at National Science Foundation
  • Jeri L. Buchholz, the CHCO and Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (former)
  • Elizabeth B. Kolmstetter, CHCO for the U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Vicki Barber, Human Resources Director and Chief Human Capital Officer with the Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • John Gill, Deputy Assistant Secretary and CHCO with the Department of Health and Human Services

A recap blog accompanied each radio interview, and the most popular radio interview (tracked per Federal News Radio) was Mary Pletcher of Interior!

We’ve loved hearing from Federal CHCOs on what we can expect in 2016 – in fact, we’ve created a new blog series, Federal Spotlight, capturing a more personal side to Federal leaders. Our inaugural post came from a blog interview with Gary Washington, CIO at USDA APHIS. The new series will follow an informal format, in which we learn about each leader’s Federal service tenure, what keeps them motivated about public service, advice to the next generation, and their greatest accomplishment.

Do you have ideas or recommendations on Feds you’d like to hear from? Please leave us their name in the comments section below and we’ll reach out!

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