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Join us virtually on Tuesday, July 16 at 10 AM ET!

The public sector workspace continues to transform, providing new opportunities and some challenges to the federal workforce. Yet it’s also created some uncertainties. Changes to remote or hybrid work threaten the flexibility and employee experience critical to the growth of the public sector workforce. And the increased use and investment in new technologies like artificial intelligence promises to further change the workplace.

In this virtual summit, Government Executive explores the future of the federal workforce, diving into everything from management, pay and benefits to the policies and technologies reshaping the workplace. With insights from top government officials, attendees will leave with a better understanding of how the day-to-day of federal employment is changing — and what opportunities it holds for the future.

 

Speakers

Jessica S. Palatka

Director of Human Resource Management and Chief Human Capital Officer

Department of Commerce

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Jessica S. Palatka

Director of Human Resource Management and Chief Human Capital Officer

Department of Commerce

Ms. Jessica S. Palatka is the Director of Human Resource Management and Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), responsible for providing leadership, developing policies, and directing programs in all aspects of human resources and human capital management and administration for all bureaus of the Department of Commerce (DOC), covering nearly 58,000 employees located in all 50 states, every U.S. territory, and more than 88 countries. Ms. Palatka is a member of the Office of Personnel Management Chief Human Capital Officer Council Executive Steering Committee.

Concurrently, Ms. Palatka is an Adjunct Associate Professor for the University of Maryland, Global Campus, where she teaches undergraduate courses in Human Resources and Business. 

Ms. Palatka earned a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Management Science and Statistics, Decision and Information Technology in 2000 and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management in 2006 from the University of Maryland. Additionally, she earned a post graduate certificate from Cornell University in Human Resources in 2007. 

Previously, Ms. Palatka served as the Chief of the Human Resources Operations Center (HROC) for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Ms. Palatka also served as a Senior Leader (SL) while working as the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and Director, Human Resources Directorate (HRD) for the National Defense University (NDU). She also served as the Director of Human Capital Strategy for Sustainment for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). 

Ms. Palatka holds the Human Resources Certification Institutes’ (HRCI) certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) license. Ms. Palatka also holds a Level III certification in Life Cycle Logistics, a Level II certification in Program Management, a Level I certification in International Acquisition, and a Green Belt Lean Six Sigma Certification. 

Calvin Byrd

Former Senior Leader

NRC

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Calvin Byrd

Former Senior Leader

NRC

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Jason Briefel

Director of Policy and Outreach

Senior Executives Association

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Jason Briefel

Director of Policy and Outreach

Senior Executives Association

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As SBR’s Director of Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Briefel provides legislative and organizational representation to clients of the firm’s government affairs practice, including serving as Director of Policy & Outreach of the Senior Executives Association.

Mr. Briefel is frequently quoted in the media discussing legislative and executive actions impacting the functioning of the federal workforce and efficiency of the federal government. These media engagements include regular interviews with the Washington Post, CNN, Politico, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BNA, PBS, Federal News Network, Government Executive, Federal Times, E&E News, FCW, and Government Matters TV.

He is a frequent speaker at trainings, conferences, and events. He has designed and managed a variety of professional development events, including the Presidential Rank Awards (PRA) Leadership Summit. The PRA Leadership Summit attracts over 500 federal and industry executives annually for panel discussions on the future of federal work and human capital management. Briefel coordinates the conversations with federal leaders, plans the panel discussions, and arranges sponsorship and development opportunities through the Summit.

Mr. Briefel serves as editor-in-chief of the FEDagent and FEDmanager newsletters. He created the FEDforum–a single platform within the publications that unites voices from across the federal community and elevates organizational priorities. Mr. Briefel is also a co-host of the biweekly podcast FEDtalk on the Federal News Network.

Mr. Briefel is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Public Policy Committee. He is a member of the Selection Committee for the Government Executive Government Hall of Fame.

Prior to joining SBR, Mr. Briefel worked in Congress for a member of the North Carolina delegation, interned with the DC-based think tank Third Way, and volunteered at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. He also served as a research assistant and project manager for the FireChasers, a collaborative research endeavor between the U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina State University.

Mr. Briefel holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond and an M.N.R. from North Carolina State University.

Mr. Briefel is on the Board of Directors for the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), and previously served as Treasurer. FEEA is the only independent, nonprofit 501c3 organization devoted solely to providing emergency financial assistance and scholarships to our dedicated civilian federal and postal public servants and their families.

*Mr. Briefel is not an attorney and not engaged in the practice of law.

Teresa W. Gerton

President and CEO

National Academy of Public Administration

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Teresa W. Gerton

President and CEO

National Academy of Public Administration

Terry Gerton was named President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration in January 2017. The Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization, chartered by Congress to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.

Ms. Gerton brings to the Academy nearly 12 years in the Senior Executive Service as a career member and as a political appointee, and 20 years of service as an active duty Army officer. She has a broad range of experience in all aspects of public service management, and her expertise has been recognized with both the Distinguished and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards.

Most recently, Ms. Gerton served from June 2013 to January 2017 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service where her work helped drive the national veteran unemployment rate to its lowest in eight years. While at Labor, she also led the Department’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Prior to joining DoL, Terry spent 2 years as a Vice President at The Cohen Group, a Washington, DC consulting company. From 2003-2011, she served for eight years as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Department of Defense. In her last position there, she was the Executive Deputy to the Commanding General of Army Materiel Command where she was responsible for the daily operations of over 70,000 civilian and 1,500 military employees around the world. Prior to that, she served as AMC's financial controller for three years. She also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Program Analysis and Evaluation where she was responsible for executing all aspects of the development of the OSD Future Years Defense Plan and submitting the plan to Congress.

Ms. Gerton's twenty years of military service included a variety of staff and leadership positions, including the Executive Officer for the Army's largest battalion (a 1200-soldier corps support maintenance battalion at Fort Hood), Professor of Economics at the United States Military Academy, and Company Commander of a 300-person direct support maintenance company in Germany.

Ms. Gerton graduated from the United States Military Academy and earned an MBA from Duke University. She earned the Distinguished Presidential Rank award in 2011 and the Meritorious Presidential Rank award in 2008. She also received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2011.

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