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Why LEAP HR: Government speakers
are excited to be taking part:

Jim Trinka

"Raise important questions around hiring for talent."

"The common misconception that young people don’t want to work in government is damaging our ability to attract fresh talent. LEAP HR: Government will enable us to challenge this myth and raise important questions around hiring for talent.

Dr Jim Trinka, Chief Talent Management Office, Office of Information and Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs

Traci DiMartini

"Focus on getting the work of government done now, not as it was 30 years ago."

"We need to focus on getting the work of government done now, not as it was 30 years ago, and LEAP HR: Government provides the ideal forum in which to work out how we can best do this.

Traci DiMartini, Chief Human Capital Officer, Peace Corps

Camille Hoover

"Build communities of practice and increase cross-agency connections to move the engagement platform forward."

"We are working to uncover and share best practices - government wide - that will help to create, nurture, and support our dynamic workforce. LEAP HR: Government will help us explore how we can collaborate to build communities of practice and increase cross-agency connections to move the engagement platform forward.”

Camille Hoover, Executive Officer, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH

Kimberly Steide

"We have to change the conversation."

"Senior government leadership has long identified HR as a risk area, but has never based this on data. We have to change the conversation. Using data to look at the workforce objectively will dispel myths around what actually is a problem. LEAP HR: Government will provide the best place to start these conversations.

Kimberly Steide, Human Capital Planning & Program Performance Manage, U.S. Department of Treasury

Kim Bauhs

"Bring in, and develop, HR talent more strategically."

"I am passionate about how we can bring in, and develop, HR talent more strategically, and I am excited about the impact that LEAP HR: Government will have in this space."

Kim Bauhs, Chief Human Capital Officer, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Jessica Bensel

"Work collaboratively to improve talent management within government."

“There are so many HR leaders in government who have an interest in talent management, but their approach is too myopic. We need to step back and view talent management as a whole in order provide our employees with the services that they deserve – LEAP HR: Government will enable us to take this step and work collaboratively to improve talent management within government.”

Jessica Bensel, Chief Human Capital Officer for Sustainment, Naval Air Systems Command

Dia Taylor

"LEAP HR: Government will help break down the policy barrier."

"Government policies & regulations surrounding HR have not evolved to fit with the times creating a policy barrier which is impacting our ability to be innovative. LEAP HR: Government will help break down these barriers by learning from those that have been able to navigate these challenges."

Dia Taylor, Chief Human Capital Officer, Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Stephanie Ruiz

"Foster a culture that values our workforce."

“In terms of remuneration we can never compete with the private sector, but we have something that we don’t – a genuine mission. Belief in this mission will always draw in the talent government needs, but to retain it we need to foster a culture that values our workforce. LEAP HR: Government provides a unique forum in which we can discuss how we can create this culture government-wide.”

Stephanie Ruiz, Chief Human Resources Officer, Congressional Budget Office

Rebecca Hunter

"Be recognized for the great work that is going on within government."

"I am really excited for LEAP HR: Government; for its ability to bring people together, not just to exchange the cool things that are happening, but to be recognized for the great work that is going on within the industry.”

Rebecca Hunter, Former Commissioner of Human Resources, State of Tennessee

Karen Niparko

"Collaboratively discuss and prepare for the emerging workforce challenges."

“It is essential that government agencies collaboratively discuss and prepare for the emerging workforce challenges. LEAP HR: Government provides the perfect cross-governmental forum for these valuable conversations and sharing of ideas.”

Karen Niparko, Chief Human Resources Officer, City & County of Denver

Jimmee Medina

"Do what we have never done before."

“To drive HR innovation in government we have to do what we have never done before, do it differently and ask the hard questions; get a team together and start having conversations. LEAP HR: Government will enable those conversations and make us do something we have never done before.”

Jimmee Medina, Director of Human Resources & Innovation, City of Irvine

Alex Smith

"Plug into a community of public sector change agents."

“Being a change agent can be a lonely pursuit, so the idea of plugging into a community of public sector change agents like that at LEAP HR: Government will leave us energized, inspired and ready for action.”

Alex Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, City of Memphis

Devin Brown

"A rare chance to build new bridges and find the strength in numbers."

“We know there’s security in staying with the known and the predictable, but we also know that to remain relevant, we need to constantly adapt. By bringing like-minded agencies and leaders together for a disruptive forum like this, LEAP HR: Government offers us a rare chance to build new bridges and find the strength in numbers we need to ensure we’re not the only ones leading this charge into an unknown future.”

Devin Brown, Chief Human Resources Officer, Kern County California

Brenda Diederichs

"We are what makes the world go round, so let’s put our story out there."

"If Government cannot have an honest conversation about HR, what we are, who we are and where we are, we can never be better. LEAP HR: Government is the place to do this - we are what makes the world go round, so let’s put our story out there."

Brenda Diederichs, Assistant Chief Executive Officer – Human Resources, County of Riverside

Catherine Tkachyk

"Drive innovation within government."

"To drive innovation within government, we need to not only share our success stories, but also our failures. LEAP HR: Government will provide an opportunity for our community to openly and collaboratively discuss how to learn from our mistakes."

Catherine Tkahyk, Chief Innovation & Performance Officer, Cuyahoga County

Debbie Friedman

"We’ve been able to do extraordinary things in challenging environments."

"The strong administrative bureaucratic structure to retain the status quo within government makes innovation and disruption really challenging for those of us trying to disrupt how we do things. I am so impressed anytime I see anyone in government being dramatically creative because I know just how hard it is to have that happen. LEAP HR: Government is our unique opportunity to show that we’ve been able to do extraordinary things in challenging environments and continue to drive innovation."

Deborah Friedman, Assistant Commissioner of Workforce Engagement & Innovation, NYC Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations

Blair Milo

"Share ideas and think creatively."

"Change and innovation happens when organizations share ideas and think creatively about what we could do collaboratively that we couldn’t do alone, and LEAP HR: Government will provide the ideal forum in which to do this."

Blair Milo, Secretary of Career Connections & Talent, State of Indiana

Mark Bunbury

"To connect with public sector leaders."

"Competing for top talent is a huge challenge for Government Agencies. We should be looking at bringing more private sector practises into play to tackle this. Having the opportunity to connect with public sector leaders that are managing to do this successfully at LEAP HR: Government is a very exciting opportunity."

Mark Bunbury, Head of Human Resources, City of Jersey City