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

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