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African American Federal Executive Association

Association Partner

The African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA) is widely recognized as the leading non-profit organization dedicated to preparing and supporting African Americans for advancement into and within the senior ranks of the U.S. government. Management Concepts is proud to partner with AAFEA for training and professional development.

Recipient of the 2021 AAFEA Community Partner Award.



The application period for the 2023 AAFEA-Management Concepts Association Partner Scholarship is now closed. The winner will be announced at the AAFEA Leadership Development Workshop.

This annual scholarship provides the training you need to navigate the complex federal landscape with ease. Scholarships have a $10,000 value, with coursework accredited by a variety of nationally recognized accreditation bodies. AAFEA members may apply for any one of the following Certificate Programs:

  • Agile in Government Certificate
  • Analytics Certificate
  • Financial Management Certificate
  • Grants Management Certificate Program™ – Choice of Federal, Pass Through, or Recipient Track
  • Leadership Certificate
  • Project Management Certificate

Download the information packet.

Scholarship Open


Leadership Development Workshop

September 18-20, 2023 | College Park, MD

Management Concepts is looking forward to sponsoring the 19th annual AAFEA LDW, "Leading in a Reimagined Workplace." Register early to attend our special sessions, and stop by our exhibit booth for the latest products and services for federal executives to acheive mission success for themselves and their agencies. More information coming soon.

Visit the AAFEA website >>

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Leadership & DEIA in the Federal Government: Laying the Foundation

[Recorded Live October 20, 2022]

This multigenerational panel discussion broke down diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the federal workforce in a practical sense, addressing the questions:

  • What does diversity look like as we pipeline rising federal leaders?
  • How do you measure success in implementation of DEIA in the workforce?
  • What can be done to recruit, retain, and empower the leadership of tomorrow?

Watch now for a thought-provoking discussion from the perspectives of senior leaders across government.

This 5th annual across generations panel was brought to you by Blacks in Government NOW Generation, Young Government Leaders, African American Federal Executive Association, Federally Employed Women (FEW), Senior Executives Association, and Management Concepts.




Leadership Development Workshop

September 19-21, 2022 | College Park, MD & Virtual

Management Concepts was proud to continue to partner with AAFEA at the 2022 Annual Leadership Development Workshop as a Platinum Sponsor, exhibitor, and workshop presenter, celebrating the theme "Leadership Dimensions - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility."

Read the recap "Back in 3 Dimensions Once Again: AAFEA Conference Highlights" on the blog >>

View event photos on our Facebook page >>

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Next Generation of Leadership Panel Event

October 21, 2021

AAFEA, Young Government LeadersBlacks in Government (BIG) NOW GenerationExecutive Women in GovernmentSenior Executives Association, and Management Concepts partnered to bring together a panel of experts to address the “generation gap” in the federal workforce.


Members-Only Webinar: Building Relationships through Collaboration

June 15, 2021

Building strong and constructive relationships in the workplace is critical to leadership effectiveness. During this interactive webinar, participants explored best practices for building relationships and encouraging collaboration.

It Starts with Us: Forging the Future of Federal Leadership

February 23, 2021 | Virtual

Today’s Senior Executives, GS-15s and GS-14s are an important bridge between policy which can be slow to change – and the immediate need for promoting diversity and inclusivity amongst cultures and generations to cultivate the federal leadership of the future, before these candidates fall off the diversity cliff. AAFEA, Executive Women in GovernmentSenior Executives Association, and Management Concepts partnered to present “It Starts with Us: Forging the Future of Federal Leadership” with keynote speaker Ambassador Susan Rice and a panel discussion of distinguished speakers to address the actions federal leaders can take today to forge the leadership of tomorrow.

Read the event summary on the blog >>
Read the transcript of Ambassador Rice’s address >>



2nd Annual Partnership Appreciation Holiday Charity Social

December 16, 2020 | Virtual

2020 was a remarkable year, and while we couldn’t mingle in person, we were pleased that hosting the happy hour virtually enabled more of our partnership members, who are spread out across the country, to join us. Executive Director Tyra Dent Smith spoke on behalf of AAFEA. For our charity selection for 2020, we encouraged our partnership members to donate to their local food banks to support those in need in their own communities.

View photos from the 2020 Partnership Appreciation Holiday Charity Social on our Facebook page >>


AAFEA Leadership Development Workshop

September 14-16, 2020 | Virtual

Management Concepts was pleased to host the 16th Annual AAFEA Leadership Development Workshop on our virtual learning platform. The 2020 Workshop was held as an online event for the first time in AFFEA’s history.

Management Concepts also presented two sessions at the event, “Managing Change” and “Cultivating Motivation & Engagement,” part of the Professional Government Supervisor Program, a customizable private group training experience aligned with the OPM Core Competencies.