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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.



Leadership Development Workshop

June 4-6, 2024 | College Park, MD

Management Concepts is proud to sponsor the 20th annual AAFEA LDW, "Leading the Call to Action." Register early through the AAFEA website to attend our pre-conference workshops on Monday, June 3, and stop by our exhibit booth to learn about the innovative and comprehensive Management Concepts products and services for federal executives to achieve mission success for themselves and their agencies.

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Attend Our Workshops

Pre-conference on Monday, June 3

Management Concepts is hosting two pre-conference events for a limited number of AAFEA LDW registrants per session. Register early through the AAFEA LDW website to save your place. Choose from the following:

Transitioning to Agile Practices in the Federal Environment

Date: Monday, June 3
Time: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM EDT

Learn how the application of Agile methodologies to federal projects is more than just changing product development or contracting practices—it is a mindset. This course addresses strategies, practices, and quality concepts that help facilitate a transition to effective Agile practices that will transform and empower your organization thereby providing maximum value to the customer and contributing to the long-term success of your organization’s goals.

Recommended for those with experience in project management- this course is geared toward leaders, managers, and teams who are adopting Agile project management to improve project delivery, and complement and enhance traditional project management rigor.

This full Management Concepts course is offered as a benefit to AAFEA LDW attendees, and requires pre-registration through the AAFEA LDW registration portal. Participants must attend the full 8 hours to receive credit.

Learn more about Transitioning To Agile Practices In The Federal Environment and the full range of Management Concepts Project & Program Management courses.

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Executive Leadership Workshop

Date: Monday, June 3
Time: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Dr. Hannah Toney and Dr. Ryan Simmons

Dive into high-level leadership topics in this day-long immersive experience, examining timely issues in the workplace with a blend of presentations, open discussion, and group work. Explore a breadth of topics from change management in support of the project management process to the ways neurodiversity is being addressed in the workplace as a component of DEIA initiatives.

This workshop requires pre-registration through the AAFEA LDW registration portal. Participants must attend the full 8 hours to receive a certificate of attendance.

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Visit Our Booth

Stop by our booth in the exhibit hall to talk with our knowledgeable staff regarding our wide range of services and products to support your agency's mission and vision. From enterprise-level human capital advisory services and content customization to individual professional development and continuing education, we've got you covered.

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Meet Our Staff

Find us at our pre-conference sessions and throughout the event at our exhibit booth. Our staff can discuss options available to enhance your career and help your organization achieve its mission.

Steve Maier

Steve Maier

Dr. Hannah Toney

Dr. Hannah Toney
Director, Custom Learning Solutions

Ryan Simmons

Dr. Ryan Simmons
Sr. Manager, Human Capital Advisory Services

Vera Medici

Vera Medici
Senior Marketing Manager, Partnerships & Events

Gillian Clarke

Gillian Clarke
Events Operations Specialist


On Demand: Leading Organizational Change Live Panel Discussion

Recorded live on October 25, 2023

At the heart of every thriving federal agency are dedicated employees like you who drive progress and innovation. In partnership with the African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA), Blacks in Government (BIG), and Federally Employed Women (FEW), guest panelists offer their insights into change management, answering questions like:

  • How do you integrate change into your organizational processes?
  • What are some best practices you’ve found around communicating change conversations?
  • Describe the impact and results of a significant organizational change initiative during their leadership career.

Don’t miss out on this thought-provoking interactive session from the perspectives of senior leaders across government.


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Leadership Development Workshop

September 18-20, 2023 | College Park, MD

The 2023 AAFEA LDW, "Leading in a Reimagined Workplace," featured an impressive list of keynote speakers, multiple breakout sessions, and a full exhibit hall. Management Concepts offered a full day workshop to a packed house.

Read the recap "AAFEA LDW 2023: Reimagining Possibilities" on the blog >>

View event photos on our Facebook page >>

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WEBINAR: On Demand: 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, the African American Federal Executive Association, Federally Employed Women, the 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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WEBINAR: On Demand: 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.