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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.



Live Panel Discussion: Leading Organizational Change

Date: October 25, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM EST

At the heart of every thriving federal agency are dedicated employees like you who drive progress and innovation. We're thrilled to invite you to a high-impact live webinar, "Leading Organizational Change," designed to empower you with the tools and insights to supercharge your contributions to your agency's success.

In partnership with African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA), Blacks in Government (BIG), and Federally Employed Women (FEW), Management Concepts brings you key insights into Leading Organizational Change, 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

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 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 Sessions

Date: September 20, 2023

Management Concepts is hosting an immersive experience for a limited number of AAFEA LDW registrants, with three presenters examining timely issues in the workplace. Register early through the AAFEA LDW website to save your place.

Employing Storytelling to Lead in a Hybrid Environment
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Presenter: Dr. Hannah Toney

We are born storytellers. In fact, before there was language, there was story. It is the very core of the human existence. In this session, we'll investigate why storytelling matters, how to cultivate stories to influence and to build connections, and why we're all storytellers. This will be a participative session in which practitioners will begin to develop their own leadership story and to consider how to transfer the concepts into their everyday lives and work.

The Equity Paradox
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Presenter: Lonney Gregory

In this session, participants will:
-Define equity and equality through the DEIA lens.
-Deconstruct and reconstruct the DEI&A timeline to focus on the need for equitable practices.
-Examine the relationships between equity, diversity, and inclusion with an emphasis on belonging.
-Review equitable practices from a host of different organizations.
-Discuss ways to normalize and communicate the concept of equity vis-a-vie the concept of equality.

Owning our Differences
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenter: Dr. Ryan Simmons

In this session, participants will:
-Examine their own understandings of generational conversations.
-Discuss personal barriers and what benefits breaking through them will bring.
-Work through practical next steps for engaging our generational strengths that brings lasting culture change to the organization.

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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.

Learning Services And Solutions

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Meet Our Staff

Find us at our exhibit booth, send an email, or schedule a meeting to discuss options available to enhance your career and help your organization achieve its mission.

Steve Maier

Steve Maier

Shelly Cook

Shelly Cook
Vice President, Operations

Dr. Hannah Toney

Dr. Hannah Toney
Director, Custom Learning Solutions

Lonney Gregory

Lonney Gregory
Director, Human Capital Advisory Services

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


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.