Developing Talent and Managing People in the Public Sector

Friday, May 14, 2021 10:00am - 10:45am EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Patrick Malone, Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University; Alex Tremble, Federal Career Coach, GPS Leadership Solutions; and Brian McNamara, Faculty, OPM

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As we journey info the latter half of this year, we are all beginning to see some sort of normalcy as it pertains to work. However, new challenges are over the horizon. Join this group of experts discuss the following government workforce-related topics:

  • Safely returning to the office
  • Managing a hybrid or remote workforce
  • Learning innovations in a diverse and dispersed environment
  • Developing impactful people managers


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Patrick Malone
Patrick Malone

Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Patrick Malone is the director of key executive leadership programs at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a frequent guest lecturer on leadership and organizational dynamics and has extensive experience working with government leaders domestically and on the international front. Patrick’s research, teaching, and scholarship includes work in public sector leadership, executive problem solving, organizational analysis, ethics, and public administration and policy. He is a retired U.S. Navy captain, having spent 22 years in a number of senior leadership and policy roles. His most recent publications include “Thinking Up,” “Selfies in the Workplace: Narcissists and the Public Manager,” and “Making Assumptions? Try the Power of Inquiry.” 

Alex Tremble
Alex Tremble

Federal Career Coach, GPS Leadership Solutions

Alex Tremble is currently employed for the United Sates Federal Government and is the author of the bestselling book, The GPS Guide to Success. He is responsible for developing current and next-generation leaders, identifying the competencies needed to achieve the organization’s strategic mission, and fostering an environment where continual learning is essential. Tremble managed three government-wide Leadership Development Forums that are attended by some of the government’s highest ranking leaders. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from William Penn University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore. 

Brian McNamara
Brian McNamara

Faculty, OPM

Brian McNamara recently joined the Office of Personnel Management’s Center for Leadership Development/Federal Executive Institute as a faculty member and coach. He serves with about forty faculty nationwide that design and deliver leadership training and coaching to government employees globally. Prior to joining OPM, he served as the Chief Learning Officer for the International Trade Administration (ITA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The ITA operates in over 75 countries and promotes U.S. trade and investment. Mr. McNamara oversaw a team responsible for ITA's talent management, training, and development and provided strategic direction to ITA senior management on agency-wide leadership and organizational development initiatives. Mr. McNamara is an experienced facilitator and trainer and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the ICF and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Co-Active Training Institute. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member with George Washington University's Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and the Center for Creative Leadership. He holds a dual MBA in International business from Texas Tech University and Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City. He enjoys travel, sports and spending time outdoors. He resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and daughter.