Data and Analytics for Government Talent Development Professionals

Friday, April 12, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Fátima Terry, Deputy Director, Digital Service Office of the CIO, USDA; Dr. JJ Walcutt; Craig Gagel, Director of Workforce Analytics and Statistical Official, OPM; and Kris Saling, Acting Director, Innovation Directorate, US Army Recruiting Command

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Data and analytics remains a knowledge gap for many training and talent development professionals. In this webinar, our panel will discuss:

  • Data collection opportunities and principles
  • Analytics and artificial intelligence
  • Enterprise data solutions
  • Privacy and policy
  • Where to get started and how to overcome barriers and roadblocks


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Fátima Terry
Fátima Terry

Deputy Director, Digital Service Office of the CIO, USDA

Fátima Terry serves as the Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Digital Service (DS) in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). In this role, Fátima is responsible for recruiting and developing an expanded team of technology, innovation, and service delivery leaders to meet the myriad of missions needs across USDA. Prior to USDA, Fátima served two tours with the US Digital Service (USDS), and during one tour as acting Chief Learning Officer for the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Management and Operations Division – Human Capital (OMB-MOD-HC) team. During her time as acting CLO, she managed a $600K Learning & Development budget that pushed forward many strategic efforts to scale OMB’s development programs, increase executive program tuition, expand training opportunities, introduce a new Diversity, Equity Inclusion and Accessibility (DEI&A) training curriculum, and modernize learning systems. She alsoled agency deployment and data analysis of OMB’s 2022 Federal EmployeeViewpoint Survey (FEVS) efforts which yielded increases in engagement, learning and development satisfaction, and workforce planning efforts. During her time with USDS, she partnered with leadership and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to stand-upUSDS’s first Data Science team within the Engineering Community of Practice. She also led human capital strategies that restructured skill-based selection and hiring
practices, streamlined talent management systems and processes, and connected data-driven approaches to multiple employee life cycle elements.

Across her career, Fátima has worked for or partnered with at least 10 other federalagencies in the areas of technology delivery, product development, leadership, human capital, organizational design, technical education and Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), apprenticeships, advanced manufacturing credentialing and more. Fátima is also an Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Federal Internal Coaching Training Program Graduate and coaches a range of executive and non-executive clients. She holds an M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from New Jersey City University.

Dr. JJ Walcutt
Dr. JJ Walcutt

Dr. J.J. Walcutt is a scientist, innovator, and learning engineer that specializes in talent development and strategic reform across education, military, and government. She served in the U.S. Government as the Director of Innovation at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative under the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a Human Innovation Fellow under the Office of Personnel Management. During her tenure in the government, she helped define the interoperable digital backbone required for training, education, and talent development across the military, intelligence, and greater security sector. She also designed an open innovation model for re-imagining the executive branch to promote talent development and retention. In her role at the Pentagon, Dr. Walcutt focused on promoting the science of learning through her service as a U.S. Delegate to NATO, Partnership for Peace, and as a national and international keynote speaker. In her role as a Human Innovation Fellow, she used the science of human centered design to recommend improved governmental communication structures with the American people to promote innovative problem solving. In this role, she provided keynote speeches nationally regarding innovation across, and transformation of, the federal government. Dr. Walcutt has over 20 years of experience in research and development for training and education with specific interests in improving educational systems to promote talent development, knowledge management, and decision making under stress.

Craig Gagel
Craig Gagel

Director of Workforce Analytics and Statistical Official, OPM

Craig Gagel serves as the Director of Workforce Analytics and Statistical Official for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In these roles, Craig leads a team that conducts analyses of human capital data and develops customer-focused analytics products all in support of federal workforce decision-making and policy determination. Craig is also responsible for championing agency data quality and confidentiality protection and supporting the implementation of OPM’s data strategy. Prior to joining OPM, Craig held various positions at the U.S. Census Bureau supporting economic and household surveys including leading an analytics team that provided insights to support data-driven decisions regarding human capital management and the cost, quality, and performance of survey data collection for nationwide field operations.

Kris Saling
Kris Saling

Acting Director, Innovation Directorate, US Army Recruiting Command

Colonel Kris Saling is a recognized leader in the US Army Human Capital Enterprise who has been introducing analytics, automation, and transformational business processes into Army human resources for the past eight years.

She and her hand-picked teams of technologists and human resource subject matter experts have coordinated with the best across government, industry, and academia to pilot innovation programs at scale, including three talent management programs of record and an Army-wide data literacy program that has trained hundreds of Soldiers over the last year.

She is an Army operations research and systems analyst with experience not just in Army human resources and people analytics, but in government acquisition and contracting, data governance, personnel policy, law, and statute, and the business process of innovation. She has led significant analytic and modernization efforts at US Indo-Pacific Command, Headquarters Department of the Army, Army Human Resources Command, and now, her most challenging effort, US Army Recruiting Command, where she serves as their Innovation Director.

Colonel Saling is also publishing her first book, Data-Driven Talent Management, compiling practical and actionable insights from her years transforming Army personnel business processes. It is available this August.