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2024 Federal IT Career Workshop

2024 Federal IT Career Workshop

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM) (EDT)


Opening Doors to Careers in Government 

The Federal government is the largest employer in the world with a workforce of more than 2 million strong, dedicated to improving the lives of the American people. The talent recruitment effort is ongoing year to year, nationwide, with 22% of all federal employees in Washington, DC and the other 80% around the United States and across the world. In this post-pandemic world, much has changed. Companies are downsizing, and you may be concerned your applications may go unanswered. Take heart: the government, with its vast array of job openings, is hiring, and this half day program will teach you how to open doors to positions with varied growth paths, solid benefits, mobility across agencies, and widely diverse roles. You’ll shake hands with the movers and shakers in government who can teach you the next step in a fulfilling career in government. Join AFFIRM for this in-person workshop as you navigate your path through a career in government. 

Students who attend the AFFIRM Federal Career IT Day will be given a leg up on employment opportunities within the Federal workforce. For an opportunity to have your resume reviewed by Federal Government and industry leaders, be sure to have your resume on site (Digital format is preferred). Your resume will not be used or shared for mass marketing.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explore programs developed to encourage college graduates to enter government service including the Pathways program that connects students from high school through post-graduate school with career development opportunities. 
  • Review the benefits of working for the government including loan department forgiveness, pay equity, flexible work hours, and other work/life enrichments. 
  • Learn about the variety of missions and positions available that inspire applicants from technology jobs in law enforcement to research in healthcare to travel to the moon. 
  • Discuss programs that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in government hiring such as the Department of Labor’s Workforce Recruitment Program.

Sponsorships available

8:00-9:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast
9:00-9:10 AM
Welcome & Brief Introduction
9:10-10:10 AM
IDEA Catalysts: Unleashing Equity, Diversity, & Accessibility within the Federal Government

This panel will discuss and amplify the importance of equity, inclusion, diversity, accessibility, and how pursuing a career in government can create meaningful impact. Panelists include industry experts.

Ms. Aisha Murphy, Financial Analyst, SF Insurance Operations, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Mr. Melvin Brown II, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Dr. Ruth Starr, Program Analyst, General Services Administration (GSA)

Col. Candice Frost, USA (Ret.) Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command Joint Operations Intelligence Command

10:10-10:40 AM
10:40 -11:55 AM
Navigating the AI & Cybersecurity Landscape in Federal IT Careers

This panel will delve into the exciting world of AI, emerging technologies, and their importance in Federal IT careers. Panelists will include IT practitioners in the Federal government, shedding light on the importance of Cybersecurity in these rapidly evolving fields.

Mr. Perryn Ashmore, Assistant Director, Enterprise Learning, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Mr. Warren Blankenship, IT Category, Deputy IT Government-wide Category Manager, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

Mr. Kevin Cooke, Chief Government Information Management Officer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Mr. Scott St. Pierre, SES, Principal Cyber Advisor, U.S. Department of the Navy 

Moderator: Janice C. Haith, Strategic Industry Executive, Oracle 
11:55 AM – 12:00 PM
Closing Remarks

1910 Oracle Way 1st Floor
Reston, VA 20190 United States
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM) (EDT)
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