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Apr 30, 2020

As vice president for materials risk management, Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate is responsible for designing and executing Nuclear Threat Initative’s activities to prevent nuclear terrorism, such as reducing quantities and enhancing security of nuclear and radiological materials around the world, promoting...


Apr 25, 2020

Bummed out about missing important professional milestone celebrations right now? New to gov and started your new job? Hitting a major years of service milestone? Retiring? No cake. No flowers. Take time to mourn the little losses.

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Apr 18, 2020

Sasha Cohen O'Connell and Jennifer Forney of American University outline what it takes to get an advanced degree at night, what it's like while you're in the midst of the work/school grind, and what AU has to offer in this episode. 

Jennifer is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment and Sasha is the Executive in...


Apr 11, 2020

How can feds talk to our teams without sounding like hypocrites during a time of crisis? We care about our people ... but we need the work to get done, too. Mission essential work doesn't stop just because we have personal struggles. No one is really talking about how we're talking about this. Dr. Amy Grubb is the right...


Apr 5, 2020

Michael L. Vogelsang, Jr., is a principal at The Employment Law Group® law firm, where he frequently handles cases that involve whistleblower retaliation, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and other workplace claims. He has been with the firm since 2007. He answered a few of my questions about how and...