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AAFEA is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to preparing and supporting African Americans for advancement into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government.

Coffee Talk
April 9 @ 5 - 6:30pm

15th Annual Workshop
Sep 16 -18 @ 8am - 5pm

SES Only Dinner
May 29 @ 6 - 8:30pm

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About AAFEA

History

AAFEA was founded on May 28, 2002 by William A. Brown, Sr. (SES Retired); Tracey Pinson (SES Retired; deceased); Dr. Lenora Gant (SES); and Catherine Bland (GS-14 Retired), and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization by the State of Maryland. We thank our founders for their vision, leadership, and dedication to others!

Vision

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 United States Government.
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Mission

The mission of AAFEA, Inc. is:

To promote the professional development and advancement of African Americans into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government;To sponsor and advocate programs, policies, practices and processes that promote career enhancing opportunities and the development of critical skills for African Americans;To establish partnerships and alliances with other senior level associations, public and private sector organizations and academia to leverage resources to develop intellectual capital to effectively execute the business of the federal government.

Strategic Priorities & Goals

Strategic Priority 1: Deliver High Quality Continuing Professional and Leadership Development Programs for SES at All Levels of SeniorityStrategic Priority 2: Deliver High Quality Professional and Leadership Development Programs for GS-13 to GS-15 (or equivalent) aspiring to senior levels of governmentStrategic Priority 3: Enhanced Member Service and EngagementStrategic Priority 4: Enhance Administrative OperationsStrategic Priority 5: Promote AAFEA Brand and Recognition as a Resource and Association of National Thought leaders.

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Leadership

The AAFEA Board of Directors includes retired and current members of the Senior Executive Service and other high-ranking federal executives.

Not Pictured: Anthony Thomas, Tyra Smith & Rachel Torres

AAFEA Officers

President
Leslye M. Fraser
(SES Retired)

Vice President
William G. Bostic, Jr.
(SES Retired)

Secretary
Kerry Neal
(SES)

Financial Secretary
Nigel Simon
(SES)

Treasurer
Anthony C. Thomas
(SES)

Executive Director
Tyra Dent Smith
(SES Retired)

Directors

Community Affairs Chair
Rachel Torres
(SES)

Historian
Alvin Smith
(GS-14)

Parliamentarian
Audrey Farley
(SES)

Membership Chair
Byron Adkins, Jr.
(SES)

Program Chair
Vonda K. Bell
(SES)

Protocol Chair
Bisa Cunningham

Chancellor
Patrina Clark

Members At Large

Joseph Ward
(SES Retired)

Rhonda Scott Johnson
(GS-15)

National President

Leslye M. Fraser (SES Retired)

Leslye M. Fraser is the National President of the African American Federal Executive Association, Incorporated (AAFEA), a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to preparing and supporting African Americans for advancement into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government.

Ms. Fraser had been on the AAFEA Board of Directors for many years, including serving as the AAFEA Vice-President immediately prior to becoming AAFEA National President.

Full Biography

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Membership

Thank you for your interest in the African American Federal Executive Association, Inc. (AAFEA), a non-profit association, was founded in February 2002 by several African American members of the Federal Senior Executive Service. AAFEA promotes the professional development and advancement of African Americans into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government. We sponsor programs and advocate policies that will enhance opportunities for African Americans to serve our nation in senior level positions.

AAFEA membership is open to active and retired federal employees in grades GS-13 through SES (or equivalent grades). AAFEA membership is also available to uniform members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and Public Health in grade Major (or equivalent) and above.

The AAFEA membership is annual and renews each year. Annual dues are $125.00 for members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and $100.00 for all other grades. Membership entitles you to participate in quarterly meetings, receive electronic copies of meeting minutes, and career counseling.

AAFEA is now accepting membership applications and renewals. We invite you to join AAFEA!

If you are a ready to join or renew now, please click the link below to pay online.

AAFEA Member Meeting Calendar

The AAFEA Meeting Calendar for the Membership Year includes General Membership Meetings, SES Coffee Talks, Special Events, and Board Meetings. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

General Membership Meetings are open to all current, financial members. Details regarding location and times will be provided to the membership via email in advance of the meeting. In general, meetings are typically scheduled over the lunchtime period.
SES Coffee Talks are open to all current, financial members. The SES Coffee Talk series is a small group (20-40 person) discussion forum. Forum leaders provide personal insights into the journey to the SES and the executive responsibilities and challenges faced by established and newly minted members of the Senior Executive Service.
To date, the SES Coffee Talk series has presented members of the SES from the National Security Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Personnel Management, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The forum leaders represent a variety of disciplines including law, foreign relations, human resources, and engineering.The after work forum is held monthly at The City Club in the Washington metropolitan area. The SES Coffee Talks are available to all current AAFEA members and a reservation is required. Dates and locations are announced via the AAFEA newsletter.

Special Events include the Spring / Fall / Holiday Socials and the Annual Workshop. Details regarding these events are posted on the AAFEA website and circulated via email and the AAFEA newsletter.
Board Meetings are open only to AAFEA Board members. The Board meetings are held the 1st Thursday of each month at the City Club, Washington, D.C., except in July and August.
Questions about membership? Need more information? Contact AAFEA

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of membership in AAFEA?Benefits include access to current and retired members of the SES and other high ranking federal officials; participation in the AAFEA mentoring program; and access to the AAFEA Scholarship Program. In addition, AAFEA distributes information to our members regarding high-level GS and SES vacancies as they occur and we are asked by federal agencies to distribute the information.

Does AAFEA collect resumes or recruit for the federal government?AAFEA is a private professional organization. We do not recruit for the US government or maintain resumes. Our mission is to ensure the government develops policies and programs that enhance the opportunities for African Americans in the Senior Executive Service. Please note that as a benefit to our members, AAFEA does distribute information regarding federal vacancies as they occur and we are asked by federal agencies to distribute the information.

What is a financial member?Financial members are those persons whose dues are current and paid in full. If you are in doubt regarding your status, please contact us.

I am a current financial member of AAFEA, but I am not receiving member updates or communications. What should I do?Please contact AAFEA to ensure that your membership is current and that we have the correct contact information on file. AAFEA suggests that a personal (non-governmental) email address be used for all membership communications.

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Awards & Scholarships

Ebenezer Bassett Award

Named after Yale graduate Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett, an educator, abolitionist, and civil rights activistU.S. first African-American diplomat as Minister Resident and Consul General in Haiti from 1869 to 1877

Criteria

The Bassett Award recognizes one career member of the Senior Executive Service and up to two non-career senior federal officials for distinguished service to our nation in-accordance with the following criteria.

1. Career Member of the SES who:
Has a distinguished career of service to our nationAdvocates for diversity in the SESPromotes the professional development and advancement of African-Americans into and within the senior ranks of the U.S. GovernmentServes as a role model for others through their consistent and exemplary behavior that models the performance expected of a member of the SESServes as a mentor to African-Americans seeking to enter the SES Enhances opportunities for African-Americans to serve our nation in senior level positions.

2. Non-Career Member of the SES (e.g., a political appointee) whose notable leadership accomplishments have significantly advanced the objectives of AAFEA, which is to promote the development and advancement of African-Americans into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government. Recipients must have demonstrated their accomplishments, by example, direct action, development of significant policy initiatives, or other substantial efforts, which may include:

Achieving Results - Highly effective in achieving positive results/change in the numbers of African-Americans within the senior ranks of the United States Government as a direct result of the individual’s contributions and effortsLeading People - Cooperative collaboration and teamwork across the organizational, directorate, agency, government and/or industry level to accomplish results of a substantial natureInfluencing Change - Innovative approaches used in the conception, design, or execution of projects, programs, initiatives, and activities (work represents a high degree of creativity or fundamental departure from usual practice) that advance the mission of the Executive’s agency or other organizationRole Model - Through their consistent and exemplary behavior, models the performance expected of a member of the SES, which due to their position, significantly advances the public’s positive perception of an SES official.

2018 Recipients

William G. Bostic, Jr. (SES Retired)

LTG Nadja West, US Army Surgeon General

Past Recipients

2012 - Leslye M. Fraser, EPA2013 - John Berry, OPM2013 - Lisa P. Jackson, EPA2014 - Dr. James Meng, Navy2016 - William A. Brown, Sr., Army Corps of Engineers2016 - Sam Coleman, EPA2016 - Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr., NASA2017 - Georgia Coffey, VA2017 - Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, EPA & DHS

How to Submit:

Please submit a typed nomination, not to exceed two pages with 12-font, to president@aafea.org by COB Friday, June 30, 2018.

The subject line of the e-mail should read :
Nomination of [insert name] for Ebenezer Bassett Award

Thank you for your assistance in helping AAFEA recognize persons who are demonstrating leadership in ensuring diversity in the senior ranks of government.

Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer Award recognizes one career staff person at the GS-13 to GS-15 level who has significantly advanced the objectives of AAFEA to promote the development and advancement of African-Americans into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government.

Criteria

Recipients of this award:
Have a distinguished career of service to our nationAdvocate for diversity within the senior ranks of governmentActively create paths for others to pursue training and other opportunities leading toward senior level positions (GS-13 through SES positions)Contribute to the growth and development of others, even as they seek to advance themselves.

2018 Recipient

Tanya Lawrence (GS-15), US EPA

Past Recipients

2013 - Joyce Taylor, Navy2014 - Theresa Jackson, DISA2016 - Albert B.R. Blake, DoD2017 - Dennis Day, Air Force

How to Submit:

Please submit a typed nomination, not to exceed two pages with 12-font, to president@aafea.org by COB Friday, June 30, 2018.

The subject line of the e-mail should read :
Nomination of [insert name] for AAFEA Trailblazer Award

Thank you for your assistance in helping AAFEA recognize persons who are demonstrating leadership in ensuring diversity in the senior ranks of government.

William A. Brown, Jr. Scholarship Award

The William A. Brown, Jr. Scholarship Awards were established in honor of one of AAFEA’s founders and its first national president to provide financial support:
To selected GS candidates in their pursuit of higher education, professional development, and/or coaching to enhance their ability to become a member of the SES To selected current members of the SES who are seeking to enhance their leadership skills.

Criteria

The scholarship program is open to any active AAFEA member who submits an application to the AAFEA Scholarship Chair by the stated deadlines. The AAFEA William A. Brown, Sr. Scholarships will be awarded each September and March in an amount not to exceed $2,500 to each selected applicant. Scholarship recipients also will be recognized at the Annual AAFEA SES Professional Development Workshop in September of each year.

Note: Prior scholarship recipients are ineligible for another AAFEA scholarship within three years of their prior scholarship award.
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Application Deadlines

June 30th and December 30th of each year

Past Recipients

Shawn ArthurMarvin BentonMonique BaskinQuan BoatmanChadd BreakerCynthia BryantDionne Dent-LockettMarion H. Giles

James T. HamJanelle JohnsonNygina MillsAngelia Talbert-DuarteLatasha ThompsonVanessa TabernZina WatkinsPhilomena WestJenifer Williams

How to Submit:

Please submit your application to scholarship@aafea.org by the deadline dates.

The subject line of the e-mail should read :
Nomination of [insert name] for William A. Brown, Jr. Scholarship Award

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Fellows Program

Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020

Annually, the AAFEA Fellows Program identifies a select group of high-performing federal leaders to participate in a rigorous 1-year developmental program designed to prepare them to compete for senior and executive leadership positions in the federal government.

The Class of 2020 will be limited to 20 Fellows, and the deadline for applications is Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. The deadline will not be extended.

Program Goal

The overarching goal of the program is to prepare high-performing aspiring federal executives to successfully navigate the Senior Executive Service (SES) hiring process. The program activities have been designed to afford impactful developmental experiences aligned with the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM’s) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and underlying competencies.

Program Fee

The Fellows Program fee is $500 and is payable by check, credit card, money order or SF 182. Please click here for the SF 182.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be a:

Current permanent Federal employee,Current member of AAFEA, andSupervisory grade 15 or equivalent who has at least one year of supervisory experience OR supervisory grade 14 or equivalent who has at least three years of supervisory experience.
All applicants must timely complete the online application and upload:

A current resumeYour most recent SF 50A performance appraisal dated within the last 12 months.Letters of Recommendation (three letters for grade 14 and equivalents and two letters for grade 15 and equivalents submitted directly to the AAFEA Chancellor)
Applicants may be required to participate in a one-on-one interview with the AAFEA Chancellor and Vice Chancellor and/or a panel interview with members of the AAFEA Board of Directors.

Program Requirements

The AAFEA Fellows Program requires focus, commitment, and dedication, as the design is comprehensive and rigorous. Program activities are generally scheduled during non-duty hours. Fellows should expect to spend between 8 and 12 hours each month on program activities (including the 3-hour mandatory monthly cohort session). The cohort format of the program adds to its richness by creating shared experiences with fellow federal government leaders that will last beyond the Program. Additional program elements include:

Formal orientation and program kick-off on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 2 to 6 p.m.Regular one-on-one mentoring sessions with a current or former career member of the SESA Birkman Insights reportPre- and post-program competency assessment aligned to the OPM Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) supporting competenciesMonthly educational programming delivered by current and former federal executives (scheduled the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern beginning October 5, 2019) – please click here for a complete program overviewIndividual and panel mock interviewsDesign, implementation, and evaluation of a capstone project aligned with the AAFEA Strategic PrioritiesGraduation celebration

Key Dates:

Application Period Open: 3/1/2019 – 3/31/2019Candidate Screening: 4/1/2019 – 4/22/2019Board Approval of Members of the Class of 2020: 5/2/2019Notification to Applicants: 5/17/2019Signed Acceptance Letter and Payment of $500 Program Fee: 6/28/2019Virtual Onboarding Activities: 7/15/2019 – 8/16/2019Fellows Orientation/Program Kick-Off (in-person): 9/15/2019, 2 to 6 p.m.
The AAFEA Board of Directors is excited about your interest in the Fellows Program and wish great success for you in all of your future endeavors. Please email any questions about the Fellows Program to fellows@aafea.org.

AAFEA Fellows Class of 2019

Duane Alston
Dr. Tilantine Benjamin
Chadd Breaker
Wallace Carroll
Robin Gates

Yvette Gray
Dr. Janeen Guest
Vincent Holman, Sr.
Curtis McNeil
Petrina Nelson

Angel Robinson
Jacob Simmons
Michelle Smith
Valerie Swanson
Felicia Young

Fellows Graduates

Shawn Arthur
Monique Baskin
Dianne Benjamin
Marvin Benton
Joy Best
Tanaga Boozer
Brent Oliver Bracely
Cynthia Bryant
Ted Canidy
Laurita Finch Clark
Zinethia Clemmons
Onika Coke-Munoz
Dr. Charles Conyers
Jerome Cooper
Danyale Corradi

Bisa Cunningham
Sheila Darrell
Willie Davis
Brandi Dennis
Wayne Engram
Julius L. Evans
Audrey Farley
Larry Farrior
D. Foster
Felicia Gibson
Marion Giles
Evangeline Hawthorne
John Hill
John L Jackson

Larry Johnson
Mary Jones
Tabisa Kalisa
August Martin
Nygina Mills
Micki Jones-Moore
Kerry Neal
Erainust Lowery
Tracy Ramsey
Deloris Rankins
Ami Richardson
Vickie Richardson
Cynthia Riddle
R. P. Simmons

Alvin Smith
Katina Stapleton
Renee Stroud
Vanessa Tabern
Lisa Taylor
Douglas Thomas
Dawn Tucker-Thomas
Markel Waters
Zina Watkins
Dr. Jeffrey Weaver
Philomena West
Scena Webb
Terry White
Connie White-Yelder

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Events

Coffee Talk Series

The SES Coffee Talk Series is a small group discussion forum. Forum leaders provide personal insights into the journey to the SES and the executive responsibilities and challenges faced by established and newly minted members of the Senior Executive Service.

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Webinar Series

The AAFEA Webinar Series is a bi-monthly professional development opportunity that promotes career advancement for AAFEA members and aspiring senior leaders within federal government with substantive, informative and interactive and candid dialogue with select African American members of the Senior Executive Service.

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Fellows Program

The AAFEA Fellows Program is a mentoring and training opportunity for qualified members of AAFEA who hold the ranks of GS-14 and GS-15 and have at least one year of supervisory experience. The Program offers individual mentoring, career counseling, networking opportunities and leadership workshops focused on SES preparation and ECQ submission.

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Annual Leadership Development Workshop

The Annual AAFEA Leadership Development Workshop focuses on the programs, policies, practices, and processes that promote career enhancing opportunities and the core subjects critical for becoming a member of the SES. This three-day event is designed for federal and military professionals with experience at the GS-13 and above level.

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Social Events

The AAFEA Spring / Fall / Holiday Socials & Dinners provide attendees with unique opportunities to socialize and network with senior federal professionals.

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For more information about any of these events, please contact us with your query.

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Coffee Talk Series

Date / Time
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Location
The City Club

Cost
AAFEA Members - Free

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Webinar Series

Date / Time
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:00 - 8 pm

Location
Online

Cost
AAFEA Members Only - Free

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AAFEA Leadership Development Workshop

Workshop Agenda

Hotel Information

Speaker Bios

Sponsorship

Early Bird
Mar 28 - May 20
Members - $1,150
Non-Members - $1,400

Standard Registration
May 21 - Sep 6
Members - $1,375
Non-Members - $1,625

Pay with SF-182 Training Form (purchase order) or credit card

Venue
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Sponsors

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Social Events

Date / Time
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Location
The City Club

Cost
AAFEA Members - $50
Non-Members - $100

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Contact Us

AAFEA, Inc.
6701 Democracy Blvd.
Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20817
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Coffee Talk
February 12 @ 5 - 6:30pm

Webinar Series
Jun 19 @ 7 - 8 pm

SES Only Dinner
June 6 @ 6 - 9pm

Annual Holiday Social
December 4 @ 6 - 8:30pm

April Networking Social
Apr 25 @ 6 - 8 pm

14th Annual Workshop
Sep 17 -19 @ 8am - 5pm

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