Building Government Acumen:

Competing for the Future

Spring 2015 Class

March 24-26, 2015 plus 1/2 day April 14, May 12 and June 2

George Mason University, Arlington Campus, Founders Hall

There is limited seating for this program.  We encourage you to register early!

PSC members recieve a discount!

The Program

Tomorrow's government contracting landscape will require a different approach and new thinking. The government's adoption of cloud computing, the emergence of a mobile workforce, the spread of "Big Data" and the continued pressure to reduce costs are converging to create a new era in government contracting – one that is disrupting the industry and challenging established players. "Innovate or die" is the message coming from the government customer. Preparing for this "new reality" is a top priority for companies across the GovCon industry.

"Competing for the Future" is designed to prepare mid-level and rising executives to lead their companies into the future. This high-intensity program will provide participants with the leadership skills, the expertise and the tools they need to succeed in this new environment. Participants will benefit from practitioner-led discussions featuring senior executives from leading companies in the industry, a hallmark of George Mason University Executive Education. This executive education is paired with a powerful networking opportunity and one-on-one coaching to create a unique learning experience.

What Will Participants Take Away from the Program?

  • An understanding of what it will take to successfully compete and what you can do today to get started
  • A powerful network of established leaders and industry peers
  • Insight into individual leadership strengths and how to leverage them
  • Experience with applying entrepreneurial "lean start up" approaches and frameworks to growth

The Details

The program starts with an intensive three-day kickoff March 24-26.

March 24 – When Worlds Collide – The Beginning of What's Next

The first day focuses on how this new era is disrupting the industry, the customer and the basis of competition. Participants will hear from some of the most highly regarded thought leaders on what is happening and what it means for the GovCon industry. This will include a retrospective look at previous market transformations and lessons learned as well as insights into the next disruptive wave and what the industry should expect.

March 25 – What Should My Company Do?

The second day will focus on how companies are repositioning their businesses to adapt to the new realities. Hear from executives on the front line about how they are seeking new sources of capital, striking partnerships with new technology companies in the social, mobile, analytics and cloud space, creating innovative business models and new solutions, and otherwise reinventing themselves to be competitive in the new era.

March 26 – What Does This Mean for Me?

Executives need their own personal strategy for leading their companies to a position of strength during times of change. The third day will help participants understand their own leadership strengths, how to deal with uncertainty and how to learn from failure. Participants will hear firsthand from CEOs, board members and executives how to manage diverse and sometimes conflicting expectations yet still come out ahead.

April – June – Sprint to the Future

The program continues with a 90-day follow-on component where participants will collaborate on a real world GovCon case study using lean start up frameworks and models. With the aid of a proven self-assessment diagnostic tool, participants will uncover their own leadership strengths, receive one-on-one coaching from a highly regarded executive coach and have an opportunity to test their best strategic thinking and insights against their peers. The sprint will culminate in a boardroom level strategy 'conversation' with several of the most successful executives in the industry.

Draft Agenda

The Faculty

Confirmed faculty to date include:

  • Anne Altman, General Manager, US Federal and Government Industries, IBM Corporation
  • Ray Bjorklund, President, BirchGrove Consulting, LLC
  • Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Service
  • Karen Dahut, EVP, Booz Allen Hamilton, Strategic Innovation Group Lead
  • Mike Daniels, Member, Board of Directors, NVTC, Mercury Systems, CACI, Acentia and BlackBerry
  • Tom Davies, Executive-in-Residence, Executive Education, School of Business, George Mason University and former SVP, Xerox
  • Mike Goldberg, Partner and Director, Bain & Company
  • John Hillen, Executive-in-Residence, School of Business, George Mason University and Founder & former CEO, Sotera Defense Solutions
  • Roy Hinton, Associate Dean, Executive Education, School of Business, George Mason University
  • David Kriegman, CEO, Z2B, LLC, and former COO, SRA
  • Kimberly McCabe, CEO, Value Storm Growth Partners and Former President & CEO, ASI Government, Inc.
  • Richard Montoni, CEO & Director, Maximus, Inc.
  • Donna Morea, Chairman & CEO, Adesso Group and Member, Board of Directors, SunTrust Bank and SAIC
  • George Newstrom, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Services Federal Government, Inc.
  • Sumeet Shrivastava, President, Array Information Technology
  • Stan Soloway, President & CEO, Professional Services Council
  • Todd Stottlemyer, CEO, Acentia
  • Archie Tinelli, PhD, Executive Coaching
  • Nick Wakeman, Editor, Washington Technology
  • Dave Zolet, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Americas, CSC


Who Should Attend?

"Competing for the Future" is designed for mid-level executives poised to make a significant impact on their company going forward. Whether in sales, operations, corporate development, program management, marketing or finance, this class provides the tools and strategies required to compete successfully in tomorrow's market. Participation from companies of all sizes is encouraged, and we anticipate the program will attract tech startups as well as established professional services companies.


Regular Price:  $4,750

Early Bird Price of $4,250 Ends February 15th!  Register Early!

Special discount for PSC members.  When registering, please enter the discount code supplied by PSC.


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Cancellation Policy: Full refund if cancellation is requested by COB one week before program begins.


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