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The Omni Was Packed

ERM 2016 Summit

The Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM) and the George Mason School of Business Government Contracting Initiative continued their ongoing collaboration with the Enterprise Risk Management 2016 Summit, recently held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The theme for this year’s summit was Unlocking Organizational Value. The two day summit, November 7–8, 2016, included six plenary sessions and 15 break-out sessions, with each break-out including a presentation of practical advice on risk management. View AFERM 2016 slide presentations.

A new record was set by increasing attendance from 275 to 470, 236 of whom received CPE credits for their participation. And new connections were made between the Initiative and agencies who are pursuing updates to their risk management policies.


How Do Attachment and Emotion Reduce Change Risk

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Business Faculty Present a Panel at the ERM 2016 Summit

The Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM), our summit co-host, was intrigued by the topic for a presentation by two of the School's management professors, Mandy O'Neill and Tori Grady.

Mandy opened the panel discussion by focusing on her recent article in the Harvard Business Review, "Manage your emotional culture: Most leaders focus on how employees think and behave-but feelings matter just as much."

Tori approached the subject by presenting findings on research and an article, "What Now: Change and Attachment in the Federal Government." The research was based on an analysis of the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey using Grady’s Change Diagnostic Index.

Over two hundred summit attendees were engaged by their presentation. Going forward, Mason GovCon will seek to support and promote research on the marketplace grounded in research and access to data.


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New Mason center puts special focus on the GovCon industry

The Initiative is generating buzz. Agency and business reps confirm the need for such an initiative and the operational plans for its work. Doors are opening on how the initiative can help to build a more effective and efficient government marketplace. Mark Hoover, senior staff writer with Washington Technology, picks up on the work in play by the Mason GovCon Initiative in his Nov. 10, 2016 article.


Our NoVA Chamber Partnership

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Northern Virginia Chamber and George Mason University Announce Innovative Partnership to Connect Regional Business and Academia

Jim Corcoran, President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Ángel Cabrera, President of George Mason University, signed a strategic partnership agreement that creates exciting opportunities for both organizations.

In a far-reaching partnership between the region’s largest Chamber of Commerce and a top-tier research university, the Northern Virginia Chamber and Mason will work together to develop degree programs that address regional workforce needs in current and emerging industries. The partners also will co-host events, share office space and connect the region’s leading businesses with Mason faculty and researchers on the university’s campuses across Northern Virginia.

“We are thrilled to join with George Mason University on this unique, new partnership to strategically connect business and academia,” said Jennifer Aument, Group General Manager, North America, Transurban, and Northern Virginia Chamber Board of Directors Chair. “The Northern Virginia Chamber is constantly looking for innovative ways to leverage our regional resources for the benefit of our members and our region’s world-renowned business community. There is no doubt that a partnership with our colleagues at George Mason University will help us to continue doing just that.”
“George Mason University was created first and foremost to serve the educational and economic needs of Northern Virginia – and that’s what we have done for the past half-century,” Mason President Ángel Cabrera said. “We value our role as an economic engine, and by working closely with the Northern Virginia Chamber, together we can lead the region into its next prosperous era.”

The Mason GovCon Initiative will be an active participant in this partnership through annual conferences and workshops, courses for business leaders, and research projects conducted by faculty.

Read the complete partnership press release.


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Turn Off Your TV: What I’ve learned teaching leadership during the 2016 presidential campaign season

In John Hillen's latest Washington Technology commentary, he ponders the differences in broadcasted political leadership during campaigns versus the attributes of running a large and complex organization.

View additional posts in Hillen's Washington Technology series.