Brookings Executive Education

Program Series

Maximizing Human Capital

How can you leverage pay, performance management, and other incentives to motivate public employees, especially when facing continued budget constraints? How can you implement personnel reductions smartly, while taking into account current and future needs? This program will help you think and act more strategically when it comes to developing your agency’s most vital resource: people.

Learn how to think about human capital from an enterprise perspective and devise a plan that addresses every aspect of the employment life cycle. This course takes you through best practices of recruitment, retention, development, and reshaping your agency in the face of budget cuts.

This course is part of the Executive Pathways series and is required for the Master of Science in Leadership.

Tuition: $1,895

Location: Washington, D.C.

OPM Competency: Human capital management

About the instructor: Ronald Sanders

Dr. Ronald Sanders is a Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton, and the firm’s first Fellow; in that capacity, he helps the firm’s most strategic clients deal with their most pressing human capital and organizational transformation challenges. Sanders joined Booz Allen after more than 37 years in Federal service, over 20 as a senior executive. Over the course of his career, he served as the US Intelligence Community’s first Chief Human Capital Officer; the US Office of Personnel Management’s first Associate Director for Strategic Human Capital Policy; the US Internal Revenue Service’s first Chief Human Resources Officer; the US Department of Defense’s Director of Civilian Personnel and Equal Employment Opportunity and collaterally as the founding Director of the Defense Civilian Personnel Service; and as the US Department of the Air Force’s Deputy Director of Civilian Personnel.

A finalist for the 2010 Service to America Career Achievement Medal, Dr. Sanders has received three Presidential Rank Awards (from three different agencies), two OPM Theodore Roosevelt Awards for Distinguished Public Service; the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Civilian Service Medals from the Departments of Defense and the Department of the Navy; and an Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2006, his most recent book is Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Enterprise Leaders (Brookings Institution Publications, 2013); he has also served on the faculties of Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the George Washington University and directed research centers for both institutions.