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Featured Speaker – John Berry, Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management
John Berry is the Federal Government’s Chief People Person. As the Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, he is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and setting benefits policies for 1.9 million Federal civilian employees. Calling this a new day for the civil service, he is reinvigorating the Federal workforce to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
John is working closely with partners both inside and outside of government to fulfill President Obama’s charge to “make government cool again” by developing flexible, results-oriented HR policies and working to change how Americans view their public servants. His goal: build a workforce of dynamic innovators who put serving the American people at the heart of everything they do.
With over twenty years of experience in the Federal government, Berry is a passionate and aggressive advocate for public service and Federal workers. He first developed expertise in Federal employee and retirement issues during ten years as Legislative Director for Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland, now the House Democratic Whip.
During the Clinton Administration, Berry served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement at the Department of the Treasury, where he had direct-line authority over 40% of the Federal law enforcement community, including the Secret Service and the ATF. He then served as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Department of the Interior.
From 2001 to 2008, Berry pursued his interest in conservation as Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and then as Director of the National Zoo, where John the Lion is named after him.
Alumni Speaker – Grant Black, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education – Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis
Dr. Grant Black received his Ph.D. in economics from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in 2001. He is Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education and Teaching Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to joining the University of Missouri, he was an associate professor of economics at Indiana University South Bend. In 2002 he was a visiting professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. His research focuses on the economics of science and innovation, local and regional economic issues, and economic education. He has contributed to research funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the South African Revenue Service, and the United States Agency for International Development. He is the author of the book, The Geography of Small Firm Innovation, and his research has appeared in diverse publications, including Economic Inquiry, Research Policy, Economic Development Quarterly, Science and Public Policy, and Growth and Change. He currently serves on the National Research Council’s Committee on the Future U.S. Workforce for Geospatial Intelligence. He was elected into the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching at Indiana University in 2010 and received the Michiana Forty Under 40 Award for professional and community service in 2009. He has regularly provided commentary to local and national media. Dr. Black is a member of the American Economic Association, Midwest Economics Association, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’s Education Advisory Board, and the National Association of Educators of Economics.