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OPM Research Summit

Connecting Research and Policy

March 8 - 9, 2016

American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW - Washington, DC 20016

About the Summit

The School of Public Affairs at American University and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will host the 2016 OPM Research Summit. Bringing together academic researchers, federal practitioners, and industry partners to exchange ideas, collaborate, and participate in critical conversations about research and pressing policy issues within six human capital focus areas. The ultimate goal is to produce a research agenda to guide future studies and policy.

Featured Speakers

Beth F. Cobert

Beth F. CobertActing Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Maya Shankar, Ph.D.

Maya Shankar, Ph.D.Senior Advisor for the Social and Behavioral Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

In 2014, she created the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST).

Kris van Riper

Kris van RiperManaging Director for Government, Corporate Executive Board

Kris van Riper is a Practice Leader for CEB's Roadmap Builder and Government Practices. She is responsible for managing the product and advisory teams as well as program operations for the Practice.

Beth Cobert, Opening Remarks

Kris van Riper, Featured Lunch Speaker

Maya Shankar, Closing Remarks

Focus Areas

  • Work/Life

    Work/Life is the practice of creating a flexible, supportive environment to engage employees and maximize organizational performance.

  • Benefits

    This area will cover how employees choose among benefit options for healthcare and retirement.

  • Performance Management

    Is a continuous cycle that involves planning expectations, monitoring progress, developing employees, rating, and rewarding. This area will cover both employee and organizational performance.

  • Leadership

    The area will examine multiple aspects of both supervisory and executive development, as well as the effects leadership can have on the organization and employees.

  • Employee Focus

    This area will cover information related to employee satisfaction, employee motivation, and employee engagement.

  • Diversity/Inclusion

    This area emphasizes cultivating a culture that connects each employee to the organization; encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness.


Day 1 – March 8, 2016


Registration table open


General session (opening remarks by Beth Cobert)

9:30AM - 12:45PM

Morning breakout sessions

12:45 - 1:45PM

Lunch break (Featured speaker – Kris van Riper)

1:45 - 5:00PM

Afternoon breakout sessions

5:10 - 5:30PM

Closing remarks (Maya Shankar)

5:30 - 7:00PM


Day 2 – March 9, 2016 


Start time

9:00AM - 12:00PM

Group report outs (will be a discussion format)

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