2021 Leadership-Forum

The CIGIE Professional Development Committee, in association with the CIGIE Leadership Academy and our Leadership Programs at American University, is pleased to announce the:

8th Annual CIGIE Leadership Forum
The Digital Frontier: Engaging People, Navigating Change, and Leveraging Data

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10:00am – 4:00pm EST via YouTube

2021 CIGIE Leadership Forum Program Booklet

2021 CIGIE Leadership Forum Agenda

Watch the 2021 CIGIE Leadership Forum

Registration is free but is limited to the statutory OIGs that are members of CIGIE and designated guests from the oversight community.

View the Leadership Forum FAQs!
Some of this year’s talks include Lessons Learned from Creating a New OIG From the Ground Floor, Data for Dummies…A Lawyer’s Story, Permission To Be Human, and Driving Change in a Virtual World (Oh, and During a Pandemic).  We’ll continue to add more information about the talks and the speakers to this page, and will have a program booklet available to download prior to the forum.  

See the full lineup of this year’s speakers below!

Inspectors General scheduled to speak this year include:

​Allison C. Lerner
​Inspector General
National Science Foundation

The Honorable Mark Lee Greenblatt
Inspector General
U.S. Department of the Interior
CIGIE Vice Chair

Cardell K. Richardson, Sr
​Inspector General
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Anthony Zakel
​Inspector General
U.S. International Development Finance Corp

Diana Shaw
Acting ​Inspector General
U.S. Department of State


Full Lineup of 2021 CIGIE Leadership Forum Speakers

Welcome – Allison C. Lerner, IG, NSF and CIGIE Chair

What to Expect from the Day – Forum Co-Chairs: Jacquelyn Phillips, HUD OIG and Elise Stein, HHS OIG

Keynote: Keep Calm and Wash Your HandsCardell K. Richardson, Sr., IG, NGA and CIGIE Professional Development Committee Vice Chair

Creating Lightening Bolt Moments: Elevating Data Through Machine Learning, Visualization Development, and User Engagement – Miranda Fanning, HHS OIG

Run Towards the Fire (And Don’t Forget Your Badge!)Glenn Sklar, DHS OIG

Special Guest – Jason Miller, Deputy Director for Management, OMB and CIGIE Executive Chair

Finding the Zoom WatercoolerAnimit Battacharya, DOJ OIG

The Future is Not a Spectator SportMichelle Branigan, State OIG

Lessons Learned from Creating a New OIG From the Ground FloorAnthony “Tony” Zakel, IG, DFC

Permission to Be Human Joyce Greenleaf, HHS OIG

Data Your Way: Building a Data Program That Supports Your Organization Peter Sima-Eichler, DOI OIG

Positive Outcomes in Workplace Transformation and the Change to Come Greg Treml, HHS OIG

DATA for Dummies… A Lawyer’s Story – Maura Malone, HUD OIG

Driving Change in a Virtual World (Oh, and During a Pandemic!) Erin Grimm, Nadine Forgenie, and Colby Rainey, USDA OIG

Storytelling in a Digital Work EnvironmentColeen Hennig, DOJ OIG

3D Leadership in a 2D World: Leading with Authenticity in the Digital FrontierDiana Shaw, Acting IG, State OIG

How Do You Know: Leveraging the Collective Power of the Oversight Community Ami Schaefer, PRAC  

Closing Remarks – The Honorable Mark Lee Greenblatt, IG, DOI and CIGIE Vice Chair

This year's theme is The Digital Frontier:  Engaging People, Navigating Change, and Leveraging Data. Working and living through the pandemic has made each of us acutely aware of the both the possibilities and limits of working and living more fully in the digital world.  As we begin our return to the physical office – whether we return to our offices full-time, hybrid or full-time telework – we are also figuring out what this new normal looks like on both a personal and organizational level.  Meanwhile, many of us are advancing our data literacy and the use of data in our organizations and oversight work, while being mindful of both the opportunities and limits of the digital frontier. 

Once again, the Forum will be fully virtual. The format will include Leadership Talks, modeled after TED Talks™, as well as some live virtual content. Leadership Talks will be recorded in advance of the event and played for the first time during the Forum. The Forum will also include plenty of opportunities for discussion in the chat room with attendees and speakers!

Additional information and videos from past Leadership Forums are available on the CIGIE website. CPEs are awarded to those attending the Forum.  Look for updates throughout the year, and registration information in October. We look forward to “seeing you” in November!

For additional information about the Forum, please contact Elise Stein, elise.stein@oig.hhs.gov, Jacqui Phillips, jphillips@hudoig.gov or David Gross, david.gross@cigie.gov.