Agency Forums

For many years, departments and agencies have successfully hosted forums in conjunction with Federally Employed Women’s (FEW) National Training Program (NTP). FEW invites your agency to host a Forum in Houston, Texas, at the Marriott Marquis, on Monday, July 26, 2021. The Forum affords agencies an opportunity to bring staff together from across the country and overseas, and FEW offers free meeting space to all participating agencies.

Purpose of an Agency Forum

Forums provide a unique opportunity for agencies to update their personnel on agency policies, procedures, and issues to include personnel changes, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs, and other “hot topics,” such as budget, training, and travel issues. An agency forum provides a venue to receive feedback on action items in their Annual EEO Reports, as well as identify problems and develop workable solutions related to special emphasis programs. Agencies may introduce new headquarters and field staff, provide a venue for the discussion of concerns, and network with their counterparts from throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Target Audience

An Agency Forum brings together Equal Opportunity/Civil Rights (EO/CR) headquarters and field staff, directors, full-time and collateral-duty Federal Women’s Program Managers (FWPMs), and other special emphasis program managers, coordinators of programs for individuals with disabilities, human resource staff, agency line managers and supervisors, and other attendees from the field.

Schedule

Agencies have the option to host a forum on Monday, July 26, 2021, during one of the following time slots:

Morning only: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Afternoon only: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Full Day: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Forum Agenda

The forum agenda is set by the agency coordinators. Some agencies use the meeting time to update their staff on internal regulations, policies and procedures. Others also contract with trainers to present specific topics related to equal opportunity, career development, leadership, program management, and program-plan reporting. Many agencies invite their top-level management staff to attend and present information in their support of their federal EO/CR Programs.

Benefits

Combining a forum with FEW’s NTP results in savings in travel expenses for an agency, since many of the individuals listed above will already be at the meeting site to attend the NTP. The meeting agenda offers an opportunity for participants to meet face-to-face, an invaluable benefit in today’s work climate of limited travel and heavy dependence on technology for communication. Many agencies combine participation in a forum with participation in the NTP Exhibit Hall.

Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to highlight your agency to thousands of individuals while at the same time supporting a high-quality, affordable educational opportunity through FEW’s NTP! To host an agency forum, please contact: FEW’s NTP Agency Forum Coordinator, Wanda V. Killingsworth, via email at ntpagencyforums@few.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!