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Keys to Navigating the Business Environment

This lecture will provide guidance and strategies for young professionals as you strive to develop the knowledge and techniques that will make you successful in navigating the challenging business environment in the Public and Private sectors. It takes you from where you are now through the next steps of your career, covering topics such as personal branding, goal setting, the recognition of business and personal agendas, and the interplay of all these within the formal and informal structures of an organization. The concepts shared are easily relatable, enabling you to develop your own strategies as you prepare to advance in the business environment. By providing you with tools to recognize the impact of competitive forces on your plans and identifying key tactical steps that you can take to ensure success, the highly interactive and engaging session will help you extract real value relative to your position in life and the next steps you will be facing in your careers.

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Ensuring the Future of Public Service in Information Technology

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Young Government Leaders Welcomes New President Miguel Joey Aviles

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WASHINGTON – On October 1st, 2015, Miguel Aviles will be confirmed as the next President of the Young Government Leaders (YGL), a 501 (c)(3)non-profit professional organization founded by, and led by, young government leaders. Aviles will lead a membership of over 20 chapters and 8,000 emerging leaders from across the nation.

“I’m honored and excited to lead such an amazing orga
nization. It has always been my passion to recruit, develop, and bring future government leaders together. We must bring in and retain young, smart, diverse, and passionate people in government and help mold them into the government leaders of tomorrow. Young Government Leaders is in a great position to meet these critical challenges.”

Aviles assumes this role after spending 2 years as YGL’s Chief Learning Officer. Aviles founded YGL University, a novel initiative that empowered emerging leaders to thrive in dynamic environments through knowledge sharing, learning & development events and mentoring. During the last year YGL U successfully executed the Senior Executive Association and YGL Mentoring Program, launched a cloud-based Learning Management System and provided multiple developmental forums on resume writing, resilience, and Executive Core Qualifications.

“When we can connect, train, and create a workplace to foster the leaders of tomorrow, it creates a more responsive, transparent, and responsible government at the state, local, and federal level. YGL is committed to providing authentic voice for our generation of aspiring government leaders. We provide a community and infrastructure that will educate and inspire current and future public service leaders to create positive change within the government.”

Aviles takes over for Virginia Hill, who served as President of YGL since July 2013. Under Hill’s leadership, YGL grew its membership by 5,000 and quadrupled its budget. Hill focused her term on establishing YGL as an authentic voice for young feds. She met with the OPM Director and top government officials on recruiting Millennials to government. One of Hill’s favorite moments was delivering a keynote speech at the second annual Employee Resource Group Summit in 2015 where she spoke about employee empowerment.

Aviles stated, “YGL is in such a great position to help tomorrow’s public service leaders because of the passionate and dedication of volunteers, past and present. I look forward to working with a talented group of change makers and doers.”


About Miguel Joey Aviles
Miguel Joey Aviles is a Talent Management Strategist and one of the winners of the HR Leadership Award of Greater Washington, DC. Miguel currently serves as the Deputy Program Manager for two nationwide developmental programs at a US Federal Agency and has been recently selected as the new President of Young Government Leaders, a non-profit organization that provides an authentic voice for over 8,000 aspiring government leaders. As a former Recruitment & Outreach Strategist, he designed and coordinated award-winning initiatives to optimize the representation of diverse talent, with a sharp focus on Hispanics and Millennials. Miguel is a thought-leader featured at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) National, Regional, Diversity and Talent Management Conferences, the Global Change Management Conference, Human Capital Institute, Excellence in Government, FEDManager, Federal News Radio and other government and private sector conferences. You can connect with Miguel on LinkedIn and Twitter @miguejoeyaviles

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Keeping Millennials Engaged In Government

by Kehli Cage, Director of Mentoring and GOLD Fellows for the YGL National Board

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The Second Annual Fiscal New Year Party 2016!

2016 Fiscal New Year Flyer

Fiscal-year-end drudgery got you down? Send that last email, shut down your computers, lock up the office, and join over 100 young professionals to celebrate the start of FY16!

When: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm

Where: 18th Street Lounge
1212 18th Street NW, Washington, DC

Metro Stop: Farragut North or Dupont Circle (Red), Washington DC

Bar/Specials: Drink specials and light hors d’oeuvers will be provided

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Sponsored by: GEICO

Check out our group Partners for this event!

DC Connect 

 Runin Out


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Brookings Executive Education’s Leadership Fellows

Click here to learn more!

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YGL University is Here!

Track, share, and discover great learning experiences now!

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YGL University Launch Party

YGL University


Register today to attend the YGL University Launch Party on Thursday, August 13th!


The Gryphon, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Doors open at 5:30pm


Join YGL for the launch of the new YGL University, an online learning platform available for free to YGL members. Mix and mingle with other YGL members and explore YGL University before the general public. 


The program includes remarks from YGL President, Ginny Hill, and YGL Chief Learning Officer, Miguel Joey Aviles, and introductions to the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) and a new YGL partnership with Purposefully Empowering and Reaching Little Sisters, Inc.  


Don’t forget to wear apparel from your alma mater to celebrate back-to-school in style.


YGL and NCCF will be collecting donations of school supplies for public school children in the D.C. area. Participants in the school supply drive will receive a raffle ticket to win great prizes provided by YGL.


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Want to be on the YGL National Board?

We are currently recruiting our next National President and several other key positions.
The YGL National Board is a group of professional volunteers. We believe in the mission of YGL and dedicate some of our free time and expertise to making good things happen through our network of young government leaders.
Open positions on the National Board include:
President: The President serves as a representative of YGL at events, speaking engagements, and through various media channels. The President sets the vision and priorities for the organization. The role requires strong leadership and organizational skills, along with public speaking (both planned and improvised) and interpersonal skills. The position requires at least 5 hours a week of volunteer time, primarily after work, but some time during work may be needed. Some events are mandatory (such as the annual Next Generation of Government Summit in July).
If you’re interested in applying to be our next President, submit the following materials to by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, August 11, 2015:
  1. Professional resume (no more than 3 pages please)
  2. Three references (name, title/organization, relationship to you, contact information). One reference should be your current supervisor who can speak to his/her awareness and verbal approval of YGL as an outside activity.
  3. A one page statement of interest: In your own words, why do you want to be the next YGL President? What qualities would you bring to the position?
Member Services: Member services is a team effort and we may choose multiple individuals to fill these roles. Members services volunteers are liaisons with the Chapters across the country. Not only will you coach people on starting a new YGL Chapter in their local area, but also you will ensure that current Chapters’ needs are met. Member services provides infrastructure to ensure that the National board and Chapters are consistent on mission-specific processes and that resources are shared across the organization.
Contact if you’re interested!
Public Affairs: This role involves strong communication (written and oral) skills, along with media savvy and marketing knowledge. Public affairs aims to promote YGL’s brand not only in DC, but also via our Chapters across the country. Social media, print materials, YGL swag such as tshirts and banners are all part of the public affairs portfolio.
Contact if you’re interested!

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Executive Board Articles


Two members of the YGL National Executive Board have recently written articles for FEDmanager and the Federal Times.

  • Read Elizabeth Fischer Laurie, YGL’s Chief of Staff’s article on how to talk about teleworking HERE.
  • Read Tyler Robinson, YGL’s Chairman’s article on how to build a network HERE.

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