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Oliver C. Allen, Jr., Founder & CEO

Oliver, a retired Army veteran, is a renowned national speaker with more than 25 years of dynamic leadership and training experience. He has served in numerous senior leadership positions with the federal government and military. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix focusing on advanced career development and management.

He's been recognized for his expertise in equal employment opportunity program development, leadership, diversity, and human capital management. Oliver received the Medal for Civilian Service as well as the US Army Meritorious Service Medal. Oliver received the Medal for Civilian Service, the US Army Meritorious Service Medal and is the recipient of the Attorney General's Award for Equal Employment Opportunity and the Justice Management Division's Leadership Collaboration Award from the Department of Justice.

Oliver engages his audiences with storytelling, simulated exercises, gamification, and life experiences when presenting at national conferences and workshops. With his keen sense of humor and consciousness of today's and tomorrow's millennial workforce, he energizes his audiences to help them better understand themselves as well as their potential, igniting interactive discussions.

Oliver received his Associate in Science degree from Northern Virginia Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Strayer College, and a Master of Science in Administration of Human Resources from Central Michigan University. He is a certified Myers-Briggs indicator and instructor and a certified facilitator for the Skills Deployment Inventory. He is also a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights Council and the Association of the United States Army.

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Before retiring from the government, Roslyn Brown was the Director Intelligence Community EEO and Diversity Outreach for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Roslyn’s federal civil rights career spans over 30 years starting at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as an investigator of individual and systemic classwide complaints. Currently Roslyn travels nationwide as a senior consultant and trainer with an expertise in civil rights, alternate dispute resolution, diversity management,  and program development.

Roslyn has a Master in Public Administration Degree from George Washington University, and has been a certified Mediator for the District of Columbia since 1992, and attended Harvard University’s Program on Negotiations.  In 1999, she was one of the co-architects of the Department of the Treasury’s Shared Neutrals Program that has averaged a Treasury-wide resolution rate of 80% on EEO and workplace dispute issues each year since its founding.  While at the IRS, she developed a “Guide to Well-Written Settlement Agreements” for IRS mediators that found a wider audience Treasurywide, and has been in demand as a training tool at other federal and national conferences.  In 2010, her book, Executing Enforceable Settlement Agreements: A Guide for Federal Agencies, was published by LRP Publications.

Additionally—capitalizing on her subject-matter expertise—she had three (3) articles published over the years:

“Affirmative Employment and Diversity” in The Public Manager magazine in 1995;
“Think Win-Win” in The New Millennium Treasury Reinvention Magazine in 1999; and
“Meeting Change Head On” in the IRS Leaders Digest in 2001. 

In addition to being a published author, Roslyn is an experienced trainer, and has been an invited speaker at several national forums including, but not limited to:  the annual HR&EEO in the Federal Workplace Conference (2010-2015); the annual Federal Dispute Resolution Conference (2001-present); the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Conference (2009, 1998); EEOC’s EXCEL Employment Law Conference (2004, 2006); Blacks in Government Conference (2005); the Center for Disease Control’s ADR Conference (2004); the Public Administration Forum (2001); and she has been a Guest Speaker several times on “Fed Talk” Radio broadcast www.federalnewsradio.com.  Her presentation topics include, but are not limited to:  retaliation in the workplace; management accountability in EEO matters; the No FEAR Act; EEO Counselor Basic training and EEO Counselor/Investigator Refresher training; TeleADR--a guide to conducting mediations by phone; writing enforceable settlement agreements; workplace dispute prevention strategies; effective mediation strategies; workplace teambuilding and communication techniques; management strategies for avoiding EEO liability; and the impact of implicit bias in employment decisions and in the workplace.  

* TS/SCI Clearance; Full Scope Poly (2007-2012)

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Hope Y. Mentore-Smith Hope

As a multi-disciplined Senior Executive, with a results driven track record involving complex leadership and organizational challenges, Hope’s strengths reside in influencing change and transformation by understanding stakeholder needs, building trusting relationships, and communicating concepts and information clearly.  She has a proven track record of developing and implementing efficient process and continuous improvement programs; and building high performing organizations.

Hope’s expertise in collaborating with private industry, consortiums/non-profit and government agencies to establish partnerships for the purpose of accomplishing both federal-wide technology and natural resource/conservation initiatives has resulted in their sustainment and strategic growth.

Hope began her Federal career journey in 1979 Frankfurt Germany.  Starting out as an administrative professional, with Commissary Operations, Corps of Engineers and the American Forces Network,  she moved into a Program Management position of acculturating newly arriving military personnel into the German culture.    From there, she moved into the Public Affairs positions both in Germany until 1984 and then in Texas which took her on journeys across the both continents covering air rodeos, training and recovery missions, unveiling of new fighter and cargo planes, and local politics.  After a short stint at the NORAD Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO, Hope moved to Virginia, where she served as a Program and Programmer Analyst with the Secretary of the Air Force, the National Guard Bureau and GSA, before joining the Department of the Interior in 1993 where she finally figured out it was where she always belonged. Being more adept in the “people” side of IT, Hope became a Program Manager to implement and enterprise-wide Acquisition System.  Being successful in managing technology change in a diverse mission organization, she was then selected as the Technology Manager to build, integrate and deploy an Electronic Commerce system with the enterprise acquisition system. 

In 2005, her career then took her to the Department of the Interior, US Fish & Wildlife Service as the  Deputy Chief Information Officer and Acting CIO.  After being selected to join the Senior Executive Service, she was selected to direct and implement an Enterprise Resource Planning system for the Interior’s Office of the Secretary; comprised of 60 offices and diverse missions.   After the 3 year project ended, Hope moved to the Office of Hearings and Appeals to serve as the Principal Deputy Director.

Hope received her Bachelor of Science degree from Park University in Computer Based Information and was certified by the Performance Institute as a Government Performance Manager. She is also Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program QRB Certified

Hope believes her multi-disciplined career, her love of people, and can do attitude has served her well in fostering an atmosphere of collaboration between Information Technology and mission programs, and promoting communication and understanding of the value of both Administration and Program in meeting strategic objectives.