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Acquisition Boost

Leadership Development Program | 2023-24

An innovative training program designed to prepare journeyman level GS-13 and high-performing GS-12 acquisition professionals for entry level leadership roles in the field of acquisition. Join us on this transformative journey and discover the power of true learning through involvement.

Four On-SiteSessions: Oct 10 - 12, 2023 | Jan 9-11, 2024 | Apr 9-11, 2024 | Jul 9-11, 2024
Acquisition Catalyst Training Academy, Washington, DC

[ ABOUT THE PROGRAM ]

What is
Acquisition Boost?

Acquisition Boost is an innovative acquisition leadership development program designed to enhance the skills and capabilities of mid-level contracting professionals in the federal acquisition workforce. We believe in the power of involvement and hands-on learning; we don’t just tell our participants what to do or teach them how to do it, we involve them in every step of the journey. This philosophy drives the core of our training program, actively engaging participants in the learning process and empowering them to navigate the complexities of the acquisition lifecycle with confidence and effectiveness.

The Acquisition Boost training program is designed to go beyond traditional classroom-style training. We understand that true learning happens when individuals are actively engaged and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios. That’s why our program takes a unique approach by immersing participants in a dynamic and interactive learning experience. Our program is carefully crafted to provide mid-level contracting professionals with the skills and tools they need to excel in the acquisition workforce. We cover a wide range of topics, from federal acquisition leadership and project management to planning, requirements development, solicitation and evaluation, contract award and administration, and more. But we don’t stop at simply sharing information. Our participants are actively involved in every step of the journey. Through practical exercises, case studies, and simulations, they have the opportunity to put their learning into practice and gain hands-on experience. This immersive approach ensures that participants not only understand the concepts but also develop the confidence and competence to apply them effectively in their day-to-day work.

Acquisition Boost is not just a training program; it’s a transformative experience. We strive to empower our participants to become exceptional acquisition leaders who can navigate complex challenges, make informed decisions, and drive success in their organizations. By actively involving them in the learning process, we foster a deeper understanding, enhance critical thinking skills, and promote collaboration and innovation.

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INTERACTIVE
MODULES

4

4

INDUSTRY EXPERT SPEAKERS

3

DAYS,
ON-SITE SESSIONS

$9,758

INVESTMENT, DISCOUNTED AT 4+ PARTICIPANTS

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WASHINGTON, DC

This is a unique opportunity for participants to prepare for the leadership level. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your federal acquisition skills and advance your career. Register now to benefit from our comprehensive training and gain a competitive edge in the federal acquisition field at the Acquisition Catalyst Training Academy in Washington, DC.

[ MEET OUR FACILITATOR ]

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Cheri Tyner

President and CEO of Acquisition Catalyst

"I am excited to introduce you to the Acquisition Boost training program that I developed with you in mind."

As someone who started my professional career as a Contract Specialist managing procurements related to Navy Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, moving on to more complex Information Technology requirements, and holding positions of increasing responsibility across the acquisition life cycle—specifically focused on developing the acquisition workforce, I was appointed to Senior Procurement Executive positions and have successfully led large procurement organizations. Having served as the Head of Contracting Activity for the Secretary of Defense and for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), I understand firsthand the challenges that come with navigating the acquisition lifecycle.

It wasn't until I became a seasoned GS-12 that I fully understood what it takes to be an effective and successful Contract Specialist, and I want to share my knowledge and experience with you. I developed this program to help journeyman level contracting professionals like you navigate the acquisition process with more ease and avoid the challenges that I encountered along the way.

The Acquisition Boost program is designed to teach you the techniques that I used to become a successful leader in the acquisition workforce—successfully supporting the customer and keeping Industry informed along the way. It is what made me stand out as an acquisition professional and why my leaders sought me out for unique opportunities and leadership roles. This program is also about the unique things that I saw in the leaders whom I chose to be my mentors and role models to follow. Fortunately, I was able to access some of those leaders to become a part of this program and serve as Module Ambassadors to support the program's success as I envision it. I am thrilled to offer you this opportunity to grow as a leader in the acquisition field, and I hope that you will join us on this journey.

[ MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER ]

Monica Temoney is a former senior executive and global leader with extensive experience in government and industry. She has been a driving force in bringing innovative solutions to the public sector and is passionate about fostering effective partnerships between government agencies and industry. With a background that includes roles such as Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of International Affairs at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Operations at the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Monica's expertise lies in establishing international coalitions and partnerships to advance trade and economic prosperity. 


With over 30 years of experience in government affairs, Monica's commitment to empowering the next generation of leaders is unwavering. She believes in creating opportunities and content that enable their success. With her extensive background, diverse expertise, and dedication to leadership development, Monica is an exceptional keynote speaker who will inspire and motivate participants at the Acquisition Boost award ceremony with a Leadership Call to Action.

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Monica Temoney

Founder, Valkyrie Consulting Group International
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Operations, Department of Commerce

[ THE PROGRAM MODULES ]

Module 1

Introduction to Federal Acquisition Leadership and Project Management

October 10 - 12, 2023
Washington, DC

Module 2

Planning and Requirements Development

January 9 - 11, 2024
Washington, DC

Module 3

Solicitation and
Evaluation

April 9 - 11, 2024
Washington, DC

Module 4

Contract Award and Administration

July 9 - 11, 2024
Washington, DC

[ OUR PROGRAM AMBASSADORS ]

Soraya Correa

President & CEO, Soraya Correa & Associates LLC
Former DHS CPO—Senior Procurement Executive

Soraya Correa, presenting on Module 1: Introduction to Federal Acquisition Leadership and Project Management, has over 40 years of experience in the acquisition field and has received numerous awards for her contributions to the profession. She is recognized as a transformational leader, who designed several programs, including the Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), at DHS that were adopted by other federal agencies to improve business processes and support the continued development and growth of the acquisition workforce. As the former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Procurement Executive, Soraya was responsible for the implementation of unique acquisition policies, regulations, and standards of the agency. Her work included direct oversight of all DHS procurement operations, including the work of over 1,500 procurement professionals assigned to the ten Heads of Contracting Activities providing contracting services to DHS components, organizations, and offices. Prior to that assignment she served in senior leadership positions at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), General Services Administration (GSA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She is now the Principal at Soraya Correa & Associates, LLC.  She is highly regarded by government and industry for her significant and outstanding accomplishments.

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Lytwaive Hutchinson

Leading Data Executive, Fortune 500 Company
Former FEMA CIO

Lytwaive Hutchinson, presenting on Module 2: Planning and Requirements Development, has over 40 years of experience in the IT industry and has worked in both the private and public sectors. Lytwaive is a Leading Data Executive who has piloted, modernized, and elevated information organizations in some of the most high-stakes and complex ecosystems to realize their mission and vision. She has served in the capacity of Chief Information Officer (CIO), Board Director and Executive Advisor, powering Global Cybersecurity, Next-Generation Enterprise Architecture, Digital Transformation, and High-Velocity IT Solutions that move large organizations forward including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Joint Service Provider (JSP), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and as a Leading Data Executive with a Fortune 500 Company. As the CIO of FEMA, she developed and executed a multi-year, “One FEMA IT” strategy that produced transformative results for the $28.7B organization. She achieved FEMA’s highest cybersecurity rating in over a decade; built a nationwide Federal Cloud Environment (FCE); and operationalized NRCC 2.0 to manage COVID-19 and disaster season. As a Senior Executive and Deputy Director of JSP/DISA, she unified two large, mature IT entities to create DoD’s go-to IT service provider, leading 2,500 FTEs to onboard 50K+ clients, oversee 70K assets, and harness $1.5B cumulative spend with the charge to “Enable. Every. Mission.” As the CIO of the OSD she launched the world’s most advanced VoIP system, deployed new operating system to tens of thousands of endpoints, and upgraded wireless across 6.6MM SF ecosystem, while recapturing $400MM. She also conceptualized a strategy for and led IT integration of 6400 FTEs, spanning 22 organizations, across 34 sites, into the Mark Center. Lytwaive has garnered 20+ honors during her federal career which included 2021 Leading Data Executives in North American Government (CDO Magazine), Civilian Career Service Award (WHS), Legion of Merit (US Army), and Meritorious Service Medal (4-Time Recipient, US Army).

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William Randolph

Founder and CEO of THINK Acquisition
Former DHS and DoD HCA—Senior Procurement Executive

William Randolph is presenting on Module 3: Solicitation and Evaluation, and on Module 4: Contract Award and Administration. William has over 25 years of experience in the acquisition field and has held various leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of THINK Acquisition—an independent acquisition consulting, training and development firm focused on increasing the individual effectiveness, preparation, and competitiveness of participants in the federal government acquisition and procurement arena.  William is a former SES, Senior Procurement Executive leveraging over 25 years of acquisition experience helping leaders and acquisition teams master the execution and delivery of 'outcomes-oriented' solutions. He previously served as the Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) and Director of the Office of Acquisition Management for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and in Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO), the largest ICE operational program, as the Assistant Director for Operations Support supporting more than 7,900 law enforcement officers in the areas of Human Resources, Budget, IT & Mobile infrastructure, Facilities and Fleet Management totaling in excess of $3.1 billion annually. Prior to serving as a Senior Executive with ICE, William served as the Senior Executive and Director of the Procurement Oversight and Support Office within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security, Headquarters, and the Assistant Commander for Contracts and HCA at the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) in Quantico, VA. He is a decorated United States Navy veteran (1988-1993), a David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award winner (2008) and the recipient of the Navy/Marine Corps Meritorious Civil Service medal (2009).

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your federal acquisition skills and advance your career. Register now to benefit from our comprehensive training and gain a competitive edge in the federal acquisition field.

[ MORE ABOUT OUR TRAINING PROGRAM ]

In today's rapidly evolving federal acquisition landscape, agencies face the critical challenge of developing and empowering their mid-level acquisition professionals to effectively lead and manage the entire acquisition lifecycle. To meet this need, there is a pressing demand for a comprehensive training program that equips these professionals with the necessary leadership and management skills. The Acquisition Boost Leadership Development training program fills this gap by providing agencies with a structured and immersive learning experience, specifically tailored to address the unique complexities of federal acquisition. By participating in this program, agencies can ensure that their acquisition professionals are equipped with the knowledge, tools, and strategies needed to navigate the intricacies of the acquisition process, drive successful outcomes, and contribute to the mission success of their organizations. The Acquisition Boost Leadership Development training program is the solution agencies need to cultivate a highly skilled and effective acquisition workforce capable of meeting the evolving demands of today's federal acquisition environment.

 

Program Structure:

 

The Acquisition Boost Leadership Development training program follows a cohort-based learning approach, bringing together cohorts of 24-36 government acquisition professionals. Led by expert acquisition executives serving as ambassadors, the program provides a dynamic and immersive learning experience over the course of one year.

 

The program's core component consists of four in-person quarterly sessions held at the Acquisition Catalyst Training Academy in Washington, DC. These sessions serve as intensive learning opportunities, allowing participants to engage with subject matter experts, collaborate with their peers, and delve into the intricacies of federal acquisition. Between each quarterly session, participants have a quarterly break to reflect on the program content, apply lessons learned on the job, and identify real-life challenges to be addressed in future work assignments.

 

To ensure continuous engagement and support, the program also includes three virtual sessions held between the quarterly in-person sessions. These one-hour check-ins provide an opportunity for participants to discuss their progress, share experiences, and stay connected with the cohort. The virtual sessions help maintain momentum and reinforce learning objectives throughout the program.

 

To kick-start the program, a comprehensive 2-hour virtual orientation session is conducted in late September, prior to the first in-person session in October. This session familiarizes participants with the program structure, expectations, and resources available, setting the stage for a successful learning journey.

 

Overall, the cohort-based structure, supported by in-person and virtual sessions, allows participants to benefit from the expertise of their peers, engage in robust discussions, and gain valuable insights from seasoned acquisition professionals. By blending in-person intensives with virtual check-ins, the program maximizes learning opportunities while accommodating the demanding schedules of government acquisition professionals.

 

Program Components:

 

Boost Mock Project:

The Acquisition Boost Leadership Development training program incorporates a hands-on learning experience through the Boost Mock project. This project, the Acquisition Leadership Simulation—A Complex Project Management Exercise is developed in alignment with each module. It is a team project that aims to provide participants with hands-on experience in leadership and project management within a federal acquisition context. The project involves procuring an innovative software solution to enhance the agency's data analysis capabilities. The team must navigate the complexities of the federal acquisition process, manage relationships with stakeholders, and ensure the project stays on schedule and within budget. Participants will collaborate to plan, execute, and deliver a mock acquisition project, emphasizing leadership, communication, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. The project enables participants to tackle challenges, make strategic decisions, and develop practical solutions, providing a comprehensive understanding of the acquisition process.

 

Case Studies:

The program utilizes case studies to explore real-life acquisition scenarios, presenting participants with practical challenges and dilemmas. These case studies encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making, fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities and best practices of federal acquisition.

 

Facilitated Discussions:

Facilitated discussions create an interactive learning environment where participants can engage with their peers and subject matter experts. These discussions encourage the sharing of insights, experiences, and diverse perspectives, enhancing participants' understanding of different approaches to acquisition challenges.

 

Readings and Videos:

The program includes curated readings and videos that provide participants with additional resources and perspectives. These materials supplement the coursework and further enrich participants' knowledge and understanding of acquisition concepts and best practices.

 

Hands-On Activities:

The program incorporates hands-on activities, allowing participants to practice skills, develop competencies, and apply theoretical concepts in practical situations. These activities enhance participants' ability to translate classroom learning into real-world scenarios.

 

Quality Assurance:

To ensure the highest quality experience, the program follows a rigorous quality assurance process. This includes expert facilitators who are seasoned acquisition professionals and subject matter experts. The program design undergoes regular evaluation and updates to reflect the latest industry trends, regulations, and best practices.

 

Learning Objectives:

Each module's lessons are designed to reflect the most up-to-date knowledge and best practices in federal acquisition. The program focuses on equipping participants with practical skills, critical thinking abilities, and a deep understanding of the acquisition lifecycle. Each module is supported by experienced Module Ambassadors who serve as subject matter experts and provide guidance, mentorship, and real-world insights. These Ambassadors enhance the learning experience by connecting participants with industry experts and facilitating discussions and networking opportunities.

 

Site Visits:

The program includes site visits to government agencies, industry partners, or other relevant organizations. These visits provide participants with the opportunity to observe and learn from real-world acquisition processes, gaining valuable insights and practical knowledge.

 

Projects:

Throughout the program, participants will work on projects that enable them to connect classroom lessons to real-world situations. These projects allow participants to apply their learning, solve complex problems, and gain hands-on experience in managing acquisition-related challenges.

 

Networking Opportunities:

The program facilitates networking among participants from various federal agencies, fostering collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and relationship-building. Networking throughout the program helps participants build a professional network and leverage the collective expertise and resources of their peers.

 

By incorporating these program components, the Acquisition Boost Leadership Development training program provides a comprehensive and immersive learning experience that prepares participants to excel in the federal acquisition field, enhances their knowledge of best practices, and enables them to establish valuable connections with peers across government.

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