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The federal agility fix: Developing the next generation of leaders

Bernadine KarunaratneAileen Alexander

The U.S. government, facing a wave of retirements and shortage of upcoming leaders, coupled with a challenging budgetary environment, would benefit greatly from incorporating a learning agility assessment into its talent management system. This measure of personal adaptability would identify the resourceful, flexible talent that the government needs going forward.



Author Profile: 

Executive Vice President,   
Government Team
Leadership and Talent Consulting
Washington, D.C.

Bernadine Karunaratne is Executive Vice President of the Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting government team, based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.


Ms. Karunaratne is a recognized expert in talent management with a special emphasis on integrating talent strategy with business strategy. Her fifteen-year history supporting the public sector’s talent management agenda has resulted in an impressive track record, bringing technical competence and measurement-based, research-focused solutions to her clients. 

Principal, Co-Leader Cybersecurity

Aileen Alexander is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Korn Ferry,  where she co-lead’s the Firm’s Cybersecurity Center of Expertise and specializes in the Aerospace, Aviation & Defense Sector. 

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