Tag: MS-Leadership

Brookings Executive Education’s Master of Science in Leadership (MS-Leadership) was recently highlighted in the Washington Post Express. In the article, “Local graduate programs adapt to students’ needs,” by Ambreen Ali, the focus is on graduate degree programs that are adapting to meet the needs of the 21st century student, one who needs flexibility.


Nickerson and Morris

The article features Associate Dean and Director, Jackson Nickerson, and recent MS-Leadership graduate, Ray Morris.

“It’s a unique program. There’s no sequence, per se, but the courses fit together like a jigsaw puzzle,” says Jackson Nickerson, the program’s associate dean and director.

“This is the way grad school is supposed to be,” Morris says.



Brookings Executive Education (BEE) is proud to introduce the first graduating class of the Master of Science in Leadership:

Ray Morris
Brett Smith
Rick Thomas
Delores Barber
Katrina Lewis

BEE offers the opportunity for government executives and managers to earn a Master of Science in Leadership (MS-Leadership) degree granted by the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. This unique degree is designed to develop leaders to serve as senior federal executives and to improve the capacity of incumbent members of the Senior Executive Service (SES).

To watch the full graduation ceremony follow this link: http://stream.nts.wustl.edu/EMBA42SH12_DEC2014/

John Angevine, Tiffany Win, and I had the opportunity to interact with service members and their family members looking for information on attending school at the Fall 2014 Education & Career Fair at MCCS Henderson Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall near Arlington, VA.

Fort Meyers

BEE team at the fair.

The day-long Education and Career Fair was hosted by the Education Services Office.

The mission of the Education & Career Services at Henderson Hall is to stimulate the lifelong learning process by effectively communicating the educational programs offered and to provide the requisite information, tools and support to the learning process. (source)

Brookings Executive Education (BEE) has found that the leadership skills that led to advancement in the military are not always the same ones that lead to promotion in civilian government service. The Master of Science in Leadership (MS-Leadership) degree provides the skills, aptitude, and mindset needed to lead change and deliver mission success in Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational environments.

BEE proudly supports the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program. Honorably discharged veterans with at least 36 months of active duty could be eligible for 100% tuition benefits.


AngevineWelcome Back Colonel Angevine!

Colonel John E. Angevine U.S. Army (Retired) has returned to Brookings. A former Federal Executive Fellow while on active duty with the Army, John has “retired” to join BEE as our Executive Fellow for Veterans Affairs.

Read Colonel Angevine’s full biography » 

John brings to BEE a variety of experience in senior military leadership in the active duty Army as a Senior Army Aviator, battalion commander, Joint Specialty Officer, and Strategic Intelligence Officer, as well as joint duty assignments with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Defense Intelligence Agency, among others. His operational military assignments include: Operations HURRICANE ANDREW, PROVIDE COMFORT, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.

As described in the following commentary, John seeks to continue his service to our country at BEE by helping veterans maximize their benefits and parlay their military leadership skills to the civilian world.

As part of Brookings Institution’s and Washington University in St. Louis’ continued commitment to veterans and military service members, I am honored to join Brookings Executive Education (BEE) as an executive fellow for Veterans Affairs. I seek to deliver decisive advantages to veterans in government, transitioning military, and Active Duty military, creating and delivering innovative executive leadership education that prepares our warriors for senior service in either government or corporate America.

Prior to joining Brookings, I worked in private industry, government agencies, and the U.S. Army with more than 32 years of leadership experience, setting and implementing visions that postured commercial and defense sectors for success with innovative solutions.

The BEE team and I look forward to preparing our veterans and service members to capitalize on their wealth of leadership experiences through comprehensive education for continued service in government and corporate America in their quest for leadership excellence. We strive to create a veterans and military friendly environment for you to earn your Master of Science in Leadership.

Please feel free to contact me for more information on our Veterans Affairs research and education programs by e-mail: jangevine@brookings.edu or telephone: 202.238.3172.

As a former military officer and now as senior Public Servant, Valerie Keyes has been professionally involved in leadership and management the whole of her professional life. However, her particular interest in leadership studies as a more academic discipline originated as part of her work with the British Army in the mid 1990’s when she was tasked to review peacetime leadership and ethics in a military force evolving along the war-fighting spectrum while dealing with changing societal norms.

This work has further developed over the past decade of her career, during which she has served in a number of positions as part of a Public Service coping with constant fiscal pressures, a shifting political stage at home and abroad, a changing work ethic, and the rapidly changing influences resulting from technological advances.

Valerie Keyes is a candidate for the Master of Science in Leadership offered by Brookings Executive Education.

Keyes has recently completed the course Strategic Thinking: Driving Long Term Success. The following is an excerpt from her BEE coursework:

“Strategic thinking entails an element of risk – to push the boundaries – as well as long-term commitment. Relying on a framework such as the STAR Model to guide the process can make the difference between success and failure.”

Read Valerie Keyes’ reflection on Strategic Thinking »