AGA Professional Development Training

Gain valuable insights from leading government financial management professionals and industry experts at AGA's Professional Development Training (PDT). With over 3,000 attendees, PDT offers three and a half days of educational sessions designed to equip federal, state and local government, and private sector financial professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to enhance leadership, improve performance in cost-constrained environments, and address shared challenges using best practices.

Guidehouse is a proud Platinum Sponsor of the event.

Guidehouse Sessions: 

S101: CFOs as Enterprise Catalysts & Change Agents 

Date & Time: Sunday, July 23 | 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. EDT

Hear from transformational government executives on how to unlock the power of intersectionality across agencies and communities to achieve measurable impacts on mission support and programmatic efforts.  Gain insights into CFO playbooks, innovations and optimization strategies attributed to catalyst and change agent traits.  Get inspired by the mindshare, passion for service and stewardship attributes that contributes favorably to operations, governance, culture, relationship building and the customer experience.    

Wendy Morton-Huddleston, Partner, Defense & Security, Guidehouse 


  • Lynn Moaney, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • George Tomchick, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Department of Housing & Urban Development


M108: Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC): Are Agencies Preparing for the Possibility? 

Date & Time: Monday, July 24 | 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. EDT

Description: Nations across the globe are considering the implementation of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Find out how agencies are preparing for this possibility.

Moderator: Andreia Bodale, Director, Defense & Security, Guidehouse 

Speaker: Alma Angotti, Partner, Financial Crime, Fraud, & Investigative Services

M119: Financial System Modernization – Enable Success from the Beginning

Date & Time: Monday, July 24 | 2:10 – 3:25 p.m. EDT

Description: Agencies use tremendous amounts of time, manpower, tools, and funds on large-scale changes in information systems and business processes. The projects often lead to operational silos to achieve the main objectives and cause its champions to become reactionary. Discover perspectives and observations from agency's recent financial system modernization and lessons learned.

Moderator: Melanie Geesaman, Director, Defense & Security, Guidehouse 

T117: AGA Research Grant Series: Grants

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 25 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Description: In fiscal year 2022, federal awarding agencies awarded $1.13 trillion in grants, including new programs with evolving missions and to new grant recipients. With an increased use of grants to meet Congressional objectives, now is the time to assess the current state of grants management across the entire grants lifecycle and anticipate the future of grants to better prepare grantors and grantees. AGA has performed a research survey on these topics, which will be shared as part of this session. 

T126: Know More, Become More with CGFM Certification

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 25 | 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. EDT

Description: CGFMs describe why they pursued the Certified Government Financial Manager® (CGFM®) certification, how it’s helped advance their careers, and offer tips for preparing for the three CGFM examinations.

Speaker: Carter Vick, Associate Director, Enterprise Solutions

W117: Individual Strengths Improve Team Performance

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 26 | 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. EDT

Description: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, but that doesn’t have to be true of a team. When managers learn to identify and leverage the strengths of each team member, they boost overall team performance and success. Find out how to ingite your team and build greater work satisfaction!

Moderator: Crystal Wolf, Partner, Public Sector Financial Services


  • Vinay Singh, Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Teresa R. Hunter, Chief Financial Officer, Department of the Treasury | Internal Revenue Services
  • Kim Farington, Chief Finance and Administrative Officer, First Net Authority


Guidehouse Attendees: 

  • Antoine Jabre-Elachkar, Partner, Defense & Security
  • Caitlin McGurn, Partner, Public Sector Financial Services
  • Jennifer Melchior, Partner, Energy, Sustainability, & Infrastructure
  • Amber Heimberg, Director, Energy, Sustainability, & Infrastructure
  • Kenneth Keels, Director, Public Sector Financial Services
  • Glenn Nick, Associate Director, Digital & Technology
  • Salman Abideen, Associate Director, Digital & Technology
  • Sarah Mehretab, Managing Consultant, Public Sector Financial Services
  • Craig Maxwell, Senior Consultant, Sustainability


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