Magazine article Talent Development

The Government Connection

Magazine article Talent Development

The Government Connection

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GovLoop, the social network for government employees, aims to inspire professionals across the public sector--federal, state, local, industry, and academia--by helping them to foster collaboration, learn from one another, solve problems, and advance in their government careers.

Founder Steve Ressler began his career at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While there, he created the not-for-profit organization Young Government Leaders to build community among aspiring young federal employees through professional development activities, networking opportunities, fellowships, and scholarships. Motivated to connect government employees of all levels, ages, and agencies, Ressler then launched GovLoop in 2008.

Ressler attributes GovLoop's rapid success to the culture and learning environment that the government fosters. "In the public sector, people are helpful with each other because they're all on the same team--they're not competitors," he says. "Also, the government does not have a risky culture, so before people try new things, they want to hear what other agencies are doing, pose questions, and collaborate."

Now with nearly 60,000 members, GovLoop provides user-generated content in the forms of personal profiles and posts, peer-to-peer material through blogs and discussions, and expert-shared learning through webcasts, research "dives," and ongoing training events. …

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