Overview of Events
AFFIRM offers its members excellent educational opportunities, and the chance to network, as individuals, with leaders in government and industry who set the direction and pace of the Federal IT community. AFFIRM seeks to provide its members with professional development opportunities in three key focus areas.
AFFIRM supports Information Technology educational opportunities by conducting seminars and related educational sessions where AFFIRM handles the entire event, by sponsoring seminars as part of larger events where AFFIRM coordinates the seminar content, and by promoting worthy events in the Information Technology field being conducted by others.
AFFIRM provides networking opportunities to its members by providing one of the largest virtual forums of IT professionals serving the Federal community.
Interaction with Policymakers
AFFIRM offers its members the opportunity to influence the development of IRM and IT policy in the Federal arena by providing a venue for members to interact with key policy development organizations as individuals, and not as members of their respective employing organizations.
SPEAKER SERIES PROGRAMS
AFFIRM hosts a monthly Speaker Series that brings together a panel of government experts to discuss cutting-edge issues in the Federal IT community, and government-wide policies, programs, and technology initiatives that impact effective government performances. Proceeds from these events support AFFIRM’s scholarships and grants.
AFFIRM hosts After Hours events with a collaborative panel of government and industry experts to discuss topics affecting the Federal IT community. Proceeds from these events support AFFIRM’s scholarships and grants. These in-person events take place in a more casual setting where government and industry attendees can network and make new connections.
AGA/AFFIRM JOINT EVENT
The annual joint AGA and AFFIRM half-day educational event is held in May each year and provides insightful dialogue on the intersection of policies and management issues that impact Chief Financial Officers (CFO) and Chief Information Officers (CIO) and how they work together to improve efficiency and transparency, reduce risk, and strengthen the workforce. Proceeds from this event support AFFIRM’s scholarships and grants.
FEDERAL IT CAREER WORKSHOP and JOB SHADOW DAY
AFFIRM's annual Federal IT Career Workshop and Job Shadow Day event introduces STEM students to careers and opportunities in Federal information technology. Students hear from IT executives across the Federal government and from past attendees, gain exposure to employment opportunities within the Federal workforce, get tips from those who make hiring decisions, learn what the future holds for Federal IT professionals, and have an opportunity to shadow a Federal IT executive for a day. This is a unique opportunity for students to network with Federal employees and become better prepared for the professional workforce.
SCHOLARSHIP & GRANTS FUNDRAISING
AFFIRM organizes fundraising events to support our scholarship and grants program, which focuses on the education of future IT leaders. Events have included golf and tennis tournaments and a virtual 5K.