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Paul R. Lawrence is a Principal in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP, and a leader in its Federal Government Consulting Practice. He served as the Partner-in-Charge of the EY “Initiative on Leadership,” which resulted in the publication of this book.

Mr. Lawrence has 25 years of experience working closely with government leaders. Prior to joining Ernst & Young LLP, Mr. Lawrence was a Vice President with Accenture, an Executive Director with the MITRE Corporation, a Vice President with IBM Business Consulting Services, and a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He has written extensively on technology, management, and government. He is the co-editor of Transforming Organizations and Learning the Ropes: Insights for Political Appointees. He has testified before Congress and several state legislatures. He serves on the Board of Advisors to the Economic Program at the University of Massachusetts and has served on the Board of Advisors of the Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program at The College of William and Mary. He was twice selected by Federal Computer Week as one of the top 100 public service business leaders.

Mr. Lawrence earned his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.



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Presidential nominees are in the news again. But how do their leadership roles develop once the media spotlight has softened?Paths to Making a Difference: Leading in Government, second edition, showcases political appointees from President Obama's first term.

“Effective political appointees are key to a successful government. A new group of political appointees soon to join the Obama administration can learn about making the transition from their previous positions into a leadership role in government, a transition that without guidance and understanding can be quite daunting,” said Paul Lawrence, leader of the Federal Government Consulting Practice, Ernst & Young LLP, and author of Paths to Making a Difference: Leading in Government.

“This book provides a framework organized around the types of management challenges awaiting those who accept these positions to help them design and follow a path that will lead to achieving the agencies’ goals and priorities.”

The book, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is based on a three-year study focused on 32 top political appointees in the 2008 – 2012 Obama administration.

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Paul R. Lawrence is a leader in our Federal Government Consulting Practice. He served as the Partner-in-Charge of our Initiative on Leadership program which resulted in the publication of this book. His work with government leaders has been featured on Federal News Radio and in publications such as Government Executive and The Public Manager. Read his full biography.




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