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Frank Anderson

Senior Fellow, Human Capital
The Conference Board

Frank Anderson

Frank Anderson is a Senior Fellow, Human Capital at The Conference Board. In this role, Frank supports the Human Capital Practice which includes The Conference Board Human Capital Exchange™, research, conferences, webcasts and programs in a broad spectrum of human capital areas. 

Anderson is a retired Brigadier General, United States Air Force, and was previously President, Defense Acquisition University, and Director of Human Capital Initiatives responsible for training and workforce development for the 130,000 member defense acquisition workforce. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Contracting, and Air Force Competition Advocate General. He was a major weapon system program director, product group manager, director of contracting for a major acquisition center. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, Air Command Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and has a masters and bachelors degree (Cum Laude) in business. He is certified in Program Management and Contracting. He is very passionate about the evolving practice of workflow learning - learning at the point of need.

Anderson is the recipient of the Meritorious and Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards and the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award (2004 and 2010). These are the highest performance excellence awards presented by the President and Secretary of Defense to federal civilian employees. He also received the National Contract Management Association's Herbert Robach Memorial Award, the highest award presented by the Association. In 2002 and 2006, he received the Corporate University best-in-Class (CUBIC) Award as Corporate University Leader of the Year and DAU was selected as Best Overall Corporate University. In 2004, he was selected as the first Chief Learning Officer of the Year by Chief Learning Officer magazine, and DAU received the Best Award as the top corporate university in America from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

He is a Director for the Procurement Roundtable, a fellow for the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Member NCMA Executive Advisory Council, and member of the Chief Learning Officer Magazine Editorial Advisory Board. He co-authored the book, Leading A Learning Revolution, The Story Behind Defense Acquisition University's Reinvention of Training, published 2008.