This is a great time to be an ERM professional, especially in the federal government. While federal ERM has been growing for over 10 years, OMB’s revision to Circular A-123 in 2016 has rapidly expanded the profession, and the demand for federal employees with ERM skills is at an all-time high. Many government professionals that are now thriving in the federal ERM space have found their way there from unique backgrounds. To be successful as a risk professional, there are a variety of skills and attributes needed. This session will explore these professional qualities through the journeys of multiple current federal ERM practitioners and discuss ERM education and career development opportunities for federal ERM professionals at all levels.