• Insights and Trends

    This forward-thinking seminar series provides public service professionals the opportunity to learn from accomplished, leading voices in public administration and become a part of the conversations that shape our communities. At each session, you'll engage in interactive discussions on topics are immediately applicable to improve your work and your organization. You'll also make connections with professionals you might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet. Most importantly, the Insights and Trends series fosters meaningful conversation for public administration professionals of all levels and backgrounds, enhancing not only individual communities, but all communities together.

    Seminar Details

    Location: Hamline University, West End location, 1600 Utica Avenue, Suite 700, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
    Time: 9 a.m.-noon, followed by one hour lunch and discussion
    Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
    Cost (includes lunch):
    $50 General
    $20 Hamline students, faculty, and staff

    2016-2017 Seminar Series

    Seminar I: Friday, October 7, 2016
    The challenge of law enforcement and communities of color understanding each other and working together

    Paul Schnell, police chief, city of Maplewood
    Jason Sole, adjunct faculty member in criminal justice, Hamline University

    We have seen firsthand the strained relationship between the police and communities of color that has often led to distrust and violence. In Chief Schnell’s twenty-plus years in law enforcement he has held multiple roles. Schnell provides leadership in Maplewood by enhancing public safety services through innovative approaches and partnerships. Jason Sole, a former Bush fellow and author of From Prison to PhD: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances, will share his unique perspective from being a former drug dealer and gang member to becoming a university professor. Hear how Schnell’s and Sole’s work have been impacted by recent events. The seminar will focus on assessing where we are as a community and explore solutions to moving forward as a more successful society.

    Seminar II: Friday, February 3, 2017
    Developing your organization’s culture

    David Unmacht, executive director, League of Minnesota Cities
    Craig Waldron, director of public administration programs and co-director, Center for Public Administration and Leadership 

    Culture—defined as a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in an organization—is a driving factor in the success (or lack thereof) of any public entity. Unmacht and Waldron will comment on their experiences developing organizational cultures, including creating cultural change at the county and city levels. Both will discuss how their organizations became more open and innovative, took more risks, and increased employee engagement. Participants will have the opportunity to explore, through a case study and discussion, how cultural changes were driven and implemented in Scott County and the city of Oakdale changing those organizations for the better.

    Seminar III: Friday, April 7, 2017
    Why choose public service?

    Moderator: Wally Wysopal, city manager, city of Fridley, adjunct faculty, Hamline University
    Maria Carrillo Perez, assistant to the city manager, city of Coon Rapids
    Logan Martin, city manager, city of Bayport
    Rebecca Olson, assistant to the city manager, city of Shoreview
    Matt Stemwedel, city manager, city of Coon Rapids

    Public service is not necessarily the first career choice of GenX’ers or Millennials. Hear from a panel of respected professionals from both generations about why they chose a career in the public sector and what keeps them engaged and enthused. Explore how to engage new professionals in the public sector and retain them as future leaders.


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