• 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 you can immediately apply 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.

    2016-2017 Seminar Series

    Dates and topics for this year's series are:

    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 in Criminal Justice, Hamline University  

    We have seen firsthand the strained relationship, often leading to distrust and violence, between the police and communities of color. In this seminar, each speaker will discuss his background and how it impacts his perspective and his work today. Discussion will focus on where we are now and how we move forward as a more successful society.

    February 3, 2017 Changing Your Organization's Culture
    David Unmacht, president, League of Minnesota Cities
    Craig Waldron, director of Public Administration programs/CPAL co-director, Hamline University

    Culture, defined as a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization, is a driving factor in the success (or lack thereof) of any public entity. This seminar will focus on the cultural changes that were driven in Scott County and Oakdale and how the speakers changed their organization for the better. A case study will be included, with time given for discussion.

    April 7, 2017 Why Still Choose Public Service?
    Moderator – Wally Wysopal, city manager, City of Fridley and 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 GenXers or Millennials. This seminar includes a panel of respected professionals from these generations discussing why they chose their career and what keeps them engaged and enthused. Discussion will focus on how to get their age group interested in the public sector and how to keep them involved for the future.


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