• 2012 Women in Public Service - Event Details

    An increasingly diverse population calls for smaller government and doing more with less. Aging leadership in the public sector and technology that connects us 24/7 mean the face of government and public service is and will continue to change. What is the role of women in this changing face of public service? How do we recruit, encourage, and support women in public service? This conference is designed to look at these questions. Where are we now? Where are we going? How do we prepare? What are the opportunities?
    We are planning a full day of exciting sessions that will explore the changing face of government generally and how we support and encourage women in public service. The conference will include dynamic speakers, discussion panels and networking opportunities.


    Agenda


    Registration

    Welcome

    Opening Keynote and Response

    Keynote

    Susan Brower, State Demographer

    Response Panel
    Susan Albright, Moderator, MinnPost
    Julie Kleinschmidt, Ramsey County Manager
    Sandy Vargas, Minneapolis Foundation, President and CEO

    Breakout I

    Breakout I A

    Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE): the Future of work in Government
    This session provides the history and overview of Hennepin County's Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE), an initiative aimed at allowing agency employees to work from a variety of locations, and whose performance is determined solely on results - and not on metrics like work hours or time spent at their desk in a cubicle. By late 2011, this 2009 initiative has successfully involved all  of the Human Services and Public Health Department's 2,700 employees and has resulted in increased productivity as well as the unexpected benefit of attracting new employees from other jurisdictions. ROWE appeals to younger employees and employees with other life demands, increasing the retention of talented staff. Come and hear more about how this innovative, 21st century work environment was successfully implemented in a government agency.

    Panelists
    Deb Truesdell, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health
    Carolyn Vreeman, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health

    Breakout I B
    Developing Talent from Within
    This session will focus on what local governments in Minnesota are doing to develop critical knowledge and relationships. The panelists will talk about existing efforts to mentor and coach staff and provide opportunities for women in particular to network and learn from other women in government.

    Panelists
    Laura Kushner, Director of Human Services, League of MN Cities
    Stephanie Selb, Vendor Management Specialist, MN Dept. of Administration
    Janee Harteau, Assistant Chief of Minneapolis Police Department

    Breakout I C
    Making Collaboration Work
    Public sector professionals often need to collaborate effectively across organizational boundaries and across sectors to accomplish strategic goals. This breakout will feature Q and A with people who have experience collaborating with organizations statewide and within a community.

    Panelists
    Greta Bergstrom, TakeAction Minnesota, Communications Director
    Erin Dady, Chief of Staff for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
    Jennifer McNeil, Communication Coordinator for the North St. Paul School District

    Lunceon Program
    Can Women Have it All?   
    Anne-Marie Slaughter’s answer to that question in a recent article in the Atlantic created quite the controversy. The article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” will be the catalyst for the panel on the topic of work-life balance. Elected and appointed officials will tackle the tough questions the article presents for women in today’s workforce.

    Panelists
    Deb Fitzpatrick, Director, Center on Women and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    Toni Carter, Commissioner, Ramsey County
    Molly O'Rourke, County Administrator, Washington County
    Ken Peterson, Commissioner, MN Department of Labor and Industry

    Moderator
    Gail Plewacki, Communications Director, Dakota County

    Breakout Session II

    Breakout II A
    Moving Toward s 21st Century government: what can we do?
    Government is always being asked to do more with less. The last decade has been full of budget cuts, downsizing and limitations on growth. Government as we know it must change. Across the country, leaders work hard every day to improve the way government operates. There are more transparent accessible systems, improved services for citizens, and reduced costs for the consumers of these services.  In this breakout session, we are interested in listening to you. What are your ideas for improving government in the next five years? What are the new collaborations that must take place? What are the biggest barriers to change and how do we navigate them? What is the one thing that must change to open these new doors?  You are the people doing the work; you are the ones who know what must happen to facilitate positive change.  This highly interactive session will open up a discussion on these topics, track your ideas and at the end create a written footprint for what we can do to facilitate the changes needed in order to be a more responsive and collaborative government. The document will be sent to all of the attendees, following the conference, to be used as a tool in their organizations.

    Panelists
    D. Christine Owens, Hennepin County and Hamline University
    Mindy Manninen, Manager, Hennepin County and Community Offender Management
    Annie Deckert, Director of Economic Development, City of Elk River

    Breakout II B
    “Blending Intuition, Reasoning And Imagination: Leading Differently Because We Have To”
    This session will look at the “global grand challenges” that emerge in the public sector and consider best practices that lead to recognizing and utilizing intersections critical to building collaboration, including:  integrating what has widely been identified as feminine practices and leadership. The discussion will include ideas on how to build work environments ideal for this type of work style.

    Presenter
    Laura Bloomberg, Executive Director, Center for Integrative Leadership

    Breakout II C
    Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE): the Future of work in Government (Repeat from Morning)
    This session provides the history and overview of Hennepin County's Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE), an initiative aimed at allowing agency employees to work from a variety of locations, and whose performance is determined solely on results - and not on metrics like work hours or time spent at their desk in a cubicle. By late 2011, this 2009 initiative has successfully involved all  of the Human Services and Public Health Department's 2,700 employees and has resulted in increased productivity as well as the unexpected benefit of attracting new employees from other jurisdictions. ROWE appeals to younger employees and employees with other life demands, increasing the retention of talented staff. Come and hear more about how this innovative, 21st century work environment was successfully implemented in a government agency.

    Panelists
    Deb Truesdell, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health
    Carolyn Vreeman, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health

    Break

    Networking Dessert Reception

    Announcement of 1st Annual Women in Public Service Award

    Sponsor tables
    "Networking Discussions"