• 2013 Women in Public Service - Event Details

    The Women in Public Service Conference is designed to take a closer look at the changing face of government and the way we do business in the public sector, particularly in supporting women and the next generation of public servants.

    The 2013 conference, focuses on leadership. We wondered “What does it mean to be a leader in the public sector?” “Does leadership look different for women than men?” “What makes an authentic leader?” and “Why are women in leadership positions often perceived as mean or tough?” “What skills do you need to be a good leader?” “What will leadership look like as our demographics change?”

    The planning committee has worked to put together sessions that address some of these questions. While there may not be clear answers to any of these questions, we hope to spur conversations that lead to support for public sector leadership.

    Agenda

    Registration and Breakfast

    Welcome


    Keynote Address
    “Authentic Leadership in the Public Sector”

    Keynote Speakers
    Janee Harteau, Chief of Police, Minneapolis Police Department 
    Beth Weatherby, Provost, Southwest Minnesota State University

    Breakout Session 1

    Breakout I A
    Succession Planning and Implementation
    Succession planning is about more than identifying employees to fill in behind retirements. Panelists will discuss succession planning from the perspective of organizations and emerging leaders. Learn about mentorship, talent management, building leadership capacity, and how to prepare yourself to take on new roles.

    Panelists

    Diane Tran, Founder, Minnesota Rising 
    Brenda Norman, State Director of Workforce Planning and Employee Development, Minnesota Management and Budget

    Breakout I B 

    What makes a Good Manager: Exercising Influence and Building Relationships
    Regardless of intellect, experience and the ability to deliver results, many fall short of their leadership potential and limit their career growth because they lack “leadership presence.” This session will give you tools to help you have the presence and impact required to become an authentic high performance leader.

    Panelist
    Nancy Weidenfeller, Principal Consultant and Executive Coach, MDA Leadership Consulting

    Breakout I C
    Understanding Generational Differences in the Workplace
    Understanding how young adults think and what motivates them is critical to developing entry level employees. Panelists will discuss the concept of generational competence and address the necessity for organizations to adapt to the needs of multiple generations in the workplace. The panel will provide perspectives and explore strategies that appeal to employees at various stages in life, such as Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), where employees are compensated for results rather than hours worked.

    Panelists
    Laura Kushner, Director of Human Resources, League of Minnesota Cities
    Terese Corey Blanck, Talent Management Expert, Emerging Advantage
    Kendra Brodin, Director of Career and Professional Development, University of St. Thomas School of Law  

    Luncheon and Awards
    Public Service Leadership Panel
    During the luncheon presentation prominent public sector leaders will reflect on their experiences, the challenges and rewards of public sector leadership, lessons learned and suggestions for mentoring the next generation of women leaders. We will also recognize this year's recipients of the Women in Public Service and Rising Star Awards.

    Panelists
    Becky Roloff, President and CEO, YWCA of Minneapolis
    Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor of Burnsville, Minnesota
    Kathy Annette, President and CEO, Blandin Foundation

    Breakout Session II

    Breakout II A
    Succession Planning for Top Leader Positions: Hennepin County’s Experience
    This session will explore how Hennepin County created a Leadership Development/Succession Planning process for its top leader positions. From selection to assessment to the creation of a leadership development plan the presenters will share the approaches, tools and templates they used, as well as the evaluation data they collected. You will hear about the best practices they followed, the things that worked well and a few things they would do differently. You will also get a firsthand report from a leader who went through the process and    how it encouraged and supported her development. Finally, they will provide an overview of the variety of Leadership Programs at Hennepin County. 

    Panelists
    Susan Palchick, Director, Hennepin County Public Health
    Kelly Tanzer, Hennepin County Human Resources

    Breakout II B
    What Makes a Good Manager: Exercising Influence and Building Relationships
    Regardless of intellect, experience and the ability to deliver results, many fall short of their leadership potential and limit their career growth because they lack “leadership presence.” This session will give you tools to help you have the presence and impact required to become an authentic high performance leader.

    Presenter
    Nancy Weidenfeller, Principal Consultant and Executive Coach, MDA Leadership Consulting

    Breakout II C
    Cultural Competency in the Workplace and Beyond
    What does diversity look like for women leaders? This session will explore how to work successfully with diverse communities and the future of diversity in the Twin Cities. The presenters will make a business case for diversity and equity leadership, and creating an inclusive work environment.

    Panelists
    Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano, Vice President of Programs, Wilder Foundation
    Loudi Rivamonte, Recreation Supervisor, City of Eagan
    Bao Vang, President and CEO, Hmong American Partnership

    Networking Dessert Reception