Critical Conversations Critical Conversations is a professional development & networking breakfast series presented by the Center for Public Administration and Leadership. Join the dialogue of passionate public service professionals about the challenges facing the government sector. Hamline University is committed to building a community of dedicated public servants and excited to support this community with a three part networking series.* Location: Kay Fredericks Ballroom, Klas Center, Hamline University, St. PaulTime: Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m; Registration and continental breakfast open at 7:30 a.m.Cost: $20 per session 2014-15 Topics Session I: UNLEASHING THE RIVER OF POWER: INCREASING CULTURAL COMPETENCE TO IMPROVE RACIAL EQUITY September 19, 2014 (Register by September 15) Minnesota is facing several challenges related to disparities based on income and race. A barrier often faced by public leaders as they attempt to find ways to reduce these disparities is the lack of awareness about out own worldviews and how these views affect the decisions we make. The transformational leadership necessary to reduce disparities requires more of us than just meeting the short term needs of public and non-profit organizations. At this Critical Conversation, learn how one leader is transforming her organization to incorporate cultural competence into the daily structure of operations and its work to reduce race- and income-based disparities. Presenter: Dr. MayKao Hang, DPA ‘14President and CEO, Wilder Foundation SESSION II: Grassroots Organizing and Legislative Advocacy January 23, 2015 Representing a common interest is a key part of public service but often organizations struggle with how to get their community’s voice heard. During this Critical Conversation we will discuss the role of grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy in shaping vibrant communities. Activating a powerful and enthusiastic base of support can be the most effective way to advance an organization’s policy interests and legislative agenda. This session will focus on how to build relationships, communicate with and engage supporters, and mobilize for effective grassroots efforts. Presenter: Megan PowersSenior Project Manager, Grassroots Solutions SESSION III: Topic and Speaker to be Confirmed Later April 24, 2015, Register by April 20 Topic and speaker TBA *Departments can register for the series and send a different person to each session.