• 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. Paul
    Time: Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m; Registration and continental breakfast open at 7:30 a.m.
    Cost: $20 per session

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    2014-15 Topics

    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 Powers
    Senior Project Manager, Grassroots Solutions

    SESSION III: Data Practices in the Public Sector

    April 24, 2015, (Register by April 20)

    In the age of technology, data is everywhere. This Critical Conversation will focus on the use of data in the public sector. What should be collected? How is it best used? What should be shared, in what form and with whom? Otto Doll, CIO in the City of Minneapolis will lead a discussion on how we move information from government to the public space, how governments can use data across agencies and departments to improve effectiveness and how to best to be sensitive to the spectrum of potential consumers of government data. 

    Presenter: Otto Doll
    Chief Information Officer, City of Minneapolis 

    *Departments can register for the series and send a different person to each session. 


    Cynthia Johnson, Non-Degree Programs Coordinator
    Phone: 651-523-2962

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    September 19, 2014

    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 ‘14
    President and CEO, Wilder Foundation
    Session materials:  Wilder - Unleashing the River of Power