• 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 will be:

    October 7, 2016 The Challenge of Law Enforcement and Minority Relations
    Paul Schnell, police chief, City of Maplewood
    Jason Sole, adjunct faculty in Criminal Justice, Hamline University  

    The police and minority community relationship has been strained to the brink often resulting in violence. This session will focus on the police and community perspectives and what can be done in the future.

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

    Organizations have very different cultures, some positive and some not so positive. This session will focus on organizational change for the better.

    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,
    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 choice of GenXers or Millenials. This session will focus on a discussion with representatives from these age groups and what keeps them engaged and enthused about public service.


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