• Insights and Trends

    This forward-looking seminar series provides public service professionals the opportunity to learn from accomplished, leading voices in public administration. Engage in interactive seminars on topics that you can immediately apply to improve your work and your organization.

    This year, the seminars will include a post-presentation discussion over lunch. Participants can attend the seminar plus lunch and discussion, or come at noon just for lunch, discussion and networking.

    Session I: Employee Engagement

    Friday, October 30, 2015

    • Location: Hamline University Minneapolis, 1600 Utica Avenue, Suite 700, Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
    • Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. (coffee provided)
    • Cost: $50 for seminar and lunch, $25 for lunch and discussion only

    Dr. Craig Waldron, Hamline University
    David Unmacht, Executive Director, League of Minnesota Cities

    Engaging employees is a critical and paramount issue for those of us in public service. Engaged employees make a substantial difference in our organizations as they are twice as likely to remain in their jobs and 2.5 times more likely to recommend their workplace to others. Evidence clearly shows that organizations with engaged employees have higher rates of success in reaching their organizational goals. Additionally, disengaged employees can negatively impact others as well as potentially bring down a whole organization over time. This session will review a successful approach and plan for ensuring employee engagement. The session is specifically focused to address the different considerations between the public and the private sector.

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    Session II: Workplace Safety

    Friday, February 5, 2016

    TBD, Minnesota OSHA
    Michael Tupy, Hennepin County
    Robert Boe, League of Minnesota Cities

    Learn about trends in workplace safety at the city, county, and state level. This session will focus on the various aspects of safety in the workplace, including topics such as health risks to workers; how to create a physically and emotionally safe work environment; how to measure safety; safety policies, especially in the areas of corrections, fire, police, and public works; and other “hot topics” such as worker fitness and health.

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    Session III: Public Participation in the Public Square

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    Jim Scheibel, City of Saint Paul and Hamline School of Business
    Mike Higgins, City of Eau Claire, WS (former)
    Elizabeth Glidden, City of Minneapolis City Council
    Honglian Yang, Hamline University public administration doctoral candidate

    The problems that government officials face are daunting. Yet, we haven’t yet tapped into the greatest element of our improved problem-solving capacity; citizens themselves. Citizens can be part of our problem solving conversations because citizens bring their own insights, resources, and power. But raising citizen capacity is not always a comfortable fact for public leaders. Explore how we design the public square to be a citizen-centered square. Learn how we strengthen the skills and structures necessary for public participation and how people make things of public value together.

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