• 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 are immediately applicable 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.

    Seminar Details

    Location: Hamline University, West End location, 1600 Utica Avenue, Suite 700, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
    Time: 9 a.m.–noon, followed by a one-hour lunch and discussion
    Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
    Cost (includes lunch):
    $50 general
    $20 Hamline students, faculty, and staff (use promo code: Hamline)

    2017–2018 Seminar Series

    Seminar I: Friday, October 27, 2017
    Addressing Conflict: The Most Effective Techniques for a Growing Problem

    Ken Fox, director of conflict studies, Hamline University

    Conflict in our respective employment sectors has continued to become more severe and volatile over time. In order to be a skillful and successful administrator, one needs to be extremely effective in working through difficult conflict management situations. Ken Fox, director of conflict studies at Hamline, will discuss what we can do to effectively manage conflict and all of its related issues in these difficult times.

    Seminar II: Friday, February 23, 2018
    Social Equity: What is Going on in Our Communities? What Can We Do?

    Moderator: Tom Harmening, city manager, St. Louis Park
    Jamie Vergrugge, city manager, Bloomington
    Curt Boganey, city manager, Brooklyn Center 

    This session will focus on social inequity and how it creates challenges in our communities that affect all levels of government. The question that’s continually asked is what government can do to positively impact this issue—and the answer is quite a lot. Our panelists will discuss what can be done and what various communities are already doing to address this issue. Tom Harmening, city manager from St. Louis Park, will be moderating this event and asking the expertise of our two panelists, Jamie Verbrugge and Curt Boganey.

    Seminar III: Friday, April 13, 2018
    Succession Planning: You Need to Start—Yesterday!

    Rob Routhieaux, professor of nonprofit management, Hamline University
    Craig Waldron, director of Public Administration programs and co-director of Center for Public Administration and Leadership, Hamline University

    As retirements continue to increase and baby boomers exit their jobs en masse, it is critical that organizations engage in realistic succession planning. This session will focus on what has been learned in both the public and nonprofit arenas and what appears to be the most successful. Rob Routhieaux will discuss his experience and research with respect to the nonprofit sector, and Craig Waldron will discuss his approach to and experience from the public service perspective.


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