• Women in Public Service Annual Conference

    During this full day of exciting sessions, explore how we support and encourage women in public service. This popular annual conference includes dynamic speakers, discussion panels, and networking opportunities to enhance and further your work and those you mentor in the public sector.


    This year's conference theme is "Navigating a Syndemic: COVID-19 and Racial Inequity—Finding Ways Forward." The last two years have been difficult and have highlighted long-present racial disparities in our country. Public servants are at the heart of dealing with COVID-19 and racial inequities. From health and housing to education and policing, there is no policy area that isn't figuring out how to respond to the challenges highlighted. The conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on how we move forward, both professionally and personally, and not lose sight of work that still needs to be done.

    Join us for a day of inspiration, learning, and networking

    When: Friday, November 12, 2021, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Where: Online - Zoom link will be sent before the event
    Cost: $40




    9 a.m.


    9:10–10 a.m.

    Keynote: What Have We Learned and How Do We Move Forward? 

    Dr. Karen McKinney, assistant commissioner and chief equity officer, Minnesota Department of Human Services

    10:15–11:15 a.m.

    Networking: Let’s Talk about Who We Talk To

    Commissioner Roslyn Robertson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

    11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

    Networking Lunch: Grab your lunch, get online and join your colleagues for a discussion about how you are navigating the syndemic. Attendees will be divided into discussion groups.

    12:30–1:30 p.m.

     Facilitating Community Conversations

    Would you like to advance meaningful conversations on DEIJ and other topics which can be daunting to address? Yer and Karen offer this session on facilitating community conversations. The session includes the case for holding open, safe, brave spaces for discussion; tips on how to structure agendas and discussion agreements; creating safe and brave spaces for sharing, learning, and growth; useful resources and takeaways. In addition to an outline and discussion of how to prepare for meaningful conversations, this session will include a demonstration and Q&A time.

    Presenters: Yer Winder, D+I coordinator, Minnesota Department of Revenue and Karen Hanauer, Minnesota Management and Budget Employee Assistance

    1:45–2:45 p.m.

    Trauma Fatigue: Self-care and Community Care

    Marlee Dorsey

    3-3:30 p.m.

    Wrap-up and Networking Opportunities

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