Schedule - NFBPA Executive Leadership Institute - November 2016

Wednesday, November 2

4:00-5:00 p.m. - Informal Welcome

KU representatives will welcome ELI participants in the Boulevard Grill at the DoubleTree Hotel. This is an informal time for us to simply say "hi!" If your flight hasn't arrived by then, we'll meet you the next morning.


Thursday, November 3

[Bookstore hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.]

Breakfast: Please use your hotel breakfast voucher. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get breakfast (an hour is good) so you can be ready for the shuttle with our staff person up to campus. Beverages will be available in the classroom.

8:15 a.m.—Shuttle to Campus

Lobby, DoubleTree Hotel

8:30-9:00 a.m.—Welcome & Overview

Pine Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

Reggie Robinson, Professor and Director, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

John Nalbandian, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former chair of the Public Administration Department, University of Kansas

9:00-10:15 a.m.—“Engaging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work within the Organization and Community”

In this session Dr. Portillo will talk about her experiences with the University of Kansas’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) advisory group and the lessons learned. She will engage participants in a conversation about the relevance of campus experiences compared to community experiences to see similarities and differences.

Presenter: Shannon Portillo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Director of the Multicultural Scholars Program for the Social Sciences at the University of Kansas. She grew up in Kansas and received her Ph.D. from KU before serving on the faculty at George Mason University for five years, prior to returning to KU in 2013. Her research focuses on social equity, organizational theory, and law and society. The National Science Foundation and the Army Research Institute, among other organizations, have funded her work. Results have appeared in Law & Policy, The Huffington Post, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Administration & Society, among other outlets.

10:15-10:30 a.m.—Break

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.—“Cultural Competency: Community Value and Priority”

This session will explore the concept of cultural competency at the community and individual levels. Participants will consider the ways in which differentness and identity influence problem framing and problem solving. The session will also address the specific leadership needs for emphasizing cultural competency as a community value and a priority for the future.

Presenter: Heather Getha-Taylor, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration and is the current Faculty Fellow for the KU Center on Civic and Social Responsibility. Her research and teaching interests focus on collaborative governance, public service leadership, and human resources management. She has published over 40 articles, book chapters, and other reports on these and other public management topics. In 2016, she received the Steeples Service to Kansans Award, which recognizes KU faculty members who provide significant service to the state as an extension of their teaching and research efforts.

12:00-1:00 p.m.—Group picture, then Lunch

Centennial Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

1:00-2:15 p.m.—“Anticipating the Election and Viewing through Diverse Lenses”

Pine Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

Session description forthcoming

Presenters: Burdett (“Bird”) Loomis is a professor of political science at the University of Kansas, where he has taught since 1979. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974 and in 2005 he worked as Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius’s director of administrative communication. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., has served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2006 (Argentina), and in 2013 he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Politics at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.

Dr. Loomis has written or edited more than 30 books in various editions. His scholarship focuses on legislatures, interest groups, and policymaking. Among his books are The New American Politician, Time, Politics, and Policy: A Legislative Year, and The Sound of Money (co-author). In addition, he has co-edited nine editions of Interest Group Politics and written six editions of The Contemporary Congress.

Dr. Loomis won a Kemper Teaching Award in 1996 and the Steeples Service to Kansas Award in 2014; he has lectured for the State Department in Brazil, the West Indies, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Iraq, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brunei, and Indonesia. His present work focuses on (1) political change in Kansas from the 1960s through the present and (2) the differential effects of polarization at the state and national levels.

Reggie Robinson is professor and director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. Prior to his arrival at KU, Professor Robinson was professor of law and director for the Center of Law and Government at Washburn University. He has also served as the president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents and chief of staff to the KU chancellor. He has served the federal government beginning as a White House fellow in 1993 and in a number of senior positions with the Department of Justice, including service as deputy associate attorney general of the United States. Robinson also served active duty in the Army.

2:15-2:30 p.m.—Break

2:30-3:30 p.m.—“Win as Much as You Can”

This experiential exercise focuses on the relationship between trust and problem solving.

Presenter: John Nalbandian, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former chair of the Public Administration Department at KU, will lead this session. John grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California. In addition to his faculty appointment, from 1991-1999, John served on the Lawrence City Council including two terms as the council’s mayor. John has been widely recognized for his work with local government professionals and elected officials nationally and internationally. In 2012, he was recognized as Chancellor Club Teaching Professor in honor of his lifetime teaching achievements. In 2007, John and his wife Carol were named by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators as “Educators of the Year.”

3:30-4:30 p.m.—“Contemporary Trends in Local Government”

This session will focus on the fundamental prerequisite of effective governance: bridging the gap between political acceptability and administrative sustainability. The concept of the gap will be described, forces affecting it identified, and three leadership challenges explored.

Presenter: John Nalbandian

4:30 p.m.—Adjourn to hotel

Lobby, Level 6, Kansas Union

5:15 p.m.—Shuttle to Reception

Lobby, DoubleTree Hotel

5:30-7:00 p.m.—Reception at the Robinsons

7:00 p.m.—Shuttle to hotel

Dinner on your own


Friday, November 4

[Bookstore hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.]

Breakfast: Please use your hotel breakfast voucher. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get breakfast (an hour is good) so you can be ready for the shuttle with our staff person up to campus. Beverages will be available in the classroom.

7:45 a.m.—Shuttle to Campus

Lobby, DoubleTree Hotel

8:00-8:45 a.m.—Welcome

International Room, Level 5, Kansas Union

The Chancellor will talk about her career and engage in conversation with the group.

Presenter: Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor, University of Kansas

8:45-9:30 a.m.—Debrief Thursday Sessions

Debrief: What was most important to you about yesterday?

9:30-9:45 a.m.—Break

9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.—“Budgeting, Finance and Big Data—The Next Big Challenges”

Session description forthcoming

Presenters: Jacob Fowles, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas, a position he has held since 2010. His research interests are in the areas of education finance, education policy, and municipal finance. His work has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Administration and Society, The American Review of Public Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, and Economics of Education Review, among others. He teaches graduate courses on state and local public finance, quantitative research methods, policy analysis, and program evaluation.

Alfred Ho, Ph.D., is a Professor in the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration. Dr. Ho's teaching and research focus on public budgeting, performance management, citizen engagement, and e-government. He has also advised state and local officials in the U.S. and in other countries on their performance-oriented reforms. Before he joined KU, he taught at Iowa State University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He received his Master of Public Affairs and Ph.D. from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University (Bloomington).

12:00-1:00 p.m.—Lunch

Centennial Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

Bookstore alert: This is probably the most “free time” that you’ll have in the Union during your ELI session.

1:00-1:50 p.m.—“Bridging the Arenas of Politics and Administration: Competing values and perspectives”

International Room, Level 5, Kansas Union

Politics is about problems for which there are no “correct” solutions. As senior administrative officials are drawn onto the bridge where politics and administration meet, political astuteness is valued. It takes two forms: first an understanding that efficiency is only one of four fundamental political values if building inclusive communities is a goal. Second, while elected officials and administrative staff use the same words to communicate, they actually are speaking different languages. Translators add value to leadership teams.

Presenter: John Nalbandian

1:50 p.m.—Adjourn to hotel

Lobby, Level 6, Kansas Union

2:20 p.m.—Leave for Kansas City by van or private car

Your programming this afternoon is sponsored and organized by the Kansas City area NFBPA chapter and local corporate members.

3:30 p.m.—Arrive at 18th and Vine

Visit American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

6:00 p.m.—Dinner at Home of KC NFBPA Chapter President, Gerald Smith

*If you have special dietary needs, you will want to tell Alecia ASAP since catering is generally done by Gates BBQ. After dinner there will be free time for those with a private car (the Kansas City Power and Light District or the 18th and Vine District are worth a visit), and the van will leave for Lawrence.

7:30 p.m.—Shuttle to hotel


Saturday, November 5

[Bookstore hours: 12:00-5:00 p.m.]

Breakfast: Please use your hotel breakfast voucher. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get breakfast (an hour is good) so you can be ready for the first session. Beverages will be available in the classroom.

Attire: Wear whatever you’ll be wearing as you travel home. No need to be fancy with us!

Prior to the morning session, you will need to check out of your hotel room. You may store your luggage with the front desk.

8:30-9:00 a.m.—Debrief

Room TBD, DoubleTree Hotel

9:00-10:00 a.m.—“Managing Communities: How Race and Culture Make a Difference”

Reggie Robinson will begin a discussion of this important topic, informed by having worked for the federal government in D.C. and also in executive positions in state government and the university. His focus will be on how race/culture of the manager makes a difference— especially depending upon context. He will engage the group with changes seen over time and will comment on how the demographic of “minority” populations is changing in America, and the effect that race/culture of the manager has in a multi-cultural world.

Presenter: Reggie Robinson

10:00-10:15 a.m.—Break

10:15-11:30 a.m.—Debrief

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Lunch

12:30 p.m.—Adjourn

It has been our pleasure to serve you during your ELI session!


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