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Schedule - NFBPA Executive Leadership Institute - March 2016

Wednesday, March 2

5:00-6:00 p.m.—Informal Welcome

Bird Dog Bar, The Oread Hotel

This is an informal time for you to simply meet some of the KU staff. If your flight hasn’t arrived by then, we’ll meet you the next morning!

Thursday, March 3

Breakfast: Please use your hotel breakfast voucher. Beverages will be available in the classroom.

8:30-9:15 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

9:15-10:00 a.m.—“Sustainability: Requirements and Aspirations”

This session considers community building, by envisioning the demands of sustainability as structured around three constraints or threshold requirements: that environmental limitations be adhered to, social inequity be minimized, and a sound economic foundation be achieved. Once threshold levels are reached, communities have a solid foundation able to support a shift in effort and outlook from one that focuses on functioning to one that focuses on aspiring.

Presenter: Rachel Krause, joined the faculty of the School of Public Affairs and Administration as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2013. Dr. Krause earned her B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from Rice University (2003), a M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin (2005) and her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University (2011). Her research focuses on issues of local governance, urban sustainability, and community perceptions and acceptance of innovative environmental technologies. Her research on “Integrated City Sustainability: Administrative Apparatus for Overcoming Collective Dilemmas of Agency Fragmentation” is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Science of Organizations program.

10:00-10:10 a.m.—Break

10:10-10:40 a.m.—“Political Astuteness and Professionalism”

We will discuss how political astuteness requires the ability and willingness to identify political values and the role they play in policymaking and politics. Also, astuteness depends upon the ability to translate the logic of politics into administration and the logic of administration into politics. (Topic will be introduced during this session and then continued on Friday morning.)

Reading: John Nalbandian. “Dallas Needs an Adaptive City Manager, Not a Heroic One.” Dallas Morning News. November 17, 2013.

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.”

10:40-10:45 a.m.—Break

(Yes, this is a quick 5-minute break.)

10:45-11:45 a.m.—Welcome

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

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

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.—Lunch

Centennial Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

If you have not completed your StrengthsFinder assessment prior to coming to KU, you will need to use 25-30 minutes of your lunchtime to complete it. You will need access to a computer to complete the assessment as well as view the PDF results. It is imperative that you complete this prior to the beginning of the 1:00 session.

1:00-2:15 p.m.—“Police, Professionalism, and Social Equity”

Pine Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

This session focuses on the impact of professional police practices on trust in the police, willingness to cooperate with the police, and community-building. The session will describe police practices that are widely regarded among police leaders as “best practices” for fighting crime—but also contribute to destructive racial disparities in police stops and erode trust in the police. Policing is thus at a crossroads, and how community and police leaders respond will shape our communities for years to come.

Reading: Synopsis of “Pulled Over” OR “Driving While Black” article

Presenter: Charles Epp, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. He specializes in the area of law and administration with a special focus on racial discrimination and social equity. His teaching and research have been widely recognized. His book Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, written with colleagues Steven Maynard-Moody and Donald Haider-Markel, won the Best Book Award of the Section on Public Administration Research of the American Society for Public Administration. His book The Rights Revolution won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book and the Lasting Contribution Award of the Section on Law & Courts of the American Political Science Association.

2:15-2:30 p.m.—Break

2:30-4:20 p.m.—“Leadership Strengths & StrengthsFinder Assessment”

Research into individual achievement and organizational excellence indicates that both are strongly correlated with individuals having the opportunity to use their strengths every day at work. Those who do are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs, and this has measurable effects on productivity and quality of life.

The StrengthsFinder® assessment grew out of Gallup’s research in these areas to give people a way to identify and understand their unique talents. They define talents as “naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied”; strengths result from when these talents are purposefully developed and applied. In this session we’ll engage with one another around our assessment results to better understand how they can be applied in your own work and leadership.

Presenter: Since 2009 Noel Rasor has been Assistant Director of the University of Kansas Public Management Center (PMC), the professional development arm of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and serves as the program manager for the PMC’s Emerging Leaders Academy. She has worked in a variety of capacities at KU, including academic advising and serving as a writing consultant at the KU Writing Center. Before coming to Kansas for graduate school in 1998, Noel worked for the American Red Cross. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, a master’s of urban planning from KU and completed graduate work to the level of ABD (all but dissertation) in American Studies at KU. Noel’s top 5 Strengths are Ideation, Input, Individualization, Strategic and Maximizer, a combination that set her up well to love her time working with groups around the StrengthsFinder®.

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

Dinner on your own

Friday, March 4

Breakfast: Please use your hotel breakfast voucher. Beverages will be available in the classroom.

8:30-9:00 a.m.—Debrief Thursday Sessions

International Room, Level 5, Kansas Union

Debrief: What was most important to you about yesterday?

9:00-10:15 a.m.—“Operating within a Diverse Organizational Environment: The Paradox of Rules and Authority”

Public organizations are increasingly diverse workplaces, but even in rule-bound organizations, the experiences of women and people of color differ from their white male counterparts. Their claim to authority is challenged more often. Unable to rely on implicit rank and social status as a defense, they must rely instead on official rights and rules. The very meaning of their authority is therefore different: It is more rule and rights based, more formal than informal, more explicit than implicit. Yet, because it is more rule based, formal, and explicit, their authority is also more open to question and challenge and more resented as an artifice. People of color and women in positions of authority thus face the paradox of rules: They must rely on formal rules as a key basis for their authority, but relying on rules makes their authority seem more artificial than real. This session presents narratives from local government officials and concludes with a discussion of implications for practice and local government work environments.

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.—“Political Astuteness and Professionalism (Part Two)”

Continuation of the session that was started on Thursday morning

Presenter: John Nalbandian

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

Centennial Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

1:00-2:00 p.m.—“Equity in Public Education”

International Room, Level 5, Kansas Union

As governments at all levels continue to grapple with the repercussions of the recent fiscal crisis, the equity and adequacy of public education funding continues to be debated at the national, state, and local levels. It is well known that public schools in urban and rural areas serving students of lower socioeconomic status face significant obstacles in overcoming the longstanding achievement gaps between these students and their wealthier, suburban counterparts. This session reviews recent trends in education finance and policy across the states, focusing largely on the impact of these reforms on teacher quality, which has been consistently identified as the key factor in explaining differences in student achievement.

Presenter: 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.

2:00 p.m.—Adjourn to hotel

2:30 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 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.

Saturday, March 6

Breakfast: Please use your hotel breakfast voucher. 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

Centennial Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

9:00-10:45 a.m.—“Managing Communities: How Race and Culture Make a Difference”

Teree Caldwell-Johnson and Reggie Robinson will begin a discussion of this important topic, informed by their varied backgrounds. Teree has worked in both local government and non-profit sectors, and Reggie has worked for the federal government in D.C. and also in executive positions in state government and the university. Their focus will be on how race/culture of the manager makes a difference—especially depending upon context. They 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.

Panelists: Teree Caldwell-Johnson serves as the CEO of Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services, a housing and human services non-profit agency located in Des Moines, IA. In addition to her work with non-profits, Teree served as chief administrative officer of a solid waste authority and also as CAO of a county government. She has worked in Texas, California, and Iowa, and presently is a member of the Des Moines School Board. She has received numerous awards for the work she has done.

Reggie Robinson is professor and director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. Most recently, Professor Robinson has been 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.

10:45-11:00 a.m.—Break

11:00-11:30 a.m.—Debrief

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Lunch

12:30 p.m.—Adjourn