Conference Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 200 McDonald Dr, Lawrence, KS 66044 (map)


Schedule

Please note that this schedule is tentativeSchedule and speakers are subject to change.

Conference At-A-Glance

Full conference with session descriptions below (as they become available)

Tuesday, June 13

8:15 -9:00 a.m. Sign-in & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome (Laura Howard, Director, KU Public Management Center)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation: "Public Service Matters" - Beth Linn, City Administrator, City of Edgerton, Kansas

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Panel on Power of Mentoring: Major Dave Brown, Lenexa; Robert Reece, Pottawatomie County; Daron Hill, Pittsburg; Megan Milner, Kansas Department of Corrections

11:15 a.m. - 12:45p.m. Lunch (on own)

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation: "Maintaining a Culture of Hope in Light of Great Tragedy & Loss" - Chief Terry Zeigler

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Break Out Sessions
Sessions to Choose: TBA

4:00 p.m. to whenever Networking

6:00 p.m. to whenever Networking Dinner (optional)

Wednesday, June 14

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast with Networking Activity

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Presentation: Terri Callahan (Director, Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program) and Leslee Rivarola (​Program Manager, Law Enforcement Leadership Academy)

9:15 - 10:15a.m. Keynote Presentation: "Employees are your #1 Resources" - Sheriff Herman Jones

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Presentation: “Exploring Cultural Competency” - Dr. Heather Getha-Taylor

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Break Out Sessions

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on own)

1:30 - 3:15 p.m. Small discussion groups

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Closing Keynote: "Optimism in the Workplace" - J. Michael Wilkes

4:00 p.m. Adjournment


Full Conference Schedule

Tuesday, June 13

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Sign-in & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation: "Public Service Matters"
Speaker: Ms. Beth Linn, City Administrator, City of Edgerton, Kansas
Session Description:  Public service professionals have experienced a variety of challenges over the last decade, including finding ways to do more with less; maintaining high quality service delivery with fewer employees; responding to changing perceptions of the value of public service. These challenges have also provided a great opportunity for public servants to be innovative; to examine operations to maximize efficiency; and to enhance communication with the public. This keynote addresses the importance of public sector work and how to be a leader that champions the value of service.
Bios:

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.  Panel: "Power of Mentoring"
Panelists: Major Dave Brown, Robert Reece, Daron Hall, Megan Dilner
Session Description: An important tool of networking is the ability to identify professional mentors that can provide important feedback and advice throughout your career.  It is equally important that leaders and managers give back by serving as a mentor to others.  This panel will provide stories of their experience both as the mentor and the mentee and how is has contributed to their professional experience.
Bios:

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
Downtown Lawrence is a great place for a bite!

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation: “Maintaining a Culture of Hope in Light of Great Tragedy & Loss” 
Speaker: Chief Terry Zeigler, Kansas City Kansas Police Department
Session Description: Public service is important and valuable work.  Organizations can prepare and provide training for many situations, but nothing can prepare an organization – or community for the loss of a beloved public servant.  This keynote will address how an organization continues its mission of service to the public in the wake of tragic loss. 
Bio:

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Break Out Sessions

Groups to choose from:

  • Capstone Projects: Presentations from Alumni and Roundtable Q & A
  • MPA Informational Session (Michelle Reames)
  • First Aid for Mental Health (Kim Brown)
  • Improving Morale (Evelyn Eubank)

4:00 p.m. to whenever: Networking 

6:00 p.m. to whenever: Networking Dinner (optional)
Due to space limitations, there are separate dinner locations booked for the CPM current students + alumni and the LELA current students + alumni. We’ve booked the spaces, but dinner is dutch. Contact Kristina Clark by Friday, June 2 to indicate your interest in participating.


Wednesday, June 14

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast with Networking Activity

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Presentation
Speaker: Misty Grayer, KU School of Public Affairs and Administration PhD Student

9:15 – 10:15 am – Keynote Presentation: “Employees are your #1 Resource”
Speaker: Sheriff Herman Jones, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department
Session Description:  Employees are the most important resource an organization has – but supervising and managing can be one of the most difficult challenges leaders and managers experience.  This session explores how to engage employees are every level of the organization by letting employees know through your actions that you think the employee’s matter.
Bio:

10:15- 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 – 11:45 am – Break Out Sessions

Sessions to choose from:

  • Exploring Cultural Competency – Dr. Heather Getha-Taylor
    • Description of Session: Cultural competency has been described as a "characteristic of good government" (Norman-Major and Gooden, 2012), but for some public managers, this concept remains abstract and elusive. This session will help participants answer the related questions: "what is cultural competency?" "Why does cultural competency matter?" "How can cultural competency be developed?" Using the results of a survey of public employees, this presentation will provide insights on how attitudes, knowledge, and skills impact individuals' cultural competency. Participants will also consider the ways in which these findings can be used to help organizations strategically invest in cultural competency development. The goals of this session are to consider the individual, organizational, and systemic factors that together influence the shared goal of enhanced cultural competency. 
    • Bio: Dr. Heather Getha-Taylor is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. 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. You may contact her at hgtaylor@ku.edu
  • Round Table with Sheriff Jones
  • Measurements – Jess Favre​

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 - 3:15 p.m. Break Out Sessions

Sessions to choose from:

  • Process Improvement – Jesse Favre
  • First Aid for Mental Health – Kim Brown
  • MPA Informational Session – Michelle Reames
  • Humor in the Workplace – Evelyn Eubank

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. - Closing Keynote: “Optimism in the Workplace”
Speaker: J. Michael Wilkes, City Manager, City of Olathe, KS
Session Description:
Bio: 

4:00 p.m. Adjournment
Thank you for joining us! You will receive a conference survey by email, and we welcome your comments.

Schedule and speakers are subject to change.


Parking Resources

The DoubleTree Hotel, where the conference is, is a self-parking facility. All parking is free for guests and attendees.


CPM with Distinction

Are you a CPM or LELA graduate and you would like to attend this conference as a CPM with Distinction course? Great! Contact Kristina Clark by Monday, June 5, 2017. Even if you don't want credit as a CPM with Distinction course, you're still invited to attend as graduate of CPM or the LELA Command School. (You do NOT need to register for this event.)


Lodging

Because we have a limited number of hotel rooms blocked for our group, this information is only available by request. Contact Kristina Clark by Monday, June 5 for information.


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