Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference

Engage with others, build skills, and find inspiration for your professional journey.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kansas State University, Olathe Campus

Thank you for attending the Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference!

If you would like a copy of the breakout session notes, please contact Alecia Gray at

Pictures from the day.»

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“If you don’t like the feel of change, imagine how it would feel to be irrelevant.” – Unknown

This year’s Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference will provide a rich environment to engage and expand our understanding of the trends affecting us professionally and personally. The agenda has been crafted to provide opportunities to enhance participants’ leadership capacities while also providing a day of encouragement and renewal. Your leadership is critical. And so is your spirit. Regardless of the professional stage of your life, please join us on June 28. Be inspired.

  Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012
  Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




K-State Olathe Campus
22201 W. Innovation Dr., Olathe, KS»

(near K-7 and College Blvd.)
K-State Olathe is a non-smoking campus. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the building or on the K-State Olathe property.
  Cost: $100 for full day; $60 for half day
  Deadline: June 15, 2012
  Lodging: PDF listing of area hotels.
  Contact: Alecia Gray at or 785-291-3158.



Whether we love it or hate it, change is the reality of our working and personal lives. An aging population and increasing diversity are affecting communities and workplaces in all corners of the United States. The recent “Great Recession” and the ongoing European financial crisis suggest that our financial world has been reset with a slower cycle of recovery. Together with rising energy costs and increasingly rigid political ideologies, these changes impact our ability to sustain many of the very things that helped give the U.S. its competitive edge in the past century.

The seriousness of these issues heightens the significance of our response as community leaders and leaders in public organizations. Fortunately, many localities and agencies have met these challenges with a spirit of innovation and a renewed commitment to public service as they forge a way forward. But for many public servants this has taken a personal toll. Committed to meeting the needs we see, public administrators struggle to do ever more with shrinking resources. Of necessity, our strategies and action must evolve as we go forward.

To support women leaders whose work is vital to our communities, this year’s Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference has been designed to help you address the issues shaping our local communities. We look forward to seeing you there!

2012 Conference Committee
Karen Davis (Chair), Management Partners, Inc.
Regan Carrizales, The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
Marilu Goodyear, KU School of Public Affairs and Administration
Alecia Gray, KU Public Management Center
Sharon Klumpp, Springsted, Inc.
Maria Lara, City of Pleasanton, CA
Beth Linn, City of Edgerton, KS
Julia Novak, The Novak Consulting Group
Jan Perkins, Management Partners, Inc.
Noel Rasor, KU Public Management Center
Susan Sherman, City of Olathe, KS

Keynote Speakers
Rosie Rios, US Treasurer, Department of the Treasury
Sheryl Sculley, City Manager of San Antonio, TX
Susan Stanton, Principal, SMS Consulting, Kansas City, MO


MORNING SESSIONS: Focus on outlining and understanding the developing trends (changing demographics, financial recovery and forecast, unemployment, jobs, changing workforce, rise in incivility/partisan politics, funding education, etc) and the impact to local communities.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS: Focus on developing leadership capacity (building the pipeline, maintaining creditability, strengthening required skill sets, building and engaging the community) and leading effectively in a changing environment.

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