Opening Lecture

Saturday, March 18 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Jeff Corntassel

"Community Resurgence and the Self-Determining Authority of Indigenous Nations"

Jeff Corntassel (Cherokee Nation citizen) received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1998 and is currently Associate Professor and Director of Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria. Corntassel was recently named the 2017 Sequoyah Fellow at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., in recognition of outstanding scholarship in the field of Indigenous Studies. Corntassel's research and teaching interests include sustainable self-determination and indigenous political mobilization. His research has been published in Alternatives, Decolonization, Human Rights Quarterly and Social Science Journal.

Corntassel's first book, Forced Federalism: Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood (2008, University of Oklahoma Press), examines how indigenous nations in the U.S. have mobilized politically as they encounter new threats to their governance from state policymakers. His next book is an edited volume in collaboration with Kanaka Maoli professors in indigenous politics at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa: Everyday Acts of Resurgence: People, Places, Practices.

Nesta M. Gallas Lecture

Sunday, March 19 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Adm. Thad Allen (Ret.)

Adm. Allen retired from the Coast Guard in 2010 as the 23rd Commandant. He currently serves as Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where he supports government and commercial clients in cyber security, energy and the environment, navigation systems, emergency response and crisis leadership. He is a nationally recognized expert in disaster response and an advisor to government leaders. He was the lead federal official for the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He also directed Coast Guard operations in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the Haitian Earthquake. A 1971 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Adm. Allen also holds Master's degrees from The George Washington University and MIT Sloan School. He is a member in the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. He serves on a number of federal advisory committees and holds the James Tyler Chair at the Admiral James M. Loy Institute for Leadership at the Coast Guard Academy.

Admiral Allen was to provide remarks at the 2016 Annual Conference but needed to cancel his attendance due to illness. We are delighted he can join us in 2017 and share his insights about a range of public administration challenges.

Richardson Lecture

Sunday, March 19 | 3:30 p.m.


L. Douglas Wilder

L. Douglas Wilder’s career in public service spans 40 years and is noted for several historic milestones.

Mr. Wilder became the first African-American to be elected governor in the U.S., leading the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1990 to 1994.  As the Commonwealth’s 66th governor, he was commended for his sound fiscal management and balancing the state budget during difficult economic times.  Financial World magazine ranked Virginia as the best managed state in the U.S. for two consecutive years under his administration.  Prior to his time as governor, he served as lieutenant governor from 1986 to 1990 and as state senator from 1969-1985, chairing committees on Transportation; Rehabilitation and Social Services; Privileges and Elections; the Virginia Advisory Legislative Council; and the Senate Steering Committee, which appoints committee members.  

Other legislative achievements include providing state health care coverage for sickle-cell anemia patients, toughening penalties for capital murderers and prison escapees, and expanding low and moderate income housing.  For eight years, he persisted in sponsoring legislation that eventually led to establishing a state holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. making Virginia the first state in the nation to have a legislative holiday for Dr. King.

Persuaded to run for mayor in 2004, Mr. Wilder received eighty percent of the vote and carried each of the City’s nine council districts and every precinct in the City.  He was sworn in as Richmond’s first elected mayor in 2005 and served until 2009, making him the first African-American mayor elected by popular vote all from all of the citizens of Richmond. During his term, Richmond made remarkable progress in its fight against crime, having its lowest rate in 27 years.  Downtown economic development and neighborhood improvements were widespread, and financial management reached a new level of scrutiny that served taxpayers well.

An attorney by profession, Mr. Wilder gained recognition as a leading criminal trial lawyer.  He graduated from Howard University Law School in 1959 and later established the legal firm that became known a Wilder, Gregory & Associates, one of the few minority-owned businesses in Virginia at the time.  Prior to earning his J.D., he graduated from Virginia Union University with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and worked in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as a toxicology technician.

Though he’s now an octogenarian, Mr. Wilder has not slowed a bit. He’s still a highly-involved and highly-dedicated citizen of the city that he has called home for most of his life, and one of its best and most outspoken ambassadors. At present, Mr. Wilder is a Distinguished Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. He also is the driving force for establishing a National Slavery Museum.

Stone Lecture

Monday, March 20 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Harvey L. White

Harvey White is an accomplished scholar and distinguished public service professional. He has served as a city manager, development specialist, director of planning and public administration programs, and an academic dean. He has consulted, lectured and conducted research in African, Asian, Caribbean, European and Latin American countries.

White has co-authored five books and more than 60 other scholarly publications. His professional activities include: Founder and Editor of the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy; President of the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators; President of the American Society for Public Administration; Founder and Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Healthy Communities; and, Founder and Past General Chair of the International Consortium for Public Management, Policy and Development. He is also a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.  

White is currently Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public and International Affairs. He also served as Professor of Preventive Medicine and Special Assistant to the President at the University of South Alabama; and Professor of Public Administration at the University of Science and Technology, China.

White earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS from East Carolina University and BA from North Carolina Central University. He is married to Dr. Velma Scantlebury; they have two biological children and are surrogate parents and mentors of numerous youth and young professionals from around the world.

Closing Lecture

Tuesday, March 21 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Honorable Janice Lachance

An accomplished executive, widely experienced leader, and governance expert, Janice Lachance helps both expanding and stressed nonprofit enterprise leaders and boards with transformation and transitions, performance assessment, mission and strategy reformulation, organization re-engineering, new ventures, and executive transitions. With a collaborative style, Janice’s central focus is on how to protect and build value for stakeholders by applying best practices in the fields of strategic thinking, technology advances, social media, marketing, media relations, public policy, human resources, financial planning, fundraising, and team building.

Janice’s career spans high-level work in the government, associations and executive volunteer activities. Prior to her recent work in not-for-profit enterprises, Janice was nominated by President William Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government’s independent human resources agency, responsible for all policy and programs affecting the 2.1 million members of the nation’s civil service.

President Clinton charged Janice with the task of establishing and gaining recognition of the federal workforce as a national performance model. She is credited with many seminal achievements at OPM, including: reformulating the agency’s mission and strategy as well as re-engineering its 3,700 employee organizational structure and culture; expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act to permit the use of sick leave to care for a newborn or ailing family member; instituting affordable long-term care insurance for 20 million federal employees, members of the armed services, and retirees; making innovative and cost-effective improvements in health insurance and retirement programs; dramatically increasing outreach and recruitment efforts to first-job applicants from underrepresented populations; revitalizing the Presidential Management Fellows Program; and, establishing USAJOBS.gov, the Federal Government's official source for federal job listings and employment opportunity information and which attracts more than 20 million visits annually.

During the past decade, Janice has served as the managing executive in not-for-profit membership associations. Most recent examples include Interim President of the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust where she was responsible for innovative transformation of the BBB’s 501c3 foundation through the design and execution of comprehensive mission development, including communications, branding, staffing and fund development plans.

Janice also served as CEO of the Special Libraries Association for more than 10 years, leading the global association of 8,000 credentialed librarians and scholars who devote more than 25 million hours annually to the operation and expansion of the global information and knowledge economies on behalf of private, academic and public sector enterprise in 75 countries. Among her many SLA accomplishments as chief executive, Janice guided the reformulation of association’s mission, vision and values statements and strategic plan; nurtured a positive culture of problem-solving, innovation and progression of volunteer members to leadership positions; implemented domestic and international public policy programs focused on intellectual property, the free flow of information, privacy, and internet governance. She pioneered Click University, the first online learning and professional development member resource among library associations.

While serving as global spokesperson and champion of the librarian profession and the association, the U.S. State Department appointed Janice to be a delegate to the World Summit on the Information Society, which led to the creation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the multi-national/multi-stakeholder platform for Internet policy discussions and governance. Separately, the State Department appointed her as a Subject Matter Expert Speaker on the future of the information industry and librarians in the global knowledge economy and the Internet. Engagements included Germany, Egypt, Italy and Japan.

Although not a librarian, Janice was uniquely awarded SLA’s prestigious Member Achievement Award during SLA’s Centennial Conference to acknowledge her leadership on “moving the association to unprecedented success and international presence in the 21st century.” In recognition of sustained outstanding contributions to the association, the profession, and the information industry, Janice was awarded the CEO Emeritus title at the end of her SLA tenure.

A leader in her profession, dedicated volunteer, popular speaker, and trusted advisor, Janice is the President-Elect of the American Society for Public Administration (President in 2017); a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, an honor awarded to less than one percent of its membership; an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration where she served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. At the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in The Hague—the international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users worldwide, Janice was elected chairperson of the library association management section and served on IFLA’s governing board.

Among numerous awards, Janice was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Southern Vermont College in 2013 and Vice President Al Gore’s Reinventing Government Hammer Award for advances in government-wide labor-management partnerships. Janice was born and raised in Biddeford, Maine, graduated from Manhattanville College, and earned her law degree from Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Maine, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.