Presidential Panels

The 2018 Annual Conference will feature eight Presidential Panels, looking at some of the most important issues in public administration today. Read on for more information about the panels being planned!

Nexus: Where Public Administration and the Military Connect

Saturday, March 10 | 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

This Presidential Panel will host panelists who have had extraordinary military careers and served at the highest level of military leadership, followed by distinguished careers in public service. They will explore similarities between senior leadership roles in the military services and senior leadership roles in other government and civilian contexts.

Bobby R. Inman, Admiral U.S. Navy (ret.), Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School, University of Texas
Mark A. Welsh III
, General U.S. Air Force (ret.) and Dean, Bush School of Government, Texas A&M University
Jefferson Davis Howell, Jr., Lt. General U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) and Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor, LBJ School, University of Texas—Austin

Bad Data

Saturday, March 10 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

States and local governments are increasingly driven toward a reliance on data to guide decisionmaking and program improvement, but data quality problems abound. This is particularly true when states rely on multiple local governments or nonprofits to collect data without consistent definitions or sufficient attention. This discussion will cover the most common contributing factors to poor quality data including poor planning, unprotected databases, missing documentation, inconsistent data, poorly trained data collectors and antiquated technology that compromises data accessibility. The panel will also look into ways that governments can improve data quality, a vital step in moving toward reliable data-informed decisions.

Katherine Barrett
, Partner, Barrett and Greene
Richard Greene, Partner, Barrett and Greene

Ally Training

Saturday, March 10 | 2:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Several ASPA Sections, including SNAPs, SWPA, SDSJ, LGBTQ Advocacy Alliance and COMPA, are collaborating to offer a social equity, diversity and inclusion workshop at the 2018 Annual Conference.

Following opening remarks, participants will be divided into groups for activity-based training that aims at helping participants become allies and take concrete actions to achieve welcoming environments for fellow colleagues, students, professors and others, no matter the context. The training will conclude with a closing panel to share actionable advice for how to foster more equitable, diverse and inclusive public service institutions. We'll be learning how to become friends, not foes; allies, not enemies; be welcoming, not divisive; and create safe spaces for others.

All ASPA members—students and professionals, academicians and practitioners—are invited to participate in this session. The workshop will feature opening remarks by ASPA Immediate Past President Susan Gooden and COMPA President Marc Fudge, among others.

He Gave Us So Much: Reflections on Paul L. Posner

Sunday, March 11 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The original "pracademic," Paul Posner became a legend as he walked in our midst. This panel of his close colleagues and friends will speak to his legacy, his lasting contributions to public administration and what comes next for those who follow in his footsteps.

Erik Bergrud, Associate Vice President for External Relations, Park University    
Dan G. Blair, President and CEO Emeritus, National Academy of Public Administration
Timothy J. Conlan, University Professor of Government, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Tonya T. Neaves, Moderator, Director, Centers on the Public Service, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Smart Cities: A Comparative Examination

Monday, March 12 | 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

This panel will look at how cities in the United States and around the world are using the Internet of Things and other smart technologies to create sustainable, equitable, "smart" cities to foster whole communities. Models for best practices will include Palo Alto, Calif., and cities in India and China.

More details will follow!

Diversity and Inclusion in Public Spaces

This panel will focus on where public administration intersects with ongoing current debates surrounding "safe spaces" in the public domain. How do we address historic racism? How do public administrators endeavor to be ethical and fair in their public treatment of all? This panel will look at these questions and many others.

More details will follow!