Join ASPA for this professional development webinars series led by industry experts. Each webinar lasts 60 minutes and features robust discussions about public management issues and PA current events. Topics have included everything from finance and performance management to emergency response to diversity and leadership development.

Review our list of upcoming webinars below and register today for an upcoming learning opportunity!


All ASPA-sponsored webinars, unless otherwise noted, are priced as follows:

ASPA members: FREE! (member benefit)

Non-members: $75


All webinars start at 1 pm EST unless otherwise advertised.


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Lessons Learned from International Leaders in Performance and Results Management
July 14, 2016

Performance management has spread across the globe, but in many different ways. What are other countries and cities around the world doing and how do they compare to what is being done in the U.S.? This webinar will explore current and past performance management practices, explain how other countries have applied them and offer insights and potential ideas for your agency, state or city. Key take-aways will include:


  • An overview of how performance and results management practices have evolved throughout the past 20 years around the world
  • An understanding of different strategies and why different approaches have been used 
  • Examples of how performance management is being implemented and its impact
  • Lessons learned, insights and inspiration from leading practitioners

Kate Josephs,
U.S. Performance Improvement Council (and former UK Delivery Unit)
Robert Talercio, World Bank
John Kamensky, Moderator, The IBM Center for the Business of Government




An Analysis of Superstorm Sandy and Government Responsiveness: How Can Governments Do Better?
July 19, 2016

In this ASPA webinar, hosted by ASPA's Section for Professional and Organizational Development, Dr. Phil Nufrio and Dr. Carol Rusaw discuss reasons for government’s languishing failures to address the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. They describe the lingering maladies of lack of compensation for damages, inability to find suitable shelter still and shifting responsibilities for taking responsibility. They will also cite flaws in the layout of American democratic governance structures that led up to the bureaucratic crises, such as overlapping and fragmented governing responsibilities, preoccupation with legal boundaries, inadequate resources set aside for non-routine program events affecting multiple constituents and fragmented and truncated communications networks among the responders. They also integrate the cultural contributors to bureaucratic inertia in crises events stemming from a learned helplessness, rigidity, defensiveness and isolationism.

Because of the obstacles inherent in responding to large-scale anomalies, governments cannot fully succeed. Yet, some governments have found ways to better engage with each other and with citizens and responders during crises. Drs. Nufrio and Rusaw note that by examining these strategies and adapting them to other types of crises, governments can improve how they manage catastrophes.  To do this, government leaders need to change the hamstrung organizational culture through focusing on integrated disaster preparedness training, shared resources and collaboration across levels.

Phil Nufrio,
Professor of Public Administration, The Metropolitan College of New York

Carol Rusaw, Retired Professor, North Dakota State University
Carol has more than 20 years of experience in training and education in government, as an education program manager, employee development specialist and branch chief. During this time, she designed and developed specialized training curricula to meet organizationally defined objectives and goals. She directed and participated in the training of executives, management, supervisors, assessment staff, human resources specialists, investigators, auditors and compliance officials. In addition, she has conducted program evaluation, organizational development projects, team building exercises and quality improvement programs in the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense and Internal Revenue Service. She has been a university professor in public administration, adult education and human resource development and interpersonal and organizational communications. She is the author of two books, more than 20 refereed journal articles and has presented more than 25 research and practice reports at academic and professional conferences nationally and internationally. Her academic background includes a doctorate in adult education and human resource development, a masters of public administration, a master of arts in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s in English.