The 2021 Annual Conference schedule has been adjusted to accommodate the various demands a digital conference entails, including accommodating time zones from around the world, shorter days to eliminate screen fatigue, shorter sessions to maximize attention spans and lengthening the number of days the conference will span to enable as much content and networking as possible.

All concurrent panels will be pre-recorded, to be played live during their scheduled time at the conference. All other keynotes, panels and events will be live.

All times and locations subject to change; all times listed in Eastern Daylight.


Friday, April 9

Conference Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ASPA Conference Help Desk Open
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Panels
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Fred Riggs Symposium
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Deil Wright Symposium
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Marc Holzer Public Performance Symposium via Suffolk University
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. SAPA Symposium
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Panels
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Fred Riggs Symposium
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Opening Plenary: The Public Service Plenary Featuring Lisa Garrett
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Panels
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fred Riggs Symposium
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Panels
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Presidential Panel I: SECM’s Professional Response to COVID-19: An Administrative Study
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Panels
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Event
 

Saturday, April 10

Conference Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT

9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. ASPA Conference Help Desk Open
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Panels
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Fred Riggs Symposium
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. SHARE Workshop
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Founders' Fellows Panel I
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Panels
11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Texas Certified Public Manager/Good Governance Symposium
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Presidential Panel II: Left Behind: The Future of ALICE in a Post-Pandemic World
12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Panels
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fred Riggs Symposium
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Presidential Panel III
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Business Meetings and Networking Time
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Networking Reception Sponsored by Baruch College, CUNY
 

Sunday, April 11

Conference Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. ASPA Conference Help Desk Open
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Panels
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Fred Riggs Symposium
10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Concurrent Panels
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Presidential Panel IV: Getting "Shots in Arms"—Equitably
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Panels
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Plenary II: The Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Lecture Featuring Terryl Ross
 

Monday, April 12

Conference Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ASPA Conference Help Desk Open
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Concurrent Panels
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Concurrent Panels
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Plenary III: A Global Plenary Featuring Jason DeParle
11:00 a.m. - Noon Business Meetings and Networking Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) "Brunch"
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Founders' Fellows Panel II
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Concurrent Panels
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Plenary IV: The Gallas Lecture Featuring Secretary Leon Panetta
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Business Meetings and Networking Time
 

Tuesday, April 13

Conference Hours: 1:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. EDT

1:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. ASPA Conference Help Desk Open
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Panels
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Plenary V: Elliot Richardson Lecture Featuring Mariko Silver
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Business Meetings and Networking Time
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Past Presidents' Roundtable
By Invitation Only
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Plenary VI: A Focus on Community with Commissioner Toni Carter
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Founders' Fellows Panel III
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Concurrent Panels
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Fred Riggs Symposium
8:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
8:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Presidential Panel V: Korean Public Administration in the U.S: Connection, Commitment and Contribution
8:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Concurrent Panels
 

Wednesday, April 14

Conference Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT

11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. ASPA Conference Help Desk Open
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Business Meetings and Networking Time
12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Plenary VII: The Donald C. Stone Lecture Featuring Donald Moynihan
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Founders' Fellows Panel IV
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Panels
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Plenary VIII: An Antiracism Plenary with Ibram X. Kendi
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Concurrent Panels
6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m. Concurrent Panels
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m. Fred Riggs Symposium
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Presidential Panel VI: ASPA Responds: COVID-19 Policy and Administrative Challenges for Academics, Practitioners and Society
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Concurrent Panels
8:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. Fred Riggs Symposium
 

Thursday, April 15

Conference Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ASPA Conference Help Desk Open
7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Business Meetings and Networking Time
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Founders' Fellows Panel V
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Panels
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Exhibit Hall Roaming
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Panels
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Presidential Panel VII: More Than a Seat at the Table: Diversity and Inclusion in City Management
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Panels
2:15 p.m - 3:30 p.m. Closing Plenary