Master Academy for Civic and Public Affairs

February 22-24, 2023 Curriculum 


Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Morning Session
(Choose One)
10:00 am-1:00 pm EST
9:00 am-Noon CST
7:00-10:00 am PST
Learning to Lead - Project Management Tools for Non-project Managers
The competence in managing project is important even though you aren't a "project manager." In this course, participants will learn skills and tools to help successfully manage any project. This course will also review the concepts of a project charter, scope goal, creating a measurable problem statement, risk, stakeholder analysis, learning styles and communication methods.
Katie Labedz 
is the Founder and President at Learning to Lean. She has her Master's certification in instructional design, her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through PMI and is a certified instructor/facilitator through Langevin.  She is also a well know international professional speaker.
10:00 am-12:30 pm EST
9:00-11:30 am CST
7:00-9:30 am PST
How Your Interpersonal Dynamics Can Impact Board Relationships
In this course, participants will learn:
• Understanding the values and attitudes of the Board Members using a personality profile model
• What are the potential Board Members Leadership qualities (or lack thereof) 
• How can the participants Help them navigate their role statutorily by giving the examples of historical missteps for discussion
• Provide talking points about some normal and abnormal professional interactions with Board members
Jim Reseburg is the Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Planning Solutions, LLC that provides Emergency Management Solutions for public and private organizations.  James is an adjunct faculty member for the Federal Emergency Management Institute and is one of 28 national instructors on Disaster Management which includes Weapons of Mass Destruction. 
Afternoon Session
2:00-5:00 pm EST 
1:00-4:00 pm CST 
11:00 am-2:00 pm PST
Democracy on the Line - Social Equity in Today's Politically Charged Environment
In today’s politically charged environment, what does social equity mean? How do we promote fairness for all and democratically serving the public interest as a core value of public service? In this session, we will interactively examine three major dimensions. First, we will examine the major causes of social inequities, with particular focus on history, laws, politics, and management. Second, we will expand upon this discussion by exploring the major effects of social inequities. Third, we will forward strategies to use at multiple levels—individual, inter-personal, institutional, and systemic—to promote fairness for all.
Dr. Sean McCandless, PhD works as an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield. He completed his post-doctorate PhD in Public Affairs from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. He also holds an MA in Political Science and BAs in History, Political Science, and Psychology. He is published in Public Administration Review (PAR), Public Integrity (PI), Administrative Theory & Praxis (ATP), and several edited volumes. He was an ASPA Founders’ Fellow (2016 and 2017) and ASPA International Young Scholar (2017). 

Tyrone Dooley, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis, and he received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Dooley’s research areas include:  social justice, critical race, social equity and community development. He was honored with a Center for Online Learning Research and Service Faculty Fellowship in 2014 for his research in the area of human capital development. His research has been featured in the Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, Youth & Society, Teaching Public Administration and e-Mentor. 

Thursday, February 23, 2023

10:00 am-1:00 pm EST
9:00 am-Noon CST
7:00-10:00 am PST
Leading with Care in a Tough World
The seminar focuses on the five foundational beliefs of caring leaders and nine caring leadership skills necessary to build a “great place to work” culture that energizes employees and meets constituents’ needs. Your seminar leader, will share insights gleaned from years of research and experience in the public and private sector. The session will feature short discussions, followed by interactive polls and group activities.
Phil Clampitt is a Professor and John Blair Endowed Chair of Communication at UW-Green Bay. Hi is the Founder of Metacomm and has published several books, including his newest book co-authored with Bob DeKoch, Leading with Care in a Tough World: Beyond Servant Leadership.
Afternoon Session (Choose One)

2:00-4:00 pm EST 
1:00-3:00 pm CST 
11:00 am-1:00 pm PST

Using Design Thinking for Collaborative Problem-Solving
Design thinking describes collaborative and creative approaches to organizational problem-solving. By engaging in this series of hands-on activities, participants in this interactive workshop will come away with a better understanding of design thinking fundamentals. We’ll then apply these techniques to address systems found in government services by identifying inefficiencies, implementing change, and leveraging technology to improve workflows.
Kris Purzycki is an Assistant Professor at UW-Green Bay. 
Citizen Engagement: Right Brain and the Emotional Draw
Want the right answer? Ask the RIGHT brain. What local governments provide in services can often be a mystery to the common resident. Here’s the issue: how do you engage the public and encourage them to learn more about and see the value of what local government offers? Engage RIGHT brain thinking. You will examine real examples of successful citizen engagement. Learn to take control and shape conversations with your residents as opposed to governing in a reactive manner.  
Andy Pederson
, Village Manager for the Village of Bayside
Afternoon Session (Choose One)
4:15-6:15 pm EST 
3:15-5:15 pm CST 
1:15-3:15 pm PST
Dealing with an Angry Person - Tools to Deescalate
About a third of Americans say they regularly interact with angry people, which is not at all surprising when you consider that most Americans also say they get angry at least once a day.  While anger can be a healthy emotion that is expressed in a number of positive ways, it can result in poor treatment, social discomfort, or even physical violence.  This talk will explore the psychological underpinnings of why people get angry with a focus on how to best navigate those challenging social interactions we often encounter.  
Dr. Ryan Martin an anger researcher, is Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and UW-Green Bay. Among Prof. Martin’s accomplishments, but not limited to are; he has been a guest on NPR, interviewed by the New York Times, “Ten TED Talks to Watch” and his latest published book, “Why We Get Mad:  How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change.”
Budgeting Without the Numbers
We all recognize budgets are about numbers, but are they?  Do your numbers correlate to service delivery, outcomes, accomplish the community vision, mission, and strategic values.  You will examine real examples of successful budgeting processes that involve little conversation about the numbers; rather, if your governing body sets the priorities, the resources can be allocated to accomplish.  Learn to take control and shape conversations on your budget as opposed to losing focus on the larger picture.
Andy Pederson, Village Manager for the Village of Bayside

Friday, February 24, 2023

10:00 am-1:00 pm EST
9:00 am-Noon CST
7:00-10:00 am PST
Maximizing Retention Through Resiliency
This session will help answer your questions like “How can I be the most productive, effective, and efficient with my time at and outside of work?” Learn how elite teams train resilience to enhance productivity, quality of life, stress levels, and engagement in one's job. We will focus on training our attention to focus on job challenges adaptively and identifying how to lean into our core strengths for greater success. 
Dr. David Radosevich is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at UW-Green Bay. He is also an Austin E Cofrin Endowed chair in Business.