The 2009 ASPA Annual Conference has really taken off. We have offered a variety of sessions and workshops that focus on various areas of public administration. So far, the major highlights of the conference have been the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Luncheon and the Welcome Reception.
Claudia Stravato was the honoree for the Social Equity Luncheon. Stravato offered a dynamic speech on her experiences working with public servants who are not concerned with advancing the needs of their communities. She also gave attendees a different perspective on the responsibilities of public administrators. Stravato is the true definition of social equity and an example of true leadership.
The second major highlight of the conference was the Welcome Reception at Jungle Island. Buses were available to take members to the location. As soon as we exited the bus, staff members of Jungle Island greeted attendees with a smile. The reception was held in an indoor/outdoor facility and, there was plenty of food and mojitos for all attendees to partake in. My favorite part of the reception was being able to view and hold the animals. Some of the animals included a baby alligator, baby kangaroo, and parrot. Also, a youth singing group performed and had a powerful message about harmony. To end the night, ASPA members danced to Latin music.
Miami has been a great location for the ASPA conference and ASPA staff looks forward to ending the conference with a bang!
ASPA Communications Specialist