ASPA Hosts Second Annual Practitioner Conference

ASPA and The Public Manager’s second annual practitioner conference, Strengthening Trust in Government: Opening Dialogues, Building Collaboration, was a major success!  The conference was held November 2-3, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Approximately a hundred public servants attended the conference eager to learn more about public service from a practitioner angle.  Listed below are some of the major highlights of the conference.   

 Opening Plenary Session

The opening plenary session provided an overview of the challenges facing the public management community.  Jeffrey Zeints, Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), served as the keynote speaker for the session.  Zeints responded to questions on President Obama’s management agenda.  

Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall was the central location for networking and socializing.  Several organizations served as exhibitors and offered services to the conference participants.  Additionally, breaks and receptions were held in the exhibit hall throughout the conference. 

Concurrent Sessions and Working Groups

The first day of the conference was centered around concurrent sessions which focused on the theme of “engagement”.  The themes included engaging the organization, engaging the organizational workforce and engaging the public.  Day two of the conference was focused on interactive working groups.  Attendees were able to identify building blocks necessary to strengthening public trust in a particular area.  The sessions included a facilitator and subject matter experts who provided initial thoughts on how to proceed based on their experience.  Attendees were charged with determining how to scope out and prioritize these ideas further.

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