Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative

The Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative provides high-quality, low-cost training and professional development to individuals working the state's public and nonprofit sectors. A collaboration between UConn's Department of Public Policy and our Connecticut partners, the program provides a shared learning environment that strengthens ties between public sector and nonprofit professionals.

Please note, all participants must be fully vaccinated to attend the in-person workshops. Proof of vaccination will be requested. All participants will also be required to wear a mask covering.


Upcoming Workshop Schedule

Alyssa Goduti

Essential Skills for Grant-Writing Success: Research, Writing and Assessment Tools to Get Your Grant Applications to Stand Out

With Alyssa Goduti, UConn DPP adjunct professor and President & CEO of Ädelbrook

Friday, October 8, 2021
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

The success of any nonprofit or government organization is contingent on its mission, vision, governance, ability to run quality programs and most importantly on its ability to raise funds. Organizations with the knowledge, skills and expertise to seek out and successfully win grants are more likely to thrive in this increasingly competitive funding environment. This session will help you better understand how to identify grant opportunities and develop winning proposals. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice grant-writing skills based on practical examples from their organizations or experiences.

What will you learn?

This session will provide vital information about how to approach grant writing in today’s competitive environment. You will gain an understanding of how to research and identify appropriate grant opportunities, develop strategies for approaching the grant writing process, and learn how to develop compelling responses to each component of the proposal. We will use real-life examples to help you practice proposal writing for your organizations so that you will be better prepared to deliver compelling and winning proposals.

Anne Yurasek

Leading in Unclear & Challenging Times

With Anne Yurasek, Principal of Fio Partners

Friday, October 15, 2021
1:00 – 4:00 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

A challenging and rapidly-changing environment has become the norm -- and with it, the need for resilient leaders and adaptive leadership. Adaptive leadership is a practical and empowering framework to mobilize teams during challenging times. It considers the range of external contexts and conditions that influence an organization and employs principles like emotional intelligence and organizational learning and collaboration to address them. During this interactive seminar, participants will explore the traits and practices of adaptive and resilient leaders, elements of adaptive leadership including distinguishing technical problems from adaptive challenges, outside-in thinking, engaging stakeholders, and fostering psychological safety and a culture of learning to both innovate and address risk.

Kenya Rutland

Disrupting Bias & Responding to Microaggressions

With Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting

Friday, November 5, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with 30 minute break)
Hartford Times Building, UConn Hartford Campus
Light lunch provided (may change based on public health guidance)

About the Program

Course Overview

At any given moment our brains are receiving 11 million pieces of information. Yet, we can only consciously process about 40 of those pieces. To make sense of the rest, we rely on our subconscious to filter information. Our brain does this using generalizations, beliefs, and stereotypes. This approach to processing information and making decisions can lead to biases we may not be even aware of. These unconscious biases are normal and in many cases they are useful. However, they can cause people to overlook great ideas and ignore an individual’s potential. They can also result in microaggressions. Microaggressions are everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, and insults that demean or offend others. They are often fueled by our unconscious bias, which means we may not even be aware of them and how they lead to exclusionary behavior.

Who Should Take This Course

Individuals that desire to make better decisions by becoming aware of their own biases, responding to microaggressions, and learning practical techniques to operate in a more inclusive manner.

What You’ll Get

During this workshop, you will:

  • Decode unconscious biases by discussing the impacts of our thinking and decision making;
  • Learn about the neurological roots of unconscious bias and how it systematically influences our thoughts, perceptions, interactions, and decisions;
  • Discover the impact on biases and microaggressions in the workplace;
  • Develop skills for recognizing unconscious biases and microaggressions when they appear and learn to apply strategies for intentionally managing and addressing them more effectively; and
  • Create a personal and meaningful personal accountability plan for managing moments of bias and addressing microaggressions when they occur.

What You’ll Do

Module 1: Introduction to Unconscious Bias
  • Decoding unconscious bias
  • The neurological roots of bias
Module 2: The Impact of Unconscious Bias
  • Impact on our actions, opportunities, confidence, and ability to be ourselves.
Module 3: Strategies for Disrupting Bias
  • Explore triggers
  • Manage the mindset
  • Rethink the people
  • Revise the process
Module 4: Defining Microaggressions
  • Microassaults
  • Microinsults
  • Microinvalidations
Module 5: Addressing Microaggressions
  • Discern
  • Disarm
  • Defy
  • Decide
Anne McIntyre-Lahner

Practical Performance Evaluation for Practitioners and Funders

With Anne McIntyre-Lahner, Evaluation and Impact Consultant, 35-plus years of experience in state and nonprofit leadership, and author of Stop Spinning Your Wheels: Using Results Based Accountability to Steer Your Agency to Success

Friday, November 12, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with 30 minute break)
Hartford Times Building, UConn Hartford Campus

About the Program

In this class you will strengthen your capacity to:

  • Use appropriate program evaluation, performance evaluation, and program monitoring in your work
  • Identify and apply outcome-focused program design to your programs
  • Develop strategies to engage staff and providers in your evaluation efforts

In this two-part class you will strengthen your capacity to:

  • Use appropriate program evaluation, performance evaluation, and program monitoring in your work
  • Identify and apply outcome-focused program design to your programs
  • Develop strategies to engage staff and providers in your evaluation efforts

Part One
10:30 - 11:30am

Gaining A Framework and the Essentials

We will explore the topic of evaluation in general, including:

  • The reasons for conducting an evaluation
  • Different types of evaluation
  • The difference between performance monitoring and evaluation
  • Leveraging a performance system to support evaluation efforts
  • The importance of understanding why you are conducting an evaluation before you begin
  • Deciding whether you need an outside evaluator, and choosing the right one
  • Different factors and contexts to consider when designing an evaluation
  • Involving staff and partners in program evaluation

Part Two
12:00 - 1:30pm

Creating Your Own Performance Evaluation

We will learn practical steps and actions as part of an effective program performance evaluation.

Using your own data and programs, we will go through the process of creating practical evaluations to improve performance, including:

  • Developing and using performance measures in the context of program evaluation
  • Understanding performance and data contextually
  • Leveraging existing data
  • Means-to-End thinking
  • Post-evaluation messaging
  • Using evaluation results to improve performance
Lyle Wray

Launching and Sustaining a Performance Management System

With Lyle D. Wray, PhD, Executive Director, Capitol Region Council of Governments

Friday, December 10, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (with 30 minute break)
Hartford Times Building, UConn Hartford Campus

About the Program

Setting up and sustaining a performance management systems for organizations in the public and nonprofit sectors can be challenging. To help get a successful result, we will consider among other elements suggest a way to look at audiences for performance management information, offer possible shortcuts to getting to a viable launch of a system and carefully consider the use of the information the is to be generated.

This half-day seminar will offer seven main suggestions for launching and maintaining a performance measurement system:

  • Situation assessment
  • Identify motivations for the performance management system
  • Plan a sequence of steps to establish and expand a performance management system
  • Use effective program interventions that are strategically organized
  • Use or adapt existing performance management system frameworks
  • Partner with residents and other stakeholders to the performance management system
  • Leverage advanced information technology tools in the performance management system

The approach will be interactive and participants are invited to bring a current or proposed performance management system for an organization along to the discussion.

The presenter has extensive experience in performance management at state and nonprofit levels, has authored books and chapters on the topic, and has taught a graduate course in the field.

Additional workshops will be shared very soon!

Kenya Rutland

Responding to Microaggressions: Strategies for Navigating Instances of Exclusion

With Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting

Friday, December 18, 2020 ***REGISTRATION CLOSED - CLASS IS FULL***
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

Course Overview

Microaggressions are verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities that communicate derogatory or negative prejudices towards a specific group. These instances can be intentional or unintentional based on our own biases. In this course, participants will decode unconscious biases, define microaggressions and how they show up around us, and discuss strategies for navigating incidents of exclusion. Participants will engage in group discussions to respond to case studies and conclude with defining what it means to be an ally.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed to meet participants wherever they are on their diversity, equity, and inclusion journey.

What You’ll Get

During this workshop, you will:

  • Decode unconscious biases by discussing the impacts of our thinking and decision making;
  • Gain an understanding of microaggressions and stereotypes;
  • Discuss the impact on biases and microaggressions in the workplace;
  • Engage in active dialogue within small groups as a means of responding to case studies;
  • Address microaggressions and learn how to actively respond; and
  • Discover how to become an ally.

What You’ll Do

Module 1: Setting the Foundation
  • Understanding implicit bias and stereotypes
  • Decoding Unconscious Bias
Module 2: Unconscious Bias & Microaggressions
  • Defining microaggressions
  • Understanding how they show up
  • Death by 1000 Paper Cuts
Module 3: Relating to Our Organizations
  • Review case studies.
  • Learn how to identify microaggressions, microinequities, microsignals, and microaffirmations
Module 4: Addressing Microaggressions
  • Tools for responding to microaggressions
  • Discussing strategies for upstanding
  • Becoming an ally
Anne McIntyre-Lahner

Anne McIntyre-Lahner

Ron Schack

Ron Schack

Vanquishing the Data Fear Monster: Transforming Data Anxiety into Data Enthusiasm

With Anne McIntyre-Lahner, Evaluation and Impact Consultant, 35-plus years of experience in state and nonprofit leadership, and author of "Stop Spinning Your Wheels: Using Results Based Accountability to Steer Your Agency to Success" and Ron Schack, Managing Director, Charter Oak Group, LLC, and author of "Confessions of a Data Scientist…or Warrior Priest: Lessons From 25 Years of Data Science, Performance Measurement, and Decision Support."

Friday, January 22, 2021 ***REGISTRATION CLOSED - CLASS IS FULL***
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

Data play a central role in policy and program development, management, and even fund-raising.  But what happens when anxiety related to using data kicks in?  Many experience hesitation, embarrassment, even data paralysis.   Those that have been using data for a while are not immune—when confronted with new tasks or methodologies, or when they are otherwise asked to step out of their comfort zone, they can suffer from data doubt, anxiety, and sometimes imposter syndrome.

This workshop looks at the sources and nature of data fear and offers some practical ways of managing and overcoming these fears.   It is intended for both individuals who suffer from data fear and anxiety as well as those who might be more comfortable with data but who would like to be able to help those who are not.  We will discuss two primary categories of data fear, and continuum of data comfort.  Participants will complete a self-assessment intended to provide insight into where they are on the data comfort continuum and what dimensions of data fear they may be experiencing.  We will provide many real-world examples of data fear and anxiety from our experiences as both state employees and consultants.  And, thankfully, we will teach an array of strategies and techniques that can help vanquish the data fear monster!

Kenya Rutland

Managing Unconscious Bias

With Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting

Friday, March 12, 2021 ***REGISTRATION CLOSED - CLASS IS FULL***
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

Course Overview

At any given moment our brains are receiving 11 million pieces of information. Yet, we can only consciously process about 40 of those pieces. To make sense of the rest, we rely on our subconscious to filter information. Our brain does this using generalizations, beliefs, and stereotypes. This approach to processing information and making decisions can lead to biases we may not be even aware of.

Unconscious biases are a product of our upbringing and experiences. Having them is normal, and in many cases they are useful. But at the same time, unconscious biases can cause people to overlook great ideas, ignore an individual’s potential, and create a less than ideal work experience for their colleagues. Biases can impact every facet of a business, from recruiting staff, leadership effectiveness, and communication, to decision making and workplace interactions. It takes effort, but inclusive individuals learn to override their bias setting by recognizing when bias is at play and asking the right questions to make better decisions.

Who Should Take This Course

Individuals that desire to make better decisions by becoming aware of their own biases and learning practical techniques to operate in a more inclusive manner.

What You’ll Get

During this workshop, you will:

  • Create a common language and explore experiences around diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Attain greater self-awareness and discover how to make choices that will help us leverage the power of diversity in our personal lives and work;
  • Explore how diversity impacts our own lives, workplace interactions, and many of our choices and behaviors
  • Introduce the concepts of unconscious bias and cultural dexterity, and engage in discussions to explore how our personal experiences define how we show up in the world;
  • Develop strategies for overcoming bias.

What You’ll Do

Module 1: Foundation and Common Language
  • Define diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Four layers of diversity
  • Diversity and your life
Module 2: The Impact of our Experiences
  • Exploring our blind spots
  • Worldview hinderances
  • Levels of engaging
Module 3: Introduction to Unconscious Bias
  • Unconscious bias defined
  • Types of bias
  • Sources of unconscious bias
  • Three levels of relationships
Module 4: Strategies for Disrupting Bias
  • Exploring triggers
  • Managing the mindset
  • Rethinking the people
  • Revising the process
Alyssa Goduti

Essential Skills for Grant-Writing Success: Research, Writing and Assessment Tools to Get Your Grant Applications to Stand Out

With Alyssa Goduti, UConn DPP adjunct professor and President & CEO of Ädelbrook

Friday, March 26, 2021
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

The success of any nonprofit or government organization is contingent on its mission, vision, governance, ability to run quality programs and most importantly on its ability to raise funds. Organizations with the knowledge, skills and expertise to seek out and successfully win grants are more likely to thrive in this increasingly competitive funding environment. This session will help you better understand how to identify grant opportunities and develop winning proposals. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice grant-writing skills based on practical examples from their organizations or experiences.

What will you learn?

This session will provide vital information about how to approach grant writing in today’s competitive environment. You will gain an understanding of how to research and identify appropriate grant opportunities, develop strategies for approaching the grant writing process, and learn how to develop compelling responses to each component of the proposal. We will use real-life examples to help you practice proposal writing for your organizations so that you will be better prepared to deliver compelling and winning proposals.

Kenya Rutland

Responding to Microaggressions: Strategies for Navigating Instances of Exclusion

With Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting

Friday, April 9, 2021
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

Course Overview

Microaggressions are verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities that communicate derogatory or negative prejudices towards a specific group. These instances can be intentional or unintentional based on our own biases. In this course, participants will decode unconscious biases, define microaggressions and how they show up around us, and discuss strategies for navigating incidents of exclusion. Participants will engage in group discussions to respond to case studies and conclude with defining what it means to be an ally.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed to meet participants wherever they are on their diversity, equity, and inclusion journey.

What You’ll Get

During this workshop, you will:

  • Decode unconscious biases by discussing the impacts of our thinking and decision making;
  • Gain an understanding of microaggressions and stereotypes;
  • Discuss the impact on biases and microaggressions in the workplace;
  • Engage in active dialogue within small groups as a means of responding to case studies;
  • Address microaggressions and learn how to actively respond; and
  • Discover how to become an ally.

What You’ll Do

Module 1: Setting the Foundation
  • Understanding implicit bias and stereotypes
  • Decoding Unconscious Bias
Module 2: Unconscious Bias & Microaggressions
  • Defining microaggressions
  • Understanding how they show up
  • Death by 1000 Paper Cuts
Module 3: Relating to Our Organizations
  • Review case studies.
  • Learn how to identify microaggressions, microinequities, microsignals, and microaffirmations
Module 4: Addressing Microaggressions
  • Tools for responding to microaggressions
  • Discussing strategies for upstanding
  • Becoming an ally
Kenya Rutland

Developing and Supporting a Resilient Team

With Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting

Friday, April 16, 2021
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

Course Description

Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a case study, we will dive into how your existing team has navigated the pandemic, what qualities and resources you need to develop within your team to be successful in the future, and how to hold yourself and your team accountable on the way.

This program will focus on assessing the qualities of yourself and your staff in order to develop into a resilient team capable of adapting to change and succeeding in crisis.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is for supervisors or managers looking to build and lead effective teams.

What You’ll Get

During this workshop, you will:

  • Discuss the importance of continuous self and team evaluation;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in your current team;
  • Discuss the leadership qualities needed for creating and supporting a resilient team; and
  • Discuss opportunities where you and your team can hold each other accountable.

What You’ll Do

Module 1: Your COVID Experiences
  • Successes shared between you and your team
  • Challenges within team
  • How you’ve supported your team through the pandemic

This module will contain breakout groups to encourage participants to share triumphs and challenges among their teams.

Module 2: Five Traits for Developing & Supporting a Resilient Team
  • Discussing the five traits
  • Self-Assessment
  • Group comparison and discussion

During this module, participants will be encouraged to complete a self-assessment as it relates to the five traits. Aggregate results will be shared in real-time to prompt discussion.

Thomas Phillips

Building Effective Management and Leadership Skills: What is Required for the Next Generation of Public and Nonprofit Executives

With Thomas L. Phillips of TL Phillips Consulting Services

Friday, May 14, 2021
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

Please Note:
This workshop will require participants to purchase and complete the CliftonStrengths assessment survey prior to the workshop.  The survey fee will be an additional $19.99 (purchased separately). See more information in the following "About the Program" section.

About the Program

Overview

Connecticut is demographically one of the oldest states in the country.  Many public and nonprofit organizations are facing “brain drain” challenges related to the loss of senior executives, including their knowledge and expertise, as more “baby boomers” continue to retire.  In some cases, these organizations do not have well developed succession plans and are not properly enhancing existing and developing new required management and leadership skills/competencies of their mid-level executives, which would allow them to more effectively transition into senior executive level positions.  In addition, the current pandemic has caused much disruption and uncertainty, requiring many organization’s management teams to both pivot and adapt to their new normal.  It is therefore critical for both sectors to develop these individuals and their skills more proactively and aggressively, to ensure their organizations stay competitive, effectively serve their customers, and achieve long term sustainability.

Description

This half-day workshop includes six essential Learning Modules (LM) that cover a variety of important and timely management and leadership related topics. Each participant will be required to take the Top 5 CliftonStrengths assessment survey in advance of the workshop with the results collectively shared and discussed. This tool allows you to identify and play to your top 5 strengths at work and in your personal life. There is a cost of $19.99 to purchase and take the survey. The assessment tool should be purchased online by participants and completed no later than a week before the workshop, so you have time to review the results. The assessment can be purchased using the following link: https://store.gallup.com/p/en-us/10265/cliftonstrengths-for-students-top-5.

The workshop is also designed to be interactive through group exercises and collective dialogue, as much can also be learned from the participants.

The following are the list of Learning Modules that will be presented:

  1. Top 5 CliftonStrengths Assessment Survey Results
  2. Developing Critical Leadership Skills
  3. Organization/Individual Core Values
  4. Importance of Innovation
  5. Convener Skills
  6. Facilitation Skills

Outcome

Participants will enhance their existing and learn new management and leadership skills through both the LM sessions/ exercises and collective dialogue, which will help prepare them to more effectively assume higher senior executive roles and responsibilities in support of their organization’s mission and brand.

Who Should Attend?

Senior/mid-level managers being identified/cultivated by your organization or those individuals aspiring to higher level executive leadership career positions. Also helpful for current senior executives interested in honing their existing management and leadership skill sets.


Program Costs

Attendee Full Day Class Half Day Class
General Public $299 $149
Members and Grantees of Partner Organizations $199 $99
UConn Department of Public Policy Alumni $149 $69
UConn Department of Public Policy Current Students $0 $0

Location and Parking

In-person workshops are held at:
University of Connecticut Hartford Campus
Hartford Times Building
10 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06103

Please use the HTB entrance located on Front Street, across from Barnes & Noble. Follow posted signs to the program.

 
Parking
Connecticut Convention Center Parking Garage
100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT 06103

 


Our Partners

For more information or questions, please contact Maura Maloney at maura.maloney@uconn.edu or 959-200-3817.