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.


Upcoming Virtual 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, September 25, 2020
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 23, 2020
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders like you have been grappling with numerous and unexpected challenges across their programs, workforce, finances, and more. The future is uncertain, but as we look ahead to the next year, it is clear that the pandemic and racial justice movements will continue to have a significant impact. It will be critical for leaders to continue to evolve their practices, build resolve, support their people, and plan for what’s next.

What will you learn?

This session will provide a range of models, tools, and approaches to support your organization over the coming year including:

  • Scenario planning and decision making to ensure leadership alignment
  • Supporting remote teams and tips for virtual facilitation
  • Strategies for self-care and renewal.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore different approaches and discuss opportunities for implementation within their organizations.

Kenya Rutland

Managing Unconscious Bias

With Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting

Friday, November 20, 2020
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
Kenya Rutland

Responding to Microaggressions: Strategies for Navigating Instances of Exclusion

With Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting

Friday, December 18, 2020
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.

Friday, January 22, 2021
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (with 30 minute break)
Live virtual session

About the Program

Thank you for your interest in this workshop!  More details will be provided soon.

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

About the Program

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
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

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

General Public:

$75

Members and Grantees of Partner Organizations:

$49

UConn Department of Public Policy Alumni:

$37

Location and Parking

All 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.