Leadership seminars support NFBPA
Thirteen senior public
servants came to Maxwell this September for a three-day program as part of the National
Forum for Black Public Administrators’ (NFBPA) Executive Leadership Institute
faculty and representatives of the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County led seminars on
topics such as decision making and crisis management, leading change, Syracuse’s Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, and participation in civic
infrastructures. Participants also toured downtown Syracuse.
NFBPA is a national
organization that provides training and professional development to black
leaders in local and state governments. ELI was founded in 1987. The eight-month,
competitive program’s selection process considers, among other attributes,
participants’ demonstrated leadership experience and commitment to social
responsibility. The program addresses issues including urban development, transportation
policy, economic development strategies, and other public policies.
Syracuse is one of ELI’s
many university partners. Participants spend one long weekend from August
through March at training sessions that combine academic perspectives with
real-life issues that public servants address. ELI program expectations stress
networking and peer exchange opportunities – core tenets of Executive
Education’s diverse training programs.
NFBPA is partnering
with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to offer this year’s
ELI. The class will contribute to NAPA’s Grand Challenges in Public
Administration and complete capstone projects, which will be published and
shared with colleagues across the nation.
ELI participants hold
a variety of jobs, including positions in human services, economic development,
IT, neighborhood services, external affairs, housing, and public safety. Participants
hail from cities in five states: Newport News, Virginia; Charlotte and Greensboro,
North Carolina; Austin, Houston, Hutton, Missouri City, San Antonio, and Round
Rock, Texas; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Maxwell School has partnered
with NFBPA for more than 25 years. “Every new class adds something new to our
relationship,” said Steven Lux, director of the Executive Education Program. “We
love engaging these accomplished young professionals and are proud to be a part
of their leadership development.”
Marcia L. Conner, NFBPA
executive director, appreciates the professional organization’s long-term
relationship with the university. “The Maxwell faculty are an incredible
resource for our Executive Leadership Institute,” she said.