Management Conference 2023: Public Sector Innovation, Leadership and Management in the Digital Age

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Date & Time Apr 13 - 14 2023 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Robertson Hall
Various Locations
40+ Invited Speakers!
Audience Restricted to SPIA undergraduate studentsRestricted to SPIA graduate students, faculty and fellows

We are pleased to announce that we will again be hosting a Conference on Management in the Public Sector (the agendas from prior years’ conferences are shown below).  The Conference will have sessions starting on the afternoon of Thursday, April 13th and continuing all day on Friday, April 14th (the outline for the events is shown below). The theme for this year is Public Sector Innovation, Leadership and Management in the Digital Age.

All events will be held in Robertson Hall. If you are interested in attending in person, please hold the dates on your calendar, and see the links below to register.

Final program schedule is subject to change as speakers are confirmed. A final schedule will be sent to all registrants.

Thursday, April 13th:

12:00 PM - Registration Opens

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Alumni Perspectives: Careers in Public Sector Consulting

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Coffee Chats with Conference Participants and Graduate Students

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM - Welcome & Opening Session | Onwards to the Future Brave New World of Generative AI, Remote Work and More.

6:30 PM - Opening Reception (invited guest and graduate students only)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Dinner at Shultz Dining Room (invited guests and graduate students only)


Friday, April 14th:

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Registration, Breakfast and Networking

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Welcome and Introductions

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM - Embracing Digital Transformation: Pioneering Innovations in the Public Sector

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM - Networking break

10:45 AM - 12 Noon - Session A: Place Based Economic Development Development in the Digital Age

10:45 AM - 12 Noon - Session B: Agile in the Public Sector

12 Noon - 1:30 PM - Lunch Roundtables

  • Session A -- Bloomberg Associates Digital and Cyber Team
  • Session B -- GKFF and Tulsa
  • Session C -- Digital Urban Government
  • Session D -- Digital Governance in Latin America

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Session A -- Digital Government and Innovation in the State of New Jersey
  • Session B --Digital Africa
  • Session C --Embracing Digital Transformation: Redefining Public Sector Leadership in the 21st Century

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Networking break

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM - Alumni Panel: Reflections on Careers in Public Service

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM - Closing Remarks

4:45 PM - 6:00 - Final Networking Reception

6:00 PM - End of Conference


List of confirmed speakers and panelists as of 3/30/23:

Akshay Malik, City of Philadelphia

Alex Berman, Cortico

Annie Rittgers, 17a


Ben Stewart, GKFF

Catherine Nikolovski, Civic Software Foundation

Cherae Robinson, Flybridge

Conor Godfrey, Cyber at Tulsa Innovation Labs

Dan Chenok, IBM Center for The Business of Government

David Eaves, UCLInstitute for Innovation and Public Purpose

David Shideler, Heartland Forward

Desiree Frieson, Build in Tulsa

Dustin Palmer, Code for America

Edward G. DeSeve, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Emily Apple, NJEDA 

Ernesto Freire, Bloomberg Associates

Graham Simpson, New Jersey State Office of Innovation

Haley Ashcom, Census Open Innovation Labs

Hilen Meirovich, IDB INVEST

Jake Cronin, inTulsa, an LLC of the George Kaiser Family Foundation

Jeffrey Oakman, State of New Jersey

Jessica Hembree, Platform Civic Strategies

Joe DeLaTorre, State of New Jersey

Johan Schwind, URBAN-X 

Juanita Rodriguez, BINANCE

Kelly Jin, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Leah Campos, SAS

Lisa Morales Hellebo, REFASHIOND Ventures

Mara Abrams, Founder, Census Open Innovation Labs and Social Innovation Consultant

Martha Coven, Princeton SPIA

Mei Lin Fung, People Centered Internet

Michael Samuelian, Urban Technology Hub at Cornell Tech

Moussa Blimpo, World Bank

Nausheen Rajan, Bloomberg Associates

Nigel Jacob, Civic Innovation OG

Olen Helaine, Washington Post

Prem Ramaswami, Sidewalk Labs

Qahir, Dhanani, Boston Consulting Group’s Public Sector practice

Raylene Yung, GSA

Richard Todd, City of Boulder

Santiago Garces, City of Boston

Scott Andes, U.S. Economic Development Administration

Stacy Taylor, Propel, Inc

Taylor Nelson, Bloomberg Associates

Tina Walha, US Digital Response

Tyrance Billingsley, Black Tech Street

Ulili Onovakpuri, Kapor Capital



SPIA Graduate Students - Please use the registration link on the left

Faculty/Staff/SPIA Alumni - Register here

SPIA Undergraduates  - Register here


If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact:

Faculty Lead: Professor Steven Strauss, Ph.D.

Sponsored by: The SPIA Graduate Program Office & Graduate Career Development and Alumni Relations Office

Agenda from Previous Years: