PA Connections

Mentoring and Networking to Thrive in Public Administration

Interested in Mentorship, Networking, and Leadership?

Join us at PA Connections

In response to feedback from its members, ASPA NCAC launched a new program to provide networking, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.

Led by Co-chairs Billy Leiserson and Pamela Foster, PA Connections has been busy during the past month. In October, we sponsored a panel discussion on mentorship, where we had a lively discussion on topics such as finding a mentor, qualities of a good mentor and mentee, and networking techniques. We held our first organizational meeting two weeks later on Nov 2nd. Both events were met with an enthusiastic reception from ASPA members. This may not be too surprising given that PA Connections was formed in response to members’ comments at the 2016 Annual Meeting, but it confirmed there is genuine interest in programming of this kind.

 PA Connections Is Having an Impact on Programming

Leadership of ASPA NCAC has taken notice of the discussion and feedback from the PA Connections meetings. Events sponsored by the chapter will be structured to facilitate networking (e.g., by building networking time after the speakers have finished). In addition, several events are being planned in response to the needs expressed by PA Connections members, such as career management, networking, and mentoring. The first of these will take place on Feb 27, when there will be a workshop on marketing yourself with resumes. You can get more information and RSVP here. Look for additional events in the coming months: in June, on navigating stressful situations in the workplace; and in July, an event on making career changes.

If you have ideas for these or other events, we want to hear from you! You can reach the PA connections team (Billy and Pamela) at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com or post to our new discussion forums.

Next Planning and Networking Meeting February 8, 2018

PA Connections monthly organizational meetings serve to create: a unified vision of the group’s goals, an implementation plan, and a plan for how we will measure success. If you are interested in helping chart the future of this group, please contact us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com.

To learn more about the event, click here. Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Registry for Networking and Mentoring

At the November meeting, we decided to put together a registry of members who are interested in meeting for informational interviews. We are building the framework for the registry now and expect it to launch in January. The registry will contain biographical information, areas of expertise, and other information to help members develop professional networks and find mentors. If you are interested in participating in the registry, email PA Connections at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com. Alternatively, you can respond to the email invitation, which will be forthcoming in January.

We need to hear from you!

Whether you are interested in serving on the Steering Committee, would like to provide input on the topic, would like to identify yourself as part of the mentoring community, or have questions, please contact Billy Leiserson and Pamela Foster at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com.

Who is the PA Connections group?

We are public servants interested in leveraging mentorship to become more effective in our jobs and more adept at managing our careers.

What is the Goal of PA Connections?

We formed the group to bring together people interested in learning, teaching, and sharing about mentorship. The group will provide a forum for discussion on topic of mentorship: what is its purpose? why should I seek mentors or mentees? how do I find mentors or mentees? what are some best practices for managing a mentoring relationship? While mentorship provides the focus, the group will also engage around other important tools for managing careers, such as networking and professional development.

Who should join PA Connections?

Anyone interested in furthering their careers and becoming more effective through better mentorship and networking. Whether you are new to the public administration workspace, a mid-career professional, or a seasoned veteran, this group is for you!

What does the group do?

Host speakers, provide forums for discussion, serve as a resource exchange, and much more. We envision that the programming will be tailored to the interests and needs of the group, but check out these talks to get an idea of the kinds of topics we find interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87qjIZRkkio; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02EJ1IdC6tE; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po-QOVodPhU.

How do I learn more, and how do I join?

If you want more information or would like to join, please email Billy and Pamela at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com.