20180920-2018 The Cover Letter Conundrum

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 7:30pm Presentation & Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

The Cover Letter Conundrum

Thursday, September 20, 2018 • 6:00pm-7:30pm

You’ve seen the job announcement. You’ve decided to apply. And, you’ve prepared the resume. You’re ready to hit send on your materials—and then you remember…the cover letter.

We all know that it is common practice to submit a cover letter with a resume when applying for a full-time job or internship. Unfortunately, it is equally common that the letter regurgitates the resume. Doing so places the applicant at a disadvantage given that the potential employer already will have read what you repeat.

So, what makes for an effective cover letter? And, how can you make it work to your advantage? Join us to find out.

Featuring: Bill Shields, Executive Director of ASPA and Professor at American University. 

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Resources – Strategies for Resilience in the Workplace

20180614-2018 Strategies for Resilience in the Workplace

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:15pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:15pm – 8:00pm Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

Strategies for Resilience in the Workplace

Thursday, June 14, 2018 • 6:00pm-8:00pm

PA Connections presents “Strategies for Resilience in the Workplace”: a discussion with Belva Martin.

She will facilitate a discussion on dealing with difficult or challenging situations that arise from uncertainties—e.g. changing administrations and national priorities, declining budgets, operating under multiple continuing resolutions, and targeted assaults on the civil service. (These challenges are not related to performance problems.)

Working Definition: Resilience is the ability to effectively adapt to change and adversity.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the good news is that resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that anyone can learn and develop.

The APA and other experts in the field have identified resilience factors and strategies applicable to personal as well as professional situations; our focus will be on the workplace.

Belva Martin retired as a Director with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2014 after 36 years of federal service. She has been involved in efforts surrounding employee engagement, inclusion, and mentoring and coaching for much of her career. Since 2016, she has been a certified executive/career coach. In this capacity she has worked with the Brookings Institute in coaching professionals from their Women’s Leadership cadre as well as aspiring leaders from various federal agencies. She is excited to be part of ASPA and for the opportunity to work with other career professionals who have a passion for public service.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20180515-2018 Short Films Screening & Discussion

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

5:45pm Doors Open

6:15pm Program Starts

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

Short Films Screening of "Creative Feds"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 • 5:45pm-7:30pm

Join us for two short movies and a discussion about the creative side projects of government employees.

“Creative Feds” follows two U.S. government employees with musical careers.

“Secret Lives of Public Servants” features a Canadian government employee whose controversial art was investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

We will have a panel discussion including Erica Ginsberg, the Producer/Co-Director of “Creative Feds”, who started the nonprofit Docs in Progress while she was a government employee.

Doors open 5:45pm for snacks and mingling (movie popcorn!).

Program starts 6:15pm.

Following the film screening, audience members will have the opportunity to discuss the short film with its producer, Erica Ginsberg.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20180510-2018 PA Connections: May Planning and Networking Meeting

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:15pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:15pm – 8:00pm Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

PA Connections: May Planning and Networking Meeting

Thursday, May 10, 2018 • 6:00pm-8:00pm

Come meet others interested in networking and mentorship!

We will discuss the planning memo for putting up a shared resources online platform, drafted by Chris Harrington and Dana Kauffman (thank you!). PA Connections members will have an opportunity to review the memo online prior to the meeting. Make sure to check it out!

PA Connections has been having an impact.

The PA Connections planning group has already met twice this year. At these meetings, members have provided input on a wide range of topics related to networking, mentoring, and professional development. This input has already had an impact. The executive board is putting together several professional development events for the coming year—one has already taken place. Last month, Bill Shields hosted an event on how to build a resume to better market yourself. In the coming months, look for a follow-up on writing effective cover letters and an event on being resilient in the face of uncertainty. Following suggestions from PA Connections members, organizers will format all NCAC events to facilitate meaningful networking, e.g., by ending the speaking portion of the event in time for networking to occur afterwards when feasible. This networking time may feature informal round-table discussions with speakers, one-on-one networking, or focus-groups.

Coming soon – Google Group Forum:

We will be using the Google Group Forum capability to foster discussion on topics of interest to PA Connections. This will be particularly useful for preparing for the upcoming meetings, as well as fostering discussions and information sharing about mentoring and networking. If you have not already done so, please sign up for the pa_connections Google Group.

Remember the Registry:

Thank you to all who have submitted their information to the Registry. If you have yet to do so, please take care of it soon. It only takes a few minutes. I will send a reminder email with the link to the Google form. The Registry is for everyone, whether you want to connect with others to seek advice or to provide advice (or both). To have access to the Registry, you must have submitted information about yourself via the online form.

Ask us about joining the PA Connections Google Group.Contact us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

To learn more about PA Connections, click here or email us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

PA Connections co-chairs: Billy Leiserson and Pamela Foster.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20180508-2018 ASPA NCAC Spring Social

ASPA NCAC Spring Social

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 • 6:00pm-8:00pm

The National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the American Society for Public Administration cordially invites you to a Spring Social at the City of Club of Washington, D.C.

This is a great opportunity to meet fellow NCAC members, network and build relationships among public administration professionals.

Special thanks to Ronald Langston, NCAC/ASPA member, for hosting the event.

Members and their guests only. Please RSVP by Friday May 4, 2018.

We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you.

20180419-2018 Strategic Foresight at FEMA

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:15pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:15pm – 7:30pm Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

Strategic Foresight at FEMA

Thursday, April 19, 2018 • 6:00pm-7:30pm

What Can We Learn To Help Us With Strategic Planning and the Use of Foresight in Our Organizations

Featuring: Tim Baden, Director,

Strategic Planning and Analysis Division,

Office of Policy and Program Analysis,

Federal Emergency Management Agency,

Department of Homeland Security

 

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20180412-2018 PA Connections: Planning and Networking Meeting

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:15pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:15pm – 7:30pm Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

PA Connections: April Planning and Networking Meeting

Thursday, April 12, 2018 • 6:00pm-7:30pm

Come meet others interested in networking and mentorship!

We will discuss the planning memo for putting up a shared resources online platform, drafted by Chris Harrington and Dana Kauffman (thank you!). PA Connections members will have an opportunity to review the memo online prior to the meeting. Make sure to check it out!

PA Connections has been having an impact.

The PA Connections planning group has already met twice this year. At these meetings, members have provided input on a wide range of topics related to networking, mentoring, and professional development. This input has already had an impact. The executive board is putting together several professional development events for the coming year—one has already taken place. Last month, Bill Shields hosted an event on how to build a resume to better market yourself. In the coming months, look for a follow-up on writing effective cover letters and an event on being resilient in the face of uncertainty. Following suggestions from PA Connections members, organizers will format all NCAC events to facilitate meaningful networking, e.g., by ending the speaking portion of the event in time for networking to occur afterwards when feasible. This networking time may feature informal round-table discussions with speakers, one-on-one networking, or focus-groups.

Coming soon – Google Group Forum:

We will be using the Google Group Forum capability to foster discussion on topics of interest to PA Connections. This will be particularly useful for preparing for the upcoming meetings, as well as fostering discussions and information sharing about mentoring and networking. If you have not already done so, please sign up for the pa_connections Google Group.

Remember the Registry:

Thank you to all who have submitted their information to the Registry. If you have yet to do so, please take care of it soon. It only takes a few minutes. I will send a reminder email with the link to the Google form. The Registry is for everyone, whether you want to connect with others to seek advice or to provide advice (or both). To have access to the Registry, you must have submitted information about yourself via the online form.

Ask us about joining the PA Connections Google Group.Contact us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

To learn more about PA Connections, click here or email us at aspancacmentoring@gmail.com

PA Connections co-chairs: Billy Leiserson and Pamela Foster.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

20180320-2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Reception

National Academy of Public Administration · 1600 K Street NW · Suite 400 · Washington, DC 20006

6:00pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet

6:30pm – 8:00pm Awards Ceremony & Reception

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

Annual Meeting & Awards Reception

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 • 6:00pm-8:00pm

Join the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) for our Annual Meeting & Awards Reception.

Awards to be given:

*The Frances Kelsey Award

This award is named for Dr. Frances Kelsey, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration employee who resisted pressure to approve Thalidomide, and thus prevented countless birth defects. This award will be given to a person who has demonstrated courage in promoting the public interest while employed in government, contractors or grantees.

*The National Capital Area Chapter Award for Outstanding Service

This award is given to a member of the National Capital Area Chapter of ASPA who demonstrates outstanding service to the chapter.

Keynote: Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the U.S. & leading member of the Evidence-Based Policy Commission

Dr. Nancy Potok was the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau. She previously served at the U.S. Department of Commerce as Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, the Census Bureau’s Associate Director for Demographic Programs, and the Principal Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer in charge of Field Operations, Information Technology, and Administration during the 2000 Census.

Dr. Potok has more than 30 years of public, private, and nonprofit senior management experience. She was the Chief Operating Officer of McManis & Monsalve Associates, a small business specializing in helping Fortune 500 companies and government agencies manage change and innovation. She was also the Senior Vice President and Director of the Economic, Labor and Population Studies Department at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center (NORC), a social science survey research organization.

Her public service includes working in the Judicial and Legislative Branches, as well as at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Dr. Potok is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), and a recipient of numerous awards, including The George Washington University Trachtenberg School Distinguished Alumni Award and the Arthur S. Flemming Award. She has published numerous articles on governmental management topics, and has presented papers, lectures, workshops, and classes in both national and international forums.

Dr. Potok earned her B.A. from Sonoma State University, M.A.S. from the University of Alabama, and Ph.D. from The George Washington University.

20180227-2018 Resumes, Resumes, Resumes: Marketing Yourself on the Page

The Partnership for Public Service · 1100 New York Ave. NW · Suite 200 · Washington, DC 20005

6:00pm – 6:30pm Informal Meet and Greet

6:30pm – 8:00pm Discussion

Eventbrite - NCAC 2017 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Paul Light, PhD.

Resumes, Resumes, Resumes: Marketing Yourself on the Page

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 • 6:00pm-8:00pm

Marketing Yourself on the Page with Bill Shields, ASPA Executive Director and American University professor

Securing a job is a game of statistics. You are playing against many competitors applying for the same position, often with the same qualifications that you have. How do you get ahead? How do you “beat the odds?” It starts with your resume. Join us for an in-depth discussion of what public sector employers are looking for, what they are getting and how your resume can place you at the head of the pack.

There are different perspectives on resumes; the answers you get depend on whom you ask. But, the importance of a resume cannot be disputed. It’s more than a piece of paper you complete at 3:00 in the morning prior to a job interview. It’s not a document for which you spend more time selecting the stock of the paper than the substance listed on it. It introduces you to a potential employer, sells your skills and attributes in a compelling way and should get you to the next step.

Everyone—at every stage of his or her professional career—needs to update a resume; constantly refresh it; and take “stuff” off while putting new “stuff” on. There is no cookie cutter approach to resumes, but there are rights and wrongs. We will spend time on both.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.