Drinks and Conversations

This is an opportunity for the DC area public administration community to get together to discuss anything on your mind such as congressional elections, balancing work and life, the opportunities and challenges of creating diverse and inclusive programs, or anything else that you want to chat about. You might even want to share how NCAC can help you. Come unwind with us!

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

 

Please register for Drinks and Conversation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2022-drinks-and-conversations-tickets-428731315907

A zoom link to join the meeting will only be provided to those who register.

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Nominate Yourself or a Peer for an NCAC Award

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Each year NCAC accepts nominations for our two signature awards, the National Capital Area Chapter Award for Outstanding Public Service and the Frances Kelsey Award.
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NCAC Board Member Sits on Panel entitled “Permission to Practice: Public Service Boundary Spanning”at NECoPA

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One of our NCAC Board Members, Connie Berhane, recently sat on a panel at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) annual conference, “Permission to Practice: Public Service Boundary Spanning.”  She presented on her contributions to a 2021 ebook project by the same name, which involved the collaborative production of original written content and video roleplays by nine practitioners and pracademics in Colorado, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and the Washington, DC Metro Area.

Connie developed a script for the roleplay of an information interview she conducted the year before, turning it into a teaching tool.  She also was the subject of a recorded interview in which she explained how she used boundary spanning to uncover new avenues for career growth.  Her main takeaway for attendees was not to be afraid to reach out to a person or organization to seek information or request information interviews.  Check out the ebook and NECoPA session!

Ebook and videos: https://seniorfellowsandfriends.org/permission-to-practice-public-service-boundary-spanning

NECoPA session: https://youtu.be/jnNPDZAGybI

This video begins with a casual chat before the session starts.

         By NCAC Board Member Connie Berhane
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Community Engagement as a Useful Tool for Seeking Solutions and Actions

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What Is Community Engagement and How Can it be a Useful Tool for Seeking Solutions and Actions to Climate Change?

The program will focus on key aspects and practices of community engagement and then delve into how they can be applied for seeking solutions and actions to climate change.

The event’s speakers will provide an overview of the National Academy of Public Administration’s study, “Engaging Americans & Increasing Public Trust: An Agenda for 2021 and Beyond” and the City of Alexandria, Virginia’s community engagement program, What’s Next Alexandria. They will then discuss how community engagement practices and lessons learned can be used to engage people in seeking solutions and actions to climate change. The discussion will include how these practices and lessons learned can especially engage people whose thoughts and needs are often marginalized on topics that have a direct effect on them.

 

Presenters:

Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Founding Executive Director, The National Institute for Civil Discourse and Founder and Former President, America Speaks

Carrie Beach, Division Chief, Neighborhood Planning and Community Development, Office of Planning and Zoning, City of Alexandria, VA

Ellen Eggerton, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Alexandria, VA

 

Register to attend by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 15th to receive the Zoom link at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-engagement-as-a-useful-tool-for-seeking-solutions-and-actions-tickets-211473863017

Drinks and Conversations with the NCAC Board of Directors

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This is an opportunity for the DC area public administration community to get together to discuss anything on your mind such as coping with COVID-19, balancing work and helping your children in a virtual or hybrid learning environment, the opportunities and challenges of working remotely, safety of your office when it reopens or anything else that you want to chat about. You might even want to share how NCAC can help you.

Please register for Drinks and Conversation no later than an hour before it starts. A zoom link to join the meeting will only be provided to those who register by 6:00pm, Thursday, December 2nd.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/december-2nd-drinks-and-conversations-tickets-211461195127