Don’t miss the 18th annual networking reception hosted by the Villanova Graduate programs in HRD and SHRM Chapter! The theme of this year’s event, “The Future of Work,” will explore how our work environments will change in the coming years through encouraged collaboration, increased flexibility, changing technology, and diversity of generations.
The event is on Tuesday, April 5th and will combine networking with TED-style talks from various speakers! Check out the flyer for details!
This event is open to all students and is a great opportunity for MPAers!!
Sad you didn’t get to hear Frank Larkin speak?
Don’t worry, you can now watch it online!! Check it out!
As you may know, our very own Dr. Christine Palus was the faculty speaker this year at Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Dr. Palus says this was one of the “greatest honors” of her life. “I was truly thrilled to get to speak to such a wonderful group of graduates, families, friends, and colleagues,” she says. “Being that it was the first graduation for students from the online MPA program, it was even more special.”
Dr. Palus chose a topic she believed would appeal to people on both a personal and intellectual level – The Centrality of Place. Where we live, work, and play shapes us into who we are. She says that while the idea of place is easily overlooked, it is “of critical importance to our quality of lives and the nature of democratic governance.”
The Leaders’ Lounge is pleased to bring you her speech, for all who were not at the event, or would like to hear her words once more:
The Leaders’ Lounge asked Dr. Palus what she hoped that listeners would take away from her speech: “Participation and engagement matter deeply to the quality of our neighborhoods, the health of our communities, and the overall functioning of democracy in America’s cities and towns. Each one of us has a fundamental role to play in ensuring that the “places” we call home are the best that they can be for all people.”
14th Annual MPA Dinner
Saturday, April 26th 2014
Keynote Speaker: Ms. Bonnie Svrcek
Ms. Svrcek is the Deputy City Manager for Lynchburg, Virginia. She was elected in 2011 as the President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) – only the second woman in the organization’s history. In her role as Deputy City Manager, Ms. Svrcek oversees numerous city departments including the City Assessor, Communications and Marketing, Financial Services, and Information and Technology departments. Ms. Svrcek’s career in local government began when she was hired as a Staff Assistant for the city of Los Angeles’ Washington, D.C. office. She also worked as a Budget Analyst for Fairfax County, and then later as an Assistant Town Manager for Blacksburg, VA.
Ms. Svrcek attended the University of Maryland, where she earned her B.S. in Housing and Applied Design. She holds an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California’s Washington Public Affairs Center. Most recently, Ms. Svrcek attended the Harvard Kennedy School where she completed the State and Local Government Excellence Executive Education Program.