January 2020
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SAPA Quarterly News

  • Data Analysis Workshop
  • Essentials 2019-2020
  • Mentor - Mentee Survey
  • SAPA Events
  • Annual dues are due!
  • 2018-2019 Essentials Alumni Reunion
  • Governing Magazine
  • Seeking Feedback on SAPA Programming
  • Seeking Volunteers to Sustain Operations
  • Save the Date!
  • Useful Resources
  • Follow SAPA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
Data Analysis Workshop
We did it! On November 19th, SAPA's premier webcast was facilitated by Robert Curtin w ith support from the NYS Forum located at 24 Aviation Road, Albany

The Data Analysis Workshop was a big hit as we had 45 people on the webcast and 25 others in the room.  During this workshop, State agency practitioners (Laura Ruehle and Luna Zhang from OGS, and Jennifer Abinette, Adriana Alfeo and Adam Gersowitz from OSC) demonstrate the strengths and limitations of three data analysis software tools: ACL, Crystal Reports, and Excel.  

A big thank you to Robert Curtin and the group of presenters he brought together. The presentations were informative, and the audience was engaged.
Luna Zhang
Robert Curtin
Essentials 2019-2020
Essentials is a leadership development program for early and mid-career public administrators who are actively seeking or recently acquired a managerial position. The program consists of monthly presentations and discussions. Participants have been selected for the 2019 – 2020 program, which is described below.

Each session is 5:30-6:45 PM followed by a social hour at a nearby restaurant-bar. We will meet in the Office of the State Comptroller, 110 State Street just below Lodge Street. If you are interested in attending a session, please contact Stephen Schechter at schecs@sage.edu no later than the Sunday before the event so he can give you directions and put you on the building’s secure sign up list. You must be on that sheet to enter. Please arrive early because building check-in requires a photo. Bring photo ID. Parking at that time opens up on State and Lodge.

  • February 5, 2020, the fourth session - The Ethical Administrator. What are the benchmarks of ethical behavior and how do you deal with unethical behavior in the workplace? Presenter: Sorelle Brauth, retired Director of Administration, NYS Department of Public Service.
  •  March 4, 2020, the fifth session - Less is More. How can you distill masses of raw information into their condensed essentials and report those essentials concisely? Presenter: Raquel Gonzalez, Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, NYS Department of Financial Services.
  • April 1, 2020, the sixth session - Embracing Diversity. What are alternative ways to maximize workplace diversity in state and local government? Presenter: Michael Washington, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Management, NYS Department of Civil Service.
  • May 6, 2020 - the seventh session - Mapping Your Career in Government. How can you navigate the state personnel system to your advantage? Presenter: Daniel Cunningham, Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office of General Services.
Mentor - Mentee Survey
Are you interested in sharing your knowledge of the public sector, governance and career building tactics? Your life experience is priceless..... Or, are you new to SAPA, an Essentials alumni or currently participating in the program, and would like to be introduced to someone who has already forged a path you would like to follow?
SAPA Events
Candid Conversations
Please join us for a Candid Conversation on Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating the Centennial to be held on March 5th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the Rockefeller College - Milne Hall, Room 200.

We Will Rock the Room! One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote, and since then we have been changing the conversation (for the better). Our hard-fought battle brought 51% of the population into a decision making status, something which is finally starting to blossom. Andrea Stewart-Cousins as our Majority Leader and Letitia James as our Attorney General are living examples of women rocking the room in government. The panel will feature Susan Zimet, hunger policy guru for the State of New York and women’s suffrage historian; Dina Refki, Executive Director of Women in Government and Civil Society; Ang Morris, Commissioner of Human Rights in Schenectady, and Christina Romeo, President of GLSEN Upstate NY Capital Region and Public Affairs Fellow at Gramercy. These eminent women activists and scholars will present on the history of the suffrage movement, the changing impact of women in policy-making positions, and the celebration of diversity in our ranks. Please come and share in the Conversation.

In April we are planning another Candid Conversation on navigating the system of employment in the State of New York and how to maximize career mobility. This forum will consist of three panelists and one moderator to be announced at a later date.
Public Service Excellence Awards
The 2020 Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in Albany, Milne 001. This will be the ninth year that SAPA will be presenting awards which are designed to demonstrate our appreciation for a special group of outstanding public servants. A special thank you to University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy for co-sponsoring the Excellence Awards Event and providing space for the ceremony. Pictures of last year’s Awards Event can be viewed on the SAPA gallery,
Annual dues are due!
Dues letters will go out shortly to all member as a reminder that 2020 - 2021 dues are due. Please remember that your contribution is what keeps SAPA alive. With your support we are able to offer programs to new professionals as well as acknowledge those who have made grand contributions in public service. Thank you in advance, for your prompt generosity.
2018-2019 Essentials Alumni Reunion
In early November, Board member and Essentials alumni, Ashleigh-Ann Sutherland, arranged an evening for the 2018-19 Essentials Members to get together, catch-up and talk about what they can do for our community and SAPA. We hope the 2019-2020 Essentials group will join us next time.

From left to right; Ashleigh-Ann Sutherland, Wendy Fioravanti, Patrick Campion, Kaylin Harrington, Frazer Lonie.
Governing Magazine, a fascinating resource that discusses issues on the forefront of our minds concerning a range of local to Federal governmental issues that can be at your fingertips simply by registering here;
Big Tech and Government Must Find Agreement, Way Forward
As technologies advance, so does the need to regulate these new markets. What does that mean for us as policy makers and State residents? The following article from Governing Magazine; " Companies like Facebook and Google have ushered in change — much of it positive — for individuals, communities and governments. But we still have a responsibility to ask whether they're serving the public interest. "

The Future of Workforce Development
Data was collected from 750 business leaders on how technology is transforming the future of work. The workforce as we know it is in the throes of a revolution. In this Fourth Industrial Revolution, where technology is blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds, no stone is left unturned. As new technologies emerge, innovative companies have already begun to adapt, prompting re-evaluations of workforce development strategies.
Seeking Feedback on SAPA Programming
If you have some great ideas that you feel would benefit our members;

  • Candid Conversations topics
  • Wish to hear specific person speak
  • Ideas for a ‘lunch and learn" workshop
  • Articles to share in the next Newsletter

Please submit your ideas t o sapa@nysapa.org .
Seeking Volunteers to Sustain Operations
SAPA is a member-based organization with a volunteer Board. Its success is attributed to the enthusiasm and dedication of its members. Below is a list of committees the Board established to support the organization. To join, please send an email of interest to: sapa@nysapa.org . Together, we will build an even stronger SAPA!

Note: You do not have to be a member of the Board to volunteer for a committee. 

1) Membership: Manage recruitment, engagement, and dues collection of current membership. Maintain database and organize elections for positions on the Board of Directors. 

2) Marketing & Communications: Market SAPA via social media, website, and media outreach. Coordinate development of quarterly update newsletter for members. 

3) Program: Annual curriculum development and event organization for Candid Conversations series, Essentials sessions, and special events. 

4) Public Service Excellence Awards: Solicit and review nominations, as well as organize logistics for annual award ceremony in May.  

5) Rockefeller Award: Lead selection of recipient and coordinate logistics for award ceremony for every other year. May include coordination of SAPA's annual membership meeting. 

6) Technology: To research a more appropriate platform that will support the needs of the association and be fiscally responsible.
Save the Date!

Upcoming Board Meetings

SAPA members are invited to Board meetings which are held monthly at 6:00 PM at Stuyvesant Tower – Room 317 (In the Executive Park behind Stuyvesant Plaza), Albany. Meetings generally last 1 hour.  Dates for scheduled meetings are:

  • February 4th
  • March 3rd
  • April 7th
  • May 5th
  • June 2nd
  • July 7th

Useful Resources

Here are some of our favorite articles and reports on topics related to public administration, public policy, and governance.
Have an article or report to share? Send the link or document to sapa@nysapa.org to have it featured in the next newsletter.
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