Test Your Knowledge of Women in Public Administration

If you were unable to attend the 2013 conference, take the quiz given to participants in the pre-conference session, Engaging Women in Public Administration.


Highlights of the 2013 Public Administration Conference


November 7 & 8, 2013
UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Government

Knapp-Sanders Building

Conference Tracks:

  • Developing a Stronger Economy
  • Creating a High-Performing Workforce
  • Collaborating for Community Change


MPA@UNC Breakfast and Information Session

Join MPA@UNC staff for breakfast and a brief presentation about the new online delivery our MPA program, called MPA@UNC. MPA@UNC Admissions Director Joy Jackson will lead the morning’s information session and take questions from alumni and prospective applicants. The event is free of charge. Register here: http://info.onlinempa.unc.edu/November7Breakfast.html


PRECONFERENCE SESSION: Engaging Women in Public Administration

Women are making up a larger role in public administration, and they account for 45 percent of Carolina MPA alumni. Still, there's room for improvement. In this year's pre-conference session, MPA faculty members Leisha DeHart-Davis and Margaret Henderson and Marilu Goodyear (shown left), director of the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration, will touch on the latest research on gender balance and the role of North Carolina women in government.


OPENING SESSION: The Case for Change

North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Allred Decker will be giving the keynote address on November 7. Decker, who has experience in both the public and private sectors, will discuss her new approach to improving North Carolina's economic health. Decker was appointed to office in January 2013 and previously spent more than 17 years with Duke Power.


DEIL S. WRIGHT LECTURE: Insights from a Cabinet Secretary on
Leadership and Transformational Change

As the US Secretary of Transportation from 2009–2013, Ray LaHood led an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation missions. He will deliver the Deil S. Wright Lecture at this year's 2013 Public Administration Conference.


CLOSING SESSION with UNC President Tom Ross
Thomas W. Ross, president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system since 2011, will give the closing remarks at this year’s Public Administration Conference. Previously, Ross was a faculty member at the UNC School of Government, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, president of Davidson College, and he sat on North Carolina’s Superior Court. Ross graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.


Heather Drennan '05 (Co-Chair) Erin Schwie Langston '05 (Co -Chair)
Matt Bronson '97 Jane Cox '93
Scott Edmonds '08  Dan Goetz '76
Cindy Holmes '84 Sharon Laisure '76
Maggie Parker 2nd-Year Student Leslie Scott '89
Chris Sherman '07 Tonya Walton '07

Questions?  Contact Jean Coble, External Relations Coordinator or

Susan Austin, Career Services Director

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