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Leadership Development

Promoting Excellence
In Public Leadership

The Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership provides public officials and community leaders with the tools and skills needed to make informed decisions and manage responsive organizations effectively. Our custom programs enable state and local leaders to access university-level education in innovative leadership practices while engaging in robust discussion with their peers. Gary Sasse is the Founding Director of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership.

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Leadership Voices

“The Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership is an essential resource for local school committees in meeting their obligations to provide a quality education for Rhode Island’s public school students.”

~ Timothy Duffy, Executive Director, Rhode Island Association of School Committees

Learning About Leadership

Case Study Examines
RI Credit Union Collapse

The Hassenfeld Institute has produced a new case study on one of the worst economic disasters in Rhode Island’s history: the credit union crisis of 1991. “Crisis of Confidence: Responding to the Rhode Island Credit Union Debacle” by Melissa S. Prosky, Ph.D., focuses on state and federal relations during this critical era.

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Documentary Explores
Leadership During Crisis

A new documentary film: “Crisis of Confidence: The Rhode Island Credit Union Collapse,” produced by the Hassenfeld Institute explores the events leading up to one of the worst economic disasters in the state’s history and explores issues of leadership and citizenship.

Watch the documentary.

Upcoming Events

Newly Elected Leaders Orientation

Friday, Jan. 4 – Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI

Newly elected public leaders from cities and towns across Rhode Island will gather for a two-day conference at Bryant University, where they will have the opportunity to learn essential skills, exchange ideas with peers, and explore the unique challenges and rewards of public service. This conference is offered through a partnership of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, and the Rhode Island Association of School Committees.

Workshop topics include ethics, conflict of interest, financial oversight, fiduciary responsibility, trade-offs, tough decisions, roles and responsibilities, knowing the players, collective bargaining, open meetings, and public conversations.

Download the conference brochure and agenda.

Register for the conference.