Conferences

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.

Previous Events

Crisis of Confidence:
RI Credit Union Collapse

On January 1, 1991, RI Governor Bruce Sundlun began his first day in office by shutting down 45 financial institutions and freezing $1.7 billion in assets of Rhode Island depositors. This public event in November 2018 featured a case study produced by the Hassenfeld Institute, a documentary featuring key voices from the crisis, and a response panel with John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause RI; Ross Cheit, Professor of Political Science, Brown University, and Chair of the RI Ethics Commission; and John Kostrzewa, former Business Editor of The Providence Journal. The panel was be moderated by Elisabeth Harrison, News Director, The Public’s Radio.

The Art of the Real Deal:
Responsiveness vs. Responsibility

National political journalist A.B. Stoddard challenged nearly 100 public leaders to become problem solvers and reach across the aisle at the Hassenfeld Institute’s July 2018 leadership conference. Bryant faculty led a workshop on “How to Compromise Without Selling Your Soul,” and participants engaged in an interactive case study featuring a hypothetical school shooting. View Stoddard’s keynote speech and see photos from the conference.

Student Equity Symposium

The March 2018 conference featured David Driscoll, former Massachusetts Education Commissioner, who discussed “The Grand Bargain” educational reforms of the 1990s. Michael Rebell, Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, detailed his efforts to address student equity through the courts. View videos from the Symposium.