Newly Elected Leaders Orientation
On January 4 and 5, 2019, nearly 150 new and current public leaders from cities and towns across Rhode Island gather for a two-day conference at Bryant University, where they learned essential skills, exchanged ideas with peers, and explored the unique challenges and rewards of public service. This conference was 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 included 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.
You may download a variety of materials from the conference:
- Conference Agenda
- Presentation on Ethics and Conflict of Interest
- Presentation on Financial Oversight
- Case Study: One Town, One Budget – How Mansfield, Massachusetts Managed School Funding During a Time of Economic Crisis
- Presentation on Open Meetings Act
- Presentation on Collective Bargaining
- Facebook album from conference
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.
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.