If you are struggling to make your public meetings more productive or want to move beyond the public meeting to engage with your community in more thoughtful ways, sign up for our Certificate in Public Engagement.

Our curriculum is designed for technical professionals, government managers, consultants, and others who seek productive, participative approaches to involve the public.

The Kansas Certified Public ManagerŪ (CPM) program is a professional education opportunity for managers working in government agencies, nonprofits, and organizations that contract to provide public services and meet community needs. CPM is a nationally accredited management program and certification in which participants develop and strengthen their management skills through our competency based curriculum. The program can fill a training gap for staff with significant technical expertise who seek to further their knowledge of current management practices.
Are you a public manager who represents management in the collective bargaining process?
Do you want to improve your understanding of effective bargaining practices and enhance your negotiating skills?
Are you interested in bargaining agreements that work for all parties?
This 1.5 day hands-on workshop is designed to equip public managers who represent management to engage effectively in collective bargaining.
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The Emerging Leaders Academy targets promising, non-supervisory/non-managerial staff to help prepare them for leadership roles in their departments and organizations. Participants meet together ten times over five months, with classes designed to help them hone their skills for positions of increasing responsibility while also growing their effectiveness in their current roles. Agencies who invest in sending staff to ELA gain a more prepared and engaged talent pool to draw from for the future, a critical need as many leaders in public service organizations move toward retirement
The Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference brings together over 250 attendees each year for a day of skills-building, connection and renewal. We work to inspire and support women working in public service to not only remain in public service careers but also to seek out leadership opportunities. Join us! Register by July 3rd.

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Sponsors: please first register here: If your sponsorship level includes a seat for the conference, you will receive a discount code at the end of your sponsorship form to use on this registration site. Please register free seats in one order, and any additional attendees in a second order to ensure the discount code works correctly.

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This program is geared toward current law enforcement commanders to prepare them for senior and executive-level roles. The program is open to sworn, command-level law enforcement leaders throughout Kansas who are tasked with significant management responsibilities.

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This 40-hour program is geared toward frontline and newly promoted supervisors.

LELA Supervisor School is designed to equip frontline supervisors with the concepts and practical tools needed to effectively lead and supervise law enforcement personnel. The curriculum blends the KU Public Management Center's award-winning supervisory leadership training with leading-edge law enforcement training to deliver highly engaging and relevant content that supervisors can put to immediate use in their departments.

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This course offers a brief but powerful introduction to tools and perspectives that drive successful leadership in the law enforcement context. It is targeted toward sworn officers who have been newly promoted to a supervisory role, those who are considering applying for promotion, and those who seek to continue to grow their skills in leading others.

Content includes skills development around making a successful transition from peer to boss; decision-making; difficult conversations and resolving conflicts; the difference between leadership and authority (and why it matters); and performance reviews. Additionally, participants will explore the connection between personal strengths and leadership competences and will hear from experienced law enforcement leaders about motivating and leading others in today's law enforcement environment. Each participant will leave with an individual action plan that identifies a path forward in their development as leaders who will contribute to the success of their agencies.

This 2-day course can be taken before another LELA program as an introduction, after another LELA program as a refresher, or as a stand-alone foundation to build leadership competencies.

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Individuals often receive training when they first move into a supervisory role. But over time they identify new areas where they'd like to hone their skills as their role evolves, the workforce changes, and new research on effective management practices emerges. Our 3-day course will bring you up to date, offering new skills and strategies to address challenges and bring out the best in your staff. Class size is limited to ensure adequate discussion and individual attention.

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The OpEd Project's mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. To that end, this one-day workshop offers participants the chance to explore how to establish credibility and present ideas quickly and effectively to support the drafting of their own op-ed around an issue that speaks to the individual's expertise and passion.