Leadership in an Era of Convergence
October 7-9, 2015   Denver, Colorado
About The Institute
The 2015 Institute on Management and Leadership is a premier and engaging two-day executive education program led by the Leadership for a Networked World at Harvard University. This one of a kind event invites private sector partners to sit alongside state chief administrators to discuss challenges for 2015 and develop new tools for success in state government.

October 7-9, 2015 - Denver, Co.
Conference Materials
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Agenda Overview

The NASCA 2015 Institute is a highly interactive executive development and networking event. Reflecting the practical interests of State Chief Administrators, the agenda features four broad activities.

1. Executive Development Sessions. World-Class faculty from Harvard University and other leading universities will present the latest thinking about issues relevant to Chief Administrators. This year the Conference will focus on Convergence – a phenomenon in which technological, economic, and social factors are dynamically changing and combining to create a new operating environment. Convergence can often upend existing institutional models, value propositions, and legitimacy. They may introduce new stakeholders, partners, and customers, along with disruptive technologies and evolving economic incentives. The resulting changes to the operating environment can not only blur the boundaries between policy domains and governmental organizations, but can also shift the services and outcomes that citizens and stakeholders demand. Our executive development sessions will help state chief administrators develop new leadership and management skills to identify, evaluate, and respond to the phenomenon of convergence.

2. Case Study Dialogues. Participants will discuss a case study about an actual challenge facing a Chief Administrator in a high-stakes setting. This year’s case study will feature a compelling story about responding to Convergence. The case study will act as a catalyst for discussion and provide a reference point that will enable participants to apply the lessons from the executive development sessions to their own experiences, making it especially valuable. By addressing concerns that all Chief Administrators can recognize, the case will give participants a chance to share problem-solving strategies that have worked for them in similar circumstances. NASCA facilitators will lead the dialogues and summarize the resulting insights about leadership, change, and organizational culture. In addition, participants will discuss smaller case studies based on the most common projects and initiatives from State Chief Administrators around the country. These smaller cases will allow participants to hear about the biggest challenges and promising practices for implementing projects like energy efficiency initiatives, major facilities renovations, or cyber security efforts.

3. Facilitated Networking. The conference is a valuable forum for meeting new colleagues and deepening existing relationships. NASCA faculty and staff will facilitate relationship-building through both formal and informal activities designed to maximize the number of connections that participants make with each other.

4. Peer-to-Peer Coaching. Participants will have time to share ideas about ways to apply insights from the executive development sessions and the case discussions. This activity will ensure that the conference has a lasting impact back on the job. Following the Institute, NASCA will also convene study groups to facilitate discussions around lessons learned from the Institute and to provide an opportunity for participants to reconnect with one another, reflect on their time at the Institute, and discuss how they’ve applied things they learned to their current roles. 

Agenda Outline (Agenda is subject to change)


  • Pre-Conference Event offered to Attendees (non-NASCA event)

    Stout Street Social:Denver is often called the "Napa Valley of Beer” with over 200 beers brewed locally each day – more than in any other urban region in America. Enjoy a taste of Colorado before heading into your meeting with light bites and pints of local lagers, ales and more. Plus, you’ll have a chance to chat with colleagues about what’s brewing in healthcare and beyond.

    1400 Stout Street (3 blocks from Crown Plaza Hotel)

    Space is limited, reserve your spot here:

    10/06/2015 5:00PM-7:00PM

Day One 10/07/2015


    State Member Forum (State Attendees Only)

    10/07/2015 8:30AM-11:30AM

  • Lunch Break (States Attendees only)

    10/07/2015 12PM

    Optional locations will be provided.

  • Registration Opens

    10/07/2015 12PM

  • Institute Kick-Off

    10/07/2015 2PM-6PM

    More details coming soon...

  • Reception at the Governor's Mansion

    10/07/2015 7:15PM-9PM


Day Two 10/8/2015

  • General Session

    10/08/2015 7:30AM-6PM

    More details coming soon...

  • Connecting over Coffee

    10/08/2015 9AM-9:30AM


  • Lunch and Networking

    10/08/2015 12PM-1PM


  • Networking Break and Connecting over Coffee

    10/08/2015 3:30PM-4PM


  • Capitol Tour

    10/08/2015 6:15PM-7:15PM


  • Dine Around 

    10/08/2015 7:30PM-9PM


Day Three 10/09/2015

  • General Session/Workout Sessions

    10/09/2015 7AM-12:30PM

    More details coming soon...

  • Connecting over Coffee

    10/09/2015 8AM-8:30AM


  • Networking Break and Connecting over Coffee

    10/98/2015 9:30-10AM


  • Institute Adjourns

    10/09/2015 12:30PM