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.