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Leadership Development

Leadership Development

The Council of Family Service Agencies has joined in partnership with the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy and eleven other Connecticut public and nonprofit sector associations as a Partner Organization of the Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative.

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The goal of the Collaborative is to:

·         Provide high-quality, low-cost training and professional development for Connecticut’s public and nonprofit sector professionals.

·         Reduce training costs for the public and nonprofit sector associations, and

·         Provide a shared learning environment that strengthens ties and networks between public sector and nonprofit professionals.

To learn more about the Collaborative please visit their website here.


Upcoming workshops and events:

March 7, 2019 - The Silver Retirement Tsunami Hits CT State and Local Government: Facts, Threats and Opportunities 

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm Location: UConn Hartford Campus, Room 227, 10 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Event Description:

Close to 16,000 state employees are eligible to retire by July 2022 in addition to more than a reduction of 10,000 over the last 8 years. Please join us on Thursday, March 7, 2019 as state and local leaders address the challenges of this retirement boom and consider steps to create a pipeline to fill future employment needs. A light lunch will be provided.

Speakers include:

  • Josh Geballe, Comissioner, CT Department of Administrative Services

  • Matthew Hart, Vice President, International City/County Management Association and Town Manager, Town of West Hartford

  • Nicholas Hermes, Statewide Human Resources Director, CT Department of Administrative Services

  • John J. Russotto, Deputy Chief State’s Attorney, CT Office of the Chief State’s Attorney

Please RSVP by March 4, 2019 here.

March 20, 2019 - Census Data Lunch and Learn with Chris D. Brechlin hosted by Connecticut Housing Coalition

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Location: Atlantic Works, 75 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT 06106 (Building 1 - Conference Room)


Event Description:

Mostly Exciting Ways to Use Census Data for Understanding Your Community

Join us for this absolutely-not-boring-at-all discussion of how the Census Factfinder and IPUMS data sets can help housing professionals explore and learn about the communities they serve. We’ll dig into advanced methods for finding data by specific geography and category. We’ll look at housing needs, neighborhood-level demographics, and even some interesting trends. This workshop will also introduce the Integrate Public Use Micro Series data set that allows for completely customizable analysis using the American Community Survey response data. You’ll walk away with new ideas and a few helpful Excel templates for working with Census data that will speed up future projects.

*Please feel free to bring a lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

Christopher D. Brechlin Bio

Christopher is a specialist at helping mission-driven organizations leverage data and technology for social good. He has worked with close to 100 public and private sector organizations over the last seven years on analytics, web development, and systems design projects. Throughout his career, he’s relied heavily on open data, particularly products from the U.S. Census Bureau, and is regularly consulted as an expert in using public data sources to generate valuable insights and identify community needs. Christopher is currently the Senior Program and Data Analyst on the Planning, Research, and Evaluation team at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from UConn with an advanced certificate in Business Analytics. He also sits on the boards of Hands on Hartford and the Greater Hartford Young Democrats.

To register, click here

For more information, contact Jenna Ferguson at

March 29, 2019 - Collective Bargaining and Labor Negotiations with Michelle Devlin and Jason Stanevich

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Location: UConn Hartford Campus, Room 228, 10 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06106


Workshop Description:

Participants will explore the processes involved with collective bargaining in the public and nonprofit sectors and will develop their negotiation skills. They will also learn how union contracts are negotiated, including discussions on strategies to reduce conflict during the negotiation process. The workshop will prepare participants with skills to develop bargaining plans, strategies and tactics, to do the preparation work for face-to-face negotiations, and to negotiate with the goal of reaching an agreement. A light lunch will be provided.

To register please click here.

April 4, 2019 - MPA Fellows Program Luncheon

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Location: UConn Hartford Campus, Room 406, 10 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06106


The University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy is hosting a luncheon information session for those interested in the MPA Fellows Program in Room 406 of UConn’s Downtown Hartford Campus on April 4th. All luncheons are from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

The MPA Fellows Program is designed for working professionals seeking to earn a Master of Public Administration degree. The MPA Fellows Program provides students with critical analytic and management skills necessary to advance their career in public service. A key advantage of the program for working professionals is the convenience of Saturday, evening, and online courses. MPA Fellows work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Please view current 2018 Cohort of MPA Fellows.

To register for the luncheon and to see additional dates, please visit the Information Sessions webpage.


Click here to view the full 2018-2019 Workshop Schedule.