Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Students hear from public managers

La Follette School students heard from three high-level managers in a panel discussion that was part of the public management course taught by Professor Donald Moynihan.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Assistant State Superintendent Shiela Briggs, and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Deputy Secretary Ron Hunt spoke during the September 23 session.

“These speakers help students to understand how the concepts and ideas we discuss in the classroom actually matter a good deal in the world of practice,” says Moynihan.

Students asked a wide range of questions about managing public organizations. A recurring theme was the importance, and difficulty, of managing organizational culture. Speakers also talked about how even new employees can start to demonstrate leadership skills early in their career.

“Each speaker talked about how a career in public service remains a meaningful way to make a difference in the world, and the talents and skills of La Follette students are needed now more than ever,” Moynihan says.