The Maxwell alumni connection with current students continued to grow this weekend as fifteen public administration hopefuls attended the 2016 International City/County Management Association (ICMA) annual conference in Kansas City, MO. Students had the opportunity to learn from and network with local and state government officials from around the United States and across the world.
While at the conference, Maxwell students had the opportunity to hear from award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien and renowned New York Times columnist and author David Brooks. While both speakers shared experiences through the lens of media, a common theme was found urging public leaders to look deeply into constituents lives and understand different points of views. Keynote speaker David Brooks challenged each leader to not fear the term `love’ in conversations about public policy.
Maxwell students also had the great pleasure of gaining insight about the possibilities of local government careers from alumni of the Maxwell School who are currently shaping the futures of municipal governments. Through the generosity of Maxwell’s alumni, a reception was held on Sunday, September 25 and a lunch Monday, September 26, where the students had the opportunity to learn from, network with and receive career guidance from over fourteen wonderful alumni.
Jace Beehler, Lindsey Callahan, Rainea Cumberbatch, Chloe Elberty, Cristian Ernesto, Zhenhao Gong, Briana Graham, Olga Grishina, Kevin Hundelt, Krishna Kesari, Vahid Khatami, Umar Kiyimba, Ronald Mak, Ariana Morrocco, Linnea Powell, and James Tatum would like to thank all of the distinguished alumni who made this such an enriching trip. They would like to give a special acknowledgment to Wally Bobkiewicz ’89 MPA, City Manager of Evanston, IL. Wally, along with dozens of alumni, have funded students’ travel to the ICMA conference for over a decade. Without Wally’s leadership, passion and generosity this trip would not have been possible.
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