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Leading and Learning: Developing Learning Teams

November 21, 2005
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Advice from EPFP Alumni members will be presented to assist your work in developing Learning Teams. A focus on what works for adult learning will be constructed and teams will be formed to begin your leading and learning. This is an important time for focusing on the Learning Teams - you will not want to miss this session.


Additional Learning Team information has been posted here.

Resource Persons: Coordinators, Fellows and EPFP Alumni

Resource Materials: Advice to 2005-06 Cohort

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The Role of Think Tanks & Policy Centers

November 7, 2005
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This seminar will focus on two topics. The first part of this session will explore how public policy is shaped by think tanks and other organizations which work at the intersection of research, policy and politics. We will examine the work of both public and private sector organizations and analyze how their reports, studies and information are used by business and political leaders in the policy debate. The second topic is designed to advance the development of the EPFP learning teams.

Session A Resource Persons:

Dr. Douglas B. Roberts
College of Social Science
321 Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1111
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Dr. Douglas B. Roberts has served as the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University since August 2003. Doug has an extensive background in public policy and economic policy at the state and national levels. For 10 years he served as Michigan's State Treasurer, with responsibilities for economic and revenue forecasting; collecting, refunding, auditing, and enforcing the major tax laws; and all the state's banking functions. In addition, he was responsible for managing and investing the common cash, retirement funds and various trust and agency funds. The Treasurer represents the Executive Branch at the Revenue Consensus Conference, a process Michigan uses to set revenue estimates upon which the annual state budget is based.

He has also served as Director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, the agency responsible for providing the Michigan Senate with technical and analytical support for all bills considered by the Senate. For four years he served as Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Michigan Department of Education. He has also held appointments as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Management and Budget, Director of the Office of the State Employer, Director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis, and the Chief Aide for the Michigan House of Representatives Taxation Committee.

His private sector experience includes leadership roles as Vice President for Business Development and Vice President for Best Practices for the Lockheed Martin IMS. Dr. Roberts has a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, and a MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University.

Mr. Jeff Williams (EPFP 1997-98)

Vice President for Technology & Public Policy
600 W. Saint Joseph St. Suite 10
Lansing, MI 48933
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Jeff Williams is vice president for technology and public policy at Public Sector Consultants. He advises the firm's clients on technology issues and supervises the firm's internal and external information services and staff. Mr. Williams also conducts research and analysis on health policy and education issues and supervises PSC's public opinion and stakeholder survey research. He has been with the firm since 1991, serving first as an administrative assistant for survey research, then technology consultant, then senior consultant.
Prior to joining PSC, Mr. Williams was a program officer at the Midwestern Higher Education Commission. While at the commission, he provided staff support to the Telecommunications Committee and assisted with management of a nine-state, $18-million distance learning/interactive video equipment purchase program. He also provided staff support to the commission's Risk Management and Academic Course Scheduling Committees.
Mr. Williams holds an undergraduate degree with honors in international relations from Michigan State University and a master's degree in technology and public affairs from the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Douglas C. Drake
Director of Health, Human Services & Philanthropy
Public Policy Associates
119 Pere Marquette Drive
Lansing MI 48912
(517) 485-4477

Douglas C. Drake joined Public Policy Associates in early 2005 as Senior Policy Consultant and director of its Health, Human Services, and Philanthropy business group. In this capacity, Mr. Drake oversees numerous PPA projects. He is currently working on an evaluation of the State of Ohio's faith-based initiatives program and Michigan's automotive workforce needs. In addition, he develops projects in education and public finance. Mr. Drake's career in public service and policy development spans nearly 30 years and is highlighted by his key policy roles and experience in developing and implementing Proposal A, Michigan's school finance reform legislation, and a variety of Michigan's taxation and education policies. He is widely regarded as one of Michigan's top finance experts.

Prior to coming to PPA, Mr. Drake served for seven years as Associate Director of the State Policy Center for Wayne State University, where he coordinated the university's outreach efforts in public policy with state government, particularly with the Legislature. He wrote and edited public policy issue papers and arranged seminars and workshops for legislators and legislative staff. Mr. Drake has also consulted with foundations, school districts, and governmental agencies on policy issues and teaches public finance for Western Michigan University's Masters degree program in public administration. Other positions held by Mr. Drake include director of the state's Office of Education and Infrastructure (DMB), special advisor on economics and revenue to the DMB director, and several other key policy and management positions for the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis, for the House Taxation Committee, and for the House's Democratic Research Staff. In these roles, Mr. Drake worked on a wide variety of bonding, budget, economic development, and education and tax issues before the Michigan Legislature. He has also worked to increase understanding of policy implications surrounding Proposal A, school funding, and the state budget and tax structure. Moreover, he recently served as the coordinating editor of and major contributor to Michigan at the Millennium: A Benchmark and Analysis of Its Fiscal and Economic Structure.

Mr. Drake is a member of various boards and organizations, including Michigan Health Council, Michigan League for Human Services, State Employees Retirement Board, and the American Education Finance Association. In 2004, he received the President's Award for outstanding service to education and government from the Capital Area Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Michigan State University and conducted an extensive study of American political and economic history.

Session B: Establishing Learning Teams

Resource Persons: Coordinators and Fellows

During the 2005-06 program year the Michigan Fellows will participate on one or more Learning Teams and gain experience working in a virtual learning community. The Learning Teams will be responsible for planning a series of future EPFP sessions on a set of topics which have been identified by this year's participants. During this session the Fellows will review and refine the set of proposed topics identified to date, establish diverse cross boundary teams, and develop strategies for effective team participation. Additional Learning Team Information has been posted here.

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Establishing a Policy Framework

October 24, 2005
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This Seminar will focus on a set of concepts and strategies for creating a policy framework. Fellows will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of how public policy is developed and implemented. Several policy issues of current concern to Michigan citizens will also be examined.


Session A Resource Persons:  Coordinators and Fellows

The Fellows will discuss the policy making process and develop a working definition of the term "policy." We will also explore some expert opinions on the topic and discuss some examples of policy making in contemporary society.

Session B Resource Person: David Hollister, Director Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth

City of Lansing Mayor David C. Hollister was appointed as a Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services director in January, 2003 by Jennifer M. Granholm, the 47th Governor of the State of Michigan. Mayor Hollister received bipartisan support of the state Senate, which voted unanimously in support of his confirmation as a department director. The Senate's vote of confidence emphasized the support of Governor Granholm's request for Mayor Hollister to take the City of Lansing model to the statewide level to encourage investment, build partnerships and grow the entire state.

To help achieve this goal, CIS will soon be joining with the Michigan Department of Career Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Michigan Broadband Development Authority. By working under one umbrella in a yet-to-be named state department under Mayor Hollister's leadership, the State of Michigan will address labor, economic growth, and urban development issues more effectively and efficiently.

Mayor Hollister has dedicated his entire life to public service. He began his career as a high school teacher in the 1960s after graduating with honors from Michigan State University. His political career began during his tenure as a teacher in the Lansing Public Schools, when he was elected in 1968 as a Democratic Ingham County Commissioner, serving through 1974. He was instrumental in recruiting, organizing, and training local Democratic candidates and played a key role in moving the commission from two Democrats when he was elected, to majority Democratic control, which continues to this day.

In 1974 David Hollister launched a successful campaign for the Michigan House of Representatives, where he served until 1993. As a Democratic State Representative, Hollister quickly became recognized as one of the top ten legislators, serving on the powerful Appropriations Committee for 16 years and chairing the Appropriations Subcommittee on Social Services for over a decade. He also served on the Mental Health, Public Health, and Education Appropriations subcommittees. Hollister authored over twenty public acts (laws) in his career and played a key role in developing most major social, mental health, public health, and open government policy while in the legislature.

In 1993, Mayor Hollister ran a successful campaign for Mayor of the City of Lansing and was re-elected to his third term in a landslide victory in November 2001. As Mayor, Hollister created a vision that Lansing become a "World-Class City." To achieve this goal, he developed a three-part strategy of economic development, neighborhood improvement, and infrastructure investment.

Hollister's successes as Mayor included over $2.9 billion in investments, including building a new regional transportation center downtown, bringing minor league baseball to Lansing, and striking a partnership with the State of Michigan that includes new buildings for the Legislature, the Supreme Court, and various other departments. Regional partnerships were created with Alaiedon Township to enable Jackson National Life to locate its world headquarters in Lansing and with Meridian Township to build a new golf course and upscale housing development. One of the Mayor's most exciting successes was the commitment by General Motors to consolidate operations and build two new state-of-the-art assembly plants in Lansing - a feat achieved through the coordinated cooperation of regional governmental units, business interests, and labor unions.

Mr. Hollister has been a presenter to the Michigan EPFP Fellows for the past 21 years and he is consistently rated as one of our most popular and important policy resources. He was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award at the 2000 Michigan EPFP Alumni Seminar.

Fellows should refer to the Michigan EPFP 'Links and Publications' page to review David Hollister's WebBook, "On Organizing" for additional resource material.  In addition, please review the November 7, 2001, Lansing City Pulse article and interview with David Hollister.

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Assessing Leadership Styles

October 10, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Fellows will debrief and interpret both the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and the FIRO-B instruments and examine how different styles and behaviors can conflict with individual and organizational goals. Through group discussions, we will explore how these styles impact various work settings.


Resource Person: Ben Perez

Argelio B. Perez is principal of Transformations, a Lansing-based consulting firm, specializing in leadership development, organizational change, team-building and facilitation.  He is also a consultant affiliated with a number of private and public organizations including University Associates Consulting and Training Services and the Institute for Educational Leadership. Ben has a diverse background in public administration with substantial experience in supervision, fiscal management, legislation/regulatory monitoring, staff development, planning and reorganization.

Ben has been a senior executive in urban school districts (Detroit and Lansing), city government (Lansing), and state government (Michigan Department of Education) for thirty years. He is affiliated with the Institute for Educational leadership as a senior consultant in Leadership programs and Governance and has served, for the past 27 years, as Coordinator of the Michigan EPFP.

He earned a B.A. in education from Justin Morrill College, Michigan State University, and a M.A. in Classroom Teaching from the College of Education, Michigan State University. In 1991, he was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award.

Additional Readings on the MBTI and FIRO-B

  • David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence, Prometheus Nemesis Book Company, Del Mar, CA 1998
  • Morgan McCall Jr., Michael M. Lombardo, and Ann M. Morrison, The Lessons of Experience: How Successful Executives Develop on the Job, Lexington Books, New York, NY 1988
  • Will Schultz, The Human Element: Productivity, Self-Esteem and the Bottom Line, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA 1994


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