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Public Executive Institute


Steven Kogan
Conference Coordinator
The LBJ School of Public Affairs
Office of Professional Development

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Public Executive Institute


The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in conjunction with the Texas City Management Association are pleased to announce the 2017 Class of the “Public Executive Institute” – a six-day, executive development program designed for those leading local governments in the 21st century, such as city managers and their executive staff.


April 2-7, 2017.  A six-day intensive seminar in Austin, Texas

Comments from Past Participants:

"Very sobering and exciting like a slap in the face on my prior thought process and then amazing tools to make improvement.”

“My view of my leadership role has shifted dramatically. Rather than a problem-solver, I will be an architect and facilitator, creating a climate conducive to positive change, vision, and staff development.”

“Outstanding experience! The best part for me was the ability to stop and reflect on my own leadership style, strengths and weaknesses and begin the process of figuring out what to do about it.”

“This was a great experience and has provided practical tools that I believe will help me be a better manager. I will never look at my job the same way again.”

"The variety of professionals and practitioners sharing some perhaps "non-traditional' information and applying to our city management lives. So thought provoking!"

"It has been a week of self-assessment and reflection on city management. I have found true value in all the sessions.”

2017 Curriculum Topics: 

  • Leading in the 21st Century
  • The Resilient Organization
  • Leadership Development Assessment/Planning
  • Strategies for Engagement
  • Aligning with the Future
  • Leading Change
  • Developing and Sustaining Climates for Creativity
  • Political Astuteness: Bridging the Gap Between Politics and Professionalism
  • Leading Through Big Disruptions
  • Passion for the Profession

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The program will be held at the Embassy Suites Arboretum, located at 9505 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, Texas. 

Application: Applications will Open January 2, 2017!


Tuition will be accepted after applicants have been notified of their acceptance into the Public Executive Institute. The fee for the PEI is $3,500, which covers all program related materials, assessments, and instruction.  Travel/lodging expenses and meals are not part of the program tuition and are the responsibility of the participant.


Today’s leaders of local government face unprecedented challenges in foreseeing and responding to an ever-changing citizenry and environment. Diverse views among both citizen groups and elected officials make consensus more difficult to reach. Social media has changed citizen expectations and how they communicate with their government. Economic development demands an almost daily focus. Skills for establishing collaborative partnerships to creatively address community needs are critical. The 6-day intensive Public Executive Institute is designed to develop and enhance the skills to meet these leadership challenges.

2017 Speakers:

Dr. John Nalbandian, School of Public Affairs and Administration at The University of Kansas

Robert J. O'Neill, Jr., former Executive Director, International City/County Management Association

Laura Huffman, Executive Director, Texas Nature Conservancy; former Assistant City Manager, City of Austin

Dr. Peter DeLisle, Organizational consultant and former Director, Posey Leadership Center, Austin College

Judy Campbell, JC Strategies

Dr. John Daly, Centennial Professor of Communication, Colleges of Communication and Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Barry Bales, Assistant Dean for Professional Development, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Dan Johnson, City Manager, Richardson, Texas

Joyce Sparks, Director, Governor's Center for Management Development, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Note to Alumni of the previous PEI courses:

If you will identify yourself as an alumnus of the PEI on the “PEI Alumni Sign Up” in the contact box, we will alert you to special alumni-only opportunities to be held in conjunction with the PEI class in April 2017.

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