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Public Executive Institute

Public Executive Institute

The LBJ School of Public Affairs, in conjunction with the Texas City Management Association, is pleased to announce its 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.

Who Should Attend When and Where

Leaders of local government, such as city managers and their executive staff. Download the 2017 brochure now.

Pei Alumni Registration

April 2-6, 2017 at a location to be announced in Austin, TX
Tuition Application Process
Program fee will cover all program-related materials, assessments, and instruction. Does NOT include travel, lodging or meals. Applications open in January of each year

Why Choose the Public Executive Institute?

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 Public Executive Institute is designed to develop and enhance the skills to meet these leadership challenges.

“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.”

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


Topics and Speakers

Topics for the Class of 2016 Public Executive Institute included:

  • Leading in the 21st Century
  • The Resilient Organization
  • Strategies for Engagement
  • The Manager’s Role in Vision
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Developing and Sustaining Climates for Creativity
  • Political Astuteness: Bridging the Gap Between Politics and Professionalism
  • Say This, Not That
  • Executive Challenge/Executive Perspectives
  • Developing and Sustaining Climates for Creativity
  • Leadership Development Assessment
  • Passion for the Profession

Past speakers have included:

  • Dr. John Nalbandian, School of Public Affairs and Administration at The University of Kansas
  • Robert J. O'Neill, Jr., 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


Steven Kogan, Conference Coordinator
LBJ School of Public Affairs
Office of Professional Development
Phone: 512-475-8100