About the Series
Coffee & Conversations is a discussion series jointly organized by the Carsey School of Public Policy, the State of NH Bureau of Education and Training, and the NH Association of Certified Public Managers to engage public service professionals in learning, problem solving, and collaboration. We’ll provide the coffee, you provide the conversation!
Feb. 12: The Mission of the NH Office of the Child Advocate
Moira O'Neill, Ph.D., Director of the New Hampshire Office of the Child Advocate
Wednesday, February 12, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Moira O’Neill, Ph.D., heads one of New Hampshire’s newest state agencies, the Office of the Child Advocate, which focuses on reforming the state’s child welfare system. During her talk, she’ll talk about the mission and role of this agency and the importance of independent oversight of government agencies as a means towards more transparency and accountability in the delivery of quality state services.
The Office of the Child Advocate was established in 2018 as part of an aggressive commitment to reform New Hampshire’s child welfare system. The agency is an independent and impartial state office established to oversee the NH Division for Children, Youth and Families.
April 8: Community Engagement and Public Policy
Sarah Wrightsman, Executive Director of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast
Wednesday, April 8, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Sarah Wrightsman serves as executive director of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, a non-profit who mission is to ensure that local and statewide policies are favorable to the development of financially feasible workforce housing in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and southern Maine. Wrightsman also serves as the housing planner for the Regional Economic Development Center.
Wrightsman has been named to New Hampshire Magazine’s 2019 “It List” and been recognized as a 2019 “10 to Watch” winner by Seacoast Media Group and Catapult Seacoast. In 2018, she was named Civic Leader of the Year by Stay Work Play NH and NH Public Radio.
Wrightsman is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Carsey School of Public Policy. During her graduate studies, Wrightsman served as a fellow for New Hampshire Listens, a civic engagement initiative out of UNH. Wrightsman is also the co-host of Creative Guts, a podcast focused on the pursuit of creativity. Wrightsman lives in Durham, NH with her husband, Aaron, and her rabbit, Luna.
Past Coffee & Conversations
Jan. 7, 2020: Chuck Bagley
Chuck Bagley, Director of Staff Engagement at New Hampshire Hospital, joined us to discuss different methods of teaching and learning within today's workplaces. Bagley has taught a variety of topics to a wide range of learners, from college undergraduate and graduate learners to incarcerated and refugee learners, and he’s created numerous faculty and trainer development programs. During his talk, he will discuss trends in formal workplace learning in the U.S. and strategies that aim to enhance formal learning with social, experiential, and informal learning.
Dec. 11, 2019: James Dean, Jr.
James W. (“Jim”) Dean Jr. discussed how the nation’s public universities must rethink their efforts to better serve the public through teaching, research, and engagement, and how the University of New Hampshire was doing exactly that to better serve the state and the region.
Dean became the 20th president of the University of New Hampshire in June 2018. Since joining UNH, he has met with hundreds of members of the university community, alumni and donors, New Hampshire business leaders, state lawmakers, and state residents to discuss UNH’s challenges and opportunities.
Did you miss December's talk? You can watch the entire talk and Q&A with President James Dean online.
Nov. 13, 2019: Kirsten Howard
Kirsten Howard, a Resilience Coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services' Coastal Program, presented some of the latest local scientific projections for sea-level rise and changes in storms and precipitation due to climate change and examined how a changing seacoast impacts policy decisions and change.
Did you miss November's talk? You can watch the entire talk and Q&A with Kirsten Howard online.
Oct. 9, 2019: Andrew Smith
Dr. Andrew Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center, discussed some of the issues facing election polling today and provided a brief history of how new technology and polling practices shaped the election process. He also delved into the New Hampshire primary and who generally votes during the first-in-the-nation primary.
Did you miss October's talk? You can watch the entire talk and Q&A with Dr. Smith online.
About Our Partners
NH Bureau of Education and Training
The State of New Hampshire provides a unique program of continuing professional development through the Bureau of Education and Training (BET). The Bureau offers a variety of training programs – including in LEAN process improvement and management and Certified Public Supervisor/Manager credentialing – to all public employees of New Hampshire.
NH Certified Public Managers
The Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government. The program’s primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of state, local, and federal government. In New Hampshire, the program is divided into two levels: Level I (called the Certified Public Supervisor program) and Level II, which results in CPM status being awarded.