Contact: John E. Saunders, III, CAE
Executive Director, NFBPA
NFBPA - Media Relations (Local)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL FORUM FOR BLACK
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS TO
HOLD ITS 29th ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN
VIRGINIA BEACH IN APRIL
organization of African American public
administrators holds its annual forum,
including numerous workshops, in an effort to "reposition
communities for the future"
[Wednesday, April 4, 2012], WASHINGTON, DC - The
nation's largest group of African American public administrators
plans to hold its annual conference, FORUM 2012, this April in
Virginia Beach. The National Forum for Black Public
Administrators (NFBPA) will offer an array of educational workshops
and offer public officials and executives the tools they need to
tackle public issues and transform cities and regions.
This year's conference, themed "Waves of Change, Oceans of
Opportunity … Repositioning Our Communities for the Future," will
honor the organization's heritage as a thriving organization that
now supports more than 40 local chapters in 350 jurisdictions and
37 states, and has a membership of 3,000 public servants. Its
membership collectively manages more than $60 billion annually in
public sector spending, making the organization among the most
influential and powerful in the nation.
The conference will be held April 21-24 at the Virginia Beach
"Virginia Beach is the ideal city to host our conference," said
Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, president of the NFBPA board of
directors. "In these trying, post-recession times, as the nation is
buffeted by waves of change, we must adapt to a 'new normal' in the
delivery of public services. To meet these challenges, we must take
advantage of every opportunity to use the resources at hand wisely
and more efficiently than ever. That's a major reason for calling
this conference -- to help build and refine professional skills,
spread best practices and enhance our ability to meet current and
The four-day conference features a range of plenary sessions,
interactive workshops, panel discussions and seminars, networking
events and tours - all designed to prepare black administrators for
tomorrow's governance, commerce and nonprofit sector.
The goal of the conference offerings is to help participants
understand key public issues and provide innovative solutions via
case studies presented in more than 40 workshops and seminars.
Among the featured speakers are Melissa Harris-Perry, an
award-winning author and the nation's only tenured professor to
host a cable news show ("Melissa Harris-Perry," which airs on
MSNBC). Professor Perry teaches political science at Tulane
University. The keynote speaker at the opening plenary on Monday,
April 23, will be Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, the first
African-American female combat pilot. The former U.S. Marine Corps
pilot served two tours in Iraq and now runs her own consulting
The workshops are organized along five tracks: "FORUM
University," a roster of workshops for starting, building or
changing careers; "Engaging Your Community - the New Normal";
"Riding the Waves to Financial Stability"; "Repositioning Yourself
-- Preparing for the Next Level"; and "Greening Your Bottom
Track one, "FORUM University," will focus on building dynamic
leadership, and learning how to adapt to ever-changing,
diverse public interests as a "new normal" emerges.
Among key workshops are "From Dream to Reality, Becoming a
Powerful Leader: How to Effectively Manage Tigers and Sharks in the
Workplace," "The Ethics Court," "Strategies and Initiatives for
Diversity Management: How Leaders Can Make a Difference,"
"Retooling Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations for Financial
Stability," "What Mentoring Programs Can Do for You," and "What Is
Really Going on with Emerging Technologies?"
On Saturday, April 21, the public is invited to attend a free
public policy forum town hall meeting entitled "The Balanced-Budget
Debate: Past Sins, Present Sacrifices and Future Standards," from
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (1BCD).
William E. Harrell, former City Manager of Chesapeake, will serve
as moderator. Featured will be Robert "Bobby" Scott of
Virginia's 3rd District.
NFBPA, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Washington, DC, is
America's leading association of black appointed and elected
managers and executives serving public organizations throughout the
U.S. Its mission is to strengthen the position of black
people within the field of public administration; increase the
number of black people appointed to executive positions in public
service organizations; and groom younger, aspiring administrators
for senior public management posts.
This year's conference sponsor is Cigna HealthCare. Other
major sponsors include Nationwide Retirement Solutions, ICMA
Retirement Corporation, CDM Smith, MWH, Waste Management, LLP, and
Through the generosity of the organization's corporate partners,
merit scholarships are awarded to deserving students and each year
NFBPA is able to help 50 students attend the annual
For more information about FORUM 2012, visit the organization's Web
site, nfbpa.org, or call 202-408-9300.
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