ASPA started the topic A Day in the Life of an ASPA Officer in the forum American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) National 9 years, 2 months ago
Greetings from San Jose! Yesterday, the 2010 ASPA Annual Conference went into full motion. I want to share an account of Saturday’s activities from my perspective as ASPA’s Vice President. Here’s a day in the life of an ASPA officer:
5:00 a.m. I checked my Facebook account and sent some Tweets.
6:30 a.m. I left my hotel room to find the location of the day’s first event.
7:00 a.m. ASPA held its New Member and First Time Attendees’ Orientation. Many ASPA leaders addressed the capacity audience. I ended my comments with a Gandhi quote which popped in my head after my fourth cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. The Opening Plenary session was scheduled to start.
9:05 a.m. We’re still waiting…
10:15 a.m. OPM Director John Berry brought the audience to their feet with his impassioned concluding comments.
10:30 a.m. I dropped by a meeting of our Publications Committee and thanked them for their continued excellent service to the Society. Over the next hour, I was engaged in numerous hallway conversations.
11:30 a.m. The reality of being ASPA Vice President began to set in as I chaired the 2012 Leadership Team meeting. Spirited conversation, coffee and brownies put attendees in a positive mood. By the end of the meeting, we agree that ASPA needs to focus on its core values. We have a positive message to share with the world.
1:00 p.m. ASPA’s National Council members gather for their meeting. I was literally bouncing in my seat as I prepared to deliver my brief opening remarks – could have been the coffee, the positive energy permeating the conference or both!
4:25 p.m. The meeting concludes a little later than anticipated. My colleagues and I rush over to the conference exhibit hall for its grand opening.
6:20 p.m. A throng of conference attendees walks across the street for the Welcome Reception at San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation. We’re greeted by mariachi music as we enter.
9:30 p.m. Wasn’t the reception scheduled to end at 8:30? A few of us finally got the message and exited the museum. We headed out for a late dinner.
11:25 p.m. I returned to my room and set my alarm clock. Sunday meetings are scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m.
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