All SAPA events, dates and presenters will be posted on this page once speakers and dates are confirmed.

SAPA’s next Candid Conversation will be held on April 21, 7:00 – 8:30pm and will feature a panel discussion with State and Local Government leaders on how the workplace has had to adapt during the COVID Pandemic and what changes will likely continue for the foreseeable future.  Click here for details and registration information.


2019 Public Service Excellence Award PhotoImportant notice:  SAPA’s Public Service Excellence Award Program will resume in 2021 and is scheduled as an on-line event for May 20, 2021. Notifications for nominations were sent to agency directors.  The nomination period is now closed.  SAPA cancelled the 2020 Public Service Excellence Award Program due to COVID-19.  Pictures of the 2019 Awards Event can be viewed in the SAPA gallery, go here.

CANDID CONVERSATIONSAs speakers are confirmed for the 2020-21 program year, a date and information will appear on this page. All sessions are likely to be held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

Navigating the NYS Civil Service System – Held Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM via Zoom
This SAPA Candid Conversation, was offered on-line via Zoom and explored ways to navigate New York State’s Civil Service System. The session was well attended and can be viewed through this link.  The topic should be of interest to anyone who presently works for NYS government and wants to learn more about career mobility within the system (hiring, transfers, promotions).  To view the session click on this link.

On the Frontline of Political Transformation: Black Women’s Power – Held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom:
As a continuation of Rockefeller College’s Election Series, and co-sponsored by
Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS), New York State Academy for Public Administration (SAPA), New York League of Women Voters, experts discussed the power of Black women and the pivotal role they played in the 2020 election as agitators, voters, candidates, mobilizers, and agents of political transformation. Panelists were:

  • Dr. Dorcey Applyrs, Chief Auditor, City of Albany, CWGCS Board Member
  • Dr. Shai Butler, Current Vice President for Student Development & Former Chief            Diversity Officer, College of Saint Rose, CWGCS Board Member
  • Nantasha Williams, Founder and President, NY City Black Women’s Political Club

Moderator: Gwen Wright, Former Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, CWGCS Board Member

Implicit Bias, Diversity & Inclusion – Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12 pm via Webex:
This Candid Conversation was hosted by Michael Washington, Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Management (ODIM) for the New York State Department of Civil Service. Conducted as a training session, this Candid Conversation explored how core beliefs contribute to explicit and implicit biases, and how these biases affect not only the workplace, but also the delivery of customer service to New York State’s diverse communities. The presentation provided a working definition of diversity and inclusion along with a discussion as to how such attributes result in positive impacts on workplace morale, productivity, and service delivery.  Memorable quote from the session: “Diversity is being invited to the party.  Inclusion is being asked to dance.”

Thursday, May 6, 12:00-1:30pm (via Zoom) – Women at the Helm: Closing the Health Disparities’ Gap for Women
A mini conference focused on the role of women’s leadership in mitigating health disparities affecting women.  Keynote Speaker: Donna Frescatore, State Medicaid Director & Deputy Commissioner, NYS Department of Health – COVID-19 lifted the veil on the disproportionate impact of adverse social determinants of health on women and their various social, ethnic, racial identities. Economic instability, food insecurity, unsafe housing, community fragmentation, and lack of health literacy, among others, interact with COVID-19 to heighten levels of infections and fatalities for women and their families. Unconscious bias and discrimination have long plagued the healthcare system and produced a chasm of mistrust that has further distanced women of color and their communities from systems of care.
Sponsored by: Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.  Co-sponsors: NYS Academy for Public Administration (SAPA), Capital Women, League of Women Voters.  Registration information and conference agenda available soon.


2019 Essentials in Public Administration ClassIn 2018 we introduced Essentials in Public Administration which is a program targeted to early-career and newer public administrators. The introduction of this program coincided with the addition of two new categories of SAPA membership: New Professional and Associate Fellow. Essentials is now a yearly program and for 2020-21 sessions are being held virtually via Zoom. For more information go to the SAPA Essentials Page.


NYS SSenate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-CousinsThe State Academy for Public Administration’s 2019 Nelson A. Rockefeller award was presented to NYS Senate Temporary President and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. The program included SAPA’s annual meeting during which the past year’s programs were described and where 30 new members were recognized.  See photos from the Rockefeller Award ceremony.

The 2019 SAPA annual meeting took place on September 18, 2019 prior to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award ceremony. New members were introduced, as well as SAPA’s new Board of Directors. The meeting was held at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany. The 2020 annual meeting was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All SAPA events are free of charge and we welcome your participation!