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


Essentials is SAPA’s leadership development program open to applicants who aspire to or have recently been appointed to a managerial position in NYS local or state government. The program consists of six evening Zoom sessions and mentoring opportunities. The program meets the first Wednesday of the month from October 2021 to April 2022.2019 Essentials in Public Administration Class

Nominations Open for Essentials Participants
The program is competitive. Those interested in Essentials must first be nominated by a former Essentials’  participant, by their current work supervisor, or by their former graduate school advisor or alum office. Nominators should provide their name and email address, the name and email address of the person nominated, as well that person’s current position/agency and the reasons for the nomination.

The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2021.  If a nomination is approved, the Essentials Program Director will contact the nominee and ask that person to submit a brief application and resume for careful review.

Nominations, applications, and questions should be submitted to the Essentials Program Director, Dr. Stephen Schechter at   For a full description and schedule for 2021-22, go to the SAPA Essentials Page.


2019 Public Service Excellence Award PhotoSAPA’s Public Service Excellence Award Ceremony was held on-line via Zoom on May 20, 2021 starting at 6 pm. For more information.
Pictures of our last Awards program held in 2019 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.

COVID Workplace Adaptation – This SAPA Candid Conversation was be held on April 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm via Zoom and featured a panel discussion with State and Local Government leaders on how the workplace has had to adapt during the COVID Pandemic, lessons learned, and what changes will likely continue for the foreseeable future.  The panelists for this event were:

  • Karen Geduldig, Associate Chief Information Officer for the State University of New York;
  • Rachel McEneny, the Commissioner of Administrative Services for the City of Albany;
  • Susan Filburn, the Department of Labor’s Deputy Commissioner for Employment Security.

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.


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 2021 annual meeting will be held in the Fall.  Time and details to be announced.

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