Public Sector
Leadership for a Networked World’s Public Sector Initiative provides transformational thought leadership and learning experiences for policymakers and executives designing the future of government outcomes and public value.

It’s a relay race. We have to charge as fast as we possibly can, and we have to hand the baton off to the next administration.

Scott Blackburn
Executive Director, MyVA, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

In the past five years, all Public Sector leaders reported experiencing moderate to extreme change.

93% of Public Sector leaders anticipate digital technologies will have extreme or significant change on their operating environments in the next five years.

State Chief Administrators identified limited funding, competing priorities, and organizational capacity as the top barriers hindering their efforts to drive good government.

These results were taken from surveys given to participants prior to their attendance at an LNW event.


In fall 2014, Mark Stutrud was fishing for salmon in Michigan’s Pere Marquette River when a colleague introduced an intriguing but fraught proposition: interviewing to become the CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), the largest statewide social service agency in the state. As Stutrud...

In 2008, Walt Ekard, the Chief Administrative Officer for San Diego County, asked Nick Macchione,...

In 2011 and 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown issued a pair of executive orders that created...

In 2016, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) encountered what then-DOAS...


Early in his tenure, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts established process improvement as a key strategy to “create a more effective, more efficient, and more customer-focused state government.” To achieve this, state leaders first evaluated state models from around the country to help introduce...

In 2011, recently elected Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took office and decided to place a major emphasis on employee engagement, training, and professional development. To that end, the State of Michigan partnered with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to launch an employee engagement survey. This,...


October 11, 2017 to October 13, 2017

2017 NASCA Institute on Management and Leadership:


June 13, 2017 to June 15, 2017

2017 Public Sector for the Future Summit: Citizen-Driven by Design

October 4, 2016 to October 7, 2016

2016 NASCA Institute on Management and Leadership:

October 4, 2016 to October 7, 2016

2016 NASCA Institute on Management and Leadership:


Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.

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