The American School of Public Service (ASPS) presents its Executive Leadership Podcast Series with Gary Halbert, Former City Manager of the City of Chula Vista and Randa Coniglio, Former President & CEO of the Port of San Diego. Watch the full podcast here.
Randa Coniglio (Retired) was the first woman CEO/President of the Port of San Diego through 2021. She joined the Port in April 2000, starting out in the Port’s Real Estate Operations Department. Prior to the Port, she spent eight years handling a local portfolio of commercial investment properties for a Japanese firm, and five years in retail leasing and development. Coniglio holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.
Gary Halbert (Retired) was the City Manager of the City of Chula Vista. He is a certified planner and licensed engineer. He has 40 years of experience in local government and has held management positions in city planning, transportation engineering and development services. Halbert holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Science from the University of California at San Diego and a Masters in Public Administration from San Diego State University. At SDSU, he was a recipient of the John Fowler Scholarship and Graduate Student of the Year.
In this ASPS Executive Leadership Podcast Series, Gary & Randa discuss their distinguished public service career, lessons learned, social justice and diversity in the workplace. Shahriar Afshar, ASPS Host & Founder invites you to tune in and get Randa & Gary’s take on the following topics:
1. Their background and how they ended up in the public sector and why they chose to move around or stay?
2. How do they keep politics out of public administration? Any tips or tricks?
3. When they became leaders, what did they hope to accomplish? What was their best lesson(s) learned from current or previous leaders that helped them?
4. Do they feel there is sufficient diversity in the public sector and if not, what can we do to encourage diversity? Any examples or cases?
5. Do they see/feel there is social injustice or inequality in the communities that they managed? Any initiatives that were effective in confronting these inequalities?
6. After the George Floyd incident, what measures did their jurisdiction take to respond, if any? How did their organizations evolve?
7. What challenges do they see coming up for local governance in a post-Covid era?
8. What’s is their best advice for the upcoming class of public servants? To learn more, suggest a topic/speaker, sponsor/advertise or give us feedback, please visit the American School of Public Service at www.PublicServiceSchool.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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