Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

School to kick off Policy and a Pint series

Robin Gates

Report available online

Wisconsin Policy Research Institute report: An Essential Turnaround Project: Reform of State Government Operations

"Policy and a Pint," the La Follette School of Public Affairs after-work speaker and networking series, is set to kick off Thursday, September 13, at Brocach, 7 West Main Street in Madison, from 5 to 7 p.m.

"The main goal of Policy and a Pint is to engage the La Follette community of students, faculty and alumni, with the greater public policy community, in policy issues beyond what is covered in the headlines," says Kate Battiato, career development coordinator and organizer of the events. "It's also a low-key, informal way for people interested in public policy to connect, share ideas and build their professional networks."

The first "Policy and a Pint" event will feature 1976 La Follette alum Robin Gates, who will discuss his ideas for transforming government agency leadership. Drawing on his recent report for the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Gates will outline improvement strategies such as strengthening the planning and management skills of agency leaders through training that could be offered by the La Follette School of Public Affairs or the University of Wisconsin School of Business.

October's "Policy and a Pint" will be Wednesday, October 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Brocach. It will feature Jennifer Gonda, a newly appointed member of Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett's cabinet and the city's director of intergovernmental relations. A 2001 La Follette alum, Gonda will highlight contemporary policy issues in Milwaukee.

November's "Policy and a Pint" will be Wednesday, November 14, from 5-7 p.m. at Brocach. It will feature the La Follette School's fall writer in residence, Craig Gilbert, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Washington, D.C., bureau chief and national political reporter who will discuss Wisconsin's role in the presidential election.

"We've got a great lineup of speakers who will provide plenty of interesting conversation starters, even for those who might shy away from traditional networking events," Battiato adds. "Mark your calendars and bring your business cards."