Recent Events

Recent Events


PAST EVENTS (2016-2017)


From March 17th  to March 20th, WPS had the opportunity to attend the 2017 ASPA National Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. On MArch 19th, WPS held a Happy Hour at Fandangles in the Conference Hotel . At this event, we were about to discuss new and ongoing projects as well as simply enjoy the accompany of others attending the conference. On March 20th, WPS was located at the SWPA booth where we were able to engage with participants at ASPA.

Protecting Women's Human Rights through Advocacy and Movement BuildingProtecting Women's Human Rights through Advocacy and Movement Building

On March 7th, 2017, WPS collaborated with Mary Luke, President of the Metro NY Chapter of U.S. National Committee for UN Women for the continuation of our WPS Speaker Series . Mrs. Luke spoke about gender inequities in areas such as wages, healthcare and domestic violence by examining challenges to women's equal rights in the U.S. She discussed the movement for cities to support the UN treaty on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. (NYC4CEDAW). CEDAW is the most comprehensive document for the rights of women approved by 187 of the 194 member states of the United Nations. The US is the only major country that has not ratified the treaty.  Following Mrs. Luke presentation, participants were able to ask questions which resulted in vibrant discussions on popular womens issues.


WPS Collaboration With No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project of the Clinton Foundation FlyerWPS Collaboration With No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project of the Clinton Foundation

On October 5th, 2016, WPS collaborated with No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project of the Clinton Foundation. This event was the first event of the 2016-2017 academic calender and was a part of the Women in the Public Sector Speaker Series.

Participants were given the opportunity to meet Deputy Director Rachel Tulchin as well as hear her insight on the status of girls and women today, including wage discrepancies and lack of women in power positions. After Ms. Tulchins presentation, participants were given the opportunity to partake in a vibrant discussion on the subject, as well as discuss the importance of creating compelling evidence for change. To learn more about No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, please head to NoCeilings.Org for more information.



NASPAA Conference

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affars, and Administraion (NASPAA) holds a yearly conference for members to share their research and experience in the public administration education. At the 2015 Conference, Professors and Women in the Public Sector (WPS) Co-founders, Nicole Elias and Maria D'Agostino presented their work, Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College: Developing Diverse Perspectives in MPA Education and other topics such as Promote Your Way to Success. This panel highlighted pressing gender issues in public service and the ways WPS promotes gender competency in public administration education. 

Discussion With New York State  Lieutenant Governor KATHLEEN HOCHUL FlyerDiscussion With New York State  Lieutenant Governor KATHLEEN HOCHUL

On November 17, 2015, in partnership with the Office of External Affairs at John Jay, WPS hosted the New York Lieutenant Governor Kathleen.

At the beginning of the event, Hochul, The Highest Ranking Female State Official, described her work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses and in the workplace. The event discussion that followed gave students a platform to learn more about job creation, how to gain access to higher paying jobs, economic development, government opportunities for women, and much more.



Coffee Hour Flyer

Coffee Hour

Women in Public Sector hosted its first Coffee Hour on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 during community hour (1:40-2:50 pm) on campus in the New Building Atrium. The coffee hour was held to provide an opportunity for the John Jay Community to learn more about WPS, issues impacting women in the public sector, while also engaging students and faculty interested in WPS.







"Ask The Civil Rights Attorney Workshop" Series featuring MELISSA BRAND Flyer"Ask The Civil Rights Attorney Workshop" Series featuring MELISSA BRAND

WPS held its “Ask the Civil Rights Attorney Workshop” three-part series featuring Civil Rights Attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity, Melissa Brand on February 23-24, 2016. The series began with a Keynote address held in the New Building Student Dining Hall. During this event, Brand shared her insights on the injustices that have occurred while holding her current position.





"Ask The Civil Rights Attorney Workshop" Series featuring MELISSA BRAND FlyerIn part two of the series (the Student Development Workshop), the audience was given the opportunity to interact with Melissa Brand directly through one-on-one conversations. Brand's insights helped students gain valuable knowledge about networking, the value of hard work and persistence, and other skills that will prove beneficial later in their careers.







"Ask The Civil Rights Attorney Workshop" Series featuring MELISSA BRAND FlyerIn the culminating event of the series, Melissa Brand presented Policies & Practices of the Workplace (And How They Can Lead to Discrimination) to a group of more than 70 John Jay Students, faculty and staff. During this presentation, Brand discussed her experience with setting precedents for cases that included anti-harassment, discipline issues, reasonable accommodation for disabled employees, hiring process issues, and protection for the LGBTQ individuals the workplace.






​ASPA 2016 Conference Flyer​ASPA Reception

On March 20,2016, WPS hosted the "Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College, CUNY Reception" at the 2016 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Conference. Participants included John Jay faculty and students, ASPA paricipants and ASPA members from across the U.S. and international institutions. During the reception, attendees had the opportunity to network with fellow participants and enjoy light refreshments.



WPS Networking EventWPS Networking Event

On March 29,2016, in collaboration with Will Simpkins, the Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, WPS held a Networking Event where participants learned about available job opportunities and career options. Participants also learned about the importance of networking and heard from a number of panelists about their experiences in the public service field. At the close of the event, the audience participated in an activity to allow students the opportunity to engage in open conversation with the panelists.






Professional Skills Workshop FlyerProfessional Skills Workshop

Women in the Public Sector hosted a Professional Skills Workshop with Public Service Practitioners on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Here, participants learned about pay, negotiation, and mentorship - pressing topics that are important to understand in order to overcome various obstacles and inequities in the workplace.






Discussion with New York City Public Advocate The Honorable LETITIA JAMES Flyer

Discussion with New York City Public Advocate The Honorable LETITIA JAMES

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Women in the Public Sector welcomed New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for a discussion on criminal justice. This event was in collaboration with the MPA Student Association and Office of External Affairs.









Women in the Public Sector's first workshop was held on April 2, 2014, guided by Dr. Elias and Dr. D’Agostino’s research. The event was designed to raise awareness about the perception and involvement of women in public service. More than 90 students, John Jay and CUNY-wide faculty members, administrators, and community members participated in the conversation. Discussion focused on the central challenges women face working in the public sector, including pay and leadership inequality, discrimination, and gender, cultural, and institutional biases that contribute to the negative perceptions of women in the workplace. Attendees learned about important advances in public policy and legislation, as well as recent positive initiatives aimed at shifting public perception of what it means to be a woman in today’s society.

Following a breakout session and group activity prompting individuals to identify and discuss the significant issues women face in today’s public and private organizations, the event closed with a thought-provoking Q&A where participants discussed their own experiences, concerns, and personal successes in public service.


Building upon the energy from the first workshop, the second event in the 2014 Series took place on May 7, 2014. The event began with a special welcome from John Jay College Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jane Bowers. Participants heard from a panel of five public service scholars and practitioners, who all shared their academic and professional perspectives on women in the public sector. The group collectively engaged in lively conversation about how to support women entering the workforce, followed by a Q&A session where panelists answered questions about the current issues facing women in the workplace and ways to provide support. 

Key Topics & Insights:

Policy and organizational structures that impact women
Challenges women face when running for public office
Educating managers on staff diversification strategies
Best practices for improving women’s experiences in the workplace
Understanding the impact of family and other obligations from a female perspective
Changing organizational culture and the need for work-life balance
Suggestions for women to avoid “second-guessing” or “not feeling good enough”
Combatting the heightened scrutiny women face in executive positions
Benefits of mentorship and how to build positive professional relationships

Featured Panelists

Kitley Covill
Assistant Chief Deputy County Attorney, Westchester County and former Inspector General, Yonkers
Anna Morrissey-Keane
Retired Officer, New York City Police Department
Arlean C. Nieto
Enforcement Manager, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York District Office
Dr. David Pitts
Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration & Policy, American University
Dr. Hindy Lauer Schachter
Professor, School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology