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The National Association of State Personnel Executives provides a collaborative forum for State HR leaders to share effective leading practices.

Registration is now open for the
NASPE Annual Meeting
July 15 - 18, 2018

The NASPE Annual Meeting is where state human resources professionals and industry partners gather to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more.

Over three days of learning, growing, and finding inspiration, attendees are equipped with a year’s worth of support in their daily responsibilities as leaders in the field of human resources. 

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Take the meeting schedule, speaker bios, attendee information and more with you in our easy-to-use app! Easily connect with your peers and get notifications instantly in the event of a change or emergency.

How to get the app:

  1. Click this link and enter the phone number of the smartphone on which you would like to download the app. You will receive a text with a link to the Attendify app (text and data rates may apply).
  2. Click the link sent to you in the text and you will receive a prompt to open in either the “App Store” or “Google Play Store.”
  3. Click “Open.”
  4. On the next screen, you will download the Attendify app. Click “Get” or “Open.”
  5. Open the Attendify app and search for our meeting. It is named NASPE Annual Meeting 2018.
  6. Complete your profile with as much information as you would like to share, and now all of our meeting information will be at your fingertips.
  7. Any time you want to visit the app, you will do so via the Attendify blue app button on your smartphone.


Winners of the 2018 NASPEs Awards

These awards highlight the innovative leadership practices either with an individual’s lead or with a cutting-edge program. The NASPEs winners are recognized during the NASPE Annual Meeting each summer.

Rooney Award: Innovative State Human Resource Management Program

Tennessee Management & Leadership Learning Pyramid 

Rooney Award: Leadership in State Human Resource Management

Joyce Oreskovich, Director, Maine Bureau of Human Resources

Eva N. Santos Communications Award

Arizona - Applying Multilayer Communication Strategies to Statewide Employee Engagement Planning 

Advancing the HR Profession Award

 Florida Communities of Interest 

Click here to read more about the awards program and check out all submissions.

Thoughts on Leadership

Kate Sheehan
Division of Personnel and Labor Relations
Alaska Department of Administration

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I was born with assertiveness, ambition, stubbornness and inquisitiveness. But I wasn't born a leader. That was learned.

Are leaders born or made? Probably one of the most asked questions when the topic of leadership comes up. My initial reaction was always born, of course. But recently I’ve begun thinking about being the leader of my division and the qualities I, hopefully, demonstrate. Then it became clear that I most certainly wasn’t born with all these traits but learned them from others – both my supervisors and co-workers. Yes, I was born with assertiveness, ambition, stubbornness, and inquisitiveness. However, there is so much more to my leadership style than those characteristics. 


State Employee Recognition Day May 9, 2018

States really stepped up their game this year in recognizing the hard work and dedication of their state employees! Check out some of these activities and get some ideas for 2019.


State Human Resources Directors Seek to Address Workforce Challenges

Focus groups explore policies to help find and keep quality workers

To learn more about the viewpoints of state HR directors, The Pew Charitable Trusts partnered with the National Association of State Personnel Executives to hold focus groups with association members in early 2017 in Washington, D.C. The 19 participants came from 18 states; all held senior human resources positions in their state’s government. The discussions concentrated on the major workforce challenges facing state governments, including how to appeal to and engage younger workers and the role that retirement benefits play in recruitment and retention. The HR executives talked about the resources they need to be successful and the strategies they use to meet their states’ staffing needs.

Among the key findings:

  • Compensation levels pose a major challenge to recruitment and retention, particularly for in-demand expertise in fields such as information technology and healthcare.
  • Younger workers are seen as placing greater importance on quick career advancement, professional growth, public service, community, and work-life balance than do prior generations.
  • Retirement plans may not initially attract most workers to public service, but these benefits can help retain older workers and those with longer tenures.
  • Providing more financial education, savings portability, and worker control over investment choices are ways to make retirement benefits more attractive to employees, but the executives raised concerns about the efficacy of each concept.

Read the full issue brief here.

States are hiring veterans

Veterans who are disabled, who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over others in hiring for many state government jobs. 


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