Getting Things Done with Courage and Conviction

National Academy of Public Administration
1600 K St NW Suite 400
Washington DC,

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Dwight Inks’ 50 years of public service through a discussion and review of:

Getting Things Done with Courage and Conviction

Written by Dwight A. Ink and Kurt M. Thurmaier

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Getting Things Done with Courage and Conviction presents Dwight’s successful management strategies in his 50 years of public service in the context of nine especially important achievements in his career, including the Alaska Recovery and Nixon’s New Federalism initiative.  A panel of Fellows will review and critique the book’s thesis that Dwight’s successful management strategies are relevant to current public service professionals despite the current toxic climate. 

“Our book is intended to help counter the current opinion the public has of the inability of government to get anything important accomplished,” said Dwight Ink. “We present case after case in which government met success despite widely divergent conditions over several decades, facing obstacles many thought too difficult to overcome. We believe these cases demonstrate the type of strategies that public managers can use—and have used—successfully over the years to meet the most complex challenges.  We have asked the panelists to examine whether these types of strategies can be adapted successfully to the problems of today. If not, why not?”      

Moderated by Kurt Thurmaier, our panelists will discuss the efficacy of Dwight’s strategies for current SES and other senior federal officers.  Attendees will receive a free copy of the book, courtesy of Dwight and the publisher. Additionally, Dwight will be available to sign copies of the book.

3:30   p.m.       Welcoming Remarks

Teresa Gerton, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

3:40   p.m.       Panel Discussion

Burt S. Barnow: Amsterdam Professor of Public Service and Economics, Trachtenberg Public Policy and Public Administration, the George Washington University

Nani Coloretti: Senior Vice President for Financial and Business Strategy, the Urban Institute

Sharon A. Kershbaum: Chief Operating Officer, Department of Human Services, District of Columbia

John A. Koskinen: Former Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury

5:00   p.m.       Questions and Answers

5:10   p.m.       Reception & Book Signing