Forum Highlights

Golf Tournament

Four-Person Scramble


GRAND CYPRESS GOLF CLUB – NEW COURSE • 1 N. Jacaranda Street • Orlando, Florida


Grand Cypress Golf Club offers Jack Nicklaus signature-designed golf in an unforgettable setting. You will play on the New Course which adds another dimension of play to the Orlando golf scene with steeper and more challenging bunkers and slopes. Set in the midst of an open meadow, the New Course is Jack Nicklaus’ tribute and homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.

This Scottish links masterpiece is complete with double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet — all in the spirit of the true Scottish original. Very little water comes into play on the New Course, but when it does it will challenge you. Only a few trees are located within the interior of the course, creating generous landing areas.


7:00 AM – Buses Depart Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
8:00 AM – Shotgun Start
1:00 PM – Lunch Buffet
2:00 PM – Return to Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista


Golf Clinic

The Golf Academy gives those with little to no experience the opportunity of three full hours with an award-winning PGA Class A certified instructor that can include instruction in full swing, putting, pitching, pitch n’ run, bunker shots and more.

Golf Clinic Schedule
9:15 AM - Bus Departs Hilton Lake Buena Vista
10:00 AM - Golf Clinic Start
1:00 PM - Lunch Buffet
2:00 PM - Return to Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

University Row


The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Scholarship Program. The NFBPA Scholarship program is designed to recognize African-American or minority students who are currently enrolled full-time at a college or university with at least one academic semester remaining after May 2019, who exemplify outstanding scholarship, and leadership, particularly as related to public service. We invite undergraduate and graduate students to participate in this year’s program as we look forward to making scholarship awards. NFBPA supports over 12 college students each year, with annual scholarships totaling more than $45 thousand dollars through partnerships with corporate supporters, public sector organizations and individual contributors. It is important to read all information BEFORE completing scholarship applications. Deadline January 28, 2019. You are not eligible to apply for the scholarship if you are working full-time (defined as 35 hours per week).



Students at FORUM 2019 University Row is a platform for universities and students to network with other like-minded students and local government professionals from around the country. Attendees will learn about career strategies, innovative techniques and the solutions which are cutting edge and evidence based practices. Students do not want to miss this student-focused, three-day event. At the FORUM students will be able to:

  • Participate in innovative workshops
  • Share ideas and strategize with peers
  • Get ideas on initiatives which sustain cities
  • Be inspired by speakers who are championing public service across communities Registration ($1500) Includes:
  • Registration for 5 Students
  • Complimentary Table Top
  • All plenary and concurrent sessions Thursday and Friday
  • First Timers Orientation on Wednesday
  • Chat Café hosted by Emerging Leaders
  • Participation in the Poster Contest
  • Generation Next Event

Poster Contest

Poster Contest The National Forum for Black Public Administrators will host the Student Research Poster Contest which will be held at FORUM 2019 on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The competition recognizes research conducted by the students at all undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels. All students are encouraged to submit for this competition. Submissions should be closely related to the following topic: Effectively Using Data Analytics to Improve Civic Engagement. Abstract Submission: The deadline to submit a poster abstract is January 28, 2019. In less than 250 words, poster abstracts should summarize the following: 1) the research question/problem statement; 2) the theory and hypothesis; 3) the research methods; 4) the findings; and 5) the research implications. Submissions should be limited to research conducted during your time as a student. Research that incorporates the effort of a professor or a professional researcher (e.g. think tanks) is prohibited. You may only submit one poster abstract in which you are the lead/presenter. If your name will be affiliated with multiple abstract submissions, you can only select one project that you will serve as lead presenter. Submissions should be sent via email to

Alternatively, submissions can be sent via US mail to: NFBPA, Poster Contest, 777 North Capital Street NE, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20002. Awards: 1st Place $1500. 2nd Place $1000 3rd Place $500.

Hall Of Fame Breakfast

Join your colleagues for breakfast on Friday morning as NFBPA recognizes its recipients for the Hall of Fame Award. The award is to “recognize and honor African Americans in public service whose accomplishments are noteworthy of emulation and who serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement to others in pubic management.” The Hall of Fame Award was created to pay tribute to African Americans who have achieved unprecedented “firsts” in public service. Past honorees include Nelson Mandela, Maxine Waters and Thurgood Marshall to name a few.

Pre-Conference Tours

Cultural Excursion Of Black Americans In Central Florida

8:30 AM - Bus departs Hilton Lake Buena Vista
12:30 PM - Return to Hilton Lake Buena Vista

Pre-registration is required. $40 – Lunch Included Join us for a multi-stop journey to some of Central Florida’s hidden gems of Black History. We will begin in the Historic Town of Eatonville — the nation’s oldest black incorporated municipality and home to Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) a legendary anthropologist, folklorist and writer of the Harlem Renaissance Era. Then we’ll stop at the Wells’ Built Museum of African American History and Culture — named for Dr. William Monroe Wells who was known for successfully delivering more than 5,000 African American babies and treating fellow African Americans who were suffering from influenza, pneumonia and other serious diseases prior to the creation of many modern-day medical treatments. Inside this museum, you will find memorabilia and artifacts from Orlando’s African American community.

Lastly, we will lunch ‘n learn at the Bronze Kingdom — a 16,000-square-foot art gallery showcasing over 2,000 pieces, of bronze, beaded, and wood sculptures acquired from leaders and countries all over the African continent.

Reedy Creek Improvement District The "Government" Behind the Development of Walt Disney World

Pre-Registration is required. $10 per person Take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit the “government” behind the development of Walt Disney World. Meet with Reedy Creek Improvement District Administrators for an eyeopening exploration of the history of this innovative public/private partnership; learn about its current operations and the public services provided to this “city” whose primary landowner is the Walt Disney World Company; and take a mobile tour of the District to view some recent infrastructure projects. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!

Shop, Drop & Roll

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
9:30 AM – Bus departs Hilton Orlando Lake Buena
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Pre-Registration is required. $10 per person Come “get your shop on” with us at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets — one of the country’s most upscale outlet centers. We will transport you to this shopper’s paradise with more than 160 of your favorite designer outlet stores to help satisfy your need for “retail therapy.” Leave some extra space in your suitcase for the bargains you will find here!

NFBPA Community Service Project


10:00 AM - 4:00 PM April 3-5, 2019

Innovation Center, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Some career-focused individuals find the professional attire requirement to be an obstacle for access or reentry into the workplace. NFBPA is sponsoring an Unpack to Impact event. Bring a gently worn suit, professional separates or accessories to be donated to Dress for Success Greater Orlando (women’s wear) or The Ephraim Project, Inc. (men’s wear). The clothing items and or accessories should be dropped off at the donation boutique in the Innovation Center. Please also consider a monetary investment to help educate, enhance, encourage, and empower men and women on their journey to economic independence. Dress for Success Greater Orlando and The Ephraim Project are 501(c)3 organizations. Participants will receive a donation receipt, and their names will be entered into a raffle.

Women's Leadership Workshop And Reception

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

NFBPA and the League of Women in Government (LWG) partner for a workshop to explore ways to help advance women in local government leadership. This event offers opportunities to women and all others dedicated to the development of women leaders, at the beginning, middle and executive career levels and participants in a workshop and reception setting.

Chapter Challenge

The Council of Presidents is mixing it up for All Chapter’s Night. This event will kick-off Forum 2019 in a fun, dynamic style. This year’s theme Chapter Challenge will give the chapters the ability to express their creativity of their Chapter and at the same time, network with other public administrative professionals. In conjunction with Members Meet Up, this interactive night will not only highlight the companies in the Innovation Center but showcase skills and ingenuity in Chapter building activities. Collaborate, Innovate and Elevate is exactly what we plan to do. Bring your “A” Game!

Innovation Center

Innovation Center, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

A select number of leading edge companies are invited to bring their corporate workplace to the conference to provide attendees with a look at new services, technology and best practices in targeted areas of interests recently expressed by members and other conference attendees. Each company will have a dedicated area in the Innovation Center where conference attendees on an ongoing basis throughout each day will be able to stop and converse.

Corporate Luncheon

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

The annual luncheon is highly anticipated each year as NFBPA celebrates and recognizes the contributions of our corporate partners for their vital support of its programs and mission. Meet the companies that go beyond what is expected.

Host Chapter Reception: The ULTIMATE P3 - A Private Party in Paradise

Sea World’s Discovery Cove Be our guests for the Ultimate P3 — a Private Party in Paradise! Join the Mid-Florida Host Chapter in paradise as we launch FORUM 2019 at Sea World’s Discovery Cove. We will party beach side at this exclusive tropical retreat — complete with live entertainment, delectable cuisine, and even fabulous animal interactions

including opportunities to observe playful bottlenose dolphins by the beach. Get a little sand between your toes as you dance the night away or just relax, retreat, and reconnect with your colleagues in this tropical oasis. You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

Emerging Leaders Chat Café

Join the Emerging Leaders for the Chat Café and have a chance to get hands on with the Diversity Dashboard. Emerging Leaders in partnership with Local Government Leaders (ELGL) is proud to introduce Diversity Dashboard a new tool which measures gender, race, age and veteran status of local government chief administrative officers and assistant chief administrative officers across the country. Engage in the discussion of how to leverage the data to encourage initiatives that bring diversity to local government leadership.

Generation Next Event

Join the next generation for cutting edge conversation and a photo booth as they network with MPA programs and YOU (NFBPA members). This event offers an opportunity for Millennials to network with their peers of future leaders and innovators. The Generation Next Event will provide a relaxed social forum for networking with peers that will follow you as your career progresses —your future colleagues, employers and employees, so bring your business cards — you don’t want to miss it! Prizes will be available!

Public Policy Plenary

The Public Policy FORUM will feature noted speakers who offer insightful perspectives from individuals who are committed to finding solutions to the housing challenges facing our communities. The FORUM will provide an opportunity for people committed to finding affordable housing solutions to engage with affordable housing advocates and practitioners, movement leaders, policy experts, researchers, government officials, and low-income residents on the challenges and opportunities ahead and on strategies for achieving real solutions.

Engaging And Elevating Florida's Youth

NFBPA partners with Valencia College Horizon Scholars and Parramore Kidz Zone to enrich the lives of young people in Central Florida to enrich the lives of young people in Central Florida. The session will expose youth to professional decorum, feature appropriate social interaction for youth (also social media) while developing skills, and enhance career opportunities. The Valencia College Horizon Scholars’ program works with members of the community to increase college access and professional opportunities for low-income students in grades 9-12. By offering mentorship, advocacy services, networking events, and a college scholarship, the Valencia College Horizon Scholars program endeavors to break the cycle of poverty for students and their families in Central Florida while giving students the chance to achieve their dreams and impact society in a positive way.

Elected Officials Roundtable

Invite your local government officials to join NFBPA as we convene a roundtable of Local Government Officials. Our roundtable is convened each year to address the unique roles our local government officials play in providing solutions to challenges facing local governments. Each session brings together more than 30 jurisdictions from across the country to address the pressing issues of today. We welcome participation in the conversation and discussion by attendees.

Eli/Mentor Graduation Luncheon

Join us to celebrate the newest graduates of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) and the Mentor Programs. ELI was established in 1987 as a program dedicated to grooming African American managers for the rigors of executive positions in public service organizations. The Mentor Program is uniquely designed to positively impact the professional development of emerging public administrators.

The Marks Of Excellence Awards Gala

FORUM 2019 will culminate with this exciting Gala and Dinner. During the evening, attendees will celebrate the awarding of the 35th Marks of Excellence Award. The award is bestowed annually to an African American who has achieved extraordinary achievements in the field of public management. The annual Gala and Awards Dinner is an opportunity for participants to formally gather and convene on the final evening of the conference and reflect upon the speakers, the knowledge gained and enthusiasm to continue their work in public service.