Members in Transition Program (MIT)



Successfully deliver proactive value to NFBPA members by providing structured career transition resources to support members during a period of adversity, challenge and change.


Effectively assist registered members in the MIT Program when faced with an involuntary (or voluntary) career change that leaves the member in a "transition" status.


  • Current NFBPA Member

  • Additional information on the page focuses on identified resources that provide career and professional development, strategies to maintain wellness during this transition period, and related networking resources, programs, and social media strategies.

  • Access to “Linkedin Learning” by connecting MIT Program participants to the relevant content at an appropriate time in their careers. Members have the opportunity to learn from best-in-class instructors across a broad learning library. Participants will have access to videos that aid in creating “learning paths” for career advancement.

  • A Members in Transition workshop session at NFBPA Forum. 

  • The MIT Program conducts informational sessions including interactive Monthly Meetings and Webinars. Subjects are topical and uniquely developed for NFBPA membership. Each previous session can be accessed from the MIT page.


  • Minimum of 5 years of current NFBPA membership.

  • Member released or resigned from employment within the prior 12 months.

  • Member will seek a public sector position or a position with a non-profit organization. Once employed, MIT Program participant will commit to full NFBPA membership for two years at the full member rate at the time.

  • MIT Program participation is up to 12 months, with eligibility to return to the MIT Program as new conditions occur.

  • MIT Program provides: (1) $150.00 virtual or onsite rate for NFBPA’s Forum and (2) National NFBPA membership dues waived upon next annual renewal. Local chapter dues will continue to be paid.

  • A completed application is required to be considered and accepted to participate in the MIT Program and obtain program benefits.





All Hazards: Making History in the Fire Department
April 17, 2024 | 12:30 PM EST

C.C. Speight serves as a career Battalion Chief in Howard County, MD. She works in field operations commanding fires rescues & other significant incidents. She was the 1st Black woman promoted to any rank within her department after working as a firefighter, paramedic & technical rescue team member. She also serves on the Maryland State IMT & is an executive coordinator for Black Fire Chief officers' organization.
College Planning For A Career In Government
March 20, 2024 | 12:30 PM EST

CPTS engages in active support of students seeking avenues to educational opportunities and careers in public service, which is powerfully demonstrated in initiatives, programs, and other means of student sponsorship promoted by NFBPA, to open avenues to scholarships and college education for students. Since 2002, CPTS has maintained a 97% successful matriculation rate, and over 28,000 students have attained college degrees working through CPTS programs. This effort and commitment to career and higher educational advancement opportunities, has been widely circulated among the staff, representatives, and student ambassadors of College Planning TODAY Services, Inc. Our goal is to support the NFBPA mission of promoting public service as a fulfilling career path. CPTS engages education stakeholders, philanthropists, and donors, arranging millions of dollars in scholarship awards for students each year.

Navigating Change: A Guide For Local Government Leaders
December 13, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Dr. Philip Harris’s presentation will present the pivotal role of local government officials during periods of transition. It covers strategies for maintaining productivity, fostering robust relationships, and engaging the community. It offers insights into career development, overseeing police conduct, and enhancing leadership competencies. Concluding with the keys to a successful transition, the session provides a roadmap for ethical decision-making and accountability in public service.
Creating Culture of Diversity Equity, & Inclusion
November 15, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Linda Graham Jones serves the Town of Apex, NC, as the Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. She has worked in local government for 20+ years including 13+ years in leadership positions. Ms. Jones joined the Town of Apex, NC in February 2022 as the 1st DEI Director. Previously, she worked for the City of Raleigh in community engagement roles, i.e., Community Relations Analyst, Staff Liaison to Boards & Commissions, Youth Employment Program Manager, Digital Inclusion Program Director, & Community Engagement Administrator..
Managing Change During Challenging Times
October 18, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Jelynne Jamison has served as President & Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Health Care Services, the local mental health authority for Bexar County, TX. She previously served as Ex. VP & Chief Delivery Officer for CPS Energy where she led a team of 1,853 employees & managed an operational budget of $158 million and a capital budget of $304 million.
It Won't Always Be Like This
September 20, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Join us this month to hear from speaker ArDeanna Seabron-Hicks’. ArDeanna Seabron-Hicks’ joined the CPS Energy team to implement the CPS Energy Ethics program. During her tenure at CPS Energy, ArDeanna has held leadership roles in Ethics, Energy Delivery & Administration, Customer Service, and Talent Development.
Transparency in Public Communication
July 19, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Join us this month to hear from speaker James G. Gaston, II. James G. Gaston, II has 30+ years in the public/private sectors, & entrepreneurial arena. He has successfully managed large multi-tiered service organizations with budget & financial operations, human resources, procurement, contracting, real estate/facilities, project management, & delivery of IT infrastructure services with staffs over 500+ & budgets exceeding $1+ billion.
Lessons Learned From An Unexpected & Untimely Public Departure 
June 21, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Justine Jones has 16 years in local government. She’s developed comprehensive experiences across organizations, recently serving as Town Manager in Kenly, NC. In 2015, she founded Strategic Innovation Partners in Suffolk, VA, which specialized in management and smart governance consulting, strategy development and implementation, execution of policy initiatives and priorities, equitable delivery of services, and program and project management in the VA, NC and Washington DC areas
Thriving & Growing During Career Transition
May 17, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Ron Holifield served almost two (2) decades in City Management in these Texas cities; Assistant City Manager in Plano, & City Manager in Garland, DeSoto, Farmersville & Sundown. In 1999, Ron founded Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to specialize in Recruiting, Assessing & Developing Innovative, Collaborative, Authentic Leaders for local governments nationwide. Today, Ron speaks at over 50 state & national conferences & workshops each year and remains high profile in the city management profession. SGR is the 3 rd largest local government executive search firm in the nation, operates the 2 nd largest local government job board in the nation, & provides live & online leadership development to more local government executives & midlevel managers than any other company in the nation
Career Transitions: Planned or Unexpected?
April 19, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Anthony Snipes has over twenty years experience in non-profit and government. He is a public administrator with a consistent record of success in planning budgeting, human resources, public safety, information technology, and financial management.
Be Ready for the Next Career Challenges of Opportunity
March 15, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Byron C. Marshall has more than 35 years of Executive level, leadership experience in the public, non-profit and private sectors. He is skilled in budgeting and strategic planning; program development and management, economic development project implementation, organizational change, and leadership.
The 4 Pillars of Excellence: How to position yourself in today's public workforce.
February 16, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST

Calvin D. Jamison is responsible for overseeing facilities management, economic development, construction, real estate, and auxiliary services. He leads more than $2 billion in development and the addition of more than 14 million new and renovated square feet to the campus, including a mixed-use development called Northside, also known as "Comet Town". UT Dallas has recieved more than 35 awards for building designs, LEED certification and sustainability under his leadership.
1st Amendment & Local/State Government: How to deal with Auditors
February 1, 2023 | 12:30 PM EST


Initial Training Webinar for MIT Ambassadors and Recruits (May 4, 2022)

A Members in Transition Program Ambassador offers significant value for NFBPA members at a transition stage in their career. This webinar will discuss the importance of Ambassadors as a value added resource to the continued career success and retention of its members. They function as professional colleagues, advisors, and supporters -- not employment consultants. An Ambassador provides help with foreseen transition issues, offers tactical career advice, and aids with professional support to the MIT participant. They maintain contact with local and regional NFBPA leadership. Ambassadors may introduce an MIT participant to local and national search resources known to the Ambassador. The efforts of MIT Ambassadors are performed in support of NFBPA and its members on a volunteer basis. Key methods, resources available and tactics are shared.


Mindfulness: Exploring the Self During Professional Transition (May 10, 2022)

Explore how mindfulness can profoundly benefit you during a career transition as you step back in authentic and quiet reflection;

1. To become fully aware of how you want to grow personally,
2. To meaningfully aim toward what you next want to do professionally
3. To maintain needed balance and a sense you are steering the ship of your life
4. To prepare you to heighten and enrich your leadership abilities with the goal to secure a position that is a high-quality match for you.

Successful Professional Networking-Refining Your Brand (May 17, 2022)

Focus on the benefits of using LinkedIn as a tool for networking and professional development in preparation for your transition to a new position. Learn the advantages, disadvantages, available features, and identify additional resources such as O*Net Online, Jobs can, and Reputation Management, with resources for free training and strategies to examine and update your social media profile.

Surviving Relational Challenges "Dare to Prepare" (May 26, 2022)

Discover alternative strategies to cope with, and respond to, workplace conflicts and aggression from superiors and peers that can damage relationships and/or professional status. Develop proactive and reactive strategies to manage and learn from these challenging situations.Examine and preserve agreed-upon work plan and goals, and ensure current and future identified workplace protections.


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