Robert J. Lavigna

Bob Lavigna, an award-winning public sector leader and innovator, is the Director of the CPS HR Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement™. The Institute is dedicated to helping public sector and nonprofit organizations measure and improve employee engagement. His book, "Engaging Government Employees: Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance" (American Management Association) is the only book to focus exclusively on measuring and improving engagement in the unique environment of government.

Before joining CPS HR, Bob was Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of HR for the University of Wisconsin, a university ranked among the world’s top 25 research institutions.

Bob’s previous positions also include Vice President-Research for the Partnership for Public Service, where his research portfolio included producing the annual "Best Paces to Work in the Federal Government" ratings and rankings. Bob also was Senior Manager of Consulting for CPS HR Consulting, and Director of the state of Wisconsin civil service system. He began his career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Bob is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, was selected as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine, and received the highest individual achievement awards from the International Public Management Association for HR (IPMA-HR) and the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE). He was also the first state government HR executive to be awarded a fellowship from the Council of State Governments. In addition, the organizations Bob has led have received innovation awards from the Ford Foundation, IPMA-HR, NASPE, the Society for Human Resource Management and others.

He has spoken about HR and employee engagement across the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. Bob is a past national president of IPMA-HR and past national chair of the American Society for Public Administration Section on Personnel and Labor Relations.

He has a B.A. in Public Affairs from George Washington University and an M.S. in HR from Cornell University.

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Janelle Callahan

Janelle Callahan is a Principal Consultant with the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement. She has more than 15 years of experience providing research insights for public sector leaders. Her expertise includes survey methodology, quantitative and qualitative analysis and employee engagement. Before joining CPS HR, Janelle was with the Partnership for Public Service, where she managed research for "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government." She has also held research positions with the newspaper Education Week and the nonprofit Institute for Learning Innovation. Janelle serves as a Planning Commissioner in her home city.

She earned her M.A. in Human Services Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Denison University.

Speaking and Training

Need a keynote speaker for a conference or meeting? Want to host an engagement planning session with your executive team? Need to train your supervisors on why engagement is important, and how to engage their employees? Bob Lavigna has spoken at conferences, seminars, workshops and universities across the U.S. and around the world. Contact Bob today to arrange for him to speak at your organization or event.

Bob Lavigna, rlavigna@cpshr.us

Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement
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