In the Arena

Conversations about courage, compassion and creativity in public leadership.

Taken from a famous Theodore Roosevelt speech regarding his own time “In the Arena,” this podcast features government officials who are truly making a difference and challenging the status quo. Governing President, Cathilea Robinett, tours you through the halls of cities, counties and states to bring you a slice of what is best in American leadership today.

 

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John Wetzel In the Arena
In the Arena

Reforming Corrections in Pennsylvania with Data, Creativity

John Wetzel uses decades of experience and an unyielding determination to serve Pennsylvania as the secretary of corrections. But he knows that the true value of leadership comes from data, creativity and good people.

Alisha Bell In the Arena
In the Arena

Alisha Bell: Wayne County’s Unstoppable Force of Leadership

A county and national leader, Alisha Bell has learned how to be a successful public official by following the path her mother laid down. Now she ensures that her actions will help those who will one day follow her.

Mary Ann Borgeson In the Arena
In the Arena

County Commissioner Helps Others with Resources, Compassion

Whether it’s a small county or a national stage, Mary Ann Borgeson leads Douglas County, Neb., and the National Association of Counties with compassion and the understanding of the impacts her decisions can make.

Betty Yee, In the Arena
In the Arena

State Controller’s Impact Goes Beyond a Balanced Budget

Betty Yee uses her role as California’s state controller to uplift underserved communities, encourage female participation in politics and public office and remind others that a state is only as strong as its individuals.

Serena DiMaso, In the Arena
In the Arena

Getting Her Hands Dirty: In The Arena with Assembly Member Serena DiMaso

Whether it is a devastating hurricane or global pandemic, Serena DiMaso will be there to lend a helping hand. From the front lines and Assembly floor, DiMaso is constantly working to strengthen and uplift her community.

Clay Jenkinson In the Arena
In the Arena

How Context, History Can Teach Leadership During Pandemic

Clay Jenkinson, Governing’s editor-at-large and humanities scholar on Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, tells us how literature and history can help inform leaders in this time of global national crisis.

Bryan Barnett In the Arena
In the Arena

Community Inspires Mayor to Serve with Integrity

His passion for authentic relationships helps Bryan Barnett to excel as mayor of Rochester Hills and as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Even in a time when the nation is without strategy, he continues to lead with integrity.

Ryan Coonerty In the Arena
In the Arena

Ryan Coonerty on Building Santa Cruz for Future Generations

Ryan Coonerty has always been a part of the Santa Cruz community, from resident, to mayor and now county supervisor. Though his work is now countywide, his aim is still to create “a better place for the next generation.”

Lydia Mihalik, In the Arena
In the Arena

Lydia Mihalik Leads with a Fearless Adopted-Buckeye Heart

Lydia Mihalik is a fierce team leader and has a passion for improving the lives of others, two qualities that have suited her perfectly for Ohio’s public service as director of the Development Services Agency.

Chris Cabaldon, In the Arena
In the Arena

Mayor Welcomes Risk to Spur Innovation and City Growth

What started off as a wrong turn has turned into a home and career for Chris Cabaldon. Through innovation and risk, he has been able to help change West Sacramento into the thriving community it is today.

Affie Ellis, In the Arena
In the Arena

Wyoming State Senator Affie Ellis Is Who She Wants to Be

A passionate representative for women, Navajo people, and Wyomingites, Affie Ellis is a force to be reckoned with and she hopes to use her curiosity and patience to dig deeply into century-old tensions for years to come.

Beth Niblock, In the Arena
In the Arena

CIO Uses Courage, Persistence to Uplift Detroit Through Tech

Caring, passionate, and having always pushed back against the status quo, Beth Niblock has used her role as Detroit Chief Information Officer to revitalize the city with technology after a tough period of bankruptcy.

Eric Garcetti, In the Arena
In the Arena

Eric Garcetti’s LA Legacy: Listening, Humility, and Strength

Los Angeles’ mayor was raised with the understanding that public service is listening. So now he listens to his community and wants to make Los Angeles a place of opportunity for the California Dream.

Ed O'Keefe, In The Arena
In the Arena

TV's Ed O’Keefe on Preserving the Past and Defining the Future

From reporting on congress to building the first mobile streaming news network, small-town, North Dakotan Ed O’Keefe has extensive media experience. And as CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation, O’Keefe is creating an experience that preserves and shares Roosevelt’s legacy.

Blair Milo
In the Arena

Indiana’s First Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Brings Small-Town Background

Blair Milo has accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. It all stems from her passion for serving others and ensuring their success through creating opportunities.

In the Arena

Empowering Students to Ensure a Better Future

Kirsten Baesler's passion for education and students is undeniable. With creativity and determination, she is empowering students by ensuring their voices are heard.

In the Arena

Former Top County CIO Leads With Perseverance

When helping people is your core motivation, failure is not an option.

In the Arena

A Pioneer for Women in Politics: She Persists

During a time when it was rare for women to seek office, Jo Ann Davidson ran for city council in 1965. Even though she lost her first election, this was the start of a remarkable career in public service that eventually led her to the Ohio House of Representatives.

In the Arena

From College DJ to King County's Coalition Builder

Seattle born and raised, Dow Constantine serves over 2 million people as Executive of King County.

In the Arena

Plano's Jobs Mayor: Cars, Planes, and Throwing Boxes

Haitian born mayor Harry LaRosiliere is now serving his second term of a city of a quarter million people, which has attracted the likes of Toyota, FedEx, and Boeing.

 

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