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Speaker Bio

Bob Lavigna is an award-winning public-sector leader and innovator with more than 30 years of experience leading government organizations and programs. In his role as UKG® Public Sector Senior Fellow, Bob advocates for, promotes, and advises on effective practices that enable government organizations to attract and retain talent.

His book, Engaging Government Employees: Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance (Harper Collins Publishing), focuses exclusively on employee engagement in the public sector.

Bob previously was Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement, where he worked with state and local governments to measure and improve engagement as a key to maximizing organizational performance. He also previously served as Assistant Vice Chancellor – HR for the University of Wisconsin, Vice President of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, and Director of the Wisconsin civil service system.

Bob, who has a master’s degree in HR from Cornell University, is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was selected as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine. He has spoken at conferences and events across the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.

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Speaker Reviews for Bob

Bob consistently receives positive feedback from audience members. Recently, he had the highest rated session at the 2022 National Association of State Chief Administrators Conference (average score 4.58/5.0).

“Fantastic session. The speaker was engaging, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I will be reaching out to him.”

IPMA-HR (PSHRA) 2022 annual conference

“Thank you for your insight on the webinar. I always appreciate your thought leadership on public sector HR issues.”

UKG LinkedIn Live presentation

“Thanks for all you do for the public sector.”

UKG Coffee and Content webinar
Speaking Topics
Becoming an employer of choice
The new world of work
Attracting and retaining talent
Retaining talent
The Employee Experience
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