Career Development Webinars

APA's Career Center offers planners a variety of webinars and workshops with practical tips on job search, career paths, and professional development issues for new and seasoned planners alike.

Planning Supervisor's Playbook

CM | 4.5

The follow-up to the popular Planning Supervisors' Playbook Series, Part 1, Part 2 includes 3 interactive live sessions that go deeper into key managerial skills. Starting with the first session on honing communication skills in a telecommuting and hybrid world. In the second session examine biases to create a more inclusive workplace and in the final session consider new approaches to motivation and performance evaluations. The topics are tailored to those currently in supervisory positions or established in the profession of planning. 

Member Price: $90.00 per learner
Nonmember: $180.00 per learner


'SRC Presents' Webinar Series

This series explores the overlap between urban planning and its adjacent professions. Hosted by APA's Student Representative Council, these webinars feature change-makers in architecture, civil engineering, environmental studies, and political science to discuss how they apply planning principles in their fields, and where they believe future opportunities lie.

Intersections: Academia


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The event is intended to expose planning students, and emerging planners, to the roles held by higher-level academics as well as see the applications for a PhD in planning and planning-adjacent fields. The presenters will offer future resources to pursue, and ideas to engage with for those curious about the type of opportunities for advanced degrees in planning.

Topics of conversation to include personal assessment on pursuing higher education goals, financial considerations, career pathways and sharing of personal experiences.

Providence Adu

Providence Adu

Providence Adu is a doctoral candidate in geography at UNC Charlotte and a former Associate Planner for the city of Charlotte. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. His research interests include housing, neighborhood change, and the role of local government policies in spurring change. He uses GIS and data science techniques in his research. Providence is a member of the American Planning Association.


Ashley Lacey

Ashley Lacey is a doctoral candidate pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental science at Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of the Environment. She currently serves as the FAMU Graduate Student Association President. Ashley's Ph.D. concentration is aquatic and terrestrial ecology; presently, she is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME) Graduate Scholar. Her research is based on coastal resilience and harmful algal blooms (HABs) impact on coastal Florida residents, business owners, and tourists. Ashley has also served as the Fall 2021 NOAA Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Fellow. Ashley also has a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in environmental health. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational wellness with a minor in psychology.

Lilah Besser

Lilah Besser

Dr. Lilah Besser is a Research Assistant Professor at University of Miami's Comprehensive Center for Brain Health. Her educational background includes a dual-degree Master of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology and Environmental and Occupational Health, and a PhD in City and Regional Planning. Her research program centers on the intersections between neighborhood built and social environments, healthy aging, and brain health. The ultimate goal of her research is to provide evidence to planners, architects, urban designers, policy makers, and public health professionals (among other disciplines) on the neighborhood and community factors that can help maintain cognitive function into older ages, reduce Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia risk, and allow for healthy aging in place.

Previous 'SRC Presents' Webinars

Intersections: Civil Engineering and Planning

The session explores the education, skills, experiences, and current context of civil engineering and planning, as well as ethics, regulations, finances, and critical decision points for working together effectively.

Intersections: Architecture and Planning

This session delves into the critical decision drivers in each field and how to effectively collaborate. Topics include advice for emerging professionals on working in the field, education, skills, ethics, and the current context of architecture and planning.

Intersections: Environmental Science

The session explores the history, education, skills, and experiences, of planners working in environmental justice and justice-centered climate solutions. Discussion on how communities are finding ways to align environmental justice and planning with a look at the Green Recovery Agenda for the city of Chicago.

Useful Resources/Links

Chicago Climate Action Plan

Chicago Recovery Plan

Folded Map Project (Tonika Johnson)

Portland Climate Plan: Climate Action through Equity

Carbon Free Boston: Social Equity Report

Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition, Shalanda Baker

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

An Urban Planner's Advice for Making Equity Your Focus, Carlton Eley, MSURP

Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government, Susan T Gooden

Environmental Justice Through Planning

Career Webinars in Passport

Jumpstart Your Equity Work Partnering with School Planners

CM | 1.5
CM | 1.0 | Equity

This course aims to link school planning with the work of local government planners by providing greater insight, tools, and techniques into collaborating on school and traditional planning. Our panel of experts will provide tangible examples of how to improve outcomes for students and communities, as well as present career opportunities available in school planning.

Presented in partnership with APA's Public Schools Interest Group (PSIG)

Planning Supervisor's Playbook Series, Part I

CM | 5.0
CM | 1.5 | Ethics

CM | 1.5 | Law

From the structure of your organization to the goals and vision of your community, we are mediators, negotiators, problem solvers, counselors, and even referees. To help serve as a guide and as a platform to start the conversation, we have curated a six-part series course that will help you navigate the waters of entry-level management to director of your organization.

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