What is the


A virtual forum for public sector leaders to explore innovative thoughts, scout shareable ideas, and collect tangible takeaways.

Our goal is to create a gathering place to dissect forward leaning books (or articles or videos), discuss them as a group and mine practical applications for our public sector workplace and in our daily lives.  


OUR RECIPE for success


Intellectually curious public service leaders


Current topics of interest


Just a splash of wit

It’s not boring blah, blah, blah, online talking heads that put you to sleep. It’s engaging, pushing you beyond the obvious to discover things from a unique perspective.

Think of it as a casual gathering of friends from the comfort of your home sofa or in the privacy of your office.

What inspired the Public Service Exchange?

The last year has challenged each of us and our organizations in ways we could never have imagined.  Now it’s time to exercise our imaginations to discover useful strategies to help us reemerge stronger and smarter. We would say membership has its privileges but that’s locked down already.


your Membership 

To Read or Not to REad

It's up to you!

Each month we select a book to delve into, host a monthly book jam session (jam is so 1993 but you get the idea) to recap the book, moderate a discussion of the book’s content and identify practical applications.  Hardcover, paperback, Kindle, iPad, etc.; whatever your preferred reading medium happens to be works fine. We link you to sources so you can easily get your hands and eyes on the reading material. The monthly book jams provide a casual place for discovery and discussion.

Tangible Takeaways

Let us summarize.

After the monthly information session, we summarize and sort the high points and edit out the low ones. You can pocket your own step-by-step cheat sheet for applying the best notions we uncover.

We know brevity is the soul of wit so we will be succinct when we boil down information for you.

Make a virtual Match

zoom Style.

Our virtual “meet ups” let you get to know colleagues better and grow your contact network.  PS Exchange will regularly spotlight members, their communities, and organizations.

Who knows, we may profile a member who is the perfect match (not a dating match; that’s a different website) for a project or problem you could benefit from with a sidebar chat.

Awesome template to get started

Ron Whitehead

Former Addison, Texas
City Manager

Lisa and Chris! They are the ideal duo to lead this kind of exploration. Their combined years of public service and practical municipal experience will ensure a fun and informative adventure.

Charles Daniels

former Fort Worth, Texas
Assistant City Manager

I have worked with Chris and Lisa over the course of my career. Their unconventional styles push the envelope on what we’ve seen before in the usual workshop material.

Cheryl De Leon

Grand Prairie, Texas
Deputy City Manager

PS Exchange!  What a great way to assemble folks on-line to learn, share, and devise solutions to today’s life issues.

Mario Canizares

Nacogdoches, Texas
City Manager

I don’t waste time anymore on the same old webinar professional development format. Their playful approach keeps me guessing what’s going to happen next.

Who said what about us?

The Blog

Frequently asked questions, Answered

What happens at the monthly meet up?

Each session kicks off with a welcome and introductions. Then Lisa and Chris will jump in and launch the discussion with a quick overview of the material. Think of them as “discussion sherpas.” We will provide a brief summary to establish a common jumping off place for the group and then toss out topical questions to spark dialogue and reflection.

When will each roundtable happen?

The same time each month at noon. The specific date will be announced with our Exchange Alerts. Sign up to receive updates.

What kind of questions do people ask?

Questions will likely range from the obvious, “What did you think? to “How can we apply this in our city?”. Our goal is to encourage clarifying, thought provoking, and applicable questions.

Who can attend?

Anyone who has paid the yearly subscription.

How many people will join the monthly roundtable

Each Zoom session will have a first-come-first-serve maximum number of 20 participants. If you miss the first cut-off limit then you’ll be placed on a waiting list until twenty more public service leaders join. Our goal is to keep the number of subscribers in each monthly session small to ensure lively discussions. Not to worry. If we have reached our limit with the first cohort, you'll be placed on a waiting list until others join to create a second one.

How much does it cost?

The cost is $300 for a 12-month subscription. You can pay online, by check, or money order.

Do you offer refunds?

We do not offer refunds. For a little more than $25 a month (about the cost of a double espresso, extra foam,a splash of Kahlua, and a bagel), you can uncover idea gems, participate in 60 minutes of interesting conversation, and have tangible takeaways.



The Public Service Exchange is a subscription community for intellectually curious public service leaders. On a monthly basis, attend a curated discussion with your peers regarding current books, interesting videos or relevant articles. Then, discover imaginative options to apply the concepts in your team, department, organization, or community. The first step is to subscribe.

See our Frequently Asked Questions section for questions you may have regarding the public service exchange. More questions? Email info@publicserviceexchange.com.

Maximize your professional development dollars with a 12-month membership.




The annual fee includes:

  • Monthly participation in the curated sessions
  • Tangible Takeaway summaries of each monthly discussion highlighting lessons learned
  • Access on our website to informative management interviews, articles, videos, and trending resources to try at your workplace or in your daily life
  • Access to the PS Exchange’s member network to further your professional matches
  • Opportunities to feature your community or organization on the PS Exchange website

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Public Service Exchange 

Lisa Carver

1202 Main Street, Ste. 206
Little Rock, AR  72202

Chris terry

1202 Main Street, Ste. 206
Little Rock, AR  72202

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