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Find Your Fit: City vs. County Careers

Monday, October 21 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Are you contemplating whether your future is in city management or county management? Is it possible that one path would better satisfy your passions or match your skill set? Learn about what each has to offer from professionals who have walked both paths. 5

Panelist: Timothy Hemstreet, County Administrator, County of Loudoun, Leesburg, VA
Panelist: Claudia Lujan, Human Resources Assistant Director, City of El Paso, El Paso, TX
Moderator: David Street, Project Manager, County of Loudoun, Leesburg, VA
Panelist: Hannes Zacharias, Professor of Practice in Local Government , University of Kansas, Lenexa, KS

Ethics in the Real World: Moving from Theory to Reality

Monday, October 21 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

All MPA students are invited to join local government practitioners and academics in an exploration of common ethical issues in local government. After the session? Go have lunch together and keep the dialogue alive! 1

Speaker: Jessica Cowles, Ethics Advisor, ICMA, Washington, DC
Speaker: Kurt Thurmaier, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL

Managers and Partners—Navigating the Retirement Journey Together

Monday, October 21 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Come to discuss: when does one know when it is time to leave a local government career, what are the opportunities/challenges of transitioning to the next life phase, what are the tension points for managers & their partners as one enters retirement. Gain insights and tips from partners to successfully navigate the transition together.

Stressed Out & A Way Out

Monday, October 21 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Increased global attention is focused on how local governments address "well-being" - a concept that captures the important aspects of how people feel about and experience their daily lives. Stress is a symptom of lack of well-being and is on the rise in America. Local governments are feeling the pain and sometimes the wrath of this stress outbreak from citizens and municipal employees alike.  In this roundtable, you will hear how other communities are creating indexes to measure well-being.  

Surviving City Management: The Partners’ Stories

Monday, October 21 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Relationship pressures experienced by city managers’ partners are not unusual or uncommon—from the fishbowl environment in which we live to the 24-hour news cycle that disrupts our homelives. Partners of managers in both traditional and nontraditional families provide their unique perspectives on how to keep the relationship thriving. 5

Speaker: Clifton Brady, Manager, Human Resources and Employee Relations, United Airlines, Ventura, CA
Speaker: Vincent Briley, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH
Speaker: Jessica Lahner, Professor, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI
Moderator: Alexander McIntyre, City Manager, City of San Buenaventura (Ventura), Ventura, CA

Game of Life: Play it Right—Season 8

Monday, October 21 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Join us for this interactive and engaging trivia “game show” that will help educate the audience on maximizing the way you live and save. Subject matter experts in health and wellness and finance will provide information we all need to know as we work, play and live the Game of Life. 18

Panelist: Jennifer Davis, Client and Customer Engagement Director, Cigna, Bloomfield, CT
Panelist: Steven Taylor, Manager, Financial Planning, ICMA-RC, Washington, DC
Moderator: Joseph Teague, Managing VP, Field Sales & Relationship Mgmt, ICMA-RC, Washington, DC

The Success of Failing

Monday, October 21 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Compared with success, failures are rarely talked about. There is power in failure and lessons that can be transformative for professional development. Removing the shame of failure can begin to change the culture in government to one of innovation, learning, and growth. 5

Moderator: Scott Colby, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Windsor, Windsor, CT
Panelist: Nicole Lance, Lance Strategies, Phoenix, AZ
Panelist: Tim Moreland, Director of Performance Management and Open Data, City of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN

Tips and Tricks for Teaching the Profession

Monday, October 21 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Do you feel the calling to teach? Do you want to promote the profession to a new generation of public management students, whether as a guest lecturer in a college classroom or as an adjunct or full-time faculty member in a graduate MPA program or a new online program? If so, join this informal discussion and share your experiences, exchange ideas, and learn where to find and how to use teaching resources. 5

Speaker: Robert Blair, Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and Urban Studies, University of Nebraska At Omaha, Omaha, NE
Speaker: Kimberly Nelson, Professor, University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Executive Recruiters Tell All

Monday, October 21 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join a panel of Executive Recruiters to learn more about what governing bodies are thinking and looking for now in their next city, county, or town manager.

Speaker: Ron Holifield, CEO, Strategic Government Resources, Keller, TX
Moderator: Martha Perego, Director of Member Services and Ethics, ICMA, Washington, DC
Speaker: Catherine Tuck-Parrish, Executive Search Practice Leader, The Novak Consulting Group, Rockville, MD
Speaker: Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA, Northbrook, IL
Speaker: Clark Wurzberger, Senior Vice President, The Mercer Group Inc, Weimar, CA

Personal Strategic Planning

Tuesday, October 22 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Many of us have engaged in strategic planning for our local government organizations, but do we have a strategy for where we are going in life? Learn how a personal vision, mission and stated values can help you make better decisions, be more productive and lead a happier, more fulfilling life.

Speaker: Jay Kimble, County Administrative Officer, County of Mariposa, Mariposa, CA

Combat Loneliness, Improve Employee Health, Well-Being, and Productivity

Tuesday, October 22 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Loneliness can affect anyone at any point in life and is a topic that employers should address proactively as it can have a negative effect on workplace productivity and a person’s health. The workplace can serve as the foundation for improving vitality and reducing feelings of loneliness and starts by creating a culture of inclusion. Managers and leaders of organizations can lead the way by building connections with their employees and setting a cultural tone of relationship-building and inclusiveness in the office. Join this session to learn about what Cigna's Loneliness Study uncovered and steps you can take to combat loneliness in your workplace and improve your employees’ health, well-being and productivity. 4, 13

Speaker: Sandra Shaklan, Behavioral Client Strategist, Cigna, Baltimore, MD

Could It Be Your Turn? Being in Transition

Tuesday, October 22 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Any manager can be in transition if things go bad. This brutally honest session will be led by two managers and family members who survived. Learn the symptoms/red flags to watch for. How does being terminated affect my family? What did I do to contribute to the situation? What could I have done differently? 1,5

Moderator: James Bennett, City Manager, City of Biddeford, Biddeford, ME
Panelist: Toni Brown, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Panelist: Troy Brown, City Manager, City of Moorpark, Moorpark, CA
Panelist: Michele Meade, MIT History, Morristown, NJ

Finding True North in a Polarized World

Tuesday, October 22 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

We live in a disruptive time that presents us with complex issues, identity politics, fractured communities, and polarized politics. Come explore how personal values aligned with the profession’s high ethical standards will lead to True North. 1

Speaker: Kate Fitzpatrick, Town Manager, Town of Needham, Needham, MA
Speaker: William Fraser, City Manager, City of Montpelier, Montpelier, VT
Speaker: Opal Mauldin-Jones, City Manager, City of Lancaster, Lancaster, TX
Moderator: Martha Perego, Director of Member Services and Ethics, ICMA, Washington, DC

How to Be Family Friendly in the Workplace

Tuesday, October 22 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Jurisdictions that have successfully implemented paid parental leave, on-site childcare, lactation rooms, and other benefits/amenities for parents will present how they were successful, any obstacles, how funded. 3

Speaker: Ashley Jacobs, County Administrator, County of Beaufort, Beaufort, SC
Speaker: Edward Shikada, City Manager, City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA
Moderator: Maya Williams, Assistant to the City Manager, City of El Cerrito, El Cerrito, CA

Work Life Balance as a Single Professional

Tuesday, October 22 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Work life balance is slightly different as a single. Whether this may be claiming your time away from the office or explaining your job to individuals you meet. Join this discussion on how to find a healthy work-life balance as a single.

Lunch and Learn: Managing Your Investments in a Period of Global Transition

Tuesday, October 22 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

While political uncertainty doesn’t necessarily translate into increased market volatility, the unknown effects of recently executed and impending policy on trade, interest rates (i.e. Federal Reserve leadership), regulatory relaxation and corporate tax reform have investors looking more intently at the dimensions of asset allocation within individual portfolios as well as their defined benefit and defined contribution programs. Please join ICMA-RC’s Chief Investment Officer and a panel of experts to learn how they view the current investment landscape and how they are managing portfolios in 2019 and beyond. Lunch will be provided. 5

Speaker: Erin Bigley, Senior Investment Strategist, Alliance Bernstein, Washington, DC
Speaker: Francis Sempill, Head of Client Service, Walter Scott North America, BNY Mellon Securities Corporation, Boston, MA
Moderator: Wayne Wicker, Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, ICMA-RC, Washington, DC

Leading with Love: The Heart of Success

Tuesday, October 22 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

In today’s environment of fear and divisiveness, local government leaders would do well to replace that fear with a love-based culture. This session provides an overview of the tenets of Love-Based Leadership and evidence for its multifaceted organizational success. 1, 5

Moderator: David Burman, Township Manager, Township of Haverford, Haverford, PA
Panelist: Maria Church, Chief Executive Officer, Government Leadership Solutions, Hereford, AZ
Panelist: Robert Joseph, Director of Planning, Estes Park, CO
Panelist: Mari Rains, Director, Florida Institute of Government, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL