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Keynotes



The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Sunday, September 23 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


The Opening General Session of ICMA’s 104th Annual Conference features the return of bestselling author and popular ICMA keynoter Daniel Pink. While everyone knows that timing is everything, we don’t know much about timing itself, and we often assume that it is an art. In his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Dan shows that timing is really a science and unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. Drawing on research from psychology, biology, and economics, he distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating narrative packed with stories and practical takeaways that provide compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.


Leadership in Turbulent Times

Monday, September 24 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


Drawing upon her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin returns to ICMA’s keynote stage focusing on four presidents—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson—to explore their unique journeys to recognize themselves as leaders: their early development, growth through adversity, and ultimately their exercise of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon adversity. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.


Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals

Tuesday, September 25 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Throughout time, people have searched for the precise blend of ingredients that create transformational leadership. While the list is varied, Greg Bell believes that there is one leadership characteristic that influences and strengthens all others: courage. Great leaders are willing to swim against the stream. They don’t wait for their fear to subside; resilient, they confront it head-on. Everyone has the capacity to be courageous. Through powerful stories and eye-opening anecdotes based on his book, Water the Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals, Greg shows you how to unleash your own tenacity and cultivate the bravery and leadership potential of those around you.


Celebration of Service: Evolve, Adapt, Inspire

Wednesday, September 26 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Baltimore native Wes Moore has been busy since 2011, when he told ICMA conference attendees how educational opportunities, strong parental influence, mentors, and a community support network helped him transcend the fate of a man with the same name who lived just blocks away and took a tragically different path, ending up in prison. In 2014, Wes founded and became chairman of Baltimore’s BridgeEdU, an organization that helps students from marginalized populations navigate higher education and prepare for successful careers. Last year, he was appointed CEO of Robin Hood, New York City’s largest foundation with a sole focus on alleviating poverty. In an energizing, conference-closing presentation, Wes will inspire you to see solutions instead of problems, overcome challenges, reach higher, lift up others, and find the power and purpose to achieve any goal.



ICMA and the 2018 Conference Host Committee appreciate the support of this year's conference contributors, especially Principal Sponsor ICMA-RC, and Diamond Sponsor Cigna.