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Once you have registered for the Annual Conference you can build your own personal schedule. As you browse the ICMA Annual Conference website check the boxes next to the sessions and events that interest you then press the “Add to My Schedule” button in the lower right corner of this page.Then visit the "My Schedule" section of the site to view and "Print" your professional conference schedule.You must be logged into the website to build your personal schedule.
*If you have not registered for the Annual Conference, the “add to my schedule button” will take you through the event registration process.

Special Events

Luncheon for Women in Professional Local Government Management

Sunday, September 23 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Crossing the Line: Harassment in the Workplace
This may be the defining moment for women in every profession—our chance to determine the kind of workplaces we want and the kind of culture we support. Led by Joan Dubinsky, independent ethics advisor to the board of directors for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, we will discuss what kinds of behaviors cross the line; how we can and should respond; and how we can reinforce respect, fairness, and justice in our profession. An adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Joan previously served as the chief ethics officer for the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the American Red Cross. Sponsored by ICMA-RC.  $45

Speaker: Joan Dubinsky, Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Waltham, MA

Luncheon for Women (PDF Document version)

Student Happy Hour

Sunday, September 23 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Local Government Hispanic Network Dinner

Sunday, September 23 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

This event is taking place at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.  Go to to register.

Networking Mixer: All Hands on Deck!

Sunday, September 23 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This event is free but requires preregistration.
Grab your navigation charts and prepare to set sail on the seas of meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends as your local government friends mix, mingle, enjoy light snacks and drinks, and reconnect on the first night of the conference. Put on your ship captain’s hat and visit with our affiliate sponsors to learn more, meet some great people, and earn loot. Does the bar really close at 9:30? Will we keep it open longer? You decide! Affiliate Equity Advancement Mixer presented by ICMA, ELGL, I-NAPA, LGHN, LWG, NACA, NFBPA, Civic Pride, and WLG

Inspirational Breakfast

Monday, September 24 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Ericka Alston Buck, named one of the Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch in 2017, is the chief strategist at EAB Strategy & IMPACT. As the founder of the Kids Safe Zone, Ericka, a Baltimore native, provided 150 children with a safe place after school for recreation, mentoring, and homework. She also served as the CEO for Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc., which includes the Kids Safe Zone, residential housing for women and children, and the Penn North recovery center—the same center she once attended when recovering from a drug addiction. Ericka will share how she was inspired to step out of her comfort zone to do great things in her community, and show how we can be leaders who inspire positive change in our communities. $35

Assistants' Luncheon

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Leading from Where You Are: An Assistant’s Way Forward
The distinguishing feature of assistants and mid-career professionals is not where one sits in the organization chart but what knowledge and resources one brings to the organization. Three practicing assistants share their career journey and how they lead from where they are.  $45

Session Leader: Andrew Fortune, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Grand Prairie, City of Grand Prairie, TX
Speaker: Yaidee Castillero Fox, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Hickory, Hickory, NC
Speaker: Mark Israelson, Senior Deputy City Manager, City of Plano, Plano, TX
Session Leader: Kimberly Richardson, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Evanston, Evanston, IL
Speaker: Dan Weinheimer, Deputy County Manager, County of Routt, Steamboat Springs, CO

Assistants’ Forum: Leading from Where You Are: The Next Step Forward

Monday, September 24 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

No matter where you are in your career or your organization, this fast-paced session will show you how to expand your influence and make a significant impact to move ahead. Through hands-on exercises and dynamic discussions with others who have successfully met this challenge, you’ll explore the leadership skills behind making projects happen, motivating people, conquering setbacks, and creating inspired teams. You’ll also develop messaging tips to demonstrate these skills. If you are wondering what the next step in your career might be, join graduates of ICMA Leadership Development programs to explore possibilities. We will also celebrate graduates of the 2018 Mid-Career Managers Institute.

Session Leader: Kelli Bourgeois, City Manager, City of Columbia Heights, Columbia Heights, MN
Panelist: Irina Fursman, Co-Founder, CEO, HueLife, LLC, St Louis Park, MN
Panelist: Richard Fursman, President, HueLife, LLC, St Louis Park, MN
Session Leader: Deirdre Murphy, Assistant to the Director, City of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Panelist: Erika Storlie, Assistant City Manager, City of Evanston, Evanston, IL

CivicPride at #ICMA2018

Monday, September 24 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please join CivicPride and ELGL at our fourth annual mixer to celebrate another year of advancement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) professionals in city and county management. This is an outstanding opportunity to support and connect with friends and colleagues over pre-dinner refreshments.
CivicPRIDE is a social and networking organization devoted to promoting LGBTQ leaders in local government. This event is open to members of ICMA, CivicPRIDE, ELGL, and all local government professionals and their partners interested in embracing diversity, including LGBT professionals and their allies. We can’t wait to see you! Questions about this event? Send an email to

National Forum for Black Public Administrators Managers' Breakfast

Tuesday, September 25 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Working Together To Make Sure All Communities Are Safe, Healthy and Hopeful - during this conversation, attendees will hear how cities/counties are partnering with national organizations to create better outcomes for young Black men and boys, their families and the communities they call home. Attendees will leave with clear strategies on how to engage community members from all sectors, develop a comprehensive public safety plan, and how to identify national partners and resources to help the city become a place of promise for all its residents.​

Donor Recognition Breakfast

Tuesday, September 25 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

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.