Two-hour leadership development workshops that begin Saturday, October 2 and conclude on Sunday, October 3.

ICMA University Workshops are only available for the 2021 ICMA: Portland experience and are not included in conference registration pricing—preregistration and an additional fee are required to participate. If you’ve already registered and would like to add any event to your registration, a link for modifications to your registration can be found in your registration confirmation.

All workshops tie back to the ICMA Practices for Effective Local Government Leadership. Learn more here.

Practice Resilience: Be Happier at Work

Saturday, October 2 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

A highly interactive examination of what resilience looks like for you.

Presenters:
Kate Fitzpatrick, city manager, Needham, Massachusetts
Felicia Logan, former Director of Leadership Development, ICMA

Leadership Practice: (5) Personal Resiliency and Development

SATURDAY SESSION
SUNDAY SESSION

We’ve Always Done It That Way Is Over: What’s Next?

Saturday, October 2 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Leaders must be vigilant and disrupt the fossilized mental model of “we’ve always done it that way” and replace it with a forward-looking approach to continuous improvement and transform their workplace culture from the status quo to the Status Go!

Presenter:
Patrick Ibarra, co-founder, The Mejorando Group

Leadership Practices: (6) Strategic Leadership; (13) Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

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Tackling Wicked Problems in Local Communities: Building Capacity for Deliberative Engagement

Saturday, October 2 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Learn how to build local capacity to engage difficult issues more collaboratively and productively by reframing difficult issues and utilizing deliberative engagement processes.

Presenter:
Martin Carcasson, professor, Colorado State University

Leadership Practices: (2) Community Engagement; (3) Equity and Inclusion

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Winning Federal Grants: Steps for Success

Saturday, October 2 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Covering everything from grant fundamentals including administration, identification, and writing, to a deep dive into how to prepare projects for funding, improve past applications, and engage project partners.

Presenter:
Jennifer Imo, The Ferguson Group

Leadership Practices: (6) Strategic Leadership; (7) Strategic Planning

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Every Employee is a Chief Experience Officer

Saturday, October 2 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Immediately shift your mindset away from rules and toward results for your organization.

Presenter:
Patrick Ibarra, co-founder, The Mejorando Group

Leadership Practices: (4) Staff Effectiveness; (9) Community and Resident Service

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Combatting Disinformation on Social Media: From Politically Motivated to Factually Inaccurate

Saturday, October 2 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Dig deeply into derailing disinformation viral messaging that originates from diverse sources, some legitimate and some disingenuous.

Presenters:
Tom Bryer, professor, University of Central Florida
Sarah Stoeckel, professor, University of Central Florida

Leadership Practices: (6) Strategic Leadership; (11) Technological Literacy

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Community. Culture. Inclusion. Connection.

Saturday, October 2 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Explore the mindset and activities that allow the manager to become part of the community and culture in a meaningful way.

Presenters:
Opal Mauldin-Jones, city manager, Lancaster, Texas
David Ellis, county manager, Wake County, North Carolina

Leadership Practices: (1) Personal and Professional Integrity; (7) Strategic Leadership

SATURDAY SESSION
SUNDAY SESSION

Art At Work: Finding Joy in Solving Messy Problems

Saturday, October 2 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn how art-based strategies have measurably increased community resilience, collaborative capacity, economic vibrancy, and civic engagement.

Presenter:
Marty Pottenger, Playwright, performance artist, and founder/director

Leadership Practices: (2) Community Engagement; (4) Staff Effectiveness

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The Time is Now

Sunday, October 3 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

A workshop that will guide you through a check up and check in of where you are and where you want to be.

Presenter:
Felicia Logan, Former Director of Leadership Development, ICMA

Leadership Practices: (5) Personal Resiliency and Development

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Kickstarting Inclusion

Saturday, October 2 | 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Identify strategies that leaders may utilize to make their organizations more diverse and/or inclusive.

Presenters:
Geoffrey Silvera, professor Auburn University
Jonathan Fisk, town administrator, Auburn University

Leadership Practices: (3) Equity and Inclusion; (6) Strategic Leadership

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Making Performance Management Work for Your Community

Saturday, October 2 | 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

How to measure overall community performance, discover the drivers and factors that influence excellence in government performance, and begin the implementation of this best practice in local governance.

Presenters:
Nick Mastronardi, chief executive officer, Polco
Matt Fulton, Polco
Michelle Kobayashi, vice president, National Research Center, Inc.

Leadership Practices: (12) Financial Management and Budgeting

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21st Century Priority Based Budgeting: The Next Chapter in Budget Transformation in Support of Sustainability, Equity, Climate Action and More

Saturday, October 2 | 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Emerging beyond COVID, leveraging ARPA, how can your organization maintain core service delivery, plus fund new programs to address societal challenges?

Presenter:
Chris Fabian, co-founder/CEO, ResourceX

Leadership Practices: (7) Strategic Planning; (12) Financial Management and Budgeting

SATURDAY SESSION
SUNDAY SESSION

Demystifying Earmarks: Secure Federal Funding for Your Community

Sunday, October 3 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

An introduction into accessing federal funds for your local priorities.

Presenter:
Jennifer Imo, The Ferguson Group

Leadership Practices: (6) Strategic Leadership; (7) Strategic Planning

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Working Together with Residents to Build a Stronger Police Force

Sunday, October 3 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

How to engage your community and reach out to hard to reach populations to gain a better, and more accurate, understanding of resident sentiment on community safety issues, police performance, and public trust.

Presenters:
Nick Mastronardi, chief executive officer, Polco
Matt Fulton, Polco
Michelle Kobayashi, vice president, National Research Center, Inc.

Leadership Practices: (7) Strategic Planning; (12) Financial Management and Budgeting

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Keep Moving Forward

Sunday, October 3 | 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

How to engage your community and reach out to hard to reach populations to gain a better, and more accurate, understanding of resident sentiment on community safety issues, police performance, and public trust.

Presenters:
Geoffrey Silvera, professor, Auburn University
Jonathan Fisk, town administrator, Auburn University

Leadership Practices: (3) Equity and Inclusion

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Engaging Conflict Deliberatively: Engagement Tools for Addressing Polarization and Outrage

Sunday, October 3 | 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

How to develop depolarizing frameworks such as wicked problems slides, viewpoint documents, and polarity management maps.

Presenter:
Martin Carcasson, professor, Colorado State University

Leadership Practices: (2) Community Engagement; (6) Strategic Leadership

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Social Media and Your Council: How to Stay Ahead of Rogue Councilmembers and Set the Narrative for Your Community

Sunday, October 3 | 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Develop a communication strategy that proactively addresses potential concerns from the onset, and create a culture that fosters accurate information, consistent messaging, and credibility.

Presenters:
Tom Bryer, professor, University of Central Florida
Sarah Stoeckel, professor, University of Central Florida

Leadership Practices: (6) Strategic Leadership; (11) Technological Literacy

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