Once again, the ICMA Annual Conference will host this year’s best local government women’s leadership and networking events. Whether you are a woman in the profession or someone who supports women and gender equity, you will not want to miss these sessions. From powerful speakers who will inspire you to reach your fullest potential to local government employees making changes large and small in their communities every day.

You will gain a sense of connection, hear from leaders who are role models in the profession, learn in engaging sessions, experience meaningful moments, and leave with a renewed sense of purpose and optimism about the future. We can make huge difference in the world, when we strive for success, change, and happiness together.

ICMA University + League of Women in Government Symposium: Don’t Just Talk About It. BE About It!

Saturday, October 19, 12:30-4:00

This half day symposium will be a fantastic gathering of women AND men who want to learn more about the importance of gender balance and inclusion in local government. This year’s keynote speaker is Risha Grant an award-winning diversity consultant. Risha will teach and empower attendees with D&I tools to increase their bottom line and given them permission to get rid of their Bias Synapse.

The amazing Nicole Lance of Lance Strategies will focus on broad frameworks as well as micro-strategies for self-care to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout. Delivered with an extra dose of humor and empathy, “Self-care is a Superpower” will give you an engaging and meaningful experience, concrete tools for self-care, a little bit of a break, and transformative operating frameworks to bring back to your “real life.” ($25 pre-registration required)

Luncheon for Women in Professional Local Government Management: 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative

Sunday, October 20, 12:45-2:45 p.m.

Nancy Tate will provide an overview of the 72-year struggle for women to win the right to vote with passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 (ending in Tennessee by 1 vote), current efforts underway regarding commemorating the centennial, and ways that local governments, their communities, and/or individual ICMA members can participate in commemorating the centennial. Nancy Tate is the Co-chair of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative, an information sharing collaborative focused on commemorating the 100th anniversary of women winning the Constitutional right to vote. From 2000 to 2015, she served as the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of the United States, the only national successor to the women’s suffrage movement. ($45 pre-registration required)

ICMA and Friends Equity Mixer

Sunday October 20, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Join ICMA, CivicPRIDE, the League of Women in Government, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the Local Government Hispanic Network, the International Network of Asian Public Administrators, ICMA veterans, the National Association of County Administrators, Engaging Local Government Leaders, and other friends for another mix and mingle with managers, up-and-comers, students, and everyone in between. All are invited to a networking mixer Sunday evening following the Opening General Session. Wear your name badge and bring your business cards! Though this event is free, registration is required, and space is limited.”         

CivicPRIDE Mixer

Monday, October 21, 4:00- 5:00 p.m.

Join CivicPride and ELGL at the 5th 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.

Beyond Diversity: An Inclusive Workforce for 21st Century Outcomes

Monday, October 21, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Hear emerging trends for using technology to improve results and increase inclusion in the recruitment process. Learn how to leverage people data to improve diversity and inclusivity (D&I) outcomes. Actively engage in stories, case studies, and discussion of applied science.

5 Year Anniversary of the ICMA Task Force on Women in the Profession: Where We’re Headed!

Monday, October 21, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

This session will discuss the 2014 ICMA Task Force on Women Report and the progress women’s groups have made across the country as well as a recap of the work that still needs to be done to move the needle forward on the number of female CAO’s across the country.

Advice to My Younger Self: Avoiding Career Killers

Monday, October 21 – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

This session will give emerging and mid-level managers who aspire to higher levels advice to not shoot themselves in the foot. Learn how tone of voice and delivery can make or break your reputation, how to seek and handle constructive criticism, and how to navigate political situations with ease.

How State-Based Organizations are Tackling Gender Inequity Head-On

Tuesday, October 22, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

This session will highlight the ways the 16/50 Michigan Women’s Leadership Project and the NW Women’s Leadership Academy in Oregon are developing tomorrow’s women leaders, providing professional development for advancing women, and educating elected officials on gender bias, and the business case for gender balance in organizations.

How to Make Your Organization More LGBTQ Friendly

Tuesday, October 22 – 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Hear practitioners from local government talk about building organizational support, policies, and training to welcome all employees in the workplace. Practical examples and policies will be provided. You will not want to miss this interactive discussion!

Work Life Balance as a Single Professional

Tuesday, October 22 – 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

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.

What Does it Take? Landing Leadership Positions

Tuesday, October 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

How can emerging leaders prepare early in their career to move into top positions? This session will focus on the preferred skills and professional qualities those making hiring decisions are looking for, internal and external factors affecting recruitment, and what can be done to assist women and people of color in achieving leadership positions. Co-sponsored by LGHN and NFBPA