Schedule

Conference At-A-Glance

Full conference with session descriptions below

8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome & Overview

8:45-9:00 a.m. Getting Acquainted & Reflective Goal Setting (Part 1)

9:00-10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation: “Leading Confidently into the Unknown”

10:00-10:30 a.m. Table Discussions

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-11:00 a.m. Power Pose Yoga

11:00-11:45 a.m. Confidence Code Quiz & TED Talk Video

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration open for afternoon-only attendees

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking

12:30-1:15 p.m. Presentation: “Project Diane”

1:15-1:30 p.m. Break

1:30-2:40 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Women in Traditionally Male-Dominated Fields”

2:40-2:45 p.m. Reflective Goal Setting: Turning Thoughts into Action (Part 2)

2:45-2:55 p.m. Break

2:55-3:55 p.m. Keynote Presentation: “Courage - Preparation - Opportunity”

3:55-4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:00 p.m. Reception


Full Conference Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Overview
Maggie Mahoney, 2015 Conference Chair & Assistant Director for Operations, Dole Institute of Politics
Laura Howard, Director, KU Public Management Center

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Getting Acquainted & Reflective Goal Setting (Part 1)
Facilitator: Jasmin Moore, Sustainability Program Manager, Johnson County Department of Health & Environment
We'll spend time doing some self-assessment while we get to know each other better.
ICMA Practice Groups: 1. Staff Effectiveness; 18. Personal Development

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation: “Leading Confidently into the Unknown”
Patricia Martel, City Manager, Daly City, CA; President-elect, International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Introduction: Jan Perkins, Senior Partner, Management Partners
Pat Martel’s background shows that she’s not afraid to take on professional challenges. And with over three decades of leadership experience in the public sector, she has led large organizations during times of rapid change. Reflecting on stories from her path, Ms. Martel will share her strategies for assessing whether to take the leap and do so confidently into each new opportunity full of unknowns. She’ll also speak about how she has found her way forward when things didn’t go as planned. Her comments will provide a great foundation for participants to build on in interactive conversations throughout the day.
ICMA Practice Groups: 1. Staff Effectiveness; 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation; 13. Strategic Planning; 17. Integrity; and 18. Personal Development

10:00 -10:30 a.m. Table Discussions
Facilitator: Julia Novak, President, The Novak Consulting Group
Drawing from her own background and the stories shared by Ms. Martel, Julia Novak will launch attendees into table discussions to reflect on their own professional paths and experiences with confidence or lack thereof. What successes do you not hesitate to own and promote? Where do you need to give yourself permission to confidently embrace your skills and accomplishments? How can we help one another rewrite the stories we tell ourselves and others to get ready for new opportunities?
ICMA Practice Groups: 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation; and 18. Personal Development

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Power Pose Yoga (Yes, yoga!)
Annie Trotta, Owner, Surya Yoga, Olathe, KS
You will not need your workout clothes. However, this is one of the reasons why we've announced the conference attire as casual - we want you to be comfortable moving and stretching! (Plus, sometimes heels and suits get in the way of productive head space.)
ICMA Practice Group: 18. Personal Development

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Confidence Code Quiz & TED Talk Video
Facilitator: Sara Singer, Deputy City Manager, Tualatin, OR
So what is confidence? Sara Singer will lead the group in an interactive session to build on the earlier table discussions. How can we develop confidence in ourselves and cultivate it in others? Does confidence come from our genes or can we learn it? Is confidence more critical for success than competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, seem to struggle with feelings of self-doubt? To add to the conversation we’ll watch a related TED video and bring in some ideas from The Confidence Code book and quiz. Tables will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on confidence.
ICMA Practice Group: 1. Staff Effectiveness; and 18. Personal Development


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration Open for afternoon-only attendees


11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking
This is a great time to make connections to support your leadership journey.

12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Presentation: "Project Diane"
Alesha Doan, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kansas; Chair of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Shannon Portillo, Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Coordinator, School of Public Affairs & Administration, University of Kansas
Introduction: Noel Rasor, Assistant Director, KU Public Management Center
Male dominated professions and organizations have become increasingly gender integrated both voluntarily and with cultural, legal, and political pressure. The military in particular has become more gender integrated, but remains a traditionally male dominated institution with a specific masculine-oriented culture. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is a great deal of resistance to gender integration in combat units, particularly in the elite Special Operations units. Project Diane explores the barriers and potential benefits to gender integration in the U.S. Army Special Forces.

The researchers will present their initial findings and discuss the relevance to women working in other traditionally male dominated organizations and professional fields. As women continue to enter these professions and organizations, understanding how integration may affect task and organizational cohesion is important not just to individual women, but also to organizational leaders and mentors in the community.

This work was supported by the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the Army Research Institute, ARO Contract W911NF-11-1-0035. All analysis, conclusions, and views are those of the authors and do not reflect the perspective of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City or the Army Research Institute.

ICMA Practice Groups: 1. Staff Effectiveness; and 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation

1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Break

1:30 - 2:40 p.m. Panel Discussion: Women Leading in Traditionally Male-Dominated Fields
Panel Members:

Moderator: Kate Bender, Deputy Performance Officer, Office of Performance Management, City Manager's Office, Kansas City, Missouri
The afternoon panelists share the experience of holding leadership roles in traditionally male-dominated fields. Yet this fact is not equally salient to all of them as a defining aspect of their experience. What insights can their varied backgrounds offer to women working and leading in the public sector more generally? What have they noticed about the evolution of issues facing women in the workplace during their careers? In their time with us, panelists will reflect on the variety of challenges they’ve faced, their achievements, the role of confidence in their professional journeys, and their perspectives on how women can support one another as we endeavor to do good work for the organizations we serve.
ICMA Practice Groups: 9. Diversity; 17. Integrity; and 18. Personal Development

2:40 - 2:45 p.m. Reflective Goal Setting: Turning Thoughts into Action (Part 2)
Confidence is a belief in your ability to succeed - a belief that stimulates action. In turn, taking action bolsters your belief in your ability to succeed. Confidence grows through hard work, through success, and even through failure. In this session, we'll spend more time on setting goals and determining action based off of the morning reflective goal setting session and conversations from the day's activities.
ICMA Practice Groups: 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation; 18. Personal Development

2:45 - 2:55 p.m. Break

2:55 -3:55 p.m. Keynote Presentation: “Courage - Preparation - Opportunity”
Val Demings, Retired Chief of Police, Orlando, FL
Introduction: Sonta Wilburn, Police Major, Overland Park, KS
Chief Demings has described herself as “capable, confident, well-trained…and oh, by the way, I’m a woman.” In our closing keynote, she will walk us through her journey to the Chief's office, highlighting decision points and how her gender affected her challenges and opportunities along the way. Chief Demings will offer her perspectives on ways to navigate through the ranks in our organizations, advocate for change where needed, and fearlessly reach for the stars.
ICMA Practice Group: 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation; 17. Integrity; and 18. Personal Development

3:55 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:00 p.m. Reception

Please join us for an hors d'oeuvres reception to connect with fellow attendees around the inspiring and challenging messages from the day. Connect with new and old (established, is that a better word? :) ) friends to find ways to support our leadership journeys.
Cash bar will be available.


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