Schedule

Conference At-A-Glance

Full conference with session descriptions below.

Thursday

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Refreshments

8:30 - 8:40 a.m. Welcome

8:40 - 8:50 a.m. Icebreaker Activity: People Bingo

8:50 - 9:00 a.m. Presentation: "Lessons from the Mound"

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Break & Networking Time

9:10 - 9:40 a.m. TEDTalk Activity: "Career Advice to Close the Gender Gap"

9:40 - 10:10 a.m. Presentation: "Leadership Expectations: Challenging Norms and Elevating Women’s Voices​"

10:10 - 10:30 a.m. Break & Networking Time

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation: "Knowledge from a Career in Public Service Leadership"

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

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

12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Presentation & Table Discussions: "It's All Opportunity: Building Career Resiliency"

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: "How We Got Here: Stories of Support, Resilience and Inspiration"

2:15 - 2:35 p.m. Break & Networking Time

2:35 - 2:55 p.m. Tai Chi

2:55 - 3:55 p.m. Keynote Presentation: "Women in Leadership: Changing the Conversation​"

3:55 - 4:05 p.m. Reflection Activity: "Note to Self"

4:05 - 4:10 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:10 p.m. to whenever: Reception & Networking Time


Full Conference Schedule

8:00-8:30 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast
Breakfast sponsor: ICMA

8:30-8:40 a.m. – Welcome & Overview
Maggie Mahoney, Assistant Director for Operations, Dole Institute of Politics
Laura Howard, Director, KU Public Management Center

8:40-8:50 a.m. – Icebreaker Activity: People Bingo
Facilitator: Emily Randel, Public Information Officer, City of Mission, KS
Let’s get to know each other! Jumpstart your networking for the day by getting to know some surprising facts about your fellow conference attendees.
ICMA Practice Group: 18. Personal Development

8:50-9:00 a.m. – Presentation: "Lessons from the Mound"
Julia Novak, President, The Novak Consulting Group
B roll film from 1992 provides the backdrop to encourage women to step up to the challenge of leadership and highlights a few lessons learned from a lifetime in sports.
View Prezi here. View full presentation here.
ICMA Practice Groups: 1. Staff Effectiveness; 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation and Continuous Improvement; & 9. Inclusion

9:00-9:10 a.m.  Break & Networking Time

9:10-9:40 a.m. – TED Talk Activity: “Career Advice to Close the Gender Gap”
Facilitator: Sara Singer, Vice President, JRO + Co
In this interactive session, we will share a TED Talk from Susan Colantuono on the career advice that will help you to build your career and move to the top. It's a simple, yet surprising message to inspire anyone from students to mid-career professionals looking to advance and develop their skills to prepare for a management role.
ICMA Practice Groups: 1. Staff Effectiveness & 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation and Continuous Improvement

9:40-10:10 a.m. – Presentation: "Leadership Expectations: Challenging Norms and Elevating Women’s Voices"
Dr. Mary Banwart, Director, Institute for Leadership Studies; Associate Professor, Communication Studies Department; Program & Academic Director, Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute
Stereotypes regarding leadership continue to challenge women in the public sphere. This presentation will identify some of those challenges, as well as discuss research that offers suggestions for women to effectively work together to meet these challenges and develop supportive networks.
ICMA Practice Groups: 1. Staff Effectiveness & 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation and Continuous Improvement

10:10-10:30 a.m. – Break & Networking Time

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Keynote Presentation: "Knowledge from a Career in Public Service Leadership"
Introduction: Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor, University of Kansas
Kathleen Sebelius, President and CEO, Sebelius Resources LLC
Former Governor of Kansas and former U.S. Secretary of Human and Health Services, Kathleen Sebelius, will speak on her experiences in various challenging and high-profile roles in public service.
ICMA Practice Group: 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation and Continuous Improvement

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


11:30-12:30 p.m. – Lunch & Networking Time
Lunch sponsor: The Novak Consulting Group
Menu
Champagne Chicken
Garden Salad
Haricot Verts Amandine
Harvest Rice Pilaf
Rolls with Butter
And of course, dessert!


12:30-1:15 p.m. – Presentation & Table Discussions: "It's All Opportunity: Building Career Resiliency"
Introduction: Jan Perkins, Senior Partner, Management Partners, Inc.
Patricia E. Martel, President, ICMA; City Manager, City of Daly City, CA
With every career obstacle, there is an opportunity to build career resiliency. Ms. Martel will share valuable tips and ideas from her recent article with Jan Perkins, “Building Career Resiliency: Hone Your Ability to Grow from Adversity.” Ms. Martel will then lead table discussions so conference attendees can share their experiences with resiliency in their professional careers.
View PowerPoint here.
ICMA Practice Group: 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation and Continuous Improvement

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion: "How We Got Here: Stories of Support, Resilience and Inspiration"
Moderator: Kim Murphree, Technical Services Manager, Lawrence, KS Police Department
Panel Members:

Enjoy a one-hour Q&A panel discussion with women working in different areas of local government. These panelists come uniquely prepared to share career and life lessons learned throughout their individual journeys regarding leadership styles, support systems, mentorship and resiliency, leaving you with practical tools and advice that you can put to use in your own workplace.
ICMA Practice Groups: 9. Diversity; 17. Integrity; & 18. Personal Development

2:15-2:35 p.m. – Break & Networking Time

2:35-2:55 p.m. – Tai Chi
Bilal Furqan, Exhale, LLC
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.)

2:55-3:55 p.m. – Keynote Presentation: "Women in Leadership: Changing the Conversation"
Introduction: Sara Singer, Vice President, JRO + Co
Nicole Galloway, State Auditor, State of Missouri
When women participate they change the conversation and the landscape of the fields they are in. Auditor Galloway describes the experiences and events that have inspired her to engage, ask questions and lead.
ICMA Practice Groups: 1. Staff Effectiveness; & 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation and Continuous Improvement

3:55-4:05 p.m. – Reflection Activity: "Note to Self"
Facilitator: Jasmin Moore, Sustainability Program Manager, Johnson County Government
Reflect on the presentations, panel discussion and table discussions from the conference and choose a few takeaways that you want to be sure to remember. You’ll write yourself a note, seal it in an envelope and address it to yourself, and sometime down the road the note will appear in your mailbox to remind you of the inspiring thoughts and goals you set for yourself at the conference.
ICMA Practice Group: 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation and Continuous Improvement

4:05-4:10 p.m. – Closing Remarks
Maggie Mahoney, Assistant Director for Operations, Dole Institute of Politics

4:10 p.m. – Reception & Networking Time
Reception sponsors: Anonymous, Dole Institute of Politics, GovHR USA, Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and conversations with the new and old friends who’ve been part of this inspiring day. A cash bar will be available.
ICMA Practice Group: 18. Personal Development

We very much hope you’ll make plans to stay a while after the conference wraps up! No matter how much we try to build time into the day for connecting with one another, we know from experience that it’s never as much as you’ll want and that there will be conversations you’ll want to continue. We hope you’ll consider arranging your late afternoon responsibilities—if you can—in such a way that you can stay for the reception.


Schedule and speakers are subject to change.

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