Kansas City / County Management Conference 2017


Conference At-A-Glance

Full conference with session descriptions below.

Thursday, April 26

8:15 am - 3:00 pm Networking Lounge

8:15 - 9:00 am Registration & Refreshments

9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome:

  • Tom Markus, City Manager, City of Lawrence
  • Don Cawby, City Manager, Osawatomie, KS

9:15 - 10:15 am Keynote: Clay Pearson, City Manager, Pearland TX

10:15 - 10:45 am Break

10:45 am - Noon The Yin: Strategic Leadership within the Organization - Unleashing a Culture of Leadership:

  • Moderator: Courtney Christensen, Mission Hills
    • Developing Leaders at All Levels: Hannes Zacharias
    • Inclusive Leadership: Mildred Edwards
    • Putting the Right Person in the Right Job: Jason Gage, Salina

12:00 - 1:30 pm KACM Business Meeting Lunch
(Pre-registration and payment of $25 required)

  • Lunch is on your own if not attending the KACM Business Meeting Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 pm The Yang: Strategic Leadership in Community: Engaging Community Spirit:

  • Moderator: Matt Allen, Garden City
    • Planning with Compassion: Ward Lyles, KU Urban Planning
    • Why Not Dodge?: Melissa McCoy, Dodge City
    • Crucial Conversations: Mildred Edwards
    • Arriving in Garden City: A Garden City resident's perspective

3:00 - 3:15 pm Break

3:15 - 4:30 pm Enhanced Scholar Speed Dating OR Basketball Game

  • Introduction of Faculty - Rosemary O'Leary, Director, KU School of Public Affairs and Administration
    • Shannon Portillo,  Associate Professor
    • Rachel Krause,  Associate Professor
    • Ward Lyles, Assistant Professor
  • Basketball Game: Details TBA


Friday, April 27

7:30 - 8:45 am Intern Breakfast:  Negotiating Your Future
(Pre-registration and payment of $15 required)

8:45 am - Noon Networking Lounge

8:45 - 9:15 am Registration & Refreshments

9:15 - 9:30 am Welcome/ Recap from Yesterday: Laura Howard, Director, KU Public Management Center

9:30 - 10:30 am Keynote: The Silver Tsunami, Generations in the Workplace: Kirsten Wyatt, ELGL

10:30 - 10:45 am Break

10:50 am - Noon Panel: Embracing the Yin-Yang of our Communities: 

  • Moderator: Kirsten Wyatt, ELGL
    • Community for All Ages: Cathy Boyer-Shesol, MARC
    • Lawrence Public Department Engagement: Stories from the Lawrence Police Department
    • Yin and Yang of Demographics in Eastern and Western Kansas: Toni Pitchford, US Census Bureau

Noon - 12:15 pm Prize Drawings

12:15 pm Adjournment

Full Conference Schedule



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