Equity is everyone’s business, whether you are a manager in local government, DEI professional, or doing the work without the title. This two-day event that will take deep dives on everything equity from allocations to zones where attendees can expect inspiration and encouragement to move from discourse to action, by learning from committed local government equity leaders who  push forward on these profound issues. Attendees will have the opportunity to create and maintain relationships with like-minded professionals, as well as foster these relationships in a virtual environment.

Key Takeaways

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Learn about internal and external equity and inclusion challenges, solutions, and  tools. 
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Support themselves and  peers  through shared chief equity officer challenges.
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Be Inspired
Be inspired by presenters, panelists, and keynotes.
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Download checklists, tools, publications,  resources,  and videos from our Equity  Briefcase. 
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Explore topics of racial equity,  accountability,  and skills - building  for driving a more inclusive and equitable culture throughout  your  communities.   
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Schedule of Events

We’ll unpack pressing topics so that you have the tools and know-how to empower your staff and community.

Day 1, Thursday, July 28
TIME (All times are ET) EVENT
11:00am – 11:10am


Troy Brown, ICMA-CM, ICMA President and City Manager, Moorpark, CA

11:10am – 12:00pm

Keynote: Two Years After George Floyd: How Do You Sustain Commitment to Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government?

Leon Andrews, President and CEO, Equal Measure
12:00pm – 12:15pm Break

12:15pm – 1:15pm

CEO Track

Operationalizing Equity in Public Engagement

Local jurisdictions are seeking solutions to alleviate inequities in their communities regarding public participation, discourse, and decision-making. Four approaches – tools, tactics, data, and metrics – can play a key role in government operations and help solve internal and external challenges for public officials and for residents.

Join this session for a thought-provoking discussion surrounding these four approaches and leave with tips and strategies on how to increase inclusiveness among historically disenfranchised residents and decrease inequities in their public outreach and engagement.


Siri Russell, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Graham Stone, Co-Founder and Vice President, PublicInput, Raleigh, NC

12:15pm – 1:15pm

CAO Track

Promoting Tribal City/County Relations

Understand why tribal relations can help your community, even if your community does not have much (if any) interaction with another tribal government or nation.

  • Learn what might be the barriers to building and fostering (better) tribal relationships.
  • Explore methods to build relationships with tribal nations and governments, through the examination of successful tribal-city-county cooperation interactions.

Dr. Mitchell Berg, City Administrator, Mahnomen, MN, and Associate Director for the Veden Center for Rural Engagement/Economic Development, University of Minnesota Crookston

1:15pm – 1:30pm Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm

General Session

Backed by Budget: Getting Better Budget Proposals to Truly Advance Equity

Chris Fabian, Co-founder, RESOURCEX, Denver, Colorado 

2:30pm – 2:45pm Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm

CEO Track

ICMA Equity Toolkit Preview

ICMA Toolkit Subcommittee:

Bobby Boyd, SHRM-CP, ICYB, CAPM, Community Relations and Diversity Office of City Manager, Portage Community Senior Center, Portage, Michigan

Randi Johl, JD, MMC, CDE, Legislative Director, City Clerk, Temecula, California

Manisha Paudel, Chief Equity Officer, Des Moines, Iowa

2:45pm – 3:45pm

CAO Track

Breaking the Barriers: Pathways for Success

Success starts with curiosity, talent and drive. Hard work and determination helps advance careers but along the way it’s the people who walk the talk and set the example for the next generation. Join this panel session to hear best practices for creating succession plans to build a more inclusive leadership team through strategic relationships and leveraging personal networks.


David Ellis, ICMA-CM, County Manager, Wake County, NC
Domenika Lynch, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program
Christopher M. Price, AICP, City Manager, City of Chesapeake, Virginia
Tammi Saddler Jones, ICMA-CM, City Manager, South Fulton, GA

Moderator: Carmela Makabali, Internal Product Manager, Leadership Connect

3:45pm – 4:45pm

CEO Track

Partnering for Equitable Economic Development


Aleea Slappy Wilson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Norfolk, VA
Anne Bovaird Nevins, President, PIDC, Philadelphia, PA
Kevin Dick, CEcD, President & CEO, Carolina Small Business Development Fund, Raleigh, NC

Moderator: Dr. Eloisa Klementich, CEcD, President and CEO, Invest Atlanta

3:45pm – 4:45pm

CAO Track

Polarity Management: Introduction to a Key Tool to Spark Collaboration and Deeper Engagement on Controversial Issues

Professor Carcasson’s work focuses on building community capacity to come together across perspectives to engage difficult “wicked” problems well. In this session, he will introduce the concept of polarity management as a critical leadership and engagement tool to better understand controversial issues and find ways of reframing them from overly adversarial and contentious to more collaborative and productive. The concept applies to many current issues, but will be applied specifically to equity during the session as a few polarities inherent to equity work are explored.

Martin Carcasson, Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, Founder and Director of the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation



Day 2, Friday, July 29
TIME (All times are ET) EVENT

11:00am – 12:00pm

CEO Track

Defining Equity
Establishing a shared vocabulary for how we talk about equity is a necessary component of the work. But meaning can shift over time for both staff and community members based on lived experiences and external factors. In this candid conversation, members of ICMA’s original equity officer cohort will reflect on what they’ve learned about defining organizational values and approaches to equity work both in principle and in practice. Hear from these trailblazers about the realities and results they’ve encountered, how their perspectives have changed, and how it may inform work in your community.



Dorla Bonner, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kalamazoo, MI
Jonathan Butler, Senior Vice President, PartnerTulsa, Tulsa, OK
Siri Russell, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Aleea Slappy Wilson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Norfolk, VA

11:00am – 12:00pm

CAO Track

Strength Through Diversity - Promote Equity and Inclusion Through Leadership – Lessons Learned From the Military

Veterans and their families represent a small piece of all communities. The military – one of the most diverse employee pools in America – enlists people of different race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, and national origin - and requires them to work as a team. Those who have served in the military have a variety of functional skill sets, an abundance of leadership training and development, undeniable patience and perseverance, and true deep dedication to the mission, task at hand and organization. Join our panel of local government professionals to discuss why Veterans are a Federally protected class and learn how their unique perspective can improve the organizations they work for.


Benjamin Effinger, former Air Force SSG and current Operations Chief, Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector
Kaci Fullerton, former Army CPT, Town Clerk for Truro, MA
Cedric Grant, President Grant Management Group, former City Administrator and Deputy Mayor; MAJ (RET)
Darrin Tangeman, ICMA-CM, Town Manager, Truro, MA

12:00pm – 12:15pm


12:15pm – 1:15pm

General Session

Advancing DEI: How affinity groups and professional organizations leverage each other’s connections and resources

Affinity groups exist to foster growth and development its membership, thereby enhancing diversity in local government organizations. What benefit comes from linking with other affinity groups? Does it create competition between affinity groups? In this session, you will learn the history of the affinity groups on the panel, the common and different goals each had in forming; at what point each group started reaching out to others; and provide ideas for listeners who have or are initiating DEI efforts in their own organizations.


Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN): Andrea Alicoate, Diversity & Special Projects Manager, Mesa, AZ
I-NAPA: Elaine Wang, City Manager, Winooski, VT 
CivicPRIDE: Pam Davis, Assistant City Manager, Boulder, CO
National Forum for Black Public Administrator(NFBPA): Cheryl Orr, Co-Managing Director, Institute for Excellence in Public Service
League of Women in Government: Kimberly Richardson
ICMA Veterans: Darrin Tangeman, ICMA-CM, Town Manager, Truro, MA

Moderator: Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager, Austin, TX

1:15pm – 2:15pm

CEO Track

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

At this session we will discuss how both financial and human resources may be utilized to achieve diversity and equity goals. We will specifically explore how entities can use existing resources to meet their goals and offer advice to those who have an identified budget for DEI initiatives. Participants will learn creative ways to address equity challenges no matter what level of monetary commitment they have available.

Steve Ruger, Former Deputy City Manager, Rio Rancho, NM
Claudine McDonald, Equity Transformation Specialist at Courageous Conversation

1:15pm – 2:15pm

CAO Track

Embedding Equity in Your Charter


Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research, The Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH
Doug Linkhart, President, National Civic League, Denver, CO
Mark Washington, City Manager, Grand Rapids, MI

2:15pm – 2:30pm Break


General Session

Courageous Conversation: Doing the Work While White

A panel discussion of what motivates a group of white individuals to break down systems of oppression and combat white supremacy culture and embedded policies in our government organizations. We will discuss the challenges, the risks, but more importantly why it’s critical for white people to stand up, speak out and inspire change in other white people.

James Bennett, ICMA-CM, City Manager, Biddeford, ME
Aimee Kane, Equity Program Manager, Boulder, CO
Phillip Smith-Hanes, ICMA-CM, County Administrator, Saline County, KS

Moderator: Marc Ott, ICMA CEO/Executive Director


Immediately Following the General Session

Connection and Conversation Huddles

Talent Acquisition: Challenges with Equity and Inclusion

Bonnie Owens


Equity Officer Real Talk: 

Bobby Boyd, SHRM-CP, ICYB, CAPM, Community Relations and Diversity, Office of City Manager, Portage Community Senior Center, Portage, MI

Laurice Walker, Chief Equity Officer, Office of Equity, City of Tucson, Arizona

Meet the Speakers

From equity and inclusion experts to visionary thought leaders, our speakers provide fresh perspectives and bold takeaways for moving the needle forward.

Keynote Speakers

Troy Brown, ICMA-CM

ICMA President
City Manager, Moorpark, California

Marc Ott

ICMA CEO/Executive Director

Leon Andrews

President and CEO, Equal Measure

Education Session Speakers

* denotes member of ICMA Equity Officer Institute

** denotes member of ICMA/Kettering/NCL Leadership Institute on Race, Equity, and Inclusion 

Andrea Alicote*

Diversity & Special Projects Manager
Mesa, Arizona

Rey Arellano

Assistant City Manager
Austin, Texas

James Bennett, ICMA-CM**

City Manager
Biddeford, Maine

Dr. Mitchell Berg

City Administrator
Mahnomen, Minnesota
Associate Director, to the Veden Center for Rural Engagement/Economic Development, University of Minnesota Crookston

Dorla Bonner*

Retired, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Bobby Boyd*, SHRM-CP, ICYB, CAPM

Community Relations and Diversity
Office of City Manager
Portage Community Senior Center
Portage, Michigan

Jonathan Butler*

Senior Vice President
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Martin Carcasson

Professor, Colorado State University
Founder and Director of the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation
Fort Collins, Colorado

Pam Davis**

Assistant City Manager
Boulder, Colorado

Kevin Dick, CEcD

President & CEO
Carolina Small Business Development Fund
Raleigh, North Carolina

Benjamin M. Effinger, MPA

Operations Chief, Public Service Division
Los Angeles County, California

David Ellis, ICMA-CM

County Manager
Wake County, North Carolina

Chris Fabian

Co-founder, RESOURCEX
Denver, Colorado

Kaci A. Fullerton

Town Clerk
Truro, Massachusetts

Cedric Grant

President Grant Management Group
former City Administrator and Deputy Mayor; MAJ (RET)

Randi Johl*, JD, MMC, CDE

Legislative Director / City Clerk
Temecula, California

Aimee Kane*

Equity Program Manager
Boulder, Colorado

Dr. Eloisa Klementich, CEcD

President and CEO
Invest Atlanta

Valerie Lemmie**

Director of Exploratory Research
The Kettering Foundation
Dayton, Ohio

Doug Linkhart**

National Civic League
Denver, Colorado

Domenika Lynch

Executive Director
Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program

Carmela Makabali

Internal Product Manager
Leadership Connect
Washington, DC

Claudine McDonald

Equity Transformation Specialist
Courageous Conversation
Aurora, Colorado

Anne Bovaird Nevins

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cheryl D. Orr, MSW, IPMA-SCP

Insight HR Partners
Co-Managing Director, Institute for Excellence in Public Service, National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Manisha Paudel*

Chief Equity Officer
Des Moines, Iowa

Christopher M. Price, AICP

City Manager
City of Chesapeake, Virginia

Kimberly Richardson

Assistant City Manager
Peoria, Illinois

Steve Ruger*,**

Former, Deputy City Manager
Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Siri Russell*

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Tammi Saddler Jones, ICMA-CM

City Manager
South Fulton, Georgia

Socorro Shiels*

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Officer
Santa Rosa, California

Aleea Slappy-Wilson*

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Norfolk, Virginia

Phillip Smith-Hanes*

County Administrator
Saline County, Kansas

Darrin Tangeman, ICMA-CM

Town Manager
Truro, MA

Graham Stone

Co-Founder and Vice President
Raleigh, North Carolina

Laurice Walker*

Chief Equity Officer
Office of Equity
City of Tucson, Arizona

Elaine Wang

City Manager
Winooski, Vermont

Mark Washington**

City Manager
Grand Rapids, Michigan


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ICMA Member $99
ICMA Member - Group $84
Non-Member $199
Non-Member - Group $170

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