ICMA's 104th Annual Conference: Highlights

Check out this guide to events designed to help women succeed in public service.

Aug 20, 2018 | ARTICLE

The Maryland City/County Management Association (MCCMA) and ICMA’s 2018 Conference Host Committee are excited to welcome you to Baltimore for ICMA’s 104th Annual Conference!

ICMA’s 104th conference, like those before it, will offer attendees an abundance of innovative ideas and practical strategies for managing local governments in today’s complex environment while also providing countless opportunities for professional and personal renewal and networking.

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Don't miss these special events:

Luncheon for Women in Professional Local Government Management 

Sunday, September 23 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Crossing the Line: Harassment in the Workplace

This may be the defining moment for women in every profession—our chance to determine the kind of workplaces we want and the kind of culture we support. Led by Joan Dubinsky, independent ethics advisor to the board of directors for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, we will discuss what kinds of behaviors cross the line; how we can and should respond; and how we can reinforce respect, fairness, and justice in our profession. An adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Joan previously served as the chief ethics officer for the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the American Red Cross. Sponsored by ICMA-RC. $45

Speaker: Joan Dubinsky, Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Waltham, MA

Networking Mixer: All Hands on Deck!

Sunday, September 23 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This event is free but requires preregistration.
Grab your navigation charts and prepare to set sail on the seas of meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends as your local government friends mix, mingle, enjoy light snacks and drinks, and reconnect on the first night of the conference. Put on your ship captain’s hat and visit with our affiliate sponsors to learn more, meet some great people, and earn loot. Does the bar really close at 9:30? Will we keep it open longer? You decide!

Affiliate Equity Advancement Mixer presented by ICMA, ELGL, I-NAPA, LGHN, LWG, NACA, NFBPA, Civic Pride, and WLG

Other events to check out:

ICMA University Workshops : ICMA University and League of Women in Government Symposium

Saturday, September 22 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pre-registration is required for this event. 

Join your colleagues for the 3rd Annual ICMA University + League of Women in Government Symposium. This pre-conference event focuses on trending issues that are important to not only local government women, but to everyone who is striving for inclusivity and gender equity in their organizations.

Join your colleagues for the ICMA University + League of Women in Government Symposium. This pre-conference event focuses on trending issues that are important to not only local government women, but to everyone who is striving for inclusivity and gender equity in their organizations.

The Keynote Speaker will be Joanne Lipman, author, award-winning journalist, chief content officer for Gannett and editor-in-chief of USA Today. Ms. Lipman’s book, That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (And Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together explores the workplace gender gap. There will be no man-shaming in her talk. She will share why empowering women as true equals should be an essential goal for organizations and offer a roadmap for getting there!

Fran Mainella will be this year’s Symposium opening speaker. Director Mainella served nearly six years as the 16th Director and the first woman to lead the U.S. National Park Services. She will be speaking about "Reaching the Summit through the 3 C’s: Courage, Communication, Connection."

Angelica Wedell, National Research Center, Inc. Marketing Director will be presenting survey data highlights on the perspectives of local government employees across the U.S. Angelica will be answering the important question, "Do women see the local government workplace differently from their male colleagues"?

Mark your calendars and make your travel plans to arrive in Baltimore early for this not-to-miss event! $25.

Speaker: Joanne Lipman, Journalist, Editor, Author, Beverly Hills, CA
Speaker: Fran Mainella, President, Fran Mainella Consulting, LLC, Clemson, SC
Speaker: Angelica Wedell, Boulder, CO

ICMA University Forums : It Wasn’t Easy, but I Did It Anyway

Wednesday, September 26 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

This forum is an opportunity to celebrate women in the profession who have not only earned the respect and recognition of their peers by achieving the role of CAO but also have been selected as their community’s first female manager. These groundbreakers can help local government professionals recognize and understand the backgrounds, accomplishments, and obstacles that women face on their way to achieving their professional goals. Come join the conversation!

Forum Leader: Gretchen DiFante, City Manager, City of Pelham, Pelham, AL
Forum Leader: Elizabeth Dragon, City Manager, City of Keene, Keene, NH
Forum Leader: Sabra Newby, City Manager, City of Reno, Reno, NV
Forum Leader: Randall Reid, ICMA's Southeast Regional Director , ICMA, Gainesville, FL
Forum Leader: Christina Volkers, City Manager, City of Moorhead, Moorhead, MN

From the Equity and Social Inclusion Theme Track:

Staffing for the Future: Does Your Community Need an Equity Officer?

Monday, September 24 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

By adding new positions or departments that focus on equity and inclusion throughout organizations and communities, local governments have a golden opportunity to increase trust among residents and address pressing issues faced by diverse communities. Learn from current equity officers about the benefits of having an internal equity and inclusion professional and the keys to hiring the best candidate for the job.

Speaker: Patricia Efiom, Chief Equity Officer, City of Evanston, Evanston, IL
Speaker: Brion Oaks, Chief Equity Officer, City of Austin, Austin, TX
Session Leader: Elizabeth Pauli, City Manager, City of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Project Implicit

Monday, September 24 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Implicit bias, also known as implicit social cognition, refers to the attitudes and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control that affect our conceptions, actions, and decisions. This interactive session, cosponsored by the Local Government Hispanic Network and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, will examine how implicit bias affects our everyday decisions and teach you how to unlearn some of your implicit biases.

Speaker: Rolando Fernandez, Capital Contracting Officer, City of Austin, Austin, TX
Speaker: Cheri Wilson, Senior Research Scientist, General Dynamics Information Technology , Rockville, MD

Power Imbalances: Implementing Integrity in the Workplace 

Tuesday, September 25 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This session will explore the impact and consequences of sexual harassment and gender bias in local government organizations. Learn how best to identify and handle these harmful behaviors before they result in the loss of talent and trust.

Panelist: Jennifer Haruyama, City Manager, City of Scotts Valley, Scotts Valley, CA
Panelist: Kevin Karpinski, Partner, Karpinski, Colaresi & Karp, P.A., Baltimore, MD
Session Leader: Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA, Northbrook, IL

Think Strategically about the Next Steps in Your Career: Aiming for the Top Position

Tuesday, September 25 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A panel of recently promoted managers will discuss their first year as top executives, how they knew they were ready for promotion, and the surprises they encountered. In addition, a human resource professional and an executive search expert will review the skills and experiences authorities are seeking in their next leaders. A resource for entry- and mid-level managers, this session will also benefit upper-level managers preparing for interviews. This session is cosponsored by the Local Government Hispanic Network and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Speaker: Tanisha Briley, City Manager, City of Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Heights, OH
Session Leader: Timothy Hemstreet, County Administrator, County of Loudoun, Leesburg, VA
Speaker: Hyun Kim, City Manager, City of Fife, Fife, WA
Speaker: Bert Lumbreras, City Manager, City of San Marcos, San Marcos, TX




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