Brenda Eivens, city manager of Cedar Park, Texas, moderates the morning panel at the August 30, "Take Control of Your Success" event in Austin.

On August 30, 2017, women from across the state of Texas came together for a one-day professional development program, which was also attended by Marc Ott, ICMA Executive Director.  

The program included an interactive panel discussion, "Take Control of Your Success," featuring leaders of the profession, two sessions led by nationally recognized speakers, and a networking luncheon. 

The panelists shared valuable advice, including:

  • “Paying it forward is our responsibility, not an option.” Collette Jamison, assistant city manager, San Marcos, Texas.
  • “Failing cannot be prideful.  When you fail and you’re prideful, you build distrust.  If you’re honest, they see you’re human and it builds trust.” Marie Diaz, CEO and chief visionary officer, Pursuit of Excellence, Dallas, Texas.
  • “Don’t be afraid to ask for the opportunities. Communicate clearly and effectively. Don’t be afraid to step up to opportunities.” Paulette Hartman, assistant city manager, North Richland Hills, Texas.
  • “I conduct myself in a way that makes the others realize I’m the one in charge and they should be directing the conversation to me (rather than to the man in the room)” Opal Mauldin-Jones, city manager, Lancaster, Texas.

Dr. Pamela Paxton, professor of sociology and public affairs, University of Texas, discussed the positive impact of national service programs on a community’s well-being. Dr. Pamela PaxtonJo Mattoon, professional coach and organizational leadership expert, paired up the participants and led them through an interactive peer coaching session.

ICMA and WLG would like to acknowledge Cigna for its support, allowing us to present this event at no cost to the attendees. This is part of ICMA’s commitment to advancing women in the profession.