VLGMA 2018 Winter Conference: Handouts Now Online

Brave Leadership During Challenging Times is the theme for the 2018 VLGMA Winter Conference to be held February 14-16, 2018 in Charlottesville.

ARTICLE | Feb 15, 2018

Looking back twelve months ago, the winter conference invitation referenced “an unprecedented and brutal election process in 2016.” Unprecedented times certainly continued in 2017 to include national attention being focused on Virginia. “Brave Leadership During Challenging Times” is the theme of the 2018 VLGMA Winter Conference to be held February 14-16, 2018 in Charlottesville. Our focus will be on enhancing our leadership within our organizations and communities during demanding times. We have an enriching program planned.

Our Wednesday afternoon pre-conference session is an ICMA University Workshop called “Leadership Strategies to Move Communities from Disruption to Renewal." This workshop focuses on natural, civic, and political disruption using case studies, conversations with content experts and action planning. Participants will identify disruptions large and small, positive and not-so-positive and create an action plan to better manage community disruptions when they arise. This workshop may provide a new perspective about disruptions and will build skills to better lead through community disruption and create connection and renewal.

On Wednesday evening, there will be a reception planned at The Paramount Theater, a venue that was named the 2017 Outstanding Historic Theater by the League of Historic American Theatres.

The remainder of the conference continues to reinforce the themes of brave leadership as well as some nuts and bolts sessions about fundamental tools that are critical during challenging times. Featured speakers and topics include:

  • Maurice Jones, Charlottesville City Manager will reflect in the events of the summer.

  • Dr. Ron Carlee, from Old Dominion University (former Manager of Charlotte, NC and Arlington, VA) will talk about topics impacting local government leaders today.

  • Noah A. Simon, City Manager of Lexington, will lead a team presentation with Lexington Mayor Frank W. Freidman and Lexington Police Chief Samuel Roman.  This session will review the issue of permitting “dueling” parades occurring in the community on the same weekend. The presenters will share how they managed an anti-racism parade, a southern heritage parade and other “spontaneous” events over the course of the same weekend.

As always, there will be plenty of time to network and interact with your colleagues.  The popular Speed Coaching session returns with a broader focus.  We encourage you to participate in this exercise as a way to collaborate and learn from others. Concurrent to this session will be a roundtable session covering a variety of topics to include Charlottesville’s Open Data policy and portal, sexual harassment training best practices and effective executive searches.   

The pre-conference workshop is included in the full registration.  We’ll also have the one-day Thursday only registration option for those who can’t make the entire conference.  New last year, is the ability to register for just the pre-conference session on Wednesday which includes the evening reception.  This could be a great option to expose other staff to VLGMA in addition to discussing an important topic facing communities across the nation.

We look forward to seeing you in Charlottesville!

Committee Co-Chairs --

  • Leslie Beauregard, Charlottesville Assistant City Manager
  • Laura Fitzpatrick, Chesapeake Deputy City Manager

Online Registration has closed.  Contact Molly Harlow at mjh3a@virginia.edu with questions.



Roundtable Bios:

Want to add a comment?

Login to your account or Create a free account to leave a comment and get access to more features.