The time for ICMA Annual Conference is quickly upon us and we couldn't be more excited for San Antonio. Whether you're attending for networking purposes or planning to take in as many educational sessions as possible, Conference offers everyone new opportunities to help fulfill your commitment to career-long learning. To help celebrate the largest local government event of the year, we'll be launching a series of individual career stage bucket lists of Conference activities that'll have you enjoying all the event has to offer.
Today, we've put together a bucket list for early-career professionals and this includes local government professionals in the first seven years of their careers.
1. Attend the Early-Career Professionals Meeting
If you are a young professional and want to develop your leadership and management capacity, this meeting is for you. Meet current participants and mentors, and learn about Local Government 101 and 201, the Emerging Leaders Development Program, the Leadership ICMA program, the Mid-Career Managers Institute, and other ICMA opportunities. These programs can also help fulfill your professional development requirements as outlined in the guidelines for Tenet 8 of the ICMA Code of Ethics. This meeting takes place on Monday, October 23 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
2. Manager-Proof Your Relationships
Local government management is high stress and highly public. Explore strategies for navigating those challenges, keeping a relationship strong, and achieving work/life balance. This educational session takes place on Monday, October 23 from 12:45–2:00 p.m. in Room 304ABC.
3. Get People to Start Talking and Engaging with Millennials in Government
There are lots of people talking about millennials, but not talking to them. It’s important to engage millennials in government initiatives to build sustainable cities and counties. Millennial staff from Manatee County, Florida, will explain how to attract this demographic and more importantly keep them engaged. This Learning Lab session, Stop Talking about Us and Start Talking to Us: Engaging Millennials in Government, will take place on Tuesday, October 24 from 11–11:30 a.m. in Meeting Room 221C.
4. Learn About True Moral Leadership in the Workplace
The first woman of color to lead Girl Scouts of the USA as CEO, Anna Maria Chávez offers a message centered on true moral leadership and examines what it takes to empower women and girls into leadership positions. This keynote session takes place on Tuesday, October 24 in the Stars at Night Ballroom, Ballroom Level from 8:30–9:30 a.m.
5. Get a Taste of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program
Join program graduates and ICMA scholarship recipients to discuss how the program can enhance your local government career and help you better serve your community while offering real-world solutions that can enrich your residents' lives. This roundtable session is on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in Room 224.
6. Navigate a Winding Career Path
Careers in local government are not always an upward climb. As organizations change, employees change as well, potentially bringing their aspirations into question. In this roundtable, participants discuss opportunities that lay ahead for each of us and how can we support others in transition, lay the groundwork for our career, or charge full-steam into the future. This roundtable session takes place on Tuesday, October 24 in Meeting Room 221A from 12:45–1:45 p.m.
7. Reach for the Top Job & Learn What’s Holding You Back
More women are becoming assistant managers and administrators than ever before, yet many are not applying for the top job. Why not? Explore the personal and professional concerns women have when considering the top position. Decide whether this is the right path for you. Reaching for the Top Job: What’s Holding You Back? takes place on Tuesday, October 24 from 2–3:10 p.m in Room 217ABC.
8. Listen-In on the Ten Things I Wish I Knew
Navigating a career in local government can be tricky—not only professionally, but personally as well. In this session, hear experienced managers share the 10 things they wish they knew at the beginning of their careers. Join this session on Tuesday, October 24 from 2–3:10 p.m. in Room 302ABC.
9. Take the Seven Steps Toward Getting the Job You Want
For a profession that typically eschews competition and rarely focuses on marketing and branding, this interactive, energetic, hands-on program has participants use their own job search as the medium through which they learn the broader concepts of marketing and branding in a highly competitive environment. Consisting of lecture, discussion, role-playing, and a video practicum that makes use of smartphones, this forum has participants present and role play each concept. It then provides them with tangible tools in a workbook format that they can start using during the session for their hypothetical job search process and continue using thereafter for day-to-day professional engagements. This session is on Wednesday, Oct. 25 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.