The Mid-Career Manager's 2017 Annual Conference Bucket List

To help celebrate the largest local government event of the year, here is a career stage bucket list for mid-career managers.

Oct 3, 2017 | BLOG POST

The time for ICMA Annual Conference is quickly upon us and we couldn't be more excited for San Antonio (there's still time to register for those who haven't!). 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 Mid-Career Managers and this includes department heads, veterans, and experienced managers new to local government. 

1. Attend the Special Session "Soft Skills for Success: First-Time Administrators"

Landing your very first position as an administrator or manager is a career-defining moment. The technical skills and varied experiences learned along the way provide you with the “know how” to do the job. The key to success though will largely rest on your interpersonal skills. “Know thyself” is the first step to understanding how to build effective relationships and to navigate challenges. As part of the session, you have access to an assessment tool designed to assist you to utilize personal analytics to enhance judgment, insight and leadership ability. Personal analytics gives you the data necessary to truly know yourself so you can lead yourself and others. The session will also explore the tangible challenges you are likely to face leading your first organization. Special Session takes place on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bowie BC, Grand Hyatt.

>> Add this special session to your schedule

2. Kick Off Your Relationship-Building at the Witte Museum

Saturday evening, enjoy access to the Witte Museum, with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, before proceeding to dinner on the town in San Antonio. With a focus on history and science, the Witte Museum emphasizes participation. One of its highlights is a real treehouse connected by elevated walkways and outdoor water exhibits on the banks of the San Antonio River. Catch up with colleagues while exploring the beautiful gardens and exciting exhibits at the recently renovated Witte.

>> Add this event to your schedule

3. Learn How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Organization and Your Career

In this Learning Lab session, learn from two local government managers who effectively use social media to share information about their municipal organizations and to tell their personal stories about work, interests, travels, and more. The session includes discussion about how social media sharing relates to the ICMA Code of Ethics, and why social media sharing is important to put a "human face" on local government managers. The session takes place Monday, Oct. 23 from 3:10 to 3:40 p.m. in Room 221C.

4. For Veterans - Share Your Expertise

More and more military veterans are re-entering the civilian workforce each year, and with them, they bring talent and leadership—skills every local government organization needs. Join this roundtable to share with others on how to provide support and employment services for veterans in their community. Located in Meeting Room 225B on Monday, Oct. 23 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

5. Leverage the Key Ingredients of Successful Service Delivery

Building staff accountability for service delivery outcomes involves many key ingredients, including staff development, the fine-tuning of cross-departmental processes, and the harnessing of proven technology solutions. This session features approaches that your community can use to improve service delivery to its citizens. Presented by Plante & Moran, PLLC in Theater B, Exhibit Hall 3, Street Level on Monday, Oct. 23 from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.

6. 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.

7. 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.

>> Add this forum to your schedule

8. Watch the Film: Our Mockingbird

This documentary uses Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird as a lens through which to view race, class, gender, and justice, then and now. Woven through the film is the story of two extraordinarily different high schools in Birmingham, Alabama— one black, one white—that collaborated on a remarkable production of a play that was adapted from Lee’s classic novel. View the film on Monday, Oct. 23 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Room 218. 



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