2018 Southeast Regional Conference

April 25 - 27, 2018
01:00 pm - 11:00 am CT
Birmingham AL


Registration closed.


A three-day learning experience in Mountain Brook, Alabama, with career-building, mentoring & leading ideas sessions to help local government professionals and communities thrive.

The ICMA Southeast Regional Conference invites local government professionals of all career stages to come together for a new year of educational breakout sessions, hands-on lessons, and networking opportunities that offer all attendees the leadership and professional development essentials needed to succeed. If you want leading ideas to help you, your organization, and your community to thrive in 2018, don’t miss it!

13 Reasons Why You Should Attend

Regional Conference Pricing

  • Members: $295
  • Member Emerging Professionals: $150
  • Nonmembers: $395
  • Nonmember Emerging Professionals: $295

*Cancellation Fee: $35.00

The Venue - Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook

The Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook will host the Southeast Regional Conference. 

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING YOUR HOTEL STAY: As of March 26, there is only one room block left for The Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook on Wednesday and Thursday night. To reserve your room, call 205-414-0505 or RESERVE ONLINE. Rate is $219 + tax for Wednesday and Thursday nights and $254 + tax for Tuesday night. 

Here is a list of alternate hotels located near the Regional Conference venue. ICMA is not contracted with these hotels, they were recommended by the Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook:

Register Now for the Southeast Regional Conference


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Workshop: Making What You Have to Say Meaningful and Memorable
  • 3:15-5:30 p.m.: Regional Nominating Committee/Candidate Interviews
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception
Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • 7:45-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Educational Session: Innovation: Creating Smart and Sustainable Communities of the Future
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break
  • 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:
    • Concurrent Educational Session A: Coaching: Up, Down, and Across
    • Concurrent Educational Session B: Ethics Matter!
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch sponsored by Cigna 
  • 1:30-2:15 p.m.: Leading Courageously in Challenging Times with Executive Director Marc Ott
  • 2:15-4:30 p.m.: ICMA University Workshop: Exploring the New Realities of Leadership
  • 5:30-6:15 p.m.: Networking Reception Sponsored by ICMA-RC
  • Dinner on Your Own: Explore Mountain Brook
Friday, April 27, 2018
  • 7:45-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9:00-11:00 a.m.: Workshop: Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
  • 11:00 a.m.: Adjourn

Sessions & Content


Making What You Have to Say Meaningful and Memorable

According to the Book of Lists, public speaking once ranked as the No. 1 fear for most people—outranking even death, which came in a No. 4.  

Time has changed as has what we fear the most, however public speaking is still high on the list and something that we can work on to improve and lessen our fear of speaking in public.

Basic skills of public speaking are practiced in this workshop. This includes understanding what your audience wants; answering their questions before they ask; using pitch, speed, and pauses to add interest to your presentation; and choosing words that work and gestures that make the point as well as presentation tips and techniques that allow you to focus on the audience and the message instead of your notes or nervousness.

Come ready to make your next presentation a memorable one. The workshop will be tailored to the work that you do and to situations specific to the class participants. It is highly interactive. Onsite coaching to identify what is working well and what could be done better will be an important part of this workshop.

You will be coached to stronger public speaking by Felicia Logan, ICMA Director of Leadership Development, an executive coach with an MA in Communication from the University of Virginia. She is also a recent graduate of advanced presentation skills and messaging from Own the RoomPractice Group 14: Communication and Information Sharing

Leading Courageously in Challenging Times

Join Marc Ott for a conversation on what it means to lead courageously in challenging times as we explore questions of when to lead, when to follow, and how one knows the difference. Are traditional management tools still relevant in this era of disruptive innovation and fast paced change? What does it mean to adapt your leadership approach to the new realities? Practices 6 and 8: Strategic Leadership and Policy Facilitation and Implementation

ICMA University Workshop: Exploring the New Realities of Leadership

In the practice of local government management we often turn to policy or regulatory guidelines in decision making. This workshop will explore how local government managers may benefit from stepping out of traditional decision making modes to consider innovative ways to solve problems and address issues. This highly participative workshop will provide examples of leadership in theory and in practice. Thought leaders will introduce challenging management/leadership situations and participants will have the opportunity to raise issues that they are currently faced with that challenge the way managers are taught to think about management and leadership. Facilitated by Felicia Logan with Key Thought Leaders. Practices 6 and 8: Strategic Leadership and Policy Facilitation and Implementation

Educational Sessions:
Innovation - Creating Smart and Sustainable Communities of the Future

Jurisdictions of all shapes and sizes are looking for ways to leverage technology and innovation to create more resilient communities. Hear from ICMA President David Johnstone and other members in the region, as they discuss successful and promising approaches for creating healthy, livable, and prosperous communities of the future. Practices 6 and 8: Strategic Leadership, Policy Facilitation and Implementation

Coaching: Up, Down, and Across

Join your colleagues for fast paced focused conversations that address what’s on your mind. After a brief coaching tutorial by Felicia Logan, Executive Coach, we will do three rounds of coaching and there will be three coaching topics to choose from: (1) Coaching Up - Up your social media game with coaching from a technology native; (2) Coaching you to the next step - talk to a senior manager who can help you think through your career options; (3) Coaching from someone who’s been there - Got a work situation that is puzzling you? Book coaching time with someone who’s been there to be your thinking partner and create new options to help get you unstuck.

Join ICMA’s Director of Leadership Development, and Master Coach, Felicia Logan, to explore personal and professional challenges. The takeaway from this session include skills to help you be a better coach and thinking partner to improve your effectiveness in your organization and in life. Practice 5: Personal Resiliency and Development 

Ethics Matter!

As the renowned basketball coach John Wooden put it “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” Luck may triumph in the moment, but for the long haul, setting the right tone is the key to success. And the tone for any team or organization is set by you.   

Join ICMA’s Director of Ethics, Martha Perego, to explore ethical challenges and how the ICMA Code of Ethics can guide the way to ethical conduct.  The takeaway from this session? Practical strategies for keeping your integrity intact. Practice 1: Personal and Professional Integrity

Thank you to our sponsor Cigna for hosting the Thursday afternoon lunch.


Event Details


  • April 25 - 27, 2018
  • 01:00 pm 11:00 am CT
  • Registration Deadline: 04/18/2018


  • 2655 Lane Park Rd
  • Birmingham AL


  • Member Price:$295.00
  • Non-Member:$395.00


  • Email:flittky@icma.org

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