Bonnie Svrcek, city manager of Lynchburg, Virginia, is the first female city manager for her community. She also became the second woman ICMA president in ICMA's history. A true groundbreaker for women in the local government management profession. In this episode of United Front (powered by TownCloud), Svrcek opens up in the first half about her early career in the profession, talks about her time as ICMA president, and asks women to see what they can become as leaders in the profession. She also discusses women in the workplace, including the challenges and barriers to female leadership, the importance of inviting men to join the conversation about getting more women into the CAO role, building equity and inclusivity within the organization, sexual harrassment, and more.
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Bonnie Svrcek, city manager of Lynchburg, Virginia
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- Celebrating Women in Local Government: An Interview with Bonnie Svrcek
- The Confidence Gap. Is It Holding Women Back?
- Acting Courageously and with Intention: Expanding Diversity and Inclusion within the Profession
- 5 Things You Need to Know About #GenderBalance
- 6 Ways to Help Identify Gender and Minority Wage Gap Issues
As you follow along with United Front, a special season of Local Gov Life, and listen to these brief stories of six women leaders in local government, join the conversation on social media. Look for the hashtag #SheLeadsGov on Twitter and use it to share stories about the groundbreaking women in local government whom you know.
Join ICMA's Erika White on the United Front podcast, a special season of Local Gov Life, as she takes you behind-the-scenes with women chief administrative officers (CAO) who have been selected as their community's first female manager. Listen-in for a real discussion on how they made it to the top and what advice they have for women looking to lead in the same role. Subscribe to Local Gov Life on iTunes or Google Play Music.