Executive Education at City Summit


Monday, November 16, 2020 – Tuesday November 17, 2020

Resilient Leadership: A New way of SEEING, THINKING and LEADING
Price: Early Bird 2-Day Package = $15 | Advance 2-Day Package = $20 | 9 credits

Uncertain times call for adaptive and resilient leadership. How can you lead your community with calm, clarity and conviction in the face of increasing complexity and accelerating change? Resilient Leadership, a proven framework based on Bowen’s Family Systems Theory, enables you to See, Think, and Lead differently and more powerfully so you can address the anxiety in your community more skillfully and with optimal results.

Join Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach, Dr. Robert Duggan, Founding member of Resilient Leadership, LLC and is the co-author of the book Resilient Leadership and Resilient Leadership 2.0 and the Florida League of Cities for this 2- day learning event.

Monday, November 16, 2020 – Day 1

  • 10:00am – 10:45am ET | Intro to Resilient Leadership Model and Competencies
    Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach
  • 11:00am – 12:15pm ET | Leading as a Less Anxious Presence
    Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach
  • 12:45pm – 1:30pm ET | Staying Connected
    Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach
  • 1:45pm – 2:30pm ET | Leading with Conviction
    Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach
  • 2:45pm – 3:30pm ET | Expert Hour and Q&A
    Dr. Robert Duggan, co-author of Resilient Leadership and Resilient Leadership 2.0
  • 3:30pm – 4:45pm ET | Resilient Leadership: City Perspectives- Communication
    Todd DeAngelis, Director of Communications | City of Parkland, FL & Tonya Daniels, Director of Marketing and Communications | City of Miami Beach, FL

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 – Day 2

  • 10:00am – 11:15am ET | Resilient Leadership: City Perspectives- City Leadership
    Scott Paine, Ph.D., Director of Leadership Development and Education, FLC University | Florida League of Cities, Inc.
  • 11:30am – 12:45pm ET | Resilient Leadership: City Perspectives- Advocacy
    Beth Rawlins, President | Business Watch and Founder | Tenacious Problem-Solving & Scott Dudley, Legislative Director | Florida League of Cities, Inc.

Price: Early Bird 2-Day Package = $50 | Advance 2-Day Package = $65

Monday, November 16, 2020

Working with your Planning Staff
Jess Zimbabwe, Principal | Plot (1 Credit)
11:30 am – 12:45 pm ET

  • How Elected Officials can work to incorporate their ideas into their communities’ planning development vision and goals, as well as influence the strategies, policy framework, and messaging of this commonly-debated city function;
  • How to assess your local planning policy framework;
  • How to work with planning staff to advance your vision for the community;
  • Techniques for engaging constituents in planning decisions facing your community, and techniques for constructively managing that input.

Human-Centered Change Management: Applying Design Thinking to Managing Change
Judi Brown, Chief Impact Officer | CivicMakers (2 Credits)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

The art and science of managing organizational change requires a more nuanced and human-centered approach, especially in these uncertain times. How might we prepare individuals, teams and organizational systems for the unknown?

Join your peers across the country in this interactive 90-minute session to:

  • Examine leading change management frameworks (the science)
  • Facilitate the human-side of change (the art)
  • Strategize how to navigate “the new normal” in your community

Creating a more inclusive and racially diverse local business community with small-scale manufacturing
Ilana Preuss, Founder and CEO | Recast City (1 Credit)
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm ET

Most local economic development strategies do not specifically focus on how to build a more racially inclusive community of business owners. But it is time (past time) to be intentional and purposeful in our work to help Black, Latinx, and other business owners of color in our communities succeed and build wealth. Working with small-scale manufacturing businesses is one concrete way to take action and start making changes immediately to build a more inclusive local economy without needing to wait for some big, long-term strategy.

Join this training to learn about small-scale manufacturing businesses, their benefit to your economy, how to work with these businesses to immediately start building a more racially diverse local economy, and how to use this method to improve the rest of your economic development programs to better support diverse business owners in the future. This training will be interactive – conversations, brainstorming, and worksheets included.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Creating Consensus in a Challenging Environment
Jim Hunt, NLC Past President & Mike Conduff, ICMA Board Member (2 Credits)
10:00 am – 11:30 am ET

Join NLC Past-President Jim Hunt and Former ICMA Board Member Mike Conduff in this fast paced and practical session that provides a ten-step roadmap on how to develop and utilize the tools necessary to achieve consensus on difficult local government issues.

In this 90-minute virtual session you will:

  • Learn how to tune into your physical cues and to recognize crucial moments that can help you navigate towards consensus
  • Learn the tools you can use to positively impact even the most challenging situations and individuals to achieve consensus
  • Learn the COPIES approach to Consensus Decision Making [CO-operation, Participation, Inclusion, Egalitarianism, and Solution oriented]
  • Learn how to develop and apply your final decision rule, especially when several distinct “groups” are represented

Expert Hour: A Practical Retirement Approach for the Future of You and Your City
Anita Yadavalli, Program Director, City Fiscal Policy |  NLC (1 Credit)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

City governments, in their role as employers, are striving to attract talent that can support the critical work of serving
communities. However, the wages of state and local government employees tend to be lower than for private sector
employees with similar education and experience. So, how can municipal employers provide a more competitive
alternative? One way is through employer-sponsored retirement benefits. As several states have reformed their retirement
systems since the Great Recession of 2008, it is important for employers and employees alike to understand their pension
plan options. This NLCU course equips city leaders with an understanding of DB and DC pension plans, so that their local

government can better attract top talent. The class also provides a series of questions that city leaders can use to better

understand their plans, the potential for changes and the impact of changes on employees and the competitiveness of the
city in the labor market.

Learning Objectives:

  • Elected officials should recognize which parties (such as pension plan providers, human resources staff, finance
    staff and employees) they can work with to understand basic pension plan features. They should also understand
    how they can work with their plan providers to understand employee contribution features and with their human
    resources staff to better communicate the various pension plan offerings to their employees.
  • Elected officials should understand which pension plans their city provides to government employees. They
    should also understand how those plans differ for government employees vs. public safety employees.
  • Elected officials should critically analyze whether the benefits their city provides allow them to recruit and retain
    the workforce their city needs.

Urban Resilience Fundamentals: from theory to practice
Laurian Farrell, Director North America, Environmental Risk Management | Resilient Cities Network & Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer | City of Houston (1 Credit)
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm ET

Cities of all sizes face a growing range of shocks and stresses, including natural disasters, heat waves, aging infrastructure, pandemics, cyber-attacks and the ongoing legacy of systemic racial inequities. The Resilient Cities Network (RCN) supports a thriving community of Chief Resilience Officers and other professionals striving to build safer, healthier, more equitable, climate smart and prosperous cities around the world. This session will be led by Laurian Farrell, Director North America at RCN and Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Houston. They will provide attendees with an overview of urban resilience fundamentals and best practices for increasing resilience in local communities. This session will also illustrate how cities are pivoting towards a resilient economic, social, and environmental recovery for all residents including those most at-risk and historically under-served.

Learning Objectives:

  • introduce fundamentals of urban resilience and how it can be applied for a resilient recovery
  • share best practices on how cities of all sizes can use a “City Resilience Framework” to build a resilience strategy
  • explore what your city needs to engage residents, all stakeholders, and achieve equitable resilience goals
  • hear what a Chief Resilience Officer wants every elected official to know
  • introduce fundamental skills and strategies that can help you incorporate resilience into your city’s budget, capital improvement, and comprehensive plans
  • learn how to participate in the Cities for a Resilient Recovery program, a global community focused on resilient recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

Closing the Analytics Gap for Economic Recovery
Oliver Wise, Director of Socrata Data Academy | Tyler Technologies (1 Credit)
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm ET

This workshop provides government leaders, finance teams, and data professionals with a targeted strategy to address economic and fiscal recovery needs resulting from the COVID-19 shutdown. This session will follow a three-step framework to assess your data, identify gaps, and leverage third-party data to forecast economic indicators. This framework levels the playing field for small communities to launch effective and equitable recoveries.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the strategic role analytics can play in COVID-19 economic recovery
  •  Learn a framework for tapping into third-party data to address lagging indicators and data gaps
  • Ideate opportunities for data analytics projects

REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government 
Leon Andrews, Director, Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) | NLC  (2 Credits)
2:30 pm – 4:0 pm ET

The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact every state and community across this country. Even before the
coronavirus, we knew that race was the strongest predictor of one’s success in this country – from infant mortality to life
expectancy. Now, in the midst of this global health pandemic, the legacy of institutional and structural racism has been
unveiled and is playing out in front of our eyes. Yet, this is not the only pandemic cities are facing. Local leaders are also
now responding to protests and uprisings in their communities. The challenge of this moment invites local government
leaders to engage with their communities on racial equity and to move forward making smart policy decisions that can
eliminate racial inequities in all government policies, practices and procedures. This session will provide opportunities to
strengthen your knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions and build more equitable

Expert Hour: Third-Party Data’s Role in Local COVID-19 Recovery Strategy
Oliver Wise, Director of Socrata Data Academy | Tyler Technologies (1 Credit)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ET

ICU beds are freeing up and testing capacity is increasing, but the story of the COVID-19 crisis is far from over. Ensure you are a data-ready government leader and prepared for the role data will play in the road ahead to recovery. Large cities can easily purchase the data they need to inform economic recovery strategies, but where does that leave smaller communities? New technology is leveling the playing field and enabling public leaders to tap into big-league insights. Hear from your city peers on this novel approach to economic forecasting in times of recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  •  Access private-sector data with ease to provide greater detail to government statistics
  •  Launch more effective and equitable recovery strategies to protect lives and livelihoods in your community
  •  The ins and outs of building better recovery dashboards

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