Executive Education

Pre-Conference: Executive Education

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Don’t miss out on City Summit’s pre-conference offering, Executive Education, hosted by NLC University. Participate in-person, virtually, or both!

Attend our full-day session on Nov. 15 for $350 (cost savings of $50) or purchase virtual sessions for $100 each.

Cost per session: $185

REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government is FREE, pre-registration is required.

SAVE TODAY! Get the full Virtual & In-Person sessions for just $699.

Virtual Learning Day

Fill Your Tank – A New Way to Lead and Thrive in Local Government
Monday, November 15 | 10:00AM – 4:45PM (Full Day)

Join the NLCU team, global leaders and experts to discover a new way to lead that supports your community AND your well-being! Taking good care is essential for all individuals but especially for those on the front lines –– local leaders. Wellness supports ability to focus, make decisions, collaborate and more!

Hear what government leaders around the world are doing; how to fit wellness into your day by making a few small shifts; and join a community of others seeking and supporting you and your well-being.

Opening Keynote
Chris Ruane former UK Member of Parliament, Policy Lead at Mindfulness Initiative
Monday, November 15 | 10:00AM – 11:15AM

Chris Ruane was a Member of Parliament for The Vale of Clwyd in the United Kingdom up to 2019, and pioneered mindfulness in Parliament. In 2013 he worked with Lord Layard and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to establish mindfulness practice in the UK Parliament. Since then, 300 UK parliamentarians and 500 members of their staff have received mindfulness training. In his period out of office, 2015–2017, and since 2019 he has worked with the Mindfulness Initiative to develop links with politicians and mindfulness advocates in 39 legislatures around the world and establish mindfulness practice in 13 of those.

Understanding Burnout and Where to Start on Defining Your New Future State
Nancy Costikyan | Director Office of Work/Life, Harvard University
Monday, November 15 | 11:30AM – 12:45PM

This session will explore ways for leaders to forge paths of self-care while supporting others — even as many of us are showing signs of burnout, languishing, and even trauma. Join us to learn current definitions of these conditions and challenge common notions of flexibility, balance, resilience, and compassion. Not sure you have the time? Ask yourself if you deserve to take it. (Answer: You do.)

  • Understand the causes and implications of burnout in yourself and others.
  • Deconstruct common phrases that limit understanding, diminish imagination, and hobble initiative.
  • Identify opportunities for intentional acts of compassion toward yourself and others.

Mindfulness Break + Practice
Monday, November 15 | 1:35PM – 1:55PM
(Free, pre-registration required)

Emotional Intelligence & Mindfulness: The No Longer Optional Skills for Leaders
Caitlin Stull | Director of Public Programs, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI)
Monday, November 15 | 2:00PM – 3:15PM

In the age of great uncertainty, leaders are being called to a new line of leadership. In this session, we’ll explore the human-centered skills needed to support the well-being of leaders and the thriving of their teams and community. This session is interactive, so please come prepared to participate in partnered exercises and short practices.

  • Learn which human-centered skills are essential for leaders and their teams to thrive
  • Learn practices you can integrate immediately into your work and personal life
  • Connect with a global community of like-minded individuals leading with human-centered skills

Closing Session and Practice
Monday, November 15 | 3:30PM – 4:45PM

In-Person Learning Lab

Wednesday, November 17

Leveraging Tourism During Economic Recovery
Wednesday, November 17 | 8:00AM – 9:00AM 

Tourism is an effective approach for communities to generate income. Money spent on hotel nights, restaurants, museums, and other businesses generates wealth and predicts the health of a community. 
Learning Objectives:  

  • Participants will explore best ways to advertise and develop marketing campaigns that speak to the appeal of the community. 
  • Participants will identify landmarks/assets and appealing attributes of their locality to better market the community. 
  • Participants will dive into the importance of tourism and practical ways that it can benefit community engagement while bolstering the bottom line.  
  • Participants will learn best practices and examine success stories of communities of all sizes.


  • Kaitlin Eskelson | President & CEO, Visit Salt Lake 
  • Poonam Kumar | On-air Talent, Communication Specialist, Social Media Strategist 

Utilizing Economic Levers with Greater Efficiency to Boost your Local Economy
Wednesday, November 17 | 9:15AM– 10:15AM

Events have a way of exposing opportunities and gaps in economic growth. With a global pandemic, those opportunities and gaps are in focus more than they have been in a lifetime. Community leaders found themselves in an entrepreneurship-like space where they were forced to make tough decisions without the data and stories that have guided the decision-making process in the past.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the most tried and true economic levers available to them. 
  • Participants will hear about concrete ways to establish and enhance community relationships with multiple sectors. 
  • Participants will learn about how SLC and the state of Utah is thinking about the federal funds coming from the recently passed ARPA. 
  • Participants will engage in a what’s next discussion and how can they set their communities up for success.


  • Derek Kitchen | Utah State Senator | Small business restauranteur (Laziz Kitchen) | Former SLC Councilmember  
  • Max Backlund | Senior research associate at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, where he specializes in regional economics and economic development.

Elevating All Voices- A New Approach to Community Inclusion, Outreach and Engagement
Wednesday, November 17 | 10:30AM – 11:30AM

In general, it is best practice to have efficient/effective lines of communication to all communities in a municipality/region; in times of turmoil, this action is imperative. In communities, the pandemic exposed gaps and now is the time to address them with a new energy and focus. These gaps were not only prevalent with race but also social class. Leaders need tools to reach all communities within their jurisdiction and understand/address the need(s) within them.

Learning Objectives:  

  • Participants will learn about the importance of identifying and creating a database of community connectors (community members with deep networks and provide the social glue). 
  • Participants will learn the importance of having demographic information and best ways to use it to better relate and serve the community.
  • Participants will learn effective ways to deliver public health information to community members.


  • Weston Clark | Director of Community Outreach, SLC Mayor’s Office 
  • Fatima Dirie | Senior Policy Advisor on Refugees and New Americans, SLC Mayor’s Office

REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government
Wednesday, November 17 | 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Description coming soon.

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Connect with peers who understand your challenges and refuel yourself with sessions and activities planned especially for your needs as a local leader.