Executive Education

Pre-Conference: Executive Education

Explore New Ideas

Don’t miss out on City Summit’s pre-conference offering, Executive Education, hosted by NLC University. Registration is required.

Day 1 | Learning Day | Nov. 15
Attend our full-day session on Nov. 15 for $350 or purchase virtual sessions for $100 each.

Day 2 | Learning Labs | Nov. 17
Purchase virtual sessions for $185 each.

Attend all Executive Education sessions on the 15th and 17th for $699!

Learning Day

Fill Your Tank – A New Way to Lead and Thrive in Local Government

Monday, November 15 | 10:00AM – 4:45PM

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.

Session details below.

Monday, November 15 | 10:00AM – 11:15AM

Chris Ruane former UK Member of Parliament, Policy Lead at Mindfulness Initiative

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.

Monday, November 15 | 11:30AM – 12:45PM

Nancy Costikyan | Director Office of Work/Life, Harvard University

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.)

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

Rose Cratsley | Ivy Child International | Founder & CEO

Rose Cratsley is a cross-cultural mindfulness expert, child- psychologist, educator, and Founder of Ivy Child International, a nonprofit that develops and facilitates mindfulness-based health education programs for children and communities across the globe. The Worcester Business Journal honored Rose as one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in Central Massachusetts in 2010, “Young Leaders pioneering global social change” in 2011, “Top 12 People Making a Difference in Central Massachusetts” in 2012, and named “Women Leading in Central Massachusetts” in 2013/2014. Rose was a featured TEDx speaker on “Unlocking Children’s Potential Through Mindfulness.”

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Monday, November 15 | 2:00PM – 3:15PM

Caitlin Stull | Director of Public Programs, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI)

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.

Monday, November 15 | 3:30PM – 4:45PM

Sara Flitner | Former Mayor of Jackson, WY
Dr. Amishi Jha, Ph.D. | Director of the Contemplative Neuroscience- UMindfulness Initiative at University of Miami, FL

Join former Mayor of Jackson, Wyoming, Sara Flitner and Dr. Amishi Jha, Director of the Contemplative Neuroscience- UMindfulness Initiative at University of Miami, for a conversation on the implications and impacts of a mindfulness practice on working, living and leading together.

Learning Lab

Wednesday, November 17

Leveraging Tourism During Economic Recovery
Wednesday, November 17 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

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 | 11:15 AM– 12:15 PM EST

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.


  • Ben Kolendar | Director, Department of Economic Development | Salt Lake City Corporation
  • 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 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM

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
  • Kaletta Lynch, Chief Equity Officer, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office

Get the tools your need

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