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  • ICMA Free Coaching Webinar - Growing Your Career: Tips for Redefining Yourself in the Minds of Others

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/17/2021 at 1:30 PM (EST)

    Do you have the skills to do more in your organization but can't figure out how to be given the opportunity? Our panelists will give you some strategies to get ahead.

    You have been a solid performer who completes reliable work and you are viewed as a productive team member. Or perhaps you are a new employee and do not have much on the job experience, but you know that you have the skill set to do more. You have not yet been given the opportunity to display your ability to lead others and manage important projects, but you know in your heart that you can do it. What steps can be taken to build your workplace reputation in the minds of others?
    Topics:
    1.  What are strategies for employees to get noticed in a positive way?
    2.  What are tips for Managers to expose employees to opportunities that will expand their skills and experience, including working on teams and opportunities to manage special projects?
    3.  How important is organizational culture in providing an environment of employee support, mentorship and exposure to opportunities for professional development and advancement?
    4.  Mistakes are a part of growth, but how can an employee recover after making a mistake?
    Can't attend? Register and receive and automatic e-mail notification when the recording is available.
    This webinar is sponsored by ICMA-RC, ICMA Premier Level Strategic Partner
  • ICMA Free Coaching Webinar - The Future of Work: Strategies for Adapting to a New Reality

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/20/2021 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

    Are you wondering at what pace you will need to train your workforce in order to be prepared for the workplace of the future? Join our panelists to discuss strategies to prepare your organization for a new reality.

    Some experts say that we are in the beginning stages of new Industrial Revolution and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it happen more quickly. What does the workplace of the future look like? Will technology/artificial intelligence replace some humans in the workplace? At what pace will local governments and businesses need to re-train workers to adapt to advancing technology? Will pandemics and emerging technologies change forever the office environment? 
    Topics:
    1.  How will these changes affect local government? What jobs will be affected?
    2. What steps can local governments take now to navigate the changing environment?
    3. What change management skills will be necessary to usher in this new era?
    4. What actions need to be taken to help employees manage this process?
    Can't attend? Register and receive and automatic e-mail notification when the recording is available.
    This webinar is sponsored by ICMA-RC, ICMA Premier Level Strategic Partner
  • ICMA Free Coaching Webinar - Leading Your Community in an Era of Anxiety: How Do You Make Sure You Hear Them and They Hear You

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/15/2021 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

    Learn best practices to ensure that your community is set up to successfully navigate the challenges for your next emergency situation.

    No one can deny that 2020 was a year of uncertainty and anxiety. However, every experienced manager knows that challenges can arise at any time. Good leaders work to build effective two way communication and develop relationships in their communities during good times so that they are better prepared to handle a crisis. 
    Topics:
    • 1.  The importance of establishing quality relationships with your community and its institutions BEFORE the crisis.
    • 2.  Best methods for emergency communications with the community—those affected and unaffected by the crisis.
    • 3.  Creating quality community conversations to lead forward and out of the crisis. 
    Can't attend? Register and receive and automatic e-mail notification when the recording is available.
    This webinar is sponsored by ICMA-RC, ICMA Premier Level Strategic Partner
  • Free Webinar: Keep Moving Forward

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/26/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In the third and final webinar in this three-part series, you'll learn how to use racial equity tools to evaluate your organization's equity and inclusion efforts.

    This interactive workshop introduces participants to the growing use of racial equity tools (RET) as well as the process of conducting a diversity and/or cultural audit. Such tools are designed to integrate equity in organizational policies, practices, operations, management functions, programs, and budgets and can lead to more equitable outputs and outcomes, and success for your organization. Examples are presented and discussed.

    • Take a deep dive into Racial Equity Tools and Cultural Audits;
    • Reflect on current practices and how Racial Equity Tools and Cultural Audits are tools in your diversity, equity, and inclusion toolbox;
    • Generate and exchange ideas on how to utilize Racial Equity Tools and Cultural Audits in your community;
  • ICMA Free Coaching Webinar - Leading from the Middle

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/19/2021 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

    You do not need to be in a management position to be a leader. Join us to learn about opportunities to become a future leader in your organization.

    Being a leader does not require you to be in a top management position. The individual who gets the team together to download the paper pallet instead of requiring one person or individual to do it alone is a leader. Whether your organization has a formal process for improvement, or changes are made in a more informal way, there are opportunities for any employee to serve as a leader.
     Topics:
    1. What is the difference between a manager and a leader?
    2. Margaret Wheatley uses the term “leader-full organization.” What does this mean and        why is it important?
    3. What are some strategies for mid-level managers and front-line employees to improve their leadership skills and grow their career?
    4. What role does the leadership team play in creating opportunities for their staff to become future leaders.
    Can't attend? Register and receive and automatic e-mail notification when the recording is available. 
    This webinar is sponsored by ICMA-RC, ICMA Premier Level Strategic Partner
  • Free Webinar: Kickstarting Inclusion

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/28/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In the second of this three-part series on equity and inclusion, you'll learn how to actually implement the inclusive principles your organization has established.

    This interactive workshop is built around the article: https://icma.org/articles/pm-magazine/managing-diversity-and-inclusion as well as identifying strategies that leaders may utilize to make their organizations more diverse and/or inclusive. Specific leadership strategies are identified and discussed include: building trust, getting data, and changing internal organizational policies. Participants will also map their home organizations relative to diversity and inclusion as well as establish diversity and inclusion goals. Diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices may include revisions relevant to employee recruitment, staffing and engagement, training, implementation, and budgeting strategies, etc. 

    • Take a deep dive into the Developing and Defining Diversity Tool/Framework;
    • Learn and discuss how to apply the Developing and Defining Diversity Tool/Framework in your office, team, or community;
    • Establish goals and exchange ideas on how to move within the Developing and Defining Diversity Tool/Framework.
  • ICMA Free Coaching Webinar - Best Practices to Manage Public Spaces

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/21/2021 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

    Every citizen enjoys free and inviting outdoor spaces, however, there can be challenges in operating and maintaining them. Our expert panelists will give you some best tips on managing and utilizing public spaces.

    According to a study by the National Research Center, one of the top ten things that residents want in their community is the ability to be close to nature. Community parks and other open spaces where people can gather outside are important to residents. Most of us would agree that these areas are good for the community and there are many different ways to use these spaces; however, there can be challenges in operating and maintaining them. Our panelists will give you some best practices in managing public spaces.
    Topics:
    • 1.  How do we ensure that our public spaces best meet the needs of our community and are welcomed as true assets by our residents and businesspersons?
    • 2.  What are some innovative ways to utilize “typical” public facilities in non-traditional, more attractive ways?  (public art, water detention facilities, green roofs)
    • 3.  How can you promote the use of your public spaces and ensure that your public spaces are clean and welcoming?
    • 4.  What happens when the unplanned occurs—protests, homelessness, destruction of public property, etc?  Are there groups in the community that you can build relationships with to help keep the community safe during unrest.
    Can't attend? Register and receive and automatic e-mail notification when the recording is available.
    This webinar is sponsored by ICMA-RC, ICMA Premier Level Strategic Partner

  • Equity and Inclusion: A Strategic Organizational Approach

    Contains 3 Product(s) 3 new product(s) added recently

    This free three-part series will provide a comprehensive organizational approach towards equity and inclusion.

    With the dust still settling from the social unrest that marked last summer, it's more important than ever for local governments to pursue organizational policies that center social justice. To that end, ICMA has developed a series of free workshops that will provide an comprehensive approach to implementing the principles of equity and inclusion within your organization. Covering everything from basic terminology to the application of racial equity tools, this three-part series will be an invaluable resource for anyone looking to begin (or continue) their journey towards equity and inclusion. This package includes the following three workshops:

    • Establishing Inclusion as a Value: March 31
    • Kickstarting Inclusion: April 28
    • Keep Moving Forward: May 26
  • Free Webinar: Establishing Inclusion as a Value

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/31/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how to weave the values of equity and inclusion into the fabric of your organization.

    This interactive workshop is designed to offer participants a jumping off point for conversations and reflections vis-à-vis diversity, equity, and inclusion. To do so, it provides participants an overview of key terms and definitions such as: diversity, inclusion, equity, bias, privilege, disparate impact, and disparate treatment. A second part serves as an introduction to moving towards diversity, equity and inclusion as a central organizational value with particular attention paid to capitalizing on the diversity dividend.  

  • Evaluating Your Community Engagement Strategy

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/23/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, you'll learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of your jurisdiction's community engagement strategies and the steps you can take to improve your current processes.

    In challenging times like these, community engagement is more important than ever as residents look to their local governments for guidance to help keep them and their families safe. As such, governments must be confident that their outreach is as meaningful and inclusive as possible. In this webinar, you'll learn how to evaluate your jurisdiction's engagement strategies by examining the frameworks for effective engagement developed by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), the preeminent organization in the field. You'll also explore case studies from governments who've successfully implemented these models, and learn how to put them to work in your own community. Presenters will include:

    • Catherine Smith, Partner at Cityworks and IAP2 Board Member
    • Ryan Hanschen, Engagement Specialist at the City of Boulder, CO
    • Seth Sumner, City Manager of Athens, TN

    Catherine Smith

    Partner, Engagement and Communications, Cityworks; IAP2 Board Member

    Cathy Smith founded her firm in 1995 and has advocated for the creative and strategic use of public involvement in a range of projects and programs. Her experience combines journalism, mediation and marketing to deliver engagement strategies that focus on common interests, accurate information and creative solutions. Over the past twenty years, her firm has worked on water, energy, transportation, land use, storm water pollution prevention, economic development, and cultural diversity. Her firm has designed and led the implementation of the City of San Diego's Waste No Water campaign, which is recognized as one of the nation's leading behavior change campaigns for water conservation. In 2014, her firm merged with a design team to bring clients all the benefits of an , inter-disciplinary team. As Partner in Charge of Communications, she leads the firm's strategies that combine the talents of the firm's team to develop collaborative solutions to develop awareness, understanding and action on the critical issues associated with climate change, infrastructure management and urban development.

    Ryan Hanschen

    Engagement Specialist

    Ryan Hanschen(he/him) strengthens democracy through cultivating community and buildingpower. He currently works for the people of Boulder, Colorado, as an EngagementSpecialist, co-designing meaningful and inclusive community engagement. Ryanhas served as faculty and staff with the University of Denver Center forCommunity Engagement and Service Learning, a Colorado’s Civic DNA Fellow, and atwo-term AmeriCorps VISTA member. He has been appointed by Colorado Governorsto serve on the Census 2020 State Complete Count Campaign and the Governor’sCommission in Community Service. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociologyand a Master’s degree in Strategic Innovation & Organizational Change, bothfrom the University of Denver. Ryan has been recognized with the Alliance forInnovation’s Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovationaward and the IAP2 USA Greater Good Emerging Leader award.

    Seth Sumner

    City Manager, Athens, TN

    C. Seth Sumner began service as the City Manager of his hometown, Athens, on February 2nd, 2017. He previously served as Assistant City Manager of Savannah and began his career as the City Manager of Clifton, after graduating with his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Tennessee in 2009. Mr. Sumner is a certified economic developer (TCEcD), certified municipal finance officer (CMFO), is an International City Management Association Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM), and a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute (UVA-SEI).

    Seth is an inspired, resourceful, modern public manager mindful of the people’s resources and capacities, employing a corporate-minded resolve to local government management. He enjoys learning, travelling, tinkering, seeking out great food, and outdoor sporting. Most importantly, he is the proud husband to Katie and father to twins Georgia and Carl Mason, who joins their first child, a rescued Black and Tan Coonhound named Tensy.

    Seth sums up his work ethic with a Robert Morrison quote, “To do what ought to be done but what would not have been done unless I did it, I thought to be my duty.”