- Wednesday welcome reception
- Dinner with managers at JB Hooks (transportation provided)
- Thursday continental breakfast
- Thursday lunch
- Thursday hospitality hour and banquet
- Friday breakfast buffet
Company Representatives - $400 (excludes Friends of MCMA)
Cancellations: All cancellations must be emailed to Emily Koenigsfeld no later than 5 PM, on October 13, 2021 or it will be necessary to bill you for the entire registration fee.
|Wednesday, October 27|
|10 AM||Registration opens|
|11 AM||Golf Tournament - The Cove (requires a separate registration)|
|2 - 4:30 PM||Engaging the Hard-to-Reach in Your Community: Smart Strategies for Success, presented by Cory Plasch, Vice President, Strategic Development, Polco|
Description: How can local government leaders feel confident that community feedback and survey results truly represent their entire adult population? This is a top concern for local governments everywhere, especially for those leaders of diverse communities who worry about receiving participation from their less engaged demographics. We know the hardest to reach populations tend to be racial and ethnic minorities, youth, lower income
residents, undocumented residents, and folks whose first language is not English. These residents are often the most in need of local government services, and it is crucial that their voices are heard. Yet, encouraging them to engage can fail without a smart, strong effort. Join Cory Poris Plasch, a civic engagement expert from Polco / National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) to hear and discuss the most effective ways to get more participation from hard-to-reach residents.
|5 - 6 PM||MOWLG Happy Hour - H. Toads Bar & Grill|
|6 PM||Opening Welcome Reception|
|7:15 PM||Dinner with Managers at JB Hooks|
|9:30 PM||Hospitality suite opens|
|Thursday, October 28|
|8 - 8:30 AM||Visit with "Friends of MCMA" (Continental breakfast provided)|
|8:30 - 10 AM||Welcome - Ben DeClue, MCMA President and City Administrator, Glendale|
|KEYNOTE: Workforce 2030: Trends Shaping the Future, presented by Ron Holifield, Chief Executive Officer, SGR|
Description: The workforce is changing. Monumental demographic shifts, rapid technological advancements, and a highly dynamic operating environment have led to the emergence of new opportunities and critical challenges for local governments as they seek to recruit, retain, and develop talent. With a waning general interest in public sector jobs and a looming retirement cliff, it is essential for local governments to act now and position themselves for success in the future. Join us as we investigate the trends shaping the workforce of 2030.
|10:30 - 11:30 AM||CONCURRENT|
|Noon||Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting|
|KEYNOTE: Why Racial Equality Matters & What Local Government Can Do About It, presented by Jennifer Drake, Owner, Drake Strategy Partners, LLC|
Description: City and County leaders provide the vision and leadership to make government work for residents, ensuring access to services and improving quality of life in the regions they serve. We know, however, that residents can report vastly different experiences with local government depending on their backgrounds and identity. What power do management professionals have to change outcomes for people of color and others who are marginalized? This session will help participants examine the ways in which local policies and services have historically shaped life for communities of color, and highlight what some cities are doing to ensure equitable outcomes for all people in their communities, regardless of race, class, gender, or any other aspect of identity.
|1:30 - 2:30 PM||CONCURRENT|
|3 - 4:30 PM||Recipe 4 Reconciliation, presented Quentin "Q" Williams, Founder & CEO, Dedication to Community (D2C)|
|6 PM||Annual hospitality hour and awards banquet|
|8 - 11 PM||Live Entertainment in H. Toad's|
|9:30 PM||Hospitality suite opens|
|Friday, October 29|
|8:30 AM||Breakfast buffet|
|9 AM||Legislative Update, presented by Richard Sheets|
|9:30 - 11 AM||Roundtable discussion - American Rescue Plan Funding|
Cory Poris Plasch
Cory is the Vice President, Client Development for Polco having previously served in leadership positions including Executive Director of the Wisconsin City/County Management Association and Membership Director for the Alliance for Innovation. As a former 911 Dispatcher she has a heart for public service and her experience includes working in the City Manager’s Office in Illinois communities. She has spoken around the country on topics including the use of data, civic engagement, engaging hard-to-reach populations and innovation in local government. Cory has helped numerous local governments and other public-sector organizations find success in better engaging their communities, affecting policies and driving positive change.
Ron Holifield is a “Servant Leader Provocateur” with one goal: To drive the leadership conversation in corporations and local government nationwide toward a servant leadership value system.
You cannot change the world without challenging the status quo, so Ron is aggressive in how he pushes people to embrace authentic servant leadership principles. His specialty is helping local government and corporate leaders get into that uncomfortable space to create cultures that produce both high performance and emotional satisfaction for their teams.
For more than 30 years, he’s successfully recruited, assessed, and developed innovative, collaborative, and authentic leaders in the country’s most change-resistant sectors. As a former city manager, Ron has grown and transformed destinations to cities named as best-run and top for business, elevating their positions as statewide leaders. He’s partnered with more than 700 local jurisdictions in 47 states and consulted with some of the nation’s leading corporations, including American Express, Xerox, IBM, PeopleSoft, Verizon, Aramark, Space Imaging, and NASA.
A straight-talking change agent who produces results, Ron is a nationally sought-after speaker who presents annually at over 50 national, state, and regional conferences and has been featured on NPR, Entrepreneur, and numerous online, print, and broadcast news outlets. He’s also the author of 4th Dimension Leadership: A Radical Strategy for Creating an Authentic Servant Leadership Culture.
Martha has been with ICMA since 1998 and currently serves as the Director of Member Services and ICMA’s ethics program. In this capacity, she provides advice, guidance and training to ICMA members on applying the principles of the ICMA Code of Ethics to the local government profession. Essential to her position, Martha oversees the ethics enforcement process and provides support to the ICMA Committee on Professional Conduct. Martha is also the author of a monthly column Ethics Matter! for ICMA’s PM magazine, consults with local governments on development of ethics policies and codes, and conducts training programs for local government staff and elected officials on ethical issues.
Prior to joining ICMA, Martha worked in local government for 17 years as a municipal manager, assistant manager, finance director and budget analyst. She holds an undergraduate degree in public service from The Pennsylvania State University, a MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed the Senior Executive Institute at UVA. Martha is also an ICMA Credentialed Manager.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-962-3668.
Lauren Palmer joined the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) in 2018. MARC is the regional council of governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization for the nine-county, bi-state Kansas City region. Prior to joining MARC, Lauren worked for 14 years in local government administration, including serving as city administrator in Parkville, MO and assistant city manager in Independence, MO and Manhattan, KS. She began her local government career as a management intern and management analyst in Des Moines, IA. Lauren serves on the advisory board for the Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). She is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and was named a 2019 Woman of Distinction for Eastern Jackson County, Missouri. Lauren has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Public Administration degree from Indiana University.
Jennifer Drake is a consultant based in St. Louis, MO, whose practice focuses on organizational development, especially with nonprofits, leaders of color, and organizations and companies that are interested in serving black communities well. Jennifer has several years of experience as a consultant after more than a decade in the nonprofit sector. Her experience runs the gamut from program design and evaluation to leadership development and management on a range of issues and progressive causes. Jennifer’s experience includes serving as Assistant Director of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, where she worked to train leaders to run for local office as well as prepare college students for careers in public service.
Jennifer was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She earned a degree in Biology from Truman State University and a Master of Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer is a board member of the Missouri Teen Pregnancy and Prevention Partnership. She is a resident of Richmond Heights in St. Louis County, where she lives with her child Noah, a fourth grader at Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School.
Ellen serves as a Coach and HR Business partner for The Quality Coach® She has served in Human Resource Leadership Roles for over 25 years specifically in retail and wholesale business environments. She is passionate about working with leaders to support and positively influence their workplace needs which encompasses building valuable teams for productive and enjoyable outcomes.
Contact Ellen at email@example.com
Quentin "Q" Williams
M. Quentin Williams is the founder and CEO of Dedication to Community (D2C), the national nonprofit he established in 2012. Quentin's career in law, professional sports and leadership consulting culminates in D2C, which delivers skills-building workshops and ongoing forums to improve understanding and build relationships in communities through healing, reconciliation and unity. D2C experts work with government agencies and the private sector on diversity, belonging and equality, and advise on critical issues in public safety and law enforcement.
An advocate, attorney and author-educator, Quentin is sought as a speaker and thought leader who draws on personal history as a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, and in senior positions with the National Football League (NFL), Jacksonville Jaguars and National Basketball Association (NBA). In additional to leading D2C and law enforcement training for agencies across the U.S., Williams has been an instructor at the FBI National Academy and a member of the Law Enforcement Education and Training Council at the BFI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Quentin earned his JD from St. John's University School of Law, where he is an executive committee member of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights. He holds a bachelor's in economics from Boston College, which he attended on football scholarship.
Known by friends and associates as "Q," Quentin is of Caribbean and Jewish descent and grew up in New York City and Yonkers, New York. He is the proud father of a son and daughter, and credits his first-born as the inspiration for writing the survival guide, How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE.
Wednesday, October 27 at The Cove. Requires a separate registration.
Shotgun start at 11 a.m. SHARP to insure completion of the event well in advance of the opening reception.
The event will be a four person scramble. The cost is $80/player, includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and drink, extra drink ticket, prizes and skins game.
Dues to the requirement that meal guarantees be made in advance, cancellations should be made to Emily Koenigsfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 13, 2021. No refund of the registration fee will be made after 5 p.m. on October 13.