Live Webinars

  • ICMA Coaching: 2021 Free Coaching Webinars Package

    Sign up for all six FREE live webinars spotlighting best practices featuring local government professionals and experts -- invite your whole team to participate!

    ICMA Coaching Program webinars are opportunities for local government professionals of all career stages to learn about new and leading practices, strategies and tactics, and developing issues and trends in the field. 

    The six 2021 Webinars are:

    March 17 Ethics: Response to Emergencies That Impact All Citizens: Rights of the Individual vs Health and Welfare of Community

    April 21 Skill Building: Best Practices to Manage Public Spaces

    May 19 Leadership: Leading from the Middle

    September 15 Community Outreach: Your Community in an Era of Anxiety: How Do You Make Sure You Hear Them and They Hear You

    October 20 Workplace Development: The Future of Work: Strategies for Adapting to a New Reality

    November 17 Career Building Growing Your Career: Tips for Redefining Yourself in the Minds of Others

    Participation in this free coaching webinar series qualifies for ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program credit.

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  • ICMA Free Coaching Webinar - The Future of Work: Strategies for Adapting to a New Reality

    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? 
    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?
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    Kris Stadleman

    Director, NovaWorks


    Ms. Stadelman has been a leader in Workforce Development for three decades in four states.  She is currently the Executive Director of the NOVA Workforce Investment Board in the Silicon Valley, California; previous CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, Washington; has held leadership positions in statewide programs in Colorado for the Governor’s Office as well as the State AFL-CIO; and directed employment and training programs for Community Action in Appalachian Ohio. 

     She is the past Chair for the California Workforce Association, former Chair for the Workforce Development Council of the US Conference of Mayors and was voted Executive Director of the Year by the National Workforce Association in 2007.  The Silicon Valley Business Journal listed Ms. Stadelman as a “Woman of Influence” in 2013.

    Alan Vandenberg

    County Administrator

    Kent County Michigan

    Al Vanderberg serves as County Administrator/Controller of Kent County, MI since August 2021.  Previously Al served as County Administrator of Ottawa County, MI; Deputy County Administrator/Controller of Kent County, MI;  City Manager of South Haven, MI; and Assistant City Manager of Greenville, MI.  Al earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and Master of Public Administration Degree from Michigan State University.

    Al served as President of the Michigan Municipal Executives and Michigan Association of County Administrative Officials (MACAO), Chair of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) Board of Directors, and Chair of the former West Michigan Strategic Alliance. He was appointed by Gov. Snyder to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority Board of Directors and Executive Committee and was appointed by Gov. Snyder and reappointed by Gov. Whitmer to the Michigan Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. Al is a member of the MI Department of Civil Rights Council for Government and Education on Equity and Inclusion, the NACo DEI Advisory Group and the National Association of County Administrators Board of Directors..

    Al is a member of the adjunct faculty of Grand Valley State University where he teaches in the undergraduate and masters programs.  He also writes and speaks frequently on local government management topics and issues. 

    Kip Harkness

    Deputy City Manager

    San Jose

    Kip's purpose is to Awaken talented people to the spark of their full potential and enable them to change themselves and the world. His career journey has taken him from Timbuktu to Silicon Valley. Along the way Kip has advised farmers on the edge of the Sahara, created the national award winning Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, managed complex real-estate deals, and lead a network of top technology leaders.  Kip is currently a Deputy City Manager for the City of San José guiding leaders in the execution the City's enterprise priorities of;

    + Building the San José of Tomorrow: charged with transforming the entitlement and permitting processes to move at the speed of business, + Creating a smart and sustainable city : driving the adoption of 21st century infrastructure, with technology and innovation as enabling capabilities, and + Emergency Preparedness with relentless attention to preparing San José to respond to and recover from the next disaster.

    His portfolio has included responsibility for operations with over 1,700 employees, $480 Million annual operating budget and $2.5 Billion in capital projects. 

    Since 24 January 2020 he has led the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the Director of the Emergency Operations Center.

  • A Healthy Workplace Culture: The “Secret Sauce” for Success

    Includes a Live Web Event on 10/26/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Join one of ICMA's most popular speakers, Patrick Ibarra, as he discusses the ten ways a healthy workplace culture can be a recipe for success.

    It’s practically impossible to name even a single successful organization, one that is a recognized leader in its field of endeavor, that does not have a distinctive, readily identifiable organizational culture. One of the most effective means by which to achieve a higher level of organizational performance is to create and sustain a healthy workplace culture where people can excel and pursue their potential. Join Patrick Ibarra, one of ICMA's most popular speakers and author of this recent PM Article, as he identifies the ten ways workplace culture is the “secret sauce” to success and what steps you can pursue immediately to transition your culture from the prevailing to the preferred.

    ICMA Practice Areas: [4] Staff Effectiveness; [13] Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

    Patrick Ibarra

    Co-founder; Mejorando Group

    Patrick Ibarra is an architect of innovation and entrepreneur of ideas, who seeks to challenge the status quo thinking of the “we’ve always done it that way” approach. With experience as a city manager and human resource director, Patrick is co-founder and partner of the Mejorando Group, an organizational effectiveness consulting firm that brings fresh thinking, innovation, and new ideas to help governments succeed in the 21st century.  Mejorando is a Spanish word meaning “getting better all the time” and it reflects Patrick and his firm’s approach as they advise top organizations and high achievers, helping them clarify their direction, focus their efforts and execute to reach the right results faster. The Mejorando Group’s clients include a variety of public sector organizations throughout the nation.

  • Small Towns, Big Charm: Revitalizing Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing

    Includes a Live Web Event on 11/09/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    In this webinar, you'll learn how small-scale manufacturing can contribute to your community's economic development efforts.

    Too many small towns and cities think economic development is all about recruitment or chasing the next "it" business sector. But the reality is that every community has an amazing economic engine sitting right under their nose: small-scale manufacturing. These businesses employee anywhere from 1 to 50 employees that make products, sell in person and online, and can help your local economy become more disaster-proof.

    Join Ilana Preuss, author of Recast Your City, for a discussion about how we can flip the model on economic development in a better way that highlights the charm of our small towns, and invests in our people and places. This webinar will show you how to build a strong and resilient economy through concrete steps to include all types of talent in your entrepreneurship efforts, why (and how) to focus on small-scale manufacturing businesses as a catalyst, and how new real estate models for main street (and downtown) can be essential to your success.

    ICMA Practice Areas: [12] Financial Management and Budgeting

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

    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?
    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?
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  • Passing the Torch: Developing a Succession Plan for Your Jurisdiction

    Includes a Live Web Event on 11/18/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Learn how to develop a succession plan to help your community weather the "silver tsunami" of retirements in coming years.

    One of the most serious challenges facing the public sector is the imminent retirement of a generation - according to a recent survey from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, 52% of governments report that the largest anticipated number of potential retirements will take place over the next few years. With decades of expertise and institutional knowledge on the line, it's more important than ever that local governments have succession plans in place to maintain a strong and effective staff.

     In this webinar, you'll join managers from three different jurisdictions as they discuss how their organizations are preparing for the "silver tsunami." They will cover:

    • The necessary components of an effective succession plan
    • How to identify staff members suitable for mentorship and future advancement
    • The competencies required for key positions
    • How succession planning can foster organizational commitment

    .. And more!

    ICMA Practice Areas: [4] Staff Effectiveness; [6] Strategic Leadership; [13] Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

    Stephanie Mason, ICMA-CM

    Township Manager, Doylestown Township, PA

    Ms. Mason grew up in southeastern Michigan. She attended James Madison College a residential college at Michigan State University where she earned her BA in Urban Policy. She received her Master of Public Administration with a specialist in city management from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1987 she was appointed to the position of assistant township manager with Doylestown Township. In January of 2000 she was appointed township manager, secretary/treasurer, and zoning officer. 

    Ms. Mason is a credentialed manager with ICMA. From 2016-2019 she served on the ICMA Executive Board as one of the three Vice Presidents from the Northeast Region and currently serves on the ICMA Credentialing Advisory Board. In addition, she serves as Vice President on the Executive Board of the Delaware Valley Health Trust and is on the Executive Board of the Delaware Valley Municipal Management Association. She is past President of the Bucks County Consortium of Municipalities and Association of Pennsylvania Municipal Management. She previously served on the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Risk Management Association and on the US 202 Parkway Committee. She is an adjunct professor at Delaware Valley University in the master’s in public policy program. She liaisons to many township committees including the Bike/Hike Committee, Friends of Kids Castle, Planning Commission, the Pension Advisory Committee, Public Water and Sewer Advisory Board, Telecommunications Advisory Board and the Ways and Means Committee. In 2011 she received the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Presidents Leadership Award. She and her husband have two sons. 

    Kent Myers

    City Manager, Fredericksburg, TX

    Kent Myers, a native of Fort Worth, was appointed City Manager of Fredericksburg in May 2012.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Myers served as City Manager in four other communities during his 40-year city management career.  He started in the profession as the first City Manager in Converse, Texas.  He also served as City Manager in Casa Grande, Arizona, Hot Springs, Arkansas and Port Angeles, Washington. 

    He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice.  He received his MPA degree from TCU.  In 2021 he received his PhD in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University.

    He is active in the community including the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club.  He has also received the National Service to Youth Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Mr. Myers is a member of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) and the International City Management Association (ICMA).  Mr. Myers recently was awarded the TCMA Mentor of the Year Award.  He also serves as the Past-President of the Texas Public Power Association (TPPA).

    He is married to Dianne and they have three sons, one grandson and one granddaughter.     

    Larry Burks, ICMA-CM

    Township Administrator, West Chester, OH

    Since 2006, Larry Burks has proudly served communities in Iowa, Nebraska and is now in Ohio as the Township Administrator for West Chester, Ohio. Burks has nearly two decades of service leadership both as a volunteer and public manager. Burks’ education includes a MPA in Public Management from University of Nebraska - Omaha (2007) and a BS in Environmental Studies - Geography & Planning (2005) also from UNO. In 2011, Burks received his professional certificate in Community Economic Development (CED) from NeighborWorks America. In 2015, Burks was recognized as an International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager. Receiving an ICMA-CM designation is an important career milestone. In addition to organizational development and succession planning, Burks has other special interests include economic development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, facilitation, financial condition analysis, teaching and learning. 

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