Conference Registration Opens
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
It’s OK to be the Boss
Bruce Tulgan, Founder and CEO, RainmakerThinking, Inc.
Most managers spend a lot of time communicating with their direct-reports, but their communication is too often lacking in structure and substance. As a result, problems hide below the surface, until they blow up, and then everyone has to jump into firefighting mode. That’s why so many managers are stuck in a vicious cycle of undermanagement. The solution: Highly engaged management.
- What is managing on autopilot and how can you avoid it?
- What are the three most common questions managers ask their direct reports?
- What are the questions YOU should be asking?
- What is management by interruption?
- How can you put more structure and substance into your management communication?
In this program, Bruce Tulgan answers these questions and more! With a blend of humor, insight, and concrete best practices, Bruce helps managers confront their own bad habits and teaches leaders a step-by-step approach back to the fundamentals of highly engaged management that anyone can put into action.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Break and Networking with the Exhibitors
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Past, Present, and Future of COVID-19
Laura Izon, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Remember when everyone was saying “two weeks to slow the curve”? It’s been a long two weeks! As a public employer performing essential functions, it is extremely important that both the needs of your employees and the service to your community are balanced appropriately. This informative session will take a look back at the stages of COVID-19, the lessons we learned, the continuing impact on and challenges for special districts, and where we think we’ll be in the upcoming months
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch with Exhibitors
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
How to Influence Peak Performance Management
Frances Trant, Koff & Associates
In this age of social media influencers, it has always been clear that the art of influence is key to Peak Performance Management. The goal of a Performance Optimization Program is to create a workplace that focuses on employee development and sustaining a culture where year-round feedback is welcomed and not perceived as a threat. Performance optimization doesn’t need to be a one-size-fits-all approach, in fact it can look different for every agency or even departments within organizations. In this session, you will learn how to overcome your own obstacles to become a Performance Optimization Influencer. You will walk away with strategies on how to overcome the fears in delivering and receiving feedback and establish a welcoming culture of continuous communication that inspires peak performance.
Cultivating a Workplace Culture of Respect in a Polarized Society
Michael Willihnganz, Placer County Water Agency
The divisiveness which permeates our country today has not surprisingly, been accompanied by a deterioration of civility, common courtesy and respect within society. This should be concerning to the leadership in special districts. Without a strong, positive workplace culture of respect, our special districts run the risk of becoming just as polarized as society at large. A divided workplace, in which disrespectful behaviors are ignored or tolerated, is unacceptable. This presentation will define the concept of workplace culture and will discuss the eight interconnected elements that work in concert to create and sustain a positive workplace culture.
A Leader’s Guide to Building & Keeping Trust with Your Board
Brent Ives, BHI Consulting
This session discusses the variety conditions where distrust between the board, board members and/or general manager may occur. The session allows for situational discussion and both proactive and situational remedies.
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Break and Networking with Exhibitors
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Four Steps to Successful Succession Planning
Nancy Hetrick and Christine Butterfield, Management Partners
Between retiring Boomers and job-hopping Millennials, it can be a challenge to keep a local government fully staffed these days. That makes succession planning more important than ever, to ensure that your organization is prepared for change.
How To Lead Just About Any Internal Project – Successfully
Maria Lara, Streamline
If you have a hard time getting buy-in for projects you want to tackle at your district, this talk will help! Whether it’s cranky board members, reluctant staff, or members of the public that are getting in the way of tackling and completing your dream project, the tricks we’ve learned from our robust, inclusive “discovery” process can help you lead conversations that will get everyone on board and pulling in the same direction.
Trends in Municipal Financing: What Special Districts Should Know
Jeff Land, Brandis Tallman; Julio Morales, Urban Futures, Inc.; Bill Morton, Municipal Finance Corporation
From pension obligation bonds to energy efficiency financing to short-term bridge loans, special districts have more financing options to meet their specific needs. In this session, consultants from CSDA Finance Corporation are joined by a pension funding expert to discuss the latest in financing trends, changes in the market, and what it means to your district.
5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Food & Wine Experience Reception
Join your fellow attendees and exhibitors for more networking while enjoying food, wine, and beer sampling.