Session 2 Agenda

Thursday, March 30

Session 2 will take place at the Houston Marriott Sugar Land, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.
Matt Mueller, Town Manager, Town of Little Elm

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
Making the Connection
This session will discuss collaboration and networking opportunities that are key elements of the city management profession.
Moderator: Matt Mueller, Town Manager, Town of Little Elm

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 1 (Personal and Professional Leadership); 5 (Personal Resiliency and Development); 6 (Strategic Leadership); 7 (Strategic Planning); 8 (Policy Facilitation and Implementation); 9 (Community and Resident Service); and 14 (Communications and Information Sharing)
What skills are necessary for you to be an effective and respected leader of your staff, advisor to your city council, and servant to your citizens? How can you inspire and motivate those you lead and serve?
Speaker: Jay Stokes, City Manager, City of Deer Park; Dalton Rice, City Manager, City of Morgan's Point Resort

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Diversity in a 21st Century Workplace
Addresses ICMA Practices Group 3 (Equity and Inclusion)
ModeratorJay Stokes, City Manager, City of Deer Park
Panelists: Corby Alexander, City Manager, City of La Porte; Mayra Cantu, Strategic Support Manager, City of Georgetown; Sara Robinson, Assistant City Manager, City of Deer Park; Rob Valenzuela, Assistant City Manager, City of Sugar Land

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Communicating Effectively Both Internally and Externally
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 2 (Community Engagement); 9 (Community and Resident Service); and 14 (Communication and Information Sharing)
Everyone agrees  it is essential for city officials to develop good communication skills to deliver the city’s message. But what specifically are those skills and how do you use them to make sure your message is heard and understood?
Speakers: Jordan Matney, Assistant City Manager and Jenna Vinson, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, City of New Braunfels.

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Human Resources and City Management
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 3 (Equity and Inclusion) and 13 (Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement)
This session explores the purpose and role of human resources and demonstrates how an effective human resources department assists city management in proactively addressing issues relative to talent acquisition and retention, employee relations management, training/development, and workplace conflict- all of which are facilitated through two-way communication.
Speakers: Jeff Johnston, Assistant City Manager and Christi Flores, Director of Human Resources, City of McAllen


8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Economic Development and Growth Issues
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 7 (Strategic Planning) and 10 (Service Delivery)
Understand the basic principles of service delivery in community and economic development while determining citizen needs and providing responsive, equitable services to the community.
Speakers:  Jennifer May, Deputy City Manager/Chief Finance and Strategy Officer, City of Sugar Land; Joey Grisham, Director of Economic Development, City of Anna and Jason Claunch, President, Catalyst Commercial

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Technology and Transparency
Addresses ICMA Practices Group 11 (Technological Literacy)
The session explores how technology is reshaping the way government agencies operate, changes in service delivery, information sharing, and the way citizens interact with their government
Speakers: Eric Matthews, Information Technology Director, City of Allen

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tying It All Together
Moderator:  Matt Mueller, Town Manager, Town of Little Elm

12:00 p.m.