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RGS Winter 2024 Virtual Management Leadership Academy – Session 1

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As a new manager in the local government arena, the RGS Management Leadership Academy gave me a wide range of skills to help in my development. The speakers, content and one-on-one coaching all had a tremendous impact. I was able to immediately apply the information from the sessions and there were visible direct results with the team I lead.

This Academy helped me to feel more confident in my ability to navigate the world of local government. From having difficult conversations, understanding how to grow and develop teammates, to delivering to Councils and Committees, RGS does an incredible job helping attendees grow and develop leadership skills.

While the Academy taught a seemingly endless number of skills I have applied in my day-to-day role, working collaboratively within my organization to best utilize budget, teammates, and community relationships were high on my list. RGS’ sessions that demonstrate how everything is interconnected help bring these skills forward the most.

If anyone is on the fence about the Academy, the coaching is what sets it apart. Coaching sessions provide great opportunities to learn and grow and is where the learning comes to life. The coaches really invest in your development, your situation, and your team’s issues. Training and coaching come together in a truly fantastic way.

I have attended and sent other teammates to similar trainings and the RGS Management Leadership Academy is one of the best. Between the trainings, panel sessions, and coaching, it is a fantastic use of an organization’s training budget.

- Dustin Schull, City of Wilsonville, OR
Join a group of agency managers in RGS’ comprehensive, advanced academy aimed toward developing local government leadership management competencies. This Academy is designed for new or experienced managers in local government by trainers with extensive experience in all types of local agencies.

The Management Leadership Academy level focuses on the manager role as a strategic planner, goal-setter, and team manager. Managers translate Executive vision into outcomes and programs that drive local government services. The Academy frames these core concepts in the unique local government environment.


    • Academy Resource Portal


    All Academy dates are Thursdays, from 8:30am – 11:30am, PST, unless otherwise noted.

    Pre-AcademyLeadership Assessment
    Monthly6 Monthly 1-1 Coaching Sessions
    Panel SessionsRequired attendance at four panel sessions outside of Academy schedule.
    2/22/241. Academy Kickoff (Keynote, Introductions, and Overview) - Must Apply by This Date
    3/7/242. Creating a Learning Organization
    3/21/243. Ace your Next Board/Council Meeting
    3/28/24, 1:00-2:00pm*,Panel Session 1: Managing Complex Programs/Projects
    4/4/244. From Strategy to Action: Planning the Work of Your Team
    4/18/245. Applying Systems Thinking to Solve Problems & Capstone Project Kickoff
    4/25/24, 1:00-2:00pm*Panel Session 2: Repairing Local Agency Systems that Result in Inequities
    5/2/246. Understanding the Impact of DEI: From Individual to Systemic
    5/16/247. Navigating Difficult Conversations with Employees
    5/23/24, 1:00-2:00pm*Panel Session 3: Attracting and Retaining People in the Public Sector
    5/30/248. Managing Remote/Hybrid and Multigenerational Teams
    6/13/249. Making Better Decisions PLUS - Risk-Taking in the Public Sector
    6/20/24, 1:00-2:00pm*Panel Session 4: Creating Organizational Culture
    6/27/2410. Managing Culture and Constant Change
    7/11/2411. Building Influence Within the Organization and Beyond
    7/25/2412. Capstone Summit
    * Note these panel sessions are on Thursdays and run from 1:00-2:00pm.

    Academy Requirements:

    A completed attendee application is required to attend. This Academy requires engaged and participative attendees. It is not a sit and watch learning experience. It is designed to facilitate learning, the exchange of ideas, and a commitment to application of content and outside work in addition to Academy sessions.

    Academy Registration:

    Click to register and pay for this Academy. Please contact Yolanda Taylor at with any questions.


Feb 22 2024


8:30 am - 11:30 am




Online - Zoom


Yolanda Taylor
(650) 587-7300 x53
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