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RGS 2024 Local Government Leadership Panel Sessions

Join RGS and our esteemed panelists for these FREE panel sessions! We’ll explore insights on topics critical to effective and local government leadership.

Repairing Local Agency Systems that Result in Inequities, Thursday, April 25, 2024, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Local agency systems are not always ideal. At times, they can result in inequities that impact the community and your employees. Hear from our panel of experts about how they have addressed systemic issues to minimize inequities.  Panel members will discuss:

  • Effective and innovative responses to systemic inequities
  • How to identify systems that result in inequities
  • New services/programs to repair inequitable systems

Featured Panelists:
Ryan Curren, Housing, Land, and Development Director, Race Forward
Nancy Ducos, Multicultural Engagement Program Coordinator, City of Mountain View
Jaqui Guzman, Deputy City Manager, City of Sunnyvale

Attracting and Retaining People in the Public Sector, Thursday, May 23, 2024, 1:00 – 2:00pm
It has become increasingly difficult to attract and retain public sector workers. COVID impacts on the workplace, workforce structures, generational shifts, technology deficiencies, and other issues drive people away from the public sector. Hear from our panel about how they attract qualified candidates to public sector work and retain employees once they have come on board. Panel members will discuss:

  • Best practices in hiring and retaining employees in local government
  • Factors driving people to and from local government employment
  • Innovative hiring programs that address the new normal of employment

Featured Panelists:
Hilary Straus, General Manager, Citrus Heights Water District
Nat Rojanasathira, Assistant City Manager, City of Monterey
Stephanie Holloman, Assistant Chief/Human Resources Director, Orange County Fire Authority

Creating Organizational Culture, Thursday, June 20, 2024, 1:00 – 2:00pm 
Culture, described as “the way we do things around here,” is built over time. Likewise, to change and enhance organizational culture requires sustained effort one step at a time. Jim Collins, the author of bestsellers including Good to Great, referred to culture change as “the long march.” Hear from our panel about how they have influenced and changed organizational culture to anticipate and respond to the challenges of serving our communities as well as meet the expectations and needs of employees. Panel members will discuss:

  • What is culture and why is it important?
  • Successful efforts to realign culture
  • How to influence culture and cultural change
  • How culture can meet community and employee needs and expectations

Featured Panelists:
Dan Buckshi, City Manager, City of Walnut Creek
Pat Martel, West Coast Regional Manager, International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Sean Grayson, City Manager, City of Nevada City

Registration: Click here to register. Registered attendees will be added to the Outlook appointment(s) which will include login information and panel information.