ELGL16 in the Bull City

ELGL16 in the Bull City


October 21, 2016
Self Help Conference Center
302 W Main St,
Durham, NC 27701

#ELGL16 RDU - Keynotes

Opening Keynote | 8:30 am – 9:00 am

In the Middle of Community is “U” – Herrison Chicas

An executive coach; A spoken word artist; A management consultant; A motivational speaker; An industrial psychologist…the list goes on. But regardless of what title you may use to describe Herrison Chicas, Chicas is “simply a catalyst for success” enhancing the performance and quality of life of people and businesses.

Chicas will be talking about building community and the place for you in that effort! Find out more about Chicas at his website and watch his Ted Talk.

Connect: BioLinkedIn | YouTube | Website

Lunch Keynote | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lessons on Leadership with Bonnie Svrcek

Bonnie Svrcek was named the City Manager of Lynchburg, VA on July 1, 2016. Prior to that she served as Lynchburg’s Deputy City Manager for 17 years. Svrcek was also the President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), she was the second woman to serve in that role and the first non-CAO female president. Under her leadership ICMA expanded their graduate student chapters and made addressing the gender disparity in CAO positions a priority.

Connect: BioLinkedIn | Twitter | ELGL Profile

Closing Keynote | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Building Communities: What’s love got to do with it? – Hyong Yi

Hyong Yi is the Assistant City Manager of Charlotte, NC and prior to that served as the budget director for Mecklenburg County, NC for 10 years. In 2014, his wife died of cancer and on the anniversary of her passing he chose to honor her by handing out 100 love notes to strangers on the street around Charlotte. This act of love and remembrance caught on and spread. Now he’ll share his story of love and how love should be apart of the work of local governments as they build and shape communities.

Connect: BioLinkedIn | Twitter |  100 Love Notes

#ELGL16 RDU - Breakout Sessions

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Get Unstuck! Risk Taking & Innovation

How do you get from stuck to unstuck? Taking risks is a necessary ingredient for innovation in Local Government.  In this session, two Town Managers and a Library Director will describe their approach to leading innovation and risk taking and share their personal triumphs and (gasp!) failures.  The session will include a request for audience participation in the dialogue on this topic so come prepared to share!

Speakers: Roger Stancil (Bio & LinkedIn) | Susan Brown (Bio & LinkedIn) | Doug Barrick (LinkedIn & Twitter)

#Hashtag: Using Social Media in Local Government

Social media can be a powerful force for citizen engagement and communication. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow organizations to talk directly to their constituents completely unfiltered. But the world of hashtags, memes and gifs can be a confusing one. This session will expose attendees to effective social media tips and tricks.

Eleanor Hawthorne is the Social Media Manager for the City of Raleigh, NC – a new position that allows her to combine her expertise with her passion for Raleigh and those who call it home.

Speaker: Eleanor Hawthorne (LinkedIn & Twitter)

#ELGL16 RDU - Breakout Sessions

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Reinvention: A Tale of Two Cities

Find out what caused two cities to reinvent themselves and how they revitalized their downtown areas. Marc Nelson of the City of Roanoke and Geoff Durham of the Durham Chamber of Commerce will share how their respective communities charted new paths for economic growth by re-purposing existing infrastructure, retaining and cultivating an existing workforce, building walkable communities and leveraging the livability aspects of their regions. They will also share how they got started, identified their key partners, developed their value propositions, and the tactics they used to reshape the landscape of their communities. Learn how your community can reinvent itself by paying attention to the creative class, expanding on existing innovative technologies and changing the way you think about your community.

Speakers: Geoff Durham (Bio & LinkedIn) | Marc Nelson (LinkedIn & Twitter)

Creating an Engaged & Connected Workforce

What tools and solutions are employers using to support a work-life balance for their employees? In June of 2015, ELGL (#ELGLWorkLife) hosted a series of articles from its members about work-life balance. Posts written by men and women of all stages of life reflected that this is a topic of great importance to our current and future local government leaders. While some of the solutions involved individual choices, many of the takeaways focused on the need to address this question from an organizational standpoint. In this session, our distinguished panel will share real examples of work-life tools they have developed for their work force and share the challenges and benefits they have experienced in using these tools in today’s local government and private work force.

Speakers: Bertha Johnson (LinkedIn & Twitter) | Eric Peterson (Bio & Twitter) | Sarah Atai (LinkedIn)

#ELGL16 RDU - Breakout Sessions

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

#13percent: The Power of Diverse Leadership

“You can’t be what you can’t see.” Having diverse teams and leaders is not only the right thing to do, it also creates higher performing organizations. In this session, attendees will learn to overcome obstacles and create visibility as they chart their careers. This session will provides all attendees with practical career and leadership advice as we work towards greater diversity and inclusion in local government leadership.

Speakers: Dr. Pat Mitchell (Bio) | Teresa Wilson (Bio) | Martha Paige (LinkedIn)

The Battle for Local Control

Local governments for years have served as the intermediary between their constituents and the state legislature, often balancing local support for certain policies against mandates issued from the state capitol. Nowhere has that balance been more tested than in North Carolina, where recent legislation concerning election districts, utilities, and airports – not to mention bathrooms – has placed some local government administrators in the precarious position of adhering to the values of their community while simultaneously implementing unpopular policies. This session will explore some of the approaches local governments are deploying to maintain that balance between the person on the street and democratically elected officials.

Speakers: Julie White (LinkedIn & Twitter) | Lee Worsley (LinkedIn & Twitter) | Ron Carlee (LinkedIn & Twitter)