#ELGLPopUps: Choose Your Own Adventure in LA

Posted on September 16, 2018


Los Angeles

In this post, you’ll hear from those who have registered for the upcoming Pop Up in Los Angeles, California.

View the complete agenda and register.


Anna Ambrose

Anna Ambrose

Director of Administrative Services at City of Palmdale

LinkedIn & Twitter


What book are you currently reading?

Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson The quintessential guide to baking amazing bread. In the quest for work-life balance, it’s important to dive into other pursuits. For me, it’s the pursuit of that perfect loaf.

Which “Choose Your Own Adventure” book best describes your local government career?

Island of Time- has the shortest path from beginning to an end.

What’s your advice for successfully networking at a local government conference?

I am not the best at networking so the advice I’m giving myself is stop being such a wallflower and be engaged with as many people as possible.

Which local government topic is most fascinating to you right now? 

Currently focusing on development and recruitment — how do we ensure we are giving our employees the right opportunities to grow and develop in their careers; how can we be an employer of choice in an environment of staunch competition; how can we be ready to address the “Silver Tsunami” that is at our doorstep.

I’ll leave #ELGLPopUps happy if I… am re-energized and can’t wait to get back to work on Monday to share everything I learned at the #ELGLPopUp.


Janine Hamner

Janine Hamner

President & Founder – J & J Consulting Group

LinkedIn


What book are you currently reading? 

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle. I would highly recommend it! Anyone interested in what it takes to have organizations thrive should definitely check it out.

Which “Choose Your Own Adventure” book best describes your local government career?

Island of Time- has the shortest path from beginning to an end.

What’s your advice for networking at a local government conference?

Bring lots of business cards; do not be shy; look for people who aren’t talking with anyone and strike up a conversation; or gently insert yourself into a conversation with people who look interesting to you.

Which local government topic is most fascinating to you right now? 

How are we going to manage what’s happening in the waste and recycling industry?

I’ll leave #ELGLPopUps happy if I… meet interesting people!


Joel Carnes

Joel Carnes

President and CEO, The Alliance for Innovation

LinkedIn


What book are you currently reading? 

“Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling” By Gabrielle Dolan. Heavy on (not terribly insightful) example stories, light on actual “how to”, this book misses the mark on teaching the use of classic narrative arcs to connect with a business audience. I finished it last night, but only because it was a quick read, and I already had it on my Kindle. This does not add anything to the existing body of literature on this subject.

Rather I would recommend “Storynomics” by the great screenwriting expert Robert McKee. (Also read his seminal “Story” if you are at all interested in the art of screenwriting).

It isn’t enough to just tell a story, we have to tell a story worth listening to…

Which “Choose Your Own Adventure” book best describes your local government career?

Island of Time- has the shortest path from beginning to an end.

What’s your advice for networking at a local government conference?

Ask a ton of questions, and actually care about the answers. Start with active listening, and everything else flows naturally.

Which local government topic is most fascinating to you right now?

My work entails leading an international Innovation Accelerator for local government, bringing together do’ers from LG, academia, business, philanthropy, media and other sectors. Continuous improvement in how to build thriving, organic, impactful networks is my passion.

I love ELGL and everything this group has been able to accomplish, and right now I’m completely fascinated with deeply engaging in this community.

I’ll leave #ELGLPopUps happy if I… meet some like-minded folks who want to join our movement toward more innovative and impactful local government.


Carson Bruno

Carson Bruno

Assistant Dean for Admissions & Program Relations – Pepperdine University School of Public Policy

LinkedIn & Twitter


What book are you currently reading? 

California Crackup by Joe Matthews and Mark Paul – a great primer to all that is wrong in California state governance and some good ideas for how to reform the state.

Which “Choose Your Own Adventure” book best describes your local government career?

Mystery of the Maya – has time travel, and keeps sending the reader back to the same page and place in time.

What’s your advice for networking at a local government conference?

Be open to learning something new.

Which local government topic is most fascinating to you right now?

The hunt for housing affordability and how the structural governance structure prevents housing development.

I’ll leave #ELGLPopUps happy if I will… learn something new.


Catherine Geanuracos

Catherine Geanuracos

Chief Executive Officer – CityGrows

LinkedIn & Twitter


What book are you currently reading?

Just started Newsom’s Citizenville – not far enough in to have a recommendation yet…but figured since he’s likely our next governor I should know where he stands on this stuff!

Which”Choose Your Own Adventure” book best describes your local government career?

Island of Time- has the shortest path from beginning to an end.

What’s your advice for networking at a local government conference?

Always introduce yourself to the people ahead of and behind you in line for food, drinks, and the bathroom 🙂

Which local government topic is most fascinating to you right now? 

Bringing local government operations into the cloud

I’ll leave #ELGLPopUps happy if I… meet some great new people!


Sarah Henricks

Sarah Henricks

Deputy City Recorder – City of Los Altos, CA

LinkedIn and Twitter


What book are you currently reading? 

Just finished Evicted by Matthew Desmond- 100% would recommend. It was so good and provides a human side to poverty and homelessness in the US.

Which “Choose Your Own Adventure” book best describes your local government career?

Surf Monkeys – has the fewest endings of any book in the original series, with long stretches without decision-making.

What’s your advice for networking at a local government conference?

Just do it. I frequently experience tiny anxiety attacks right before a networking event but I *almost* always leave the events having made a genuine connection or at least having had at least one fun conversation. Always have a go-to question in your back pocket to fill that inevitable awkward silence.

Which local government topic is most fascinating to you right now?

I just started a new position as Deputy City Clerk, so I’m interested in records management, Council streaming/engagement-related technology and other clerk-y things.

I’ll leave #ELGLPopUps happy if I… bring an innovative practice/idea back to Los Altos.

ELGL C0-Founder. Interim Communications Manager for the City of Tigard, Oregon.

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