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Calendar & Event Details

Throughout the year and across the country, ELGL hosts frequent events to benefit our members.  From our signature annual conference to our friendly supper clubs, ELGL offers something for everyone.  What makes our events unique is that they are organized and implemented by our members who are working in local government so you can be sure that the topics will be relevant and presented by the brightest minds.

Want to host an ELGL event in your area?  Get in touch with us!

Featured Events & Activities

Campus programs to inspire undergraduates to pursue local gov careers.

Snap a self portrait in front of your government building on August 15 each year.

Casual meetups to eat a meal and talk about local government topics and trends.

Nov 3 2021

Webinar: The Urgency of Accounts Payable Automation

10:00am - 11:00am
  • Add to calendar 2021-11-03 10:00:00 2021-11-03 11:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Webinar: The Urgency of Accounts Payable Automation

    November 3, 2021

    10:00 AM in Pacific Time/1:00 PM in Eastern Time

    Please register in advance for this free webinar


    When it comes to digital transformation, government leaders are looking inward to improve existing processes and reduce the risk of fraudulent activity by removing the requirement of storing vendor banking information. To operate with limited budgets and improve efficiencies, the public sector can improve internal operations, particularly in the area of accounts payable.
    From invoices and orders to payments and reconciliation, automated AP processes yield significant benefits - for both the finance team and the departments that work with the finance department. Learn from local leaders who have succeeded in digitizing vendor payments, integrating financial workflows, and find out what they’ve done with time saved from eliminating manual processes.
    Speakers:
    • Kathy Lopez, Purchasing Agent, Town of Leland, NC
    • Jim Smith, Chief Financial Officer, Daniel Boone Regional Library, MO
    • Eric Brown, Lead Payments Consultant, Tyler Technologies

November 3, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time/1:00 PM in Eastern Time Please register in advance for this free webinar When it comes to digital transformation, government leaders are looking inward to improve existing processes and reduce the risk of fraudulent activity by removing the requirement of storing vendor banking information. To operate with limited...

Nov 8 2021

Drucker + ELGL Public Sector Leadership Certificate Program Info Session

9:00am - 9:30am
  • Add to calendar 2021-11-08 09:00:00 2021-11-08 09:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Drucker + ELGL Public Sector Leadership Certificate Program Info Session Curious about the new Drucker + ELGL Public Sector Leadership certificate program? Join instructor Lawrence Greenspun, Director of Public Sector Engagement at Drucker Institute, for an information an session and Q&A about the program.We'll start with a ten minute overview, then open the floor for any and all questions you may have.November 8, 2021 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET

    Register now

    Can't make it? A recording will be available following the session. We're also happy to answer questions outside of the info sessions—please contact [email protected] 

Curious about the new Drucker + ELGL Public Sector Leadership certificate program? Join instructor Lawrence Greenspun, Director of Public Sector Engagement at Drucker Institute, for an information an session and Q&A about the program. We'll start with a ten minute overview, then open the floor for any and all questions you may have. November 8,...

Nov 10 2021

Webinar: Digitizing Municipal Cemeteries

8:00am - 9:00am
  • Add to calendar 2021-11-10 08:00:00 2021-11-10 09:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Webinar: Digitizing Municipal Cemeteries Governments have discovered just how much they can digitize in the wake of COVID-19 out of necessity. Moving forward, why not explore digitizing the most staid of local government departments? Whether preserving local history or providing a better care experience for community members, moving records online might be the logical next step for municipalities interested in digitizing government. Join us for a case study featuring local governments who have done just that, presented in partnership with Chronicle.Wednesday, November 10, 20218a PT / 9a MT / 10a CT / 11a ET

    RSVP for this free webinar

    About Chronicle

Governments have discovered just how much they can digitize in the wake of COVID-19 out of necessity. Moving forward, why not explore digitizing the most staid of local government departments? Whether preserving local history or providing a better care experience for community members, moving records online might be the logical next step for municipalities interested...

Nov 11 2021

Drucker + ELGL Public Sector Leadership Certificate Program Info Session

12:00pm - 12:30pm
  • Add to calendar 2021-11-11 12:00:00 2021-11-11 12:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Drucker + ELGL Public Sector Leadership Certificate Program Info Session Curious about the new Drucker + ELGL Public Sector Leadership certificate program? Join instructor Lawrence Greenspun, Director of Public Sector Engagement at Drucker Institute, for an information an session and Q&A about the program.We'll start with a ten minute overview, then open the floor for any and all questions you may have.November 11, 2021 at 12pm PT / 1pm MT / 2pm CT / 3pm ET

    Register now

    Can't make it? A recording will be available following the session. We're also happy to answer questions outside of the info sessions—please contact [email protected] 

Curious about the new Drucker + ELGL Public Sector Leadership certificate program? Join instructor Lawrence Greenspun, Director of Public Sector Engagement at Drucker Institute, for an information an session and Q&A about the program. We'll start with a ten minute overview, then open the floor for any and all questions you may have. November 11,...

Nov 11 2021

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Supper Club

6:00pm - 8:00pm 18 Hands Ale Haus
  • Add to calendar 2021-11-11 18:00:00 2021-11-11 20:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Supper Club

    November 11, 2021

    6:00 p.m. CT

    18 E. Division St., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935

    RSVP please!


    ELGL Supper Clubs are information meetups of ELGL members. These are no-host events, unless otherwise specified. You are not required to have a meal and can join for a beverage or snack.
    18 E. Division St, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935
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November 11, 2021 6:00 p.m. CT 18 E. Division St., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935 RSVP please! ELGL Supper Clubs are information meetups of ELGL members. These are no-host events, unless otherwise specified. You are not required to have a meal and can join for a beverage or snack.

Nov 17 2021

Webinar – Successful Partnerships: Digital Storytelling and the Media Internship Program

10:00am - 11:00am
  • Add to calendar 2021-11-17 10:00:00 2021-11-17 11:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Webinar - Successful Partnerships: Digital Storytelling and the Media Internship Program

    Dan Summa joins us to discuss how your agency can start a successful media internship program.

    November 17, 202110am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ETRegister for this free webinar

    Dan Summa HeadshotAbout the Speaker

    Dan is a digital storyteller with over 30 years of experience, spending 15 of those working with Junior High and High School students in youth ministries. He formed a strategic partnership with the video teacher at Delta Charter High School in Tracy, CA and created the News Media Internship Program. Starting with just 5 students, over 100 have since become involved, with 12 of them being hired on at the City of Tracy’s Public Access station.Dan managed the City of Tracy’s Public Access (PEG) station with the help of staff and volunteers, creating original content for broadcast on cable, social media, and the web. Partnering with Delta Charter High School, he produced the city’s annual State of the City Address, broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube, Comcast and AT&T. Student interns provided camera and sound operation and support.WebsiteFacebookLinkedInVimeo

    About DJS Media Consulting

    DJS Media Consulting is a full-service video and sound production company, as well as a business consulting organization. Our mission is to help and encourage organizations to create their own media internships and programs tailored for their specific needs.With over 30 years of production experience our team of experts can help your organization tell its story over a visual medium. Our services include photography, UAS Imaging, live streaming, and training. Examples of our work have been seen on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CNBC, ABC News 10, CBS News, and ICMA TV.

Dan Summa joins us to discuss how your agency can start a successful media internship program. November 17, 2021 10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET Register for this free webinar About the Speaker Dan is a digital storyteller with over 30 years of experience, spending 15 of those working with...

Nov 17 2021

Virtual Hangouts: Creative Resource Hours

10:00am - 11:00am
  • Add to calendar 2021-11-17 10:00:00 2021-11-17 11:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Virtual Hangouts: Creative Resource Hours Join us on the third Wednesdays of every month from 10PT/1ET for a free-flowing and informative virtual hangout with artists and local government leaders. We'll talk about creative placemaking, public art, incorporating arts and culture into your organization, and the best ways to work with local governments.

    Here's the link to register and attend!

Join us on the third Wednesdays of every month from 10PT/1ET for a free-flowing and informative virtual hangout with artists and local government leaders. We'll talk about creative placemaking, public art, incorporating arts and culture into your organization, and the best ways to work with local governments. Here's the link to register and attend!

Nov 18 2021

ELGL Book Club: “Permission to Screw Up”

4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Add to calendar 2021-11-18 16:00:00 2021-11-18 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles ELGL Book Club: "Permission to Screw Up"
    Permission to Screw Up dismisses the idea that leaders and orga­nizations should try to be perfect. It encourages people of all ages to go for it and learn to lead by acting, rather than waiting or thinking.
    Join us for a discussion of Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong by Kristen Hadeed led by ELGL member Casey Jakubowski.

    November 18, 2021

    4:00PM PT / 7:00PM ET

    Register for the book club!

     

    Spread the local gov love and support your local library by borrowing the book! Alternately:

    Enter by October 26 to win a copy!

    Buy a copy of the book from a local seller

    From the PublisherThe inspiring, unlikely, laugh-out-loud story of how one woman learned to lead–and how she ultimately succeeded, not despite her many mistakes, but because of them.This is the story of how Kristen Hadeed built Student Maid, a cleaning company where people are happy, loyal, productive, and empowered, even while they’re mopping floors and scrubbing toilets. It’s the story of how she went from being an almost comically inept leader to a sought-after CEO who teaches others how to lead.Hadeed unintentionally launched Student Maid while attending college ten years ago. Since then, Student Maid has employed hundreds of students and is widely recognized for its industry-leading retention rate and its culture of trust and accountability. But Kristen and her company were no overnight sensa­tion. In fact, they were almost nothing at all.Along the way, Kristen got it wrong almost as often as she got it right. Giving out hugs instead of feed­back, fixing errors instead of enforcing accountability, and hosting parties instead of cultivating meaning­ful relationships were just a few of her many mistakes. But Kristen’s willingness to admit and learn from those mistakes helped her give her people the chance to learn from their own screwups too.Permission to Screw Up dismisses the idea that leaders and orga­nizations should try to be perfect. It encourages people of all ages to go for it and learn to lead by acting, rather than waiting or thinking. Through a brutally honest and often hilarious account of her own strug­gles, Kristen encourages us to embrace our failures and proves that we’ll be better leaders when we do.

Permission to Screw Up dismisses the idea that leaders and orga­nizations should try to be perfect. It encourages people of all ages to go for it and learn to lead by acting, rather than waiting or thinking. Join us for a discussion of Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost)...

Dec 1 2021

CivicPride Quarterly Happy Hours

4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Add to calendar 2021-12-01 16:00:00 2021-12-01 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles CivicPride Quarterly Happy Hours

    CivicPride Logo

    Connect with other LGBTQIA+ peers and allies from across the country! Join CivicPRIDE in quarterly happy hours to meet local gov buds, talk to CivicPRIDE board members, and discover how peers across the profession are working to create more inclusive communities. Our social hours are free and will take place on Wonder, a virtual event platform.

    Register here.

Connect with other LGBTQIA+ peers and allies from across the country! Join CivicPRIDE in quarterly happy hours to meet local gov buds, talk to CivicPRIDE board members, and discover how peers across the profession are working to create more inclusive communities. Our social hours are free and will take place on Wonder, a virtual event...

Dec 15 2021

Virtual Hangouts: Creative Resource Hours

10:00am - 11:00am
  • Add to calendar 2021-12-15 10:00:00 2021-12-15 11:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Virtual Hangouts: Creative Resource Hours Join us on the third Wednesdays of every month from 10PT/1ET for a free-flowing and informative virtual hangout with artists and local government leaders. We'll talk about creative placemaking, public art, incorporating arts and culture into your organization, and the best ways to work with local governments.

    Here's the link to register and attend!

Join us on the third Wednesdays of every month from 10PT/1ET for a free-flowing and informative virtual hangout with artists and local government leaders. We'll talk about creative placemaking, public art, incorporating arts and culture into your organization, and the best ways to work with local governments. Here's the link to register and attend!

Jan 20 2022

ELGL Book Club: “You Look Like a Thing and I Love You”

4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Add to calendar 2022-01-20 16:00:00 2022-01-20 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles ELGL Book Club: "You Look Like a Thing and I Love You"
    As heard on NPR's Science Friday, discover the book recommended by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, and Adam Grant: an "accessible, informative, and hilarious" introduction to the weird and wonderful world of artificial intelligence (Ryan North).
    Join us for a discussion of You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane.We'll admit that artificial intelligence might not seem like the obvious choice of a subject for the ELGL Book Club. But from hiring to autonomous vehicles, AI is here to stay and local government will be no exception. This is a very accessible primer, not to mention a delightful read. - Cherise

    January 20, 2022

    4:00PM PT / 7:00PM ET

    Register for the book club!

     

    Spread the local gov love and support your local library by borrowing the book! Alternately:

    Enter to win a copy of the book

    Buy a copy of the book from a local seller

    From the Publisher"You look like a thing and I love you" is one of the best pickup lines ever . . . according to an artificial intelligence trained by scientist Janelle Shane, creator of the popular blog AI Weirdness. She creates silly AIs that learn how to name paint colors, create the best recipes, and even flirt (badly) with humans—all to understand the technology that governs so much of our daily lives.We rely on AI every day for recommendations, for translations, and to put cat ears on our selfie videos. We also trust AI with matters of life and death, on the road and in our hospitals. But how smart is AI really... and how does it solve problems, understand humans, and even drive self-driving cars?Shane delivers the answers to every AI question you've ever asked, and some you definitely haven't. Like, how can a computer design the perfect sandwich? What does robot-generated Harry Potter fan-fiction look like? And is the world's best Halloween costume really "Vampire Hog Bride"?In this smart, often hilarious introduction to the most interesting science of our time, Shane shows how these programs learn, fail, and adapt—and how they reflect the best and worst of humanity.You Look Like a Thing and I Love You is the perfect book for anyone curious about what the robots in our lives are thinking."I can't think of a better way to learn about artificial intelligence, and I've never had so much fun along the way." —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals

As heard on NPR's Science Friday, discover the book recommended by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, and Adam Grant: an "accessible, informative, and hilarious" introduction to the weird and wonderful world of artificial intelligence (Ryan North). Join us for a discussion of You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence...

Jan 27 2022

Servant Leadership Conference

8:00am - 11:00am
  • Add to calendar 2022-01-27 08:00:00 2022-01-28 11:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Servant Leadership Conference This conference is presented by our friends at SGR.
    Right now it feels like we are all swimming upstream, doesn’t it? And it's true, local government leaders have never faced more challenges than what they are facing in this current VUCA climate. That's why SGR is excited to present the 2022 Servant Leadership Conference – Swimming Upstream, featuring an all-star lineup of speakers who are prime examples of swimming upstream without giving up. January 27 & 28, 10am - 1pm CST. Registration is now open!

    Register today.

This conference is presented by our friends at SGR. Right now it feels like we are all swimming upstream, doesn’t it? And it's true, local government leaders have never faced more challenges than what they are facing in this current VUCA climate. That's why SGR is excited to present the 2022 Servant Leadership Conference – Swimming...

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