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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.

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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.

Oct 20 2021

Webinar: Retaining Talent in the New World of Work

9:00am - 10:00am
  • Add to calendar 2021-10-20 09:00:00 2021-10-20 10:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Webinar: Retaining Talent in the New World of Work The effectiveness of local government depends on a talented, committed and experienced workforce. The competition for this talent has intensified, in part due to coronavirus-driven workplace changes. COVID-19 has caused employees across the nation to reconsider their job and career choices. One result is the “great resignation.” Job vacancies are at an all-time high, and one national survey shows that 40 percent of employees are planning to change jobs. Government leaders also predict a looming surge in retirements.Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ETREGISTER NOWWhile the public sector devotes considerable time and resources to attracting talent, we often do not focus enough on retaining talent. This is a mistake because replacing a departed employee can cost up to 150 percent of the employee’s salary. As a result, it is critically important for all local government leaders (and not just HR) to focus on employee retention. This session will help attendees respond to this challenge by examining:
    • The characteristics of our new world of work
    • The business case for why retention is critically important 
    • The golden rule of retention 
    • Retention challenges – and opportunities

    Speakers:

    Melissa Asher

    Senior Practice Leader, CPS HR Consulting

    With over 22 years of experience in human resources, specializing in training and development, test administration, and recruitment, Melissa brings a wealth of practical expertise to her Senior Leader role. As a hands-on leader, she is responsible for the growth and development of CPS HR’s Training and Development and Executive Recruitment Divisions as well as leading key business development activities. With extensive experience leading large-scale public-sector projects for licensure and certification testing, online learning initiatives, major compliance training rollouts, foundational supervisory training programs, leadership development, system implementations, and high-profile executive searches, she develops creative and valuable solutions for our clients that lead to improved organization performance.

    Adding to her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, she is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute and has her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certificate from the Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, she achieved an Accounting Certificate, has published numerous articles in HR and related association publications, and regularly speaks at conferences.

    Robert J. Lavigna

    Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement, CPS HR Consulting

    Bob Lavigna is an award-winning public-sector leader and innovator with more than 30 years of experience leading government organizations and programs. He is the Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement, a division of CPS HR Consulting, an independent and self-supporting government agency. The Institute is dedicated to helping public-sector organizations measure and improve employee engagement as a key to organizational performance and service delivery. His book, Engaging Government Employees (Harper Collins), is the first book to focus on employee engagement in the public sector.

    Previously, he was Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Human Resources for the University of Wisconsin, Vice President-Research for the Partnership for Public Service, and Director of the state of Wisconsin civil service system. Bob began his career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He was selected as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Bob is a past President of the International Public Management Association for HR and past Chair of the American Society for Public Administration Section on Personnel and Labor Relations. He has spoken at conferences and events across the U.S. and in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. Bob has a Bachelor’s Degree from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in HR from Cornell University.

The effectiveness of local government depends on a talented, committed and experienced workforce. The competition for this talent has intensified, in part due to coronavirus-driven workplace changes. COVID-19 has caused employees across the nation to reconsider their job and career choices. One result is the “great resignation.” Job vacancies are at an all-time high, and...

Oct 20 2021

Virtual Hangouts: Creative Resource Hours

10:00am - 11:00am
  • Add to calendar 2021-10-20 10:00:00 2021-10-20 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!

Oct 21 2021

Webinar: Will Virtual Court Hearings Stay Post-Pandemic?

10:00am - 11:00am
  • Add to calendar 2021-10-21 10:00:00 2021-10-21 11:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Webinar: Will Virtual Court Hearings Stay Post-Pandemic?

    October 21, 2021

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

    Please register in advance for this free webinar


    Increasing access to the justice system for all community members means integrating justice partners and bringing court services to the convenience of peoples’ homes. Online dispute resolution helps individuals reach family or small claims case resolution from their own homes, outside of court hours. Virtual courts provide flexible options to handle cases through video technology.
    While the value of virtual hearings became apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, their long-term benefit is also clear. Learn from court leaders on what the future of virtual hearings will look like and how courts can leverage technology to reduce backlogs and further remove barriers to access to justice.
    Speakers:

October 21, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time/1:00 PM in Eastern Time Please register in advance for this free webinar Increasing access to the justice system for all community members means integrating justice partners and bringing court services to the convenience of peoples’ homes. Online dispute resolution helps individuals reach family or small claims case...

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 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

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!

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

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    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!

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