Mixin’ It Up With Anna Guiles, City of Fremont, CA

Posted on September 18, 2015

For the second year in a row, ELGL will be co-hosting an event with ICMA at the ICMA Conference. This year we’re bringing a couple of pianos and booking a much larger room. More than 500 local government professionals from all areas of local government will attend. Registration will continue until we reach maximum capacity. We recommend registering as soon as possible. Let’s get prepared for the ELGL and ICMA “Mixing in Perfect Harmony” event by hearing from our guests.

Anna Guiles, City of Fremont, CA

Anna Guiles

City of Fremont, CA – ICMA Fellow

Connect:  LinkedIn and Twitter

If you could pick any three bands (dead or alive) as the opening act for the Dueling Pianos event, which would you choose?

  • Ben Folds Five
  • Weezer
  • Elton John

When I learned the ICMA Conference was being held in Seattle, I thought…
…Finally some rain!
I knew local government was the career for me…
…after the best summer I spent in college was interning for the city manager of Chico, CA.

#13Percent Diversity Initiative:  Does local government have an issue? What, specifically, can we do to increase diversity in the workforce?
Yes. I think there is a systemic issue with the diversity of the local government workforce. There are an array of things that need to be fixed, but one in particular is to increase and expand the understanding of allyship and respecting other’s experiences/realities.
The Seahawks lost the Super Bowl by passing instead of running from the 1-yard line. Give us your best tip(s) for rebounding from difficult situations.

Give yourself 24 hours to have a pity party, then learn from your mistakes, put on that song that makes you feel unstoppable and power through the next day. Take the time to feel the frustration or disappointment of a failure, but at the end of the day you need to continue your job and learn from the mistake to be a better, stronger, smarter person in the future.

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