Mixin’ It Up with Greg Stopka, Alliance for Innovation

Posted on July 23, 2015

For the second year in a row, ELGL will be co-hosting an event 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.

Greg Stopka – LinkedIn and Twitter

Central Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation

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

  1. The Beatles:  so much to choose from; the best now and always
  2. Boston:  Have one of the best albums of all time
  3. Tie:  The Jackson Five, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles:  I’ve been on a MoTown kick since seeing the musical

(Complete the sentence) When I learned the ICMA Conference was being held in Seattle, I thought….
my wife is going to want to come to this one!
 (Complete the sentence) I knew local government was the career for me when…..

…I began working in Yuma, AZ and was able to bring together diverse groups internally and externally to solve difficult problems.  Local government wasn’t about just providing services like fixing pot holes (no offense to pot holes) but was about solving the biggest challenges of our time.  This belief, since working with the Alliance for Innovation, has only grown.

Our #13Percent Initiative focuses on increasing diversity in the local government workforce. Give us your perspective — does local government have an issue? what, specifically, can we do to increase diversity in the workforce?
Look at the structures and policies we have and what unintended incentives they create limiting diversity.  Not having paid parental leave is a strong example.
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.
They won a Super Bowl two years ago.  They should focus on their successes and the positives.  They could always be more like my Bears who haven’t’ won one since 1985. tumblr_mg7rndANQM1rxuv7ko1_500

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