Conference Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 200 McDonald Dr, Lawrence, KS 66044 (map)

The window to RSVP for this conference has now closed. If you are a current CPM or LELA participant, or recent grad, please contact Kristina Clark.


Schedule

Please note that this schedule is tentativeSchedule and speakers are subject to change.

Conference At-A-Glance

Full conference with session descriptions below (as they become available)

Tuesday, June 13

8:30 -9:00 a.m. Sign-in & Continental Breakfast   |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

                       Laura Howard, Director, KU Public Management Center

                           Terri Callahan, Program Director, Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM)

                           Leslee Rivarola, Program Director, Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation: 'Public Service Matters" | Brazilian Ballroom A-C

                       Beth Linn, City Administrator, City of Edgerton, Kansas

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Panel: "Power of Mentoring"  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

                        Major Dave Brown, Lenexa; Daron Hall, Pittsburg; Megan Milner, Kansas Department of Corrections; Robert Reece, Pottawatomie County

11:30 a.m. - 1:00p.m. Lunch (on own)

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation: "Maintaining a Culture of Hope in Light of Great Tragedy & Loss"  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

                        Chief Terry Zeigler, Kansas City Kansas Police Department

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Break Out Sessions

Sessions to Choose:

  • Capstone Projects: Presentations from Alumni and Roundtable Q & A  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-B
  • Work Engagement: What is it and Why is it CRUCIALLY Important to Your Organization        - Evelyn Eubank  |  Brazilian Ballroom C
  • 5 Behavioral Health Life Hacks!  – Kim Nelson  |  Brazilian Ballroom D
  • MPA Informational Session - Michelle Reames  |  DoubleTree Lobby

4:00 p.m. to whenever Networking  |  Boulevard Grill

6:00 p.m. to whenever Networking Dinner (optional)  |  Free State Brewery (space full)


Wednesday, June 14

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Sign-in & Continental Breakfast  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Presentation:  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

                           Terri Callahan, Program Director, Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM)

                           Leslee Rivarola, Program Director, Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation: "Employees are your #1 Resources"  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

                       Sheriff Herman Jones​, Shawnee County Sheriff's Office

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Break Out Sessions

Sessions to Choose:

  • Round Table - Sheriff Herman Jones  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-B
  • Exploring Cultural Competency – Dr. Heather Getha-Taylor  |  Brazilian Ballroom C
  • Problem AnalysisJesse Favre  |  Brazilian Ballroom D

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on own)

1:30 - 3:15 p.m. Break Out Sessions

Sessions to Choose:

  • Work Engagement: What is it and Why is it CRUCIALLY Important to Your Organization        - Evelyn Eubank  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-B
  • 5 Behavioral Health Life Hacks! - Kim Nelson​​  |  Brazilian Ballroom C
  • Performance Improvement 101 - Jesse Favre  |  Brazilian Ballroom D
    • ​​This is a reprisal of her LELA Command School session

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Closing Keynote: "21st Century Leadership" - J. Michael Wilkes  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

4:30 p.m. Adjournment


Full Conference Schedule

Tuesday, June 13

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Sign-in & Continental Breakfast   |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

                       Laura Howard, Director, KU Public Management Center

                           Terri Callahan, Program Director, Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM)

                           Leslee Rivarola, Program Director, Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation: "Public Service Matters"  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C
Speaker: Ms. Beth Linn, City Administrator, City of Edgerton, KansasSession Description:  Public service professionals have experienced a variety of challenges over the last decade, including finding ways to do more with less; maintaining high quality service delivery with fewer employees; responding to changing perceptions of the value of public service. These challenges have also provided a great opportunity for public servants to be innovative; to examine operations to maximize efficiency; and to enhance communication with the public. This keynote addresses the importance of public sector work and how to be a leader that champions the value of service.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Panel: "Power of Mentoring"  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C
Panelists: Major Dave Brown (Lenexa), Daron Hall (Pittsburg), Megan Milner (Kansas Department of Corrections), Robert Reece (Pottawatomie County),​
Session Description: An important tool of networking is the ability to identify professional mentors that can provide important feedback and advice throughout your career. It is equally important that leaders and managers give back by serving as a mentor to others. This panel will provide stories of their experience both as the mentor and the mentee and how it has contributed to their professional experience.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
Downtown Lawrence is a great place for a bite!

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation: "Maintaining a Culture of Hope in Light of Great Tragedy & Loss"  |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C
Speaker: Chief Terry Zeigler, Kansas City Kansas Police Department
Session Description: Public service is important and valuable work.  Organizations can prepare and provide training for many situations, but nothing can prepare an organization – or community for the loss of a beloved public servant.  This keynote will address how an organization continues its mission of service to the public in the wake of tragic loss. 

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Break Out Sessions

Sessions to choose from:

  • Capstone Projects: Presentations from Alumni and Roundtable Q & A   |  Brazilian Ballroom A-B
    • ​​Session Description: The Capstone project is the final exam of the CPM  credential. In this session, you will be able to observe three capstone project presentations from 2016 CPM and LELA graduates. The presenters will answer questions from their view as a graduate regarding their project and valuable lessons learned. ​
  • Work Engagement: What is it and Why is it CRUCIALLY Important to Your Organization Evelyn Eubank​   |  Brazilian Ballroom C
    • ​​Session Description: Discover 5 things about mental health and substance use that will make you a more effective leader!​
  • 5 Behavioral Health Life Hacks!  – Kim Nelson   |  Brazilian Ballroom D
    • Session Description: Discover 5 things about mental health and substance use that will make you a more effective leader!
  • MPA Informational Session - Michelle Reames   |  DoubleTree Lobby
    • ​​Session Description: Earning your CPM designation is a tremendous investment in your professional development and leadership competencies.  If you are interested in learning how you might be able to utilize your coursework from the CPM or LELA program toward earning your MPA from KU, please plan to stop by and visit. This is an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about the program and coursework.

4:00 p.m. to whenever: Networking |  Boulevard Grill

6:00 p.m. to whenever: Networking Dinner (optional)


Wednesday, June 14

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Sign-in & Continental Breakfast   |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Presentation   |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C

                           Terri Callahan, Program Director, Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM)

                           Leslee Rivarola, Program Director, Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA)

9:15 – 10:15 am – Keynote Presentation: “Employees are your #1 Resource”   |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C
Speaker: Sheriff Herman Jones, Shawnee County Sheriff’s DepartmentSession Description:  Employees are the key to the organization’s success. Regardless of current technological advancements there remains a need to have quality people to operate the mission of an organization.  Having the right people with the right mindset at the right time determines the success of your organization. Work every day to build on the success of your people. Successful people equal successful organization. 

10:15- 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 – 11:45 am – Break Out Sessions

Sessions to choose from:

  • Round Table - Sheriff Herman Jones   |  Brazilian Ballroom A-B
    • ​​Session Description: Interested in continuing the conversation with Sheriff Jones about building upon the success of your employees? Please plan to join Sheriff Jones during this interactive session to ask questions and discuss strategies to build the best teams using your best resource - employees!
  • Exploring Cultural Competency - Dr. Heather Getha-Taylor   |  Brazilian Ballroom C
    • Session Description: Cultural competency has been described as a "characteristic of good government" (Norman-Major and Gooden, 2012), but for some public managers, this concept remains abstract and elusive. This session will help participants answer the related questions: "What is cultural competency?" "Why does cultural competency matter?" "How can cultural competency be developed?" Using the results of a survey of public employees, this presentation will provide insights on how attitudes, knowledge, and skills impact individuals' cultural competency. Participants will also consider the ways in which these findings can be used to help organizations strategically invest in cultural competency development. The goals of this session are to consider the individual, organizational, and systemic factors that together influence the shared goal of enhanced cultural competency. 
  • Problem AnalysisJesse Favre   |  Brazilian Ballroom D
    • ​​Session Description: All leaders address problems, but how do you know you're addressing the root cause? This session will introduce key problem analysis tools, including "5 Whys," driver diagrams, and fishbone diagrams, to promote more effective interventions in the workplace.​

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 - 3:15 p.m. Break Out Sessions

Sessions to choose from:

  • Work Engagement: What Is It and Why It Is CRUCIALLY Important to Your Organization   – Evelyn Eubank   |  Brazilian Ballroom A-B
    • Session Description: Work Engagement is a concept that can hold the key to superior organizational performance, especially in an environment of limited resources.  In this session, you will discover how to improve the productivity of your organization through leadership based on an understanding of concepts and strategies grounded in the work engagement of you and your employees. Come, have some fun and then leave with plans that will benefit your workplace in a meaningful way.​​​
  • 5 Behavioral Health Life Hacks! - Kim Nelson   |  Brazilian Ballroom C
    • Discover 5 things about mental health and substance use that will make you a more effective leader!
  • Performance Improvement 101 - Jesse Favre   |  Brazilian Ballroom D
    • Session Description: Public sector leaders are all too familiar with the need to do more with less and demonstrate outcomes. In this session, you will learn how to address these demands by using the methodology of Lean performance improvement. Special attention will be given to the use of process flow diagrams as a tool for driving improvement. (This presentation is a reprisal of the performance improvement session offered through LELA in January 2017.)

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 - 4:30 p.m. - Closing Keynote: 21st Century Leadership   |  Brazilian Ballroom A-C
Speaker: J. Michael Wilkes, City Manager, City of Olathe, KS
Session Description: Having been in local government for almost 33 years now, Michael has learned and is still learning, a great deal about leadership. His topic, 21st Century Leadership touches on his “Top 10” Lessons in Leadership that he has learned over time.

4:30 p.m. Adjournment
Thank you for joining us! You will receive a conference survey by email, and we welcome your comments.

Schedule and speakers are subject to change.


Parking Resources

The DoubleTree Hotel, where the conference is, is a self-parking facility. All parking is free for guests and attendees.


CPM with Distinction

Are you a CPM or LELA graduate and you would like to attend this conference as a CPM with Distinction course? Great! Contact Kristina Clark by Monday, June 5, 2017. Even if you don't want credit as a CPM with Distinction course, you're still invited to attend as graduate of CPM or the LELA Command School. (You do NOT need to register for this event.)


Lodging

Because we have a limited number of hotel rooms blocked for our group, this information is only available by request. Contact Kristina Clark by Friday, June 2nd for information.


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