Schedule

Schedule and speakers are subject to change.

Thursday, April 17

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Refreshments
Lobby and Parlor ABC, Level 5

9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Welcome
Big 12 Room, Level 5

9:05 - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation: "Political Astuteness: Bridging the Gap between Politics and Administration"
Big 12 Room, Level 5

Nalbandian

SpeakerJohn Nalbandian, Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
This session will focus on the fundamental prerequisite of effective governance: bridging the gap between political acceptability and administrative sustainability. The concept of the gap will be described, forces affecting it identified, and three leadership challenges explored.
(Presentation PDF)
Video of John's keynote: Coming soon

For background: Contemporary Challenges in Local Government: Evolving Roles and Responsibilities, Structures, and Processes PDF»

ICMA Practice Groups: 2. Policy Facilitation; 14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Break
Refreshments in Parlor ABC, Level 5

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Leading Across the Divide - Stories of Bridging the Gap
Big 12 Room, Level 5 
Panelists will discuss their experiences with successfully (or not) bridging the gap that Professor Nalbandian will outline during his presentation. 
Panel Members

Moderator: Noel Rasor, Assistant Director, KU Public Management Center
ICMA Practice Groups: 2. Policy Facilitation; 14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. KACM Lunch & Meeting (additional ticket price)
Malott Room, Level 6
Or lunch on your own

1:30 - 2:40 p.m. Panel Discussion: Cities and Counties in the 21st Century & Update on the 2014 Legislative Session
Big 12 Room, Level 5
This panel will discuss the trends that are shaping the future of Kansas communities, leadership skills that will be essential for addressing future challenges, and how the Kansas Association of Counties and the League of Kansas Municipalities will be strategically developing leaders for the future. There will also be an update on the legislative session.
Panel Members

Moderator: Charles Jones, Director, KU Public Management Center
ICMA Practice Groups: 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation; 13. Strategic Planning

2:40 - 3:00 p.m. Break
Refreshments in Parlor ABC, Level 5

3:00-3:40 p.m. Concurrent Roundtable Sessions I
Big 12 Room, Kansas Room, Jayhawk Room, Governors Room
Roundtables to include:

  • "Collaboration Challenge"
    Jayhawk Room, Level 5
    This exercise offers participants an opportunity to practice collaboration skills and also reflect on their collaborative strengths.
    Presenter: Heather Getha-Taylor, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
    ICMA Practice Groups: 14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication
     
  • "Win as Much as You Can"
    Kansas Room, Level 6
    This experiential exercise focuses on the relationship between trust and problem solving.
    John Nalbandian, Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
    ICMA Practice Groups: 14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication; 17. Integrity
     
  • "The DNA of Challenges: Distinguishing the Technical from the Adaptive"
    Big 12 Room, Level 5
    In this session, you'll discuss the concept of Adaptive Leadership, which is the practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. Challenges often come as a tangled mess. Our work is about making progress towards untangling them.
    Presenter: Teresa Schwab, Instructor, KU Public Management Center; President, Arnavon Strategies, LLC
    ICMA Practice Groups: 6. Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation
     
  • Networking/Learning Lounge
    Governors Room, Level 5
    Have something new or challenging that your community is facing and want to talk it over with some colleagues? Pull up a chair and get comfy in this informal space.
    ICMA Practice Groups: 13. Strategic Planning


3:50-4:30 p.m. Concurrent Roundtable Sessions II (See topics above)
Big 12 Room, Kansas Room, Jayhawk Room, Governors Room

5:00-7:00 p.m. Networking Time (on your own)
We encourage you to block this time on your calendar and get to know new colleagues or visit with "old" friends.


Friday, April 18

7:15 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Panel Discussion: Local Government Professionals - The Early Years (additional ticket price)
Jayhawk Room
A panel of young professionals will discuss their careers and provide tips on surviving those early years. The KU MPA classes of 2014 and 2015 have teamed up to host this 6th annual student-sponsored event. Both students and professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Panel Members

Co-Moderators: KU School of Public Affairs & Administration Class Presidents: Christina Watts (Class of 2014) and Kevyn Gero (Class of 2015)
ICMA Practice Groups: 18. Personal Development

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Refreshments
Lobby and Parlor ABC, Level 5

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion: What Can Mobile Apps Do for Your Community?
Big 12 Room, Level 5
Many communities are finding that apps improve efficiency and customer service; in some cases apps can also be an important way to connect with younger citizens. Panelists will talk about the apps that their communities have developed and/or adopted and will also reflect on new challenges that can come from implementing mobile apps. 
Panel Members

Moderator: Jonathan Morris, Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Program Manager, KU Public Management Center (Pages 1-3, 15 of panel PDF)
ICMA Practice Groups: 7. Technological Literacy

10:15 - 10:35 a.m. Break
Refreshments in Parlor ABC, Level 5

10:35 - 11:35 a.m. Panel Discussion: Managing for Sustainability Across Kansas Area Communities 
Big 12 Room, Level 5
Panelists will discuss the various ways that the broad issue of sustainability is approached by their local governments, the types of efforts that are being taken to promote it, the drivers of these efforts, and how their success or effectiveness is being measured.
Panel Members

Moderator: Rachel Krause, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas (Presentation PDF)
ICMA Practice Groups: 3. Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning; 5. Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance

11:35 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Presentation: Are we really in a paperless world? Reflection on citizen engagement strategies
Big 12 Room, Level 5
Based on his previous research projects, Dr. Ho will discuss how citizens want to be engaged, the extent to which citizens have shifted away from traditional media, and the implications for city communication and engagement strategies.
(Presentation PDF)
Alfred Ho, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
ICMA Practice Groups: 8. Democratic Advocacy and Citizen Participation

12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Prize Drawings (Must be present to win)
Big 12 Room, Level 5

12:30 p.m. Adjournment
Thank you for joining us! You will receive a conference survey by email, and we welcome your comments.


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