Program Information

The 2018 Annual Conference Agenda is below. Please note the Agenda is subject to change. 
___________________ Wednesday, October 17
7:30 AM Golf Outing
The 2018 MMASC Annual Golf Outing will be hosted at the Players Course at the Indian Wells Golf Resort on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Golf Magazine rated the Players Course as the 16th best course to play in California. The shotgun start will begin promptly at 7:30 AM. The fee will be $119 per player and it will include two drink tickets to enjoy while on the golf course.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Opening Session with Keynote
Prioritizing a Healthy Work-Family Life
Presented by Dr. Mark Agars
Managing our work and family responsibilities is challenging. Expectations are significant, resources are limited, and the negative impact on our health and family relationships is real. In this session you will learn about what contributes to these challenges, the consequences of poor work-life management, and what you can do to build towards a healthy work-family life.   
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
---Breakout Sessions---

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The 4 P's of Compensation: Points, Pay, Performance & Policy
Presented by Jennifer Ramos, Christi Tenter and Cecilia Bernard, CPS HR Consulting 
As Consultants focused on the public sector, CPS HR works with clients in California and throughout the country, giving them exposure to compensation matters at multiple levels of government and in emerging markets. In this session, CPS HR will share recent lessons learned and trends in setting compensation related to the use of mid-points, salary grade setting, performance management, and policy for employee movement within salary ranges. They will also share common challenges and highlight how the four "P's" of compensation are necessary and work together to make sound labor decisions.

"But I Wasn't Notified!" ‐ A Guide to Making Public Engagement more Meaningful and Consistent
Presented by Ryan Betz, City of San Luis Obispo 
Meaningful public engagement is often one of the most difficult parts of our job.
What if we told you that we figured out a way to make public engagement both meaningful and consistent regardless of which department is leading the effort and always used the right tools for the job?
Introducing the Public Engagement and Noticing (PEN) Manual, a one-stop-shop for all your engagement needs. The development of the PEN Manual encompassed two main goals: providing a concise and easy-to-read guide for City staff to use while engaging the community and to create a document to help inform City Council and community expectations about
how and when to engage the public. These two goals were accomplished by drafting four main parts to the manual that serve as a road map to engagement processes. The four main parts are: an action plan matrix, outreach tools, who and where, and best practices.
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Networking Break
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
Wednesday Wellness Session & Activity 
Looking for ways to incorporate wellness into your daily work routine? Unsure how you can find time take care of yourself with your demanding workload? Then our wellness session during Wednesday's lunch is perfect for you. Learn ways to incorporate healthy activities into your workday and start off the conference on a healthy foot with movements for everyone during the lunch break.
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Networking Break
1:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Making it Work: Interpersonal Relationships with Elected/ Appointed Leadership
Presented by Kevin Duggan, ICMA West Coast Regional Director
This session is approved for full 3-hour credit under CGL Core Area: Interpersonal Relationships with Elected/Appointed Leadership
The right balance between a city manager and the city council is imperative to a well-functioning organization. While this relationship can be complex at times, it can also be one of the best attributes behind a thriving city. Establishing, nurturing, and maintaining good relations with elected officials is one of the key components of every city and county manager's job. The ability to understand this multi-faceted relationship is similarly important for organizational staff as they support municipal leadership.
The course will offer early and seasoned local government professionals tools to create connections necessary to tackle the difficult issues that inevitably face all professionals at some point during their careers. Attendees will receive useful insights and approaches not-uncommon to council-manager relationship challenges, from using interpersonal and communication skills to best advantage, to learning how to manage the bumps in the road.

Attendees will leave with knowledge of the relationship competencies and operational competencies that underpin a solid foundation for effective council-manager relations. They will also be able to recognize their role, at any level of the organization, in fostering strong interpersonal relationships with elected/appointed officials.
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Welcome Reception
"Let's Flamingle" is the theme to this year's Welcome Reception. Conference attendees are invited to this event to meet new connections and mingle with their existing ones. We will also have some fun opportunities so you won't want to miss it!  
6:00 PM Dinner On Your Own
Thursday, October 18 
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM General Session
Brief Talk with ICMA Executive Director
Presented by Marc Ott, ICMA Executive Director
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Networking Break
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
---Breakout Sessions---

2020 Leadership - Know 1, Be 1, Show 1
Presented by Lydie Gutfeld, City of Mission Viejo
Leadership can be many things. Promotions and title changes do not provide elevated leadership skills unless the evolution is encompassing practicing emotional IQ, mentoring, and positive interaction and criticism. Work to identify some of your leadership issues and find concepts to help you become more aware of your reactions and their impacts on your work teams.

Enhancing Council Meeting Video - Move from Mundane to Extraordinary
Presented by Ryder Smith, Tripepi Smith | Melissa Kuehne, ILG | and Dan Fenstermaker, City of Brea 
Cities invest big money in making video recordings of council meetings, but are these investments achieving good returns? Are people watching? Are residents engaging and learning? Learn what is happening with current video production strategies and review innovative ideas for turning your council chamber into a public engagement video studio.

Ascending the Ranks: Tips for Moving Up
Presented by Armine Chaparyan, City of San Gabriel
The lowdown on professional development facts on what it takes to get your foot in the door, make your next move, and succeed from an employer’s perspective. Real life examples of Do’s and Don’ts revealed.
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Networking Break

Resume Review

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11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
---Breakout Sessions---

Process Mapping for Improved Service Delivery 
Presented by Jeremy Culuko, City of San Diego 
Presenter will lead hands on activities that teach attendees how to use process maps to break down department barriers, improve communication, and deliver better service.

Examining Homelessness from all Angles: Collaborative Local Approaches and Strategies
Presented by Robert Cortez, City of Santa Ana | Kenneth Gominsky Jr, City of Santa Ana | Hafsa Kaka, City of Santa Ana| Alisa Orduna, City of Santa Monica | Melissa Kuehne, ILG 
This session will highlight examples of how local governments have implemented best practices and approaches to address homelessness.

Risks, Rewards and Inspiration from Career Mobility
Presented by Mark Scott, City of Indio 
Now in his 7th City Manager job, The speaker will.share stories and lessons gained from career mistakes, mobility and love of community.
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Networking Lunch
MMASC State of the Organization
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Networking Break

Professional Headshots
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
---Breakout Sessions---

Surviving an Active Shooter
Presented by Dean Waddell, Keenan & Associates 
Join us for this high-stakes session designed to empower participants by giving them the tools necessary to increase their chances of survival. Focusing on how each individual should respond to an active shooter incident, this session covers what to expect, and how to mentally prepare before, during and after the event. Some of the tactics and strategies discussed include: Run.Hide.Fight (What does that actually look like for you?), breathing techniques (How to stay calm and effective in a stressful situation), and how 1 second might save your life. Let us help you plan for the most important 15 minutes of your life: Surviving an Active Shooter.

Using Data for Action, Impact and Storytelling to Promote a Culture of Health
Presented by Hope Velarde, Justin Garcia, Joanna Marrufo, City of Rancho Cucamonga 
Healthy RC (HRC) is a complex system of interconnected planning, program, policy, and partnership efforts that work across sectors and priority areas to promote community health and wellness in the Rancho Cucamonga area. A genuine partnership of City government, community agencies, and grass-roots residents who collectively identify their community’s health challenges and decide how best to address them.

HRC embarked on a 15-month Evaluation Plan using GIS to specifically assess how HRC has impacted the community. By using story maps, HRC was able to effectively inform its City leaders and community about the HRC impact and challenges the City faces. Story maps use geography as a means of organizing, presenting and communicating information. They tell the story of a place, issue, trend or pattern and bring information to life. In Rancho Cucamonga, using story maps has inspired and motivated our leaders and community to take action.

Developing People. Developing Communities. for the next 65 Years!
Presented by Ashley Garcia, City of Costa Mesa | Nicholas Gonzalez, City of Ontario | and Izzy Murguia, City of Murrieta
Our 2017 Annual Conference saw attendees participate in a Strategic Planning session where the Board worked with you, our members, to create a collaborative plan to take MMASC into the future. In an effort to work that plan and Exceed Expectations for the next 65 years, we invite you to share your ideas in roundtable discussions facilitated by MMASC Leadership. Your contributions will help guide MMASC into 2019 and beyond!
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Networking Break

Resume Review

Professional Headshots
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
---Breakout Sessions---

So you really want to be a City Manager? 
Presented by Rob Houston, City of Fountain Valley and Ken Domer, City of Fullerton
Hear from two new City Managers about what life is like in the Big Chair - Lessons learned, what they recommend audience members should look to get in way of experience to best prepare them for the CM role.

EB & WC 101: Understanding Employee Benefits and Worker’s Compensation Programs
Presented by Nicole Hoover & Vanessa Pena, Keenan & Associates
A general overview of employee benefits and workers’ compensation programs from an employer standpoint designed to discuss the fundamentals for having a great program that is also cost-effective.

Leveraging Private Partnerships to Create a New Transit Model for Your Community
Presented by Brittany Mello and Oliver Chi, City of Monrovia 
Overview of new GoMonrovia multi-modal mobility initiative with lessons learned for other suburban communities looking to launch bike-share programs or ride-share programs with providers such as Lyft. 
4:30 PM Dinner On Your Own
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM President's Gala
Stir it up at the President's Rat Pack Gala! This event is for conference attendees to celebrate another successful year of MMASC. 1960's Rat Pack themed attire is encouraged!
___________________ Friday, October 19
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration Open
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM Annual Business Meeting
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM General Session with Keynote
Unlocking Empathy, a 21st Century Skill for Being Culturally Competent
Presented by April Powers
As we are losing empathy, how do we turn it back on and recognize its value in the workplace? In this session, you will not only learn about others, but you will also learn about your own cultural preferences. When you learn about who you are and why you do what you do, it opens the door to understanding others. We often view someone else's behavior through our own cultural lens. We may wish to take the time to consider that this behavior may be a sign of respect in the other person's culture. Our goal is to listen and understand before being offended. In many cultures, what is not said is sometimes more important than what is said. Changing your style to adapt to another culture does not mean you are changing who you are. Learn different cultural values, your own, and how to adapt in different encounters by leveraging empathy first.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Networking Break
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
---Breakout Sessions---

Speed Coaching
Brought to you by California City Management Foundation
Participate in three to five 10-minute speed coaching sessions where you can get one-to-one advice from local government leaders in this high energy setting. 

The Innovation Economy and Local Government as a Platform
Presented by Joel Carnes, Alliance for Innovation 
Leave this session inspired to amplify your impact in your community! This discussion will provide you with a deeper understanding of the power of intentional collaboration and networking to drive local and regional innovation. Learn how to use your local government organization as a leader to build an innovation economy (beyond incubators), and what you can do to mobilize this effort in your community.

Realize Your Leadership Potential: How to Fit Health and Wellness into Your Busy Schedule
Presented by Heather Moreno, Weight Breakthrough & Councilmember for City of Atascadero 
In a professional’s life, work takes priority while health and wellness often take a back seat or don’t get a seat at all! For long-term success, making time for healthy habits is non-negotiable. How do you fit it all in? Find out in this session as you engage in an active brainstorming process and identify specific, ready-to-implement actions that will lead to important shifts in your health and well-being!

The Significant Impact of Janus v. AFSCME and S.B. 866 on Public Sector Labor Relations
Presented by Kevin Chicas, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
The laws throughout the United States and California were significantly changed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME and Governor Brown’s signature on Senate Bill 866. This decision overturned decades of precedent supporting the collection of union agency fees from non-members and has significantly impacted public sector unions and employers. Join us as we discuss what should be expected from labor representatives and employees.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 65th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration & Annual Awards Celebration
Sponsored by the Institute for Local Government 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Wine Down Pool Party
Enjoy the desert a little bit longer and network with your colleagues. Relax and enjoy the pool party!