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2019 Leadership NOW Symposium

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City Centre at Quail Valley

2880 La Quinta Drive

Missouri City, Texas 77489

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Join The Best In The Greater Houston Region At Leadership NOW Symposium – Your Connection To:

• Progressive Ideas

• Networking Opportunities

• Expert Advice

• Career Growth

• Leading-Edge Information

Leadership NOW 2019 Will:

Provide in-depth training on topics of critical interest to public administrators in federal, state and local governments.

• Present a forum for public administrators to explore solutions to key challenges facing the urban community and local governments nationwide and globally.

• Support the career development of the next generation of public administrators by providing exposure and access to highly accomplished public officials and by providing tools for their success.


Your Connection To

Three Pre-Symposium Workshops, Four Straight-Shooting Leadership Nugget Workshops, Four Public Policy Forums, and A Speed Networking.

Tap into the talent, expertise and experience of subject matter experts in five workshops designed to enhance your leadership expertise, provide insights and strategies to cope with project management, emotional intelligence, leadership, communication, and technology.

O Public Administration Day 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

City of Missouri City – City Hall

The City of Missouri City is again sponsoring, Public Administration Day, which is focused on exposing young people in high school to a variety of fields in Public Administration (Public Safety, Technology, Law, Engineering, Business, and Health and Human Services) through a job shadowing experience in selected departments. The City of Missouri City believes this initiative will allow students to consider public service as a career option.

This year, Missouri City will be hosting 100-200 students from Missouri City High Schools. Other events for the day will include: A Continental breakfast for the students at City Hall, a luncheon with leaders from Houston Community College, Texas Southern University, and the University of Houston.

O Pre-Symposium Registration

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Noon – 5:00 p.m.


Session #1:

O Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Work-Life Balance for Employees

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is comprised of 38 countries and regularly ranks work-life balance of employees. The United States ranked number 30. Work-Life balance is critical to an employee’s physical, mental and emotional wellness. Employees face many challenges in their efforts to satisfy multiple stakeholders in the workplace and maintain a home space while attending to additional civic, religious and personal obligations.

This interactive session will introduce participants to the G.L.I.D.E method of recalibration. Using examples found in nature and applying principles and sage advice promulgated by Dr. Seuss, Robert Fulghum (“All I really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten”) and other contemporary icons (both fictional and non-fictional, the discussion will identify best practices to achieve work-life balance and equip participants with the skills necessary to G.L.I.D.E.!

Presenters: Kenneth W. Sam, Division Manager, City of Houston; Ireyan J. Clark-Sam, Senior Contracts and Procurement Analyst, City of Missouri City of Missouri City

Session #2:

O Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Managing Healthcare Cost

We cannot control the outcome of legislation or the rising cost associated with healthcare. Learn how organizations are developing and implementing strategies and wellness programs and clinics to manage costs and how healthcare partners are assisting,

FORUM Presenters:

Omar Reid, Sr. VP. Harris Health System

Brian Dickerson, HR Director, City of Ft. Worth

Joya Hayes, HR Director, City of Austin

Paula Kutchka, HR Director, City of Sugar Land

Session #3:

O Wednesday, October 2, 2019,1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ethics at Work, even When No one is Around!

Just because it is legal does not make it right. In these challenging times, everyone could use a refresher to help build skills and learn practical strategies for making ethical choices. Hear from the chair of the TMCA Ethics Committee on how to maintain your ethics in any environment or situation. One way of helping protect the integrity of your organization is to keep ethics in the forefront with your employees.

City leadership’s actions are always on display, ripe for evaluation and judgment. The same is true as when staff members do not live up to the profession’s high standards. What “ethical bombs” do professionals make? What traps do public servants need to look out for? This session will answer these questions, reviewing several case studies of “ethical bombs” public servants have made throughout the years.

Additionally, the two-hour interactive workshop is about helping staff identify and resolve ethical issues and establishing a foundation for a strong and successful workplace and life.

The session will feature area city managers who have taken steps to develop a culture of ethical awareness and practices throughout their organizations. As we've all seen in the news, it seems that ethical choices are more complex when people are under pressure. This session is based on the values of public service, and will provide a framework for addressing everyday ethical issues and serve as a platform for participant discussion about many common ethical concerns.

Speaker: Nick Finan, TCMA Ethics Chair

Executive Director of Management Services

City of Texas City

Paul Hofman

City Manager

City of Bellaire

O Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Missouri City, Texas


Get your business cards ready, your elevator pitch refined and put on your best smile! Join us as we strive to connect you with industry professionals and HR experts from across the region. This will be a fun way to expand your professional network.

  • Gain career insights!
  • Lightening rounds of networking!
  • Gain valuable skills and experience!
  • Opportunity to network with peers!


5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Join Missouri City, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CenterPoint Energy, and other Leadership NOW partners as they welcome attendees to gold standard networking and the smooth jazz sounds of Dean James.


7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Join key sponsors for an After-Hours Networking event at B’s Wine Bar featuring Karaoke Soul.


O Symposium Registration

Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:30 a.m. – noon

City Centre at Quail Valley - Missouri City, Texas


O From Local to Global: The State of Emerging Technologies

Thursday, October 3, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Missouri City, Texas

Join several IT Executives who will share some of their bold ideas, policies, and strategies to harness emerging technologies – including cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and other cognitive technologies. The senior IT executives will also share learnings, and highlight approaches for enabling transformative innovations to respond to changing needs.

Hugh Miller Lisa Kent Stephen Elkins Todd Kimbriel

CIO, City of Dallas CIO, State of Houston CIO, City of Austin CIO, State of Texas

O Emerging Technologies Showcase

Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Missouri City, Texas

For the first time, four generations are sharing the same workplace: Traditionalists (pre 1945); Baby Boomers (pre 1965); Generation Xers (pre- 1980); and Millennials or Generation Y (post 1980). With a changing workforce comes a change in workplace preferences, attitudes and expectations.

Technology and Innovation practices will be integral in the success of governmental agencies in the future. Join a number of companies who are finding ways to engage all four generations with innovation and technology tools that will make organizations more efficient and effective.


Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Azalea Room

Thursday, October 3, 2019 • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The political climate of the 21st century, no matter what the political affiliation of our elected
officials, continues to keep in the forefront public policy issues around affordable housing, access
to healthcare, high drug-pricing and many others. Advocacy organizations across the nation, both
locally and nationally, continue to mobilize individuals and create platforms for “the voice of the
people” to be heard from the doors of city hall to the floors of Congress.

As respected leaders in the community, public administrators across this nation have a unique
opportunity to be a leading voice in being an impactful conduit of change, through the advocacy
efforts that many times are disproportionately impacting communities.

Presented by the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC), an initiative of AHF, we invite you
to join thought leaders from across the nation, for an interactive, multi-media dialogue, that shares
the advocacy work of AHF in addressing the timely public policy issues of our times, followed by a
panel discussion on the critical need and impact of public administrators in the role of being
advocates for change! The session will include the screening of a short film recently released on
AHF’s advocacy and highlight the power of everyday individuals using their voice to impact change.
Light refreshments will be provided.


O “Inspired Words by Ron Holifield: A Conversation with SGR’s Executive Director “

Thursday, October 3, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Magnolia Ballroom

U.S. Census data shows that Millennials have superseded Baby Boomers as the largest generation by population, and local government experts have seen this shift play out in city management. Join our luncheon keynote speaker Ron Holifield, Founder and CEO of Strategic Government Resources, as he discusses what these trends mean for up-and-coming leaders, and encourages attendees on what it will take to arrive at the next step in their careers. As Ron has said, “I want to leave leaders with the sense of grabbing every second this world can give. Live every day making a difference, knowing deep down in their heart, that they are profoundly affecting peoples’ lives.”

Ron Holifield


Strategic Government Resources


Thursday, October 3, 2019 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Azalea Room

Join innovative companies and get up-close and hands-on with the Technology Showcase. Leadership NOW attendees will have an opportunity to get up to speed on today’s hottest products and trends and find the right solutions for organizations. Throughout the day, attendees will be able to learn about the issues facing all sectors of the industry, while also learning how technology can be used to overcome those issues.


Session 1: 7 Keys to Manage the Storms of Leadership in a H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Way

Thursday, October 3, 2019 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley – Bluebonnet Ballroom

As an expectancy for transparency becomes the norm, leaders and their teams are forced to do more with less, under the microscope of judgement, regulations and crisis. Tasked with educating the public, and meeting objectives set by various funders, it is essential to acknowledge that both government and their partnering private sector operations are changing. Facing challenges such as: ineffective communication, meeting unrealistic and unclear expectations, being overwhelmed, poor use of resources and more, leaders must pause for the cause and shift to a H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. approach to both leadership and living.

During our time together leaders will learn the H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. model which will empower them with a fresh perspective and strategy to not only survive, but to position themselves to thrive during and after the storm.

Angela Shuttlesworth, MSW, PhD

Founder & CEO


Boynton, Florida

Session 2: “Leadership in the Age of Digital Communication”

Thursday, October 3, 2019 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Magnolia Ballroom

As disruption is occurring in every aspect of every organization, digital transformation has captivated leadership teams and boardrooms around the globe. Digital communications has become a “must-have” competency for leaders serious about inspiring and impelling their organizations into the future.

The presentation explores seven core principles of effective digital communications through a storytelling narrative of practical, real world experiences. Stories illustrate the importance of intent and technique related to leadership communications, and incorporate actionable insights and a focus

on proven best practices. The presentation concludes with three takeaways to inspire today’s 21st century leader to be the disruptor, and not the disrupted.

Mark Hewitt

Co-Founder & President

Socially Savvy


Thursday, October 3, 2019 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Azalea Room


Session 3: “How to Overcome Unconscious Bias in Decision Making”

Thursday, October 3, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Magnolia Ballroom

Has there been a time when you have noticed a negative change in the atmosphere in your department? Are staff members no longer working strongly as a team, is productivity declining, and are people transferring out of a particular office regularly or resigning?

That may be due to decision makers and decision influencers being unaware of the fact that their biases may be keeping them from dealing with the root of staff issues and concerns. The ignored challenges that are affecting employees could cause team members to feel disconnected from each other and resources, as well as not seeing any opportunity for growth in their careers.

Unconscious bias may also be the cause of a decline in office productivity, and staff may begin feeling a lack of inclusion in their own work space. There are certain biases that cause managers and influencers to overlook the bad behavior of some, and hone in on less behavioral “violations” in others.

In a time when so many words are being misconstrued and redefined in society, and in a season when divisiveness is becoming scathingly cruel, it is time to do a self-evaluation to see how well WE are doing.

In this session, let's be proactive and determine what, if any, of our biases are and work towards correcting them, and learn strategies on how to deal with bias made in the decision making process.

LaTonya Pegues

Founder & CEO

BOAZ Enterprises

Session 4: Understanding the Concept of Q2 Time

Thursday, October 3, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Bluebonnet Ballroom

Join Clay Pearson, City of Pearland’s City Manager as he discusses Stephen Covey’s (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) Habit number 3: Put First Things First and his Time Management Matrix – a concept which promotes the use of four quadrants to determine the task you “need” to do, and deciding what should be made a priority.

The focus of this engaging Leadership Nugget session will focus on Quadrant 2 (Q2)(top right) which includes tasks that are “important but not urgent”, which are those we should focus on for long term achievement of goals. This session will engage attendees about prioritizing what’s important and effectively utilizing your most valuable resource: time. Familiarize yourself with the concept of Q2 time, developing time management habits that allow you to seize opportunities and focus on planning and prevention.

Clay Pearson

City Manager

City of Pearland, TX


O “The Value of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Public Sector

Thursday, October 3, 2019 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Magnolia Ballroom

Gain insight on how to ensure that our profession remains relevant into the future by creating an environment that fosters impartiality, variety, and opportunities for professionals to thrive in local government management.

Speakers: Karen Daly, Mountain Plains Regional Director, International City/County Management Association; Mark Washington, City Manager, City of Grand Rapids, MI; Mike Land, City Manager, City of Coppell; and Carla Scales, Founder, Scales Consulting; Sereniah Breland, City Manager, City of Pflugerville

Karen Daly Dr. Mark Washington Sereniah Breland Mike Land

Regional Director City Manager City Manager City Manager

ICMA Grand Rapids, MI City of Pflugerville City of Coppell

Carla Scales (Moderator)


Scales Consulting


O Resilience - Creating a Pathway to a Stronger & Safe Community

Thursday, October 3, 2019 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Missouri City, Texas

As local governments face growing hazards that affect their residents’ health and livelihoods and
a city’s reputation as a safe, secure and stable place to live, work and raise a family, local leaders
are increasing the emphasis they place on resilience in their strategic planning, risk assessments,
operations and project implementation. Learn from national experts what’s new in mainstreaming

Moderator: Joyce Coffee

President, Climate Resilience Consulting, Chicago, IL


O “Show Me City” Community Reception

Thursday, October 3, 2019 5:00 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Magnolia Ballroom

Join over 300 community and national leaders as the City of Missouri, in partnership with the Aids Healthcare Foundation welcomes them to a “Taste of our Community”. Enjoy an evening of excellence as the “Show Me City” and its Leadership NOW partners welcome guests to end the day with gold standard networking and smooth jazz sounds of saxophonist Theresa Grayson.

Partner Weekend Events

(Please contact each partner regarding tickets to events)

Partner: Sugar Land


18111 Lexington Blvd

Sugar Land, TX 77479

Dates: October 3, 2019

Location: Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

Phone: (281) 207-6278

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Price: $59.50 - $99.50

Movies on The Lawn

16535 Southwest Freeway

Sugar Land, TX 77479

Dates: October 3, 2019

Location: First Colony Mall

Phone: (281) 265-6123

Time: 7:00 PM

Price: Free

Town Square Tribute: ZZ Top Cover

2711 Plaza Drive

Sugar Land, TX 77479

Dates: October 5, 2019

Location: Sugar Land Town Square

Phone: (281) 276-6000

Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Price: Free

Partner: NFBPA

O Texas Leadership Excellence Gala

Friday, October 4, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel

NFBPA and its partners are ​proud ​to ​celebrate ​and ​host ​its ​Texas ​Leadership ​Awards ​Gala ​on ​Friday, October 4, ​2019 ​in ​Houston, TX. ​ ​For ​over ​a ​decade, ​NFBPA ​has ​recognized ​leaders ​from ​throughout ​the ​country ​for ​their ​dedication ​and ​hard ​work ​to ​enhance ​public ​service. ​ ​ This year, the organization will return to Texas to recognize several distinguished Texas public servants and a number of national awardees.

Each ​year ​a ​limited ​number ​of ​individuals ​receive ​the ​award ​to ​spotlight ​their ​achievements ​and ​to ​say ​“Thank ​You ​for ​your ​exemplary ​leadership ​qualities, ​inspiring ​others ​to ​strive ​for ​excellence ​and ​demonstrating ​the ​core ​values ​aligned ​with ​the ​NFBPA ​mission ​and ​goals”. ​

Previous ​award ​recipients ​have ​included ​members ​of ​Congress, ​Governors, ​Secretaries ​of ​State, ​State ​Senators, ​County ​Executives, ​and ​other ​national ​leaders. ​ ​ ​Honorable ​Julian ​Castro, ​​received ​the ​Trailblazer ​Award ​while ​Mayor ​of ​the ​City ​of ​San ​Antonio, ​TX. ​

​During last year’s Leadership Gala, ​the ​​award ​recipients ​were ​given ​to ​The ​Honorable ​Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston, TX, ​The ​Honorable ​Vi Alexander Lyles, Mayor, City of Charlotte, NC, ​Senator Royce West, Texas State Senator, 23 District, The Honorable Joe Zimmerman, Mayor, Sugar Land, TX, and The Honorable Allen Owen, Mayor, Missouri City, TX.

​In ​previous ​years ​other ​awardees ​have ​included ​Congressman ​John ​Lewis, ​Governor ​Deval ​L. ​Patrick, ​ ​U ​S ​Senator ​Tim ​Kaine ​and ​Mayor ​Kasim ​Reed, ​to ​name ​a ​few.

Steve Adler Rosalyn Bliss Angela Alsobrooks

Mayor Mayor County Executive

City of Austin City of Grand Rapids Prince Georges County

Lina Hidalgo (Invited) Karen Weaver

County Judge Mayor

Harris County, TX City of Flint, MI

Partner: Pearland

Pearland Arts & Crafts on the Pavilion


October 5-6, 2019
Pearland Town Center Event Pavilion, 11200 Broadway St., Pearland, TX
Free Admission

Enjoy treasure hunting for unique art and handmade crafts and take in the sounds of local entertainment and performances.


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