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Leadership NOW Symposium 2017

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City Centre at Quail Valley

2880 La Quinta Dr

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O Ethical Bombs – How can I learn from other’s mistakes?

Thursday, October 5, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Magnolia Ballroom, 2880 LaQuinta Drive, Missouri City, Texas

Our actions are always on display, ripe for evaluation and judgment. If one city manager acts inappropriately, violating ICMA’s Code of Ethics, it impacts the entire profession, undermining our ability to manage and lead. The same is true as when our staff do not live up to the profession’s high standards. What “ethical bombs” do professionals make? What traps do I need to look out for? How do I protect my integrity when a city manager creates controversy that reflects poorly on what I do? This session will answer these questions, reviewing several case studies of “ethical bombs” city managers and their staffs have made throughout the years.

Learn tips to avoid these mistakes and how best to address the collateral damage when an “ethical bomb” drops nearby. Additional areas to be addressed during the session include the following:

  1. Why are ethics important in the local government profession?
  2. What are common ethical challenges and how can you navigate them?
  3. What are best practices for promoting ethics in action?
  4. What resources are available to support you?

Presenter: Martha Perego, ICMA Director of Member Services and Ethics

Supporters/Sponsors: City of Missouri City, City of Sugarland, City of Pearland, NFBPA, TCMA, University of Houston, and Texas Southern University.




O City and County Managers’ Panel: “Dealing with Changing Communities and Priorities

Thursday, October 5, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Magnolia Ballroom, 2880 LaQuinta Drive, Missouri City, Texas

Whether this is your second or twenty-second, year in this profession, the benefit of hearing lessons learned and insight from those who have walked in your shoes proves a valuable resource. Our five panelists have multiple years of combined service in local government, and will share stories of their careers, including what has changed since they started in local government and how they’ve addressed it, and how the role of a public administrator may change in the next 20 years, and how best to prepare.

Panel: Gary Jackson, City Manager, Asheville, NC; T.C. Broadnax, City Manager, Dallas, TX; Dale Fisseler, City Manager, Waco, TX; Bruce Moore, City Manager, Little Rock, AR; and Verdenia Baker, County Manager, Palm Beach County, FL, and Allen Bogard, Sugar Land, TX.




O Community Public Policy Keynote & Discussion: “Raising Awareness and bringing attention to the crisis of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic”

Thursday, October 5, 2017 2:30 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Magnolia Ballroom, 2880 LaQuinta Drive, Missouri City, Texas

Join key community and corporate partners for a panel discussion that has been organized to raise awareness and bring attention to the ongoing crisis of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reveals that more than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 6 are unaware of their infection. Every 9 ½ minutes someone is infected with HIV in the U.S. African Americans make up only 13.6% of the U.S. population, yet account for 52% of all new HIV/AIDS cases and 44% of new infections. In 2014, an estimated 11,842 residents in Houston/Harris County were newly diagnosed, for the number of African American women diagnosed in 2014 for every white person diagnosed was 21.12.

Please join us for an informative discussion about the efforts to eliminate this infectious disease in our community including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Houston Health Department. Come join us and learn ways that everyone can support this work or get involved.

The panel discussion is co-presented with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CIGNA Healthcare, and the Houston Health Department.




O “Show Me City” Community Reception

Thursday, October 5, 2017 4:30 p.m.

City Centre at Quail Valley - Magnolia Ballroom, 2880 LaQuinta Drive, Missouri City, Texas

Join Missouri City, the NFBPA Houston chapter, PFM, the Houston Health Department, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and ICMA-RC as they welcome the Public Policy attendees to end the day with gold standard networking and smooth jazz sounds.






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