Leadership, Innovation and Talent

How to Stay LIT in the Workplace Effective leadership and career development tools are key elements that all public administrators need. The greatest investment you can make is in yourself. Workshops in this track will support development of skills required for the advancement of managers, leaders and key contributors. What strategies can be utilized to establish and successfully achieve your professional development goals and objectives? How does one navigate from vision to actualization? The leadership and career development track will help you set the framework to lead others and manage the communities you serve. Through workshops in this track, you will be able to enhance your personal profile and excel in your job.


  • Breakthrough Mindset for Leaders and Leading Through Change in Uncertain Times
  • What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There: How to Thrive in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous (VUCA) World
  • Leadership DNA: Where Does Leadership Start 
  • How to Use Social Media to Drive Performance 
  • Professionally Speaking: Getting Desired Results Through Effective Communication 
  • Recruiting, Managing and Retaining Multiple Generations in the Workplace
  • Maximizing Emerging Professional Value: An Interactive Discussion 
  • The Silent Killer of Career Advancement 
  • Squad Goals! Let’s Make the Workplace More Human 
  • Using Technology to Promote Workplace Mindfulness 
  • Leadership is Not a Thing: Leadership is Organic, Bloom Where You are Planted 
  • Everybody Matters: Transforming An Organization’s Culture 
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback 
  • Effective Strategies for Salary Negotiations


Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity 

Paths to Strong and Safe Communities This workshop track will focus on the concepts to address violence in the community by using strategies related to prevention, intervention and opportunity. With public health as a model, the approach focuses on prevention. As an example, strategies dealing with toxic stress as it relates to social cultural environment and inadequate educational, economic and employment environments would be developed for implementation. More experts now recognize a model for preventing violence that requires synchronized strategy among public, private, non-profit and faith based organizations. How to create these collaborations effectively will be explored as part of this track.


  • Path to Strong Safe Communities
  • Work Life Balance 
  • Mental Health and Stress 
  • Crime Prevention: Anticipation, Recognition, Appraisal and Action
  • Conversations That Connect: Corporate, Faith-Based and Public Partnerships
  • Re-Entry Workforce Initiative and Career Relaunch
  • Entrepreneurship, New Start-Ups and Innovation
  • Education/Job Training
  • Entrepreneurship and Incubator
  • Beyond Badges


Engaging with Your Community – Equity and Social Justice Causes

This workshop track will focus on how national and local incidences can emerge as a social justice movement and the implications for your community and organization. Approaches, tools, and techniques for successful collaborations with grass-roots initiated or established community organizations’ efforts shall address perceived or real social, economic, environment inequities and injustices in your community. Discussions will include innovative practices, policies or programs to ensure your organization is culturally responsive and aligned with your community.


  • Bridges Out of Poverty
  • Increasing, Developing, and Promoting Affordable Housing 
  • Colleagues Who Connect: Public Housing Authority- Compliance, Contracts and Services
  • Environmental Inequality
  • Disparities in Health and Equalities
  • Innovative Strategies That Address Workforce Issues Like Housing Cost, Transportation, Etc.
  • Building a Strong Foundation: The Relationship Between Elected State Officials and Agency Directors
  • Local and National Officials’ Priorities Mirror National Fiscal and Economic Angst
  • Communicating in Crisis Situations
  • Going Beyond Policy – State Statutes and Ordinances that No Longer Address Local Realities
  • Intended vs Unintended Results • How Will Opportunity Zones Affect Economic Equality?
  • Planning for the Loss of Half a Million Affordable Homes
  • New Study Shows that College Students Face Significant Housing and Food Insecurity
  • Impact of Gentrification on Stable Neighborhoods
  • Where is the Playbook? More Hurricane-Ravaged Communities Express Frustration with FEMA’s Response to Natural Disasters


IT, Financial Resources, Acquisition, and Community Development

Managing in today’s fast changing environment requires government to move faster and maximize every decision. There is no margin for error with a risk adverse public. In order to survive, actionable information is at a premium. This track will demonstrate and explore how to ensure the best information gets communicated via IT best practices, how to creatively acquire the resources to implement dynamic visions, and the best places to invest with the goal to transform communities.


  • Business Intelligence — Data Driven Decision Making
  • Use Data Analytics — Anecdotal vs Empirical
  • Identifying Creative Funding Solutions
  • Monetizing/SUsing Data Info for Public/Private Investment
  • Smart Cities — Hour to Hour Information for Informed Decisions
  • Social Impact Bonds
  • How to Prioritize Investments
  • Taxation, Finance and Budgeting in City Government
  • The Case for Aerotropolis: What Is and Can Be Done
  • Procurement As a Business Partner
  • Achieving Economic Development Success In An Untrusting World

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