2020 Virtual Conference Schedule

October 7, 2020 – Emergency Preparedness/COVID-19

Opening Session and Welcome from MMANC President, Jessica Deakyne
9:30 – 10:30 am
Set your intentions for this weekly conference and hear about exciting speakers from our 2020 President, Jessica Deakyne, Assistant City Manager, City of Novato

Reopening Your Workplace: Safety, Testing, Privacy and Pay
This session will highlight COVID-19 Labor and Employment updates, including: federal and state guidelines, safety issues, guidance for the use of face coverings, testing and temperature checks, EEOC June 2020 Guidance, and San Francisco “Back to Work” Emergency Ordinance.
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Presented by Diane Marie O’Malley, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLPBiography

Breaking Bad News and Building Resilience
2:00 – 3:00 pm
In this session participants will learn strategies to deal with difficult situations: why breaking bad news early is critical and most importantly how to break the news. We will discuss obstacles that often get in the way of successfully breaking bad news and getting the best outcomes, and lessons learned through the process. Participants are asked to bring their toughest problems to share and be ready for small group discussion after the presentation. The session will conclude with goals for the week to help participants implement their learning and build long-term resilience in themselves and their teams.
Presented by Heather AbramsBiography

Grant Writing and Accessing Emergency Funds
3:30 – 4:30 pm
This webinar is great for those who are just finding out about grants and for those who have been in the grant world a long time. You will learn the basics of getting started and walked through the grant process. You will also learn where to access available funding.
Steve Samuelian, California ConsultingBiography
David Marquez, California ConsultingBiography

Networking Happy Hour with the MMANC Executive Board
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PST
Join the MMANC executive board and fellow conference attendees for small group conversation to network with local government professionals!
Presented by the Municipal Management Association of Northern California Executive Board

October 14, 2020 – Racial Equity

Wellness Event: Mindful Restorative Yoga with Jenni Wendell – Just Be Yoga
7:30 – 8:30 am
MMANC’s Corporate Partner, Townsend Public Affairs, is honored to offer MMANC Conference Attendees a live virtual gentle restorative yoga class via Zoom. This one-hour session is created to support and balance mind, body and spirit to set your intentions for learning during Day 2 of the Annual Conference, all the comfort of your home.

Featured Session
9:30 – 10:30 am
Join ICMA President, Marc Ott, and ICMA West Coast Regional Vice-President and City Manager of Palo Alto, Ed Shikada for a discourse on racial equity and the future of the profession.
Ed Shikada
, City Manager, City of Palo AltoBiography
Marc Ott, Executive Director, ICMABiography

Engaging Diverse Communities
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) will facilitate a session where participants will learn about a range of tools and strategies to ensure success when implementing a community engagement program focusing on diverse communities. Participants will learn how to foster and enhance trust as a critical element in long-term, sustainable engagement, and effective governance.
Aida Negrón, Training and Facilitation Associate, PCRC
Jose R. Lopez, Manager of Facilitation Services, PCRCBiography

Coffee Break & Chat with Tripepi Smith
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Join Tripepi Smith President Ryder Todd Smith for your mid-day coffee break. He’ll be talking all these COVID communications so come prepared with questions.

CGL Training – Diversity Uncovered Online (Registration for this session is now closed)
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Implicit Bias and Microaggressions are terms that often trigger fear, anxiety and defensiveness among employees as they try to make sense of what these terms mean and do everything in their power to not be associated with them. This interactive online training will help government leaders deconstruct these terms and build a framework to talk about both conscious, intentional discrimination and unconscious, unintentional discrimination. Participants will go on a journey of self-awareness and empathy building as they begin to recognize how bias and discrimination shows up in their lives and in their work as public servants.
Lea Robinson, Training Synergist, CircleUp EducationBiography
Ahija Moore
, Training Synergist, CircleUp EducationBiography

Local Government and the Pursuit of Racial and Social Equity
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Join our esteemed panel as they explore the social challenge of racial inequity and the role of local government in achieving lasting change. In this facilitated discussion, the panelists will reflect on the urgency of this moment and define the problem; discuss the policies, practices and beliefs that can improve decision-making and strengthen organizational awareness on issues of equity; share strategies and successful outcomes of inclusive community engagement; and answer your questions about this important and timely issue. Whether your organization has a long-standing commitment to racial and social equity or is simply beginning the conversation, you are sure to be inspired by the conversation and lessons learned offered by our panel.
Maria Hurtado
, Assistant City Manager, City of Hayward (Moderator) – Biography
Zulma Maciel, Director, City of San Jose Office of Racial EquityBiography
Katie Balderas, Equity Officer, City of Long Beach (invited)
Aimee Zenzele Barnes – Director of the Office of Diversity and Equity (invited )

October 21, 2020 – The Future of Work – Internal

Living a Values-Driven Life
9:00 – 11:00 am
When we live our lives aligned with our deeply held beliefs and values, every decision we make is easier, every action gets us closer to our goals, and every day is more fulfilling. Yet, few of us are clear on our most important values, and even fewer have done the work of translating our values into action plans.

When our values are clear – and especially when they align to the values of our organization– we are more committed to and more fulfilled by our work. So, let’s come together and discover our values!

In this 2-hour workshop we will…

  • Understand the power of a “values-driven life”
  • Uncover and prioritize our 3 most important values
  • Evaluate our current satisfaction when it comes to “living” our values
  • Make a specific, 3-part action plan that will bring your values into focus

In addition, we will discuss the challenge of being in situations that are OUT of alignment with our core values, and we will practice 2 powerful strategies that will help us bridge the gap.

You’ll come away with…

  • More clarity about your own personal values, and a list of your top 3
  • An action plan for enhancing alignment with at least one of those values
  • A strategy for resolving situations that compromise your values

Presented by Claire Laughlin, MRGBiography

Keynote: Rebecca Ryan – Future of Work
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Communications and Team Building
2:00 – 3:00 pm
The pandemic has upended the way public agencies operate with most learning how to run a virtual workforce for the first time. Fortunately, MMANC Platinum Partner Tripepi Smith has over 10 years of virtual work-life under its belt, and in this session, they’re sharing what they’ve learned with us.

Join this webinar for tips on working proficiently while working remotely, tools for beefing up your telework set-up and lessons learned from their decade in the cloud.

Presented by Ryder Smith, President, Tripepi SmithBiography

Labor Negotiations
3:30 – 4:30 pm
This session will teach the fundamentals of labor negotiations from the establishment of a bargaining agenda to the conclusion of the contract, with particular emphasis on strategies and best practices in light of the economic uncertainties of the current global pandemic.
Shelline Bennett, Managing Partner, LCW –
Tim Yeung
, Partner, Sloan SakaiBiography

Trivia Game Night
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Unwind with some trivia fun by joining Tripepi Smith and friends for game night! Register now, space is limited to 50
Hosted by Tripepi Smith

Networking with Tripepi Smith and Friends
8:00 – 9:00 pm
After the fun of trivia, come connect with MMANC and Tripepi Smith for conversation!

October 28, 2020 – The Future of Work – External

Civil Engagement: The Key to find Common Ground in Chaos
9:00 – 10:30 am
The events of 2020 (a global pandemic, economic crisis, equal justice, impacts of global warming, political divisiveness to name a few) have created a period of radical disruption. We will not be simply returning to “business as usual.” Whether that is a good or a bad thing depends greatly on where we go from here. This session invites you to sit in on a conversation between three local government practitioners (think your favorite podcast, except that you get to join the conversation!) as they explore how we can move forward to engage the full diversity of resident voices authentically, equitably, and effectively in addressing complex issues such as housing, homelessness, public safety, criminal justice reform and disaster preparedness that are vital to the future of our communities.
Ashley Labosier, Executive Director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership
Maureen Tobin, Communications and Engagement Director, City of Morgan HillBiography
Kurt Wilson, Civic LeaderBiography
Ed Everett, City Manager (retire from Redwood City) and Davenport Institute AmbassadorBiography

Reimagining Public Safety
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for a panel discussion led by a moderator and consisting of city and police executives where we’ll dive into the complicated topic of reimagining policing in light of the national conversation about the high profile deaths of black men and women and racial injustice in America. Panel experts will share their unique experiences in their communities, which will include their approach to community engagement, reviewing policies and practices, and making change to improve public safety service delivery to residents of all backgrounds and walks of life.
Panelists Include:
Melissa Stevenson-Diaz, City Manager, Redwood CityBiography
Ed Alvarez, Police Chief, BART PDBiography
Angela Averiett, Deputy Chief, BART PDBiography
Geneva Bosques, Fremont Chief Communications OfficerBiography
Chantal Cotton Gaines, Deputy City Manager, Palo AltoBiography
Lauren Sugayan, Assistant to the City Manager, Union CityBiography

Moderated by John Stefanski, Assistant to the City Manager, Dublin

Future of Work – The Nature of External Partnerships and the Value of Regionalism
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Sommer Kehrli from the Center for Organization Effectiveness kicks off Future of Work – the Nature of External Partnerships and the Value of Regionalism and transitions session into mini presentations as follows:

Presentation by Tami Douglas-Schatz, Human Resources Director, County of San Luis Obispo and Monica Irons, Director of Human Resources, City of San Luis Obispo on a Regional Approach to Learning and Development strategies (approximately 15 minutes)

Presentation by Chris Barnickel, Director of Libraries, County of San Luis Obispo on a Regional Approach to Homelessness (approximately 15 minutes)

Highlights from Project: Define, identify, and make recommendations for best practice response by public employees when supporting, engaging, and providing service to the homeless population.
Benefits of Regional approach followed by Q&A (approximately 15 minutes)

Public-Private Partnerships for Critical Infrastructure
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are delivering critical infrastructure across the country. Today these partnerships can provide communities with new tools and strategies to address their infrastructure needs. A panelist of P3 experts will provide an overview of a P3, highlight specific examples across California, discuss how P3s can be an effective way to deliver projects especially in light of local government’s constrained resources and provide thoughts on the financing components of these partnerships.
Kate Joncas, MIG Biography
Katie Rodrigues, JLL Consulting
Korin Crawford, Griffin Structures
Raul Amezcua, StifelBiography

Coffee and Conversation with Climatec
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Join Tyler Girtman and Rob Reading of Climatec for your afternoon coffee break. They’ll discuss safely reopening and keeping your cities running with COVID-19 and wildfire season, sharing insights to power resiliency, ventilation and other technologies. Questions are welcome!

Tyler Girtman, Climatec and Rob Reading, ClimatecBiographies