Winter Forum 2018

Start thinking about your future and what you can do to shape it by attending the Winter Forum. Gain leadership insights from Frank Benest and Greg Larson on how soft skills produce hard results and learn how to make your organizations future ready with the Big Sort workshop facilitated by Nijah Fudge with the Alliance for Innovation.

Registration Now Closed 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Check-in begins at 8:00 am

West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria
1110 West Capital Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691

Registration Rates
MMANC Member $80
Nonmember $100
MMANC Student Member $30

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Presentations and Handouts:

Preparation Assignment

Winter Forum 2018 – Essentials of Leadership Handouts

The Big Sort Presentation


8:00 am Registration and Light Breakfast 
8:30 am – 8:45 am Introduction and Opening Remarks
8:45 am – 12:00 pm The Essentials of Leaderhip – Presentation by Frank Benest and Greg Larson
CGL Certified – Creating a Culture of Success
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch and MMANC Annual Awards Ceremony
1:15 pm – 3:30 pm Alliance for Innovation Workshop – The Big Sort

Morning Session:

The Essentials of Leadership

This interactive session will promote leadership development for mid-managers and aspiring managers, one of the key recommendations from the Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative. The session will cover:

  • Leveraging your interpersonal attributes and skills, as opposed to your formal authority
  • Connecting with people
  • Engaging in authentic conversations
  • Building trust as the key currency of leaders
  • Developing leadership presence

Frank Benest—Principal, Frank Benest Consulting & Former City Manager for City of Palo Alto
Greg Larson – Partner, Management Partners & Former Town Manager for Town of Los Gatos

Afternoon Session:

Alliance for Innovation – The Big Sort

What might our cities and counties look like in 2038? In this session, Nijah Fudge will take you back to think about what has changed over the last twenty years and challenge you to think ahead to be a future ready community. This will include an overview of the four forces and trends that should be on your radar. We will break into groups and conduct a “Big Sort”, looking at our community’s vulnerabilities and where we might need to focus.  You will leave the session with action steps you can take to be future ready.

Nijah Fudge – West Coast Region Director, Alliance for Innovation