Women’s Leadership Summit

Thursday, May 11, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pmWLS FINAL LOGO (1)_500
Check-in beginning at 8:00 am
Breakfast and Lunch included
Onsite Post Networking Event 4:00 pm

The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano

3250 Rancho Solano Parkway
Fairfield, CA 94534

Registration Rates

Early Bird Rates
March 15 through April 14
Regular Rates
April 15 through May 10
MMANC Member $95 $105
Nonmember $115 $125
MMANC Student Member $75 $75
WLG Member $95 $105

 for Online Registration

Event Flyer

Program Highlights

  • Morning Keynote: Maria Echaveste, Policy and Program Director at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Policy at UC Berkeley and Former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton.
  • Afternoon Workshop: Tara Mohr, author of Playing Big and founder of the acclaimed global Playing Big Leadership Program. Sponsored by Peckham & McKenney   www.taramohr.com
  • Executive Roundtables: Female executives from around the state will rotate through the room to answer questions.
  • Panel Discussion: This year’s Women’s Leadership Summit panel will discuss ways in which women can better support each other in the workplace through use of empowering tactics, in addition to better serving their communities. Themes will touch on how to amplify women’s voices in critical decision-making.
    Moderator – Teri Killgore, Assistant City Manager, City of Vallejo. Panelists – Maria Hurtado, Assistant City Manager, City of Hayward, Carol Chetkovich, Professor of Public Policy at Mills College, Vanessa Carrera, Public Information Officer, City of Tracy

Where to Stay

For those traveling a distance, two local hotels have extended MMANC a special group rate for this conference. Room availability is limited:

Courtyard by Marriott Fairfield, CA
$118.00 per night plus taxes
Book by April 19th to secure this rate.

Online Reservations

Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfield, CA
$91.00/per night plus taxes
Book by May, 1st to secure this rate.

Online Reservations at www.fairfield.stayhgi.com.

  • At the top of the page, click the dates you want to book.
  • Click “More Options”.
  • Check the box marked, “Add Special Rate Codes”
  • In the Group Code box, type in “MMANC

Call at (707-426-6900)
If you’re having trouble booking online, please don’t hesitate to call our front desk with the date and Group Code MMANC ready.

2017 Women’s Leadership Summit
Scholarship Opportunity!

Peckham & McKenney is offering one scholarship to attend the 2017 Women’s Leadership Summit. At the 2016 WLS, over 40 copies of Playing Big, written by executive coach and entrepreneur Tara Mohr, were gifted by Peckham & McKenney to Roundtable Executives and speakers. An included bookmark encouraged the recipient to write a brief note inside the cover upon completing the book and to then pass it on to another woman in the profession. Peckham & McKenney will provide a scholarship to attend the 2017 Summit to the woman who has the most signatures.
If you are currently in possession of one of these copies, please send an email to bobbi@peckhamandmckenney.com. Include your contact information as well as a photo of the signatures within the book. All entries (emails) must be received no later than April 28.

Announcement of the lucky scholarship recipient will be announced, and Peckham & McKenney will make necessary arrangements for registration

MMANC Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is presented to a female MMANC member that demonstrates the leadership skills crucial to sound local government, the ethics that are core to MMANC and who seeks out opportunities for professional development. The recipient must be a current Full Member of MMANC. To verify membership status, please email membership@mmanc.org.

The recipient will be recognized at the 2017 Women’s Leadership Summit in Fairfield, CA on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

In addition to demonstrating leadership skills that are crucial to sound local government, ethics that are core to MMANC, and taking a proactive approach to personal and professional development, a Rising Star award typically has the following traits:

  • Career focus in local government
  • Exhibits exemplary performance and commitment to the employee’s organization or department
  • Contributes to the organization as a leader, motivator and innovator

Please take a moment to consider whom among your staff or peers may qualify for this award and consider submitting a nomination. MMANC members are encouraged to nominate fellow members or themselves for this award.

Nominations should include:

  • Nominee Name, Nominee Job Title, Nominee Organization, Nominee Address, Nominee Phone Number, Nominee e-mail address.
  • Nominator Name, Nominator Job Title, Nominator Organization, Nominator Address, Nominator Phone Number, Nominator e-mail address.
  • A brief summary of the Nominee’s background, professional and/or personal achievements and why they are most deserving of this award. References and supporting material are not required but are allowed.

Email nominations to DeAnna Hilbrants dhilbrants@ci.millbrae.ca.us


Previous Winners of MMANC Rising Star Award:

2007 Jenny Haruyama (Currently City Manager at Scotts Valley, CA)
2008 Magda Gonzalez (Currently City Manager at Half Moon Bay, CA)
2009 Maya Williams (Currently Special Events Manager at City of Fremont, CA)
2010 Crystal Morrow (Currently City Clerk at City of Saratoga, CA)
2011 Molly Rattigan (Currently Deputy County Executive Officer at County of Napa, CA)
2012 Hazel Wetherford (Currently Assistant to the City Manager at City of Dublin, CA)
Kelly McAdoo (Currently City Manager at City of Hayward, CA)
2013 DeAnna Hilbrants (Currently Finance Director at City of Millbrae, CA)
Nina Hawk (Currently Public Works Director at City of Milpitas, CA)
2014 Rebecca Woodbury (Currently Sr. Management Analyst at City of San Rafael, CA)
2015 Becky Eby (Currently Budget Analyst at Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, OH)
2016 Ariana Ayala (Currently Program Manager III [Sr. Management Analyst] at Stockton, CA)


WLG Career Excellence Award

The Career Excellence Award was established by MMANC in 2007 as part of the Inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit. This award is selected by Women Leading Government, a professional organization committed to the development of women leaders in the field of public service. The recipient of the award should be someone who is dedicated to the field of local government and has taken a proactive approach to her own personal and professional development and demonstrated the following during her career:

  • Primary career focus has been in local government
  • Has spent the past 10 years in an executive leadership position either as a department head, assistant city manager or city manager (or equivalent county or special district positions)
  • Incorporates high standards in her decision making, work performance and ability to work with others.
  • Contributes to the organization as a leader, motivator and mentor
  • Has an inclusive and positive approach towards leadership, empowers others to recognize their full potential and encourages opportunities for career development
  • Contributes to the community as a leader and facilitator
  • Is a forward thinker and works towards implementing positive changes and high standards throughout her community and organization

The Career Achievement Award will be presented at the Women’s Leadership Summit during the luncheon award ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano in Fairfield, CA.


Email nominations to Amy Brown at amy.brown@cep.sccgov.org. Please direct any questions to Amy Brown at (408) 918-4622.

WLG Career Achievement Award Winners

2007 – Kay Winer, Management Partners; former Deputy City Manager, City of San Jose
2008 – Jennifer Sparacino, City Manager, City of Santa Clara
2009 – Karen Smith, Executive Director of Alameda County Waste Management Authority;
former City Manager, Union City
2010 – Linda Barton, City Manager, City of Livermore
2011 – Connie Jackson, City Manager, City of San Bruno
2012 – Carol Giovanatto, Assistant City Manager, City of Sonoma
2013 – Jan Perkins, Management Partners; previously City Manager, City of Fremont
2014 – Patricia E. Martel, City Manager, City of Daly City
2015 – June Catalano, City Manager, City of Pleasant Hill
2016 – Jennifer Phillips, City Manager, City of Bothell, WA; former City Manager, City of St.


Reflections on Attending an MMANC Women’s Leadership Summit…

“It’s inspiring to talk to so many bright young women at the Summit who are moving into executive management. They are our future leaders and our governments are in good hands!”  
– Jan Perkins (former City Manager), Senior Partner, Management Partners, ICMA Senior Advisor,  Women Leading Government Board Member

“The MMANC Women’s Leadership Summit is a “don’t miss” event. The dynamic speakers and the Executive Roundtable discussions educate and energize everyone. The comfortable and inclusive environment enhances this professional growth opportunity regardless of your position or tenure in local government employment.”
– Linda Barton, Special Advisor, Management Partners

“The Summit is a great opportunity to not only share ideas, but to meet new people on a more informal level. It is at this informal level that I have gained my most valuable information from other executives. Several people I met last year at this event have helped me transition into a new position.”
– Jill Keimach, Town Manager, Town of Moraga

“The Summits have been really great over the years, and I have loved participating in them as a speaker, a roundtable executive, and as an attendee. The roundtable discussions have been really wonderful experiences for me, because even though I am the “executive,” I have learned just as much from the other people at the table as they may have learned from me. All of these women, no matter what level or position they happen to be, are my colleagues in local government, and being able to support one another and learn from one another is incredibly important and valuable. Every time I attend a Summit I feel like I make new friends and contacts that I can call on anytime. And to me, that is what it’s all about!”
– Karen Pinkos, Assistant City Manager, City of El Cerrito

“The roundtable was a fast and fun opportunity to sharelessons learnedwith our emerging leaders. Moving from table to table was an adventure. My conversations went from budgets to professional development tothe art of juggling marriage, motherhood and career. It was a terrific learning experience for me too!”
– Reyna Farrales, Deputy County Manager, San Mateo County