Women’s Leadership Summit

Thursday May 16, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Keynote speakers:

Ratna Amin, Principal, DB Engineering & Consulting USA Inc. and Former Transportation Policy Director, San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ratnaamin

Julie Kirschbaum, Acting Director of Transit, San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency
https://www.sfmta.com/people/julie-kirschbaum

Amy Tharpe, Director, Social Responsibility Division, Port of Oakland and Former Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing
https://www.portofoakland.com/people/amy-tharpe-director-social-responsibility/

Program Schedule

Registration Rates:

Registration is now closed!
MMANC Member $115
Nonmember $135
Student Member $85

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Women’s Leadership Summit Networking Mixer

Thursday, May 16, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Want to spend some more time getting to know the amazing women who have been surrounding you all day? Then, join us at this fun networking mixer immediately after the summit. Organizational Effectiveness expert Nancy Hetrick of Management Partners will kick the mixer off with some networking strategies that you can use anywhere. Complimentary light appetizers and wine will be served.

This event is free. Registration is required.

Online Registration

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MMANC Rising Star Award

The Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC) is soliciting nominations for the Women’s Leadership Summit 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 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit in Santa Cruz, CA on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

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.

NOMINATIONS DUE BY 4:00 PM, THURSDAY APRIL 11, 2019
Email nominations to DeAnna Hilbrants at 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 (Former 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 Deputy City Manager at City of Millbrae, CA)
Nina Hawk (Currently Chief Operating Officer Santa Clara Valley Water District, CA)
2014 Rebecca Woodbury (Currently Sr. Management Analyst at City of San Rafael, CA)
2015 Becky Eby (Currently Performance Consultant at Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, OH)
2016 Ariana Ayala (Currently Planning Manager at City of Stockton, CA)
2017 Miranda Lutzow (Currently Administrative Services Director at City of Waterford, CA)
2018 Dawn La Bar (Special Projects Manager, City of Fairfield, 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 Excellence Award will be presented at the 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit in Santa Cruz, CA on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

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

Nominations should include the following:

  • 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.

NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY 5:00 PM ON THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH, 2019. Email nominations to DeAnna Hilbrants at dhilbrants@ci.millbrae.ca.us. Please direct any questions to DeAnna Hilbrants at dhilbrants@ci.millbrae.ca.us or (650)259-2433.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM ON THURSDAY, APRIL 11th, 2019.

WLG Career Excellence 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.
Helena
2017 – Sharon Landers, Assistant City Manager, City of Irvine
2018 – Magda Gonzales, Former City Manager, Cities of Half Moon Bay and East Palo Alto

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

Nominations should include the following:

  • 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.

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 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, 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, Retired Deputy County Manager, San Mateo County