Women’s Leadership Summit

Thursday, May 17, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Check-in & Breakfast beginning at 8:15 am
Lunch included
Post Networking Event at 4:00 pm

Richmond Memorial Convention Center
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

Richmond is home to the famous Rosie the Riveter Museum and in true “Rosie” spirit, our theme is modeled after her iconic role in changing women’s standing in the American workforce. The theme of this year’s event is “Empowering Women to Lead: A Call to Action”, which connotes the energy and urgency around the (still relevant) issue of shattering the glass ceiling, pushing beyond gender barriers in the workplace and establishing our well-earned place as women at the leadership table. Our program is structured like a three-act play designed around the concept of “action” and “empowerment”.

The event is now sold out and we are no longer taking names for the waiting list.

Registration Rates
Regular (through May 11)
MMANC Member $110
Nonmember $130
MMANC Student Member $80
WLG Member $110 (code required)*

*WLG Members – please contact MMANC staff at 855-737-2687 or at info@mmanc.org to obtain the WLG Member registration code.

Bring your business cards! A $100 Nordstrom gift card from Bob Murray & Associates and a $100 prize from Miller Consulting will be raffled during lunch.

Program Information
The event program features three “act(ions)” that are inspired by our theme of “a call to action”.

Here’s more:

Act(ion) I: Women in Leadership
The glass ceiling still remains to be shattered! How women must continue to help empower other women and how we can effectively engage in an effective, equal power dynamic with men. Keynote Speaker Catherine Lew (Biography) will share her perspectives on how we can continue to help each other, engage men in the conversation and share her own story and experience in rising to leadership on a statewide platform. Catherine will set the tone for the day on getting the audience thinking in terms of “action”.

Act(ion) II: Women Elevating Women
Most of us conceptually understand what empowerment is, but how do we actually execute empowerment in practice? Moderated by Erin Steffen (Biography) from the City of Berkeley, we will dive into this topic and learn from three distinct voices on how to actually practice empowerment in the workplace and among our network of women in the industry. Xouhoa Bowen (Biography) is the founder of Community Impact Lab, a nonprofit that works to support and empower women who face adversity; particularly due to the many roles women play (and juggle) in society. Luna Salaver (Biography) is a long time public servant who has dedicated her life to mentoring women in the public sector. Her mentorship style and techniques have helped many women get into leadership positions. Sabrina Landreth (Biography), City Administrator of Oakland, inarguably manages one of the most high profile organizations in Northern California and will share her experience about how women in the organization are equipped to address the challenges that come day-to-day.

Act(ion) III: Women in Service
We are excited to end the day with a love letter to Richmond, a city that has an amazing intersection between women’s history and African American history. In this segment, Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles will introduce the Executive Director of the Richmond Museum of History, Melinda McCrary (Biography), who will profile iconic female heroes that have made tremendous impacts in Richmond throughout its history.

Additional program features:

  • A crowd favorite, the Executive Roundtable Session, will be returning this year.
  • Post-event networking mixer located in the lobby of the convention center at 4:00 PM.
  • Bring your business cards and drop one off at the table of Bob Murray and Associates for a chance to win a $100 Nordstrom card.
  • A Rosie the Riveter themed photo booth – be prepared to give us your best Rosie pose!

Hotel Accommodations
Many of you may be traveling from far places and are in need of a hotel accommodation. We have organized two options for you to consider if you haven’t already booked something else:

  1. The Richmond Courtyard Marriott is newly renovated and is providing WLS attendees a 20-room courtesy block up until May 4 at a rate of $239 + tax + parking. This is the only hotel option in Richmond. They will provide us this rate for the following dates of stay: 5/16, 5/17 and 5/18. Please book your group rate for the Women’s Leadership Summit here.
  2. The Hyatt House Emeryville is providing WLS attendees a courtesy block of 10 rooms at a rate of $279 + tax + parking up until May 4. Reservations can be made by calling 1-866-974-9288 or by going to Hyatt.com and entering the group code G-WLSM.

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 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit in Richmond, CA on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

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, TUESDAY APRIL 3, 2018
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)


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 Women’s Leadership Summit during the luncheon award ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at The Richmond Memorial Convention Center in Richmond, CA.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM ON APRIL 3.

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

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 P.M. ON APRIL 3rd. Email nominations to Cheryl Hughes at chughes@cityofpalmdale.org. Please direct any questions to Cheryl Hughes at (661) 267-5341.


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