The annual Women’s Leadership Summit gathers local government professionals for educational sessions, networking opportunities and uplifting conversations. This event is one of MMANC’s most popular event to  propel the future leaders of government forward.

“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 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 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 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

Thursday, May 26, 2022
8:30 am – 4:00  pm

Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Regular Registration Rate, April 15 through May 24:
MMANC Member $125
Nonmember $155
Student Member $80

Online Registration

Looking back, moving forward: Celebrating Over 100 years of women empowering the vote and developing future leaders.

Time Program
8:30 am Breakfast and Networking
Sponsored by Bob Murray & Associates
9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

  1. MMANC President, Ellie Dallman
  2. Citrus Heights Mayor, Porsche Middleton
9:20 am Activity: Trivia/Polling
9:45 am Keynote: Fireside Chat – Looking Back, Moving Forward
Sponsored by Women Leading GovernmentJoin us for a discussion with local government executives at different stages in their careers. Topics include career passions, hopes for the future of women in the profession, and looking back at what they would tell their younger selves.Panel:

  • Gabriella Morales, Management Fellow, City of Redwood City
  • Chantal Cotton Gaines, Deputy City Manager, City of Palo Alto
  • Deanna Santana, Retired City Manager

Moderator: DeAnna Hilbrants, Assistant Director Business Services Silicon Valley Power

10:30 am Break
10:45 am Becoming a Leader: Executive Panel: A panel discussion with executives on their journey to where they are now.
Sponsored by Miller Management & Consulting Group

  • Kelly Fong Rivas, Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s Office, City of Sacramento
  • Colleen Tribby, Assistant City Manager, City of Dublin
  • Regina Cave, General Services Director, City of Citrus Heights
  • Lauren Sugayan, Deputy City Manager, City of Martinez

Moderator: Pat Martel, ICMA West Coast Regional Director, Retired City Manager

11:30 am Lunch
Sponsored by DJS Media Consulting
12:0o pm Awards Presentation
1:00 pm Breakout Sessions – participants will be able to choose one

Breakout 1: Resume Writing and Interview Tips from the Experts (South Rooms)
Join Valerie Gaeta Phillips with Bob Murray & Associates for an hour long workshop to learn resume and interview tips.

Breakout 2: Ask an Executive – Executive Roundtable Q&A (Main Hall)
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask executives questions regarding career development, how to tackle challenges in the profession, and more. You can submit your questions the day of or feel free to send them in prior to the event.

  • Elizabeth Sparkman, Community Development Director, City of Rancho Cordova
  • Megan MacPherson Scheid, Deputy City Manager, City of Roseville
  • DeAnna Hilbrants, Assistant Director – Business Services, Silicon Valley Power

Moderator: Hazel Wetherford, Economic Development Director, City of Dublin

2:15 pm How Women Can Empower Themselves and Other Women
Panelists will discuss tips on how attendees can empower themselves and others around them. From salary negotiations, career development, to tips on working smart, our panelists will take a deep dive into professional empowerment.

  • Jessica Deakyne, Assistant City Manager, City of Novato
  • Carla Hansen, Deputy City Manager, City of Walnut Creek
  • Pamela Miller, Miller Consulting
  • Erica Manuel, CEO & Executive Director, Institute for Local Government

Moderator: Amy Chang, Director of Finance & Administration, San Elijo Joint Power Authority

3:15 pm Wrap Up & Upcoming Events
3:30 pm Adjourn
4:00 pm Networking/Happy Hour @ Stones
Breakfast and Networking Becoming a Leader: Executive Panel Lunch
  • May 16, 2019: Women’s Leadership Summit, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
  • May 17, 2018: Women’s Leadership Summit, Richmond Memorial Convention Center