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The one-day event will be filled with inspiring panels, empowering conversations, and dynamic networking opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a rising star, this summit is your chance to ignite your leadership journey and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for making a difference in our communities. Recognized as one of MMANC’s premier events, the summit serves as a platform to propel future leaders of government forward, offering insights, strategies, and inspiration to navigate the challenges and opportunities in public service.

Thursday May 2, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612

Keynote Speaker Coffee/Snack Break and Executive Roundtable Post-Event Happy Hour

Rising Star Award and Career Excellence Awards

The Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC) and California Women Leading Government (WLG) are thrilled to announce that we are soliciting nominations for the Rising Star award and the Career Excellence award. Please take a moment to consider whom among your staff, peers, and colleagues may qualify for these awards. Recipients will be recognized at the 2024 Women’s Leadership Summit in Oakland, CA on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

The Rising Star Award is presented to an MMANC member who is a woman and demonstrates the leadership skills crucial to sound local government, exemplifies the ethics that are core to MMANC, and seeks out opportunities for professional development. In addition to leadership skills, ethics, and a commitment to professional development, a Rising Star award winner has the following traits:

  • Dedication to a career focused in local government
  • Exemplary performance in her position and commitment to her organization or department
  • A track record of contributing to her organization as a leader, motivator and innovator

MMANC members are encouraged to nominate fellow members (or themselves) for this award. The recipient must be a current Full Member of MMANC. To verify membership status, please email Submit your nominations for the Rising Star award via Google form here by/before Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

California Women Leading Government (WLG) is soliciting nominations for the Women’s Leadership Summit Career Achievement Award. The Career Excellence Award was established in 2007 as part of the Inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit. WLG is a professional organization with a mission to inspire and prepare women to be local government executive leaders and support their success.

The Career Achievement Award is presented to a woman who is dedicated to the field of local government, has taken a proactive approach to her own personal and professional development, and contributes to the community as a leader and facilitator.

A Career Achievement Award winner has the following traits:

  • 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.

In order to nominate a woman for the Career Excellence award, please provide a brief summary of the Nominee’s background, professional and/or personal achievements and why she is most deserving of this award. References and supporting material are not required but are allowed. Submit your nomination by e-mail to .

Nominations are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2024. Winners will be recognized at the Women’s Leadership Summit on May 2, 2024 in Oakland, CA.

“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
“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
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