Session 2 Agenda

Thursday, March 26

Session 2 will take place at The Stella Hotel, Meeting Room Celeste B & C, located at 4100 Lake Atlas Drive in Bryan.

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.    
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.  
Hugh Walker, Deputy City Manager, City of Bryan

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Making the Connection
This session will discuss collaboration and networking opportunities that are key elements of the city management profession.
Moderator: Corby Alexander, City Manager, City of La Porte

8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 1 (Personal and Professional Leadership); 5 (Personal Resiliency and Development); 6 (Strategic Leadership); 7 (Strategic Planning); 8 (Policy Facilitation and Implementation); 9 (Community and Resident Service); and 14 (Communications and Information Sharing)
What skills do you need to be an effective and respected leader of your staff, advisor to your city council, and servant to your citizens? How can you inspire and motivate those you lead and serve?
Speaker: Ron Cox, TCMA Past President and Life Member

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.    
Diversity in a 21st Century Workplace
Addresses ICMA Practices Group 3 (Equity and Inclusion)
Speaker: Sheyi Ipeye, City Manager, City of Forest Hill

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Communicating Effectively Both Internally and Externally
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 2 (Community Engagement); 9 (Community and Resident Service); and 14 (Communication and Information Sharing)
Everyone agrees that it is essential for city officials to develop good communication skills to deliver the city’s message. But what specifically are those skills, and how do you go about developing them?
Speaker: Jay Socol, Communications Director, City of College Station

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.    

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Human Resources and City Management
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 3 (Equity and Inclusion); and 13 (Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement)
This session explores the purpose and role of human resources, and demonstrates how an effective human resources department assists city management in proactively addressing issues relative to talent acquisition and retention, employee relations management, training and development, and workplace conflict—all of which are facilitated through two-way communication.
Speaker: LaShon Ross, CPS HR Consulting


8:00-8:30 a.m.    
Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Economic Development and Growth Issues
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 7 (Strategic Planning); and 10 (Service Delivery)
Understand the basic principles of service delivery in community and economic development while determining citizen needs and providing responsive, equitable services to the community.
Speaker: Joey Dunn, Deputy City Manager, City of Bryan

10:00-10:15 a.m.

10:15-11:45 a.m.
Technology and Transparency
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 11 (Technological Literacy)
This session explores how technology is reshaping the way government agencies operate, changes in service delivery, information sharing, and the way citizens interact with their government.
Speakers: Hugh Walker, Deputy City Manager

11:45 a.m. - Noon
Tying It All Together
Moderator: Corby Alexander, City Manager, City of La Porte