Saturday, June 6

All events are located at the South Padre Island Convention Centre unless noted otherwise.

7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.                

7:30-8:45 a.m.                        
Networking Breakfast
Arrive early to participate in this networking opportunity. Meet with a senior advisor, schedule a time to mentor an emerging leader or student, or spend time catching up with a colleague.

9:00-10:15 a.m.                      
General Session

susan-ershler-headshot4Reaching New Heights: Everest and Beyond
Susan and Phil Ershler made history as the first couple to stand together at the summit of Mount Everest, capping their decade-long odyssey to climb the Seven Summits; the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Susan Ershler will share their amazing story of climbing Mount Everest, strategies to overcome perceived limitations, and achieving seemingly impossible goals.

Addresses ICMA practice groups 5 (Personal Resiliency and Development) and 6 (Strategic Leadership)

Speaker:  Susan Ershler, History-Making Mountain Climber, Author, and Former Corporate Executive

10:15-10:30 a.m.                    
Refreshment Break

Concurrent Sessions 

10:30-11:45 a.m.

TX Talks

Data Analytics and Quality of Life
Dive into data analytics, social media, and employee clinics to resolve quality of life issues and projects.

Speaker: Bradley Ford, Assistant City Manager, City of Waco

The Equity Challenge: Positioning TCMA for the Future 
Explore challenges that support building a more diverse and inclusive organization and strategies for advancing philosophical and practical changes that can foster and sustain an organizational culture of enhancing equity today and in the future.

Speaker: Monique Vernon, City Manager, City of Kirby

Frisco LEAN Program 
Learn how the “Frisco Lean Team” is dedicated to improving the value delivered to Frisco residents and how the program developed the ability for all City of Frisco employees to solve problems, eliminate waste, and improve processes.

Speaker: Dr. Jason Cooley, Interim Manager of Intergovernmental Relations, City of Frisco

Hearing Through the Noise

Speaker: Stacey Pfefferkorn, Management Analyst, City of Round Rock
Learn how the City of Round Rock resolved residents’ concerns over increased noise levels downtown by performing community outreach, collaborating with several city departments, and leveraging science and technology to reach a solution and improve quality of life.

Addresses ICMA practice groups 2 (Community Engagement); 3 (Equity and Inclusion); 4 (Staff Effectiveness); 7 (Strategic Planning); 9 (Community and Resident Service); 10 (Service Delivery); and 11 (Technological Literacy)

University Competition 
This session is the culmination of a week-long competition amongst Texas university public administration programs where teams will compete on stage to be declared the best public administration program in Texas.  Wear your alma mater colors (or adopt one), and cheer to participate in the Spirit Award part of the program!

Addresses ICMA practice groups 1 (Staff Effectiveness); 2 (Policy Facilitation); 3 (Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning); 5 (Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance); 6 (Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation and Continuous Improvement); 7 (Technological Literacy), 9 (Inclusion); 13 (Strategic Planning); 14 (Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication); 15 (Presentation Skills)

Moderator: James Earp, Assistant City Manager, City of Kyle and Professional Development Committee Vice Chair

10:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.              
Individual financial planning provided by: ICMA-RC and TMRS

Noon-12:50 p.m.
Networking Luncheon (ticketed event)
An interactive lunch experience is on the menu to create a true networking experience.

12:55-1:25 p.m.
Business Meeting 

Concurrent Sessions 

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Learn from the TCMA Ethics Committee how to maintain your ethics in any environment or situation by fostering fair, honest, and ethical behavior in your personal and professional life.

Addresses ICMA practice group 1 (Personal and Professional Integrity)

Speakers: Nick Finan, Director of Management Services/City Secretary, City of Texas City and TCMA Ethics Chair, and Hugh Walker, Deputy City Manager, City of Bryan and Ethics Vice Chair

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Public Building Safety and Active Shooter
Active shooter incidents have become a concern for many cities. This session will cover how to respond to an active shooter event at your workplace and improve safety in public buildings.

Addresses ICMA practice groups 6 (Strategic Leadership) and 7 (Strategic Planning)

Speaker: Randy Smith, City Manager, City of South Padre Island

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Broadband: The New Municipal Utility
In today’s world, the Internet has become a valued necessity like water and electricity. Learn how the City of Mont Belvieu took matters into their own hands and built Texas’ first broadband Internet utility “MB Link.” Hear how this small Houston suburb has become the talk of the tech industry and how to enhance broadband in your community. 

Addresses ICMA practice groups 2 (Community Engagement); 7 (Strategic Planning); 8 (Policy Facilitation and Implementation; 9 (Community and Resident Service); 10 (Service Delivery); 11 (Technology Literacy); and 12 (Financial Management and Budgeting) 

Speakers: Nathan Watkins, City Manager; Brian Ligon, Communications and Marketing Director; and Dwight Thomas, Director of Broadband and IT; City of Mont Belvieu

3:30 p.m.                                 
Free time for families (no planned events scheduled)

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Assistants’ Organization Hosted Reception
Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Boulevard