City Managers Conference

February 2 — 4, 2022

Monterey, CA

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Designed for city managers and assistant city managers, this conference provides city officials with the essential information and updates needed to effectively run their cities. Previous topics include diversity, relationships with council members, COVID-19 and the future, public safety, financial impacts of the pandemic, and more. 

For questions about registration, please contact registrar, Megan Dunn. For all other questions, please contact Conference Program Manager Katie Pebler.

Please see our event and meeting policies.

Registration

Full Registration Includes:

  • admission to all educational sessions 
  • admission to the Wednesday reception, Thursday breakfast and lunch, and Friday breakfast
  • access to all program materials
Online registration (requires credit card) - Register now

Mail-in Registration (pay by check) - contact Megan Dunn to request a registration form.

Full Conference Registration Fees

Member-city City/County Managers, Assistant City/County Managers $725
MMANC/MMASC Members $575
All Others $850
Non-Member City $1,725

 

One-Day Registration Fees

Member-city City/County Managers, Assistant City/County Managers $360
MMANC/MMASC Members $285
All Others $435
Non-Member City $1,360
Guest Pass to Wednesday Reception $50

 

*The guest/spouse fee is restricted to persons who are not city or public officials, are not related to any League Partner or sponsor, and would have no professional reason to attend the conference. It includes admission to Wednesday’s networking reception only. There is no refund for the cancellation of a guest/spouse registration. It is not advisable to use city funds to register a guest/spouse. 

 

Refund Policy

Advance registrants unable to attend will receive a refund of rate paid, minus a $75 processing charge, only when a written request is submitted to Megan Dunn, and received on or before January 21. Refunds will not be available after this date. If you are unable to attend, you may substitute a colleague for your entire registration.

Hotel and Travel

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a reduced rate for conference attendees. The discounted hotel rate cut-off is January 11, 2022. Hotels are subject to sell out prior to the deadline – reserve early! 

STEP ONE: Register for the Conference


STEP TWO: Book a hotel room
Once registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation e-mail directing you to the group housing reservations page.

Hyatt Regency Monterey
1 Old Golf Course Rd
Monterey, CA 93940

Group Hotel Rate (per night): $225– Single/Double Occupancy (plus tax and fees)

Hotel Changes or Cancellations

Hotel reservation changes, date modifications, early check-out, or cancellations must be made directly through the hotel. Please note that after January 11, 2022 has passed, you may incur a financial penalty and minimum one-night room charge or attrition fees. 

PLEASE NOTE: The information you provide to Cal Cities when registering for a Cal Cities conference or meeting may be shared with the conference or meeting hotel(s). The hotel(s) will also share with Cal Cities the information you provide to the hotel(s) when you make your hotel reservation for the conference or meeting. The information shared between Cal Cities and the hotel(s) will be limited to your first name, last name, email, and dates/length of stay in the hotel.

CAUTION! You must be registered for the conference prior to booking a hotel room. Do not make a hotel reservation unless you are sure it is needed. Your city/company will be financially responsible for all cancellation/attrition fees. If you are making hotel reservations for others, please confirm with each individual, in advance, that they actually need hotel accommodations and intend to use them on the dates you are reserving.

Parking and Transportation

Daily Parking: Complimentary
Discounted Valet Parking (per night): Complimentary for hotel guests

Nearby airports include:
Monterey Regional Airport (MRY): 2 miles
Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 72.1 miles
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 101 miles

Complimentary shuttle service is provided between the hotel and the Monterey Peninsula Airport daily. Call (831) 372-1234 to request airport shuttle service. After placing the call, our shuttle will pick you up curbside at arrivals.
Program at a Glance

Wednesday, February 2

10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Registration Open

1:30–3:15 p.m.
Opening General Session

3:15–3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30–5 p.m.
Straight, No Chaser: Tales from the City Manager Trenches

5–6:30 p.m.

Welcome Networking Reception and Retiree Celebration

 

Thursday, February 3

7:45–9 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet Open

9–10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

10:15–10:45 a.m.
Visit with Sponsors Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.–12 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

12–1 p.m.
Networking Luncheon

1–2:30 p.m.
Afternoon General Session

2:30–3 p.m.
Visit with Sponsors Coffee Break

3–4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions and Tour

4:15–5 p.m.
Wrap-up Networking Activity


Friday, February 4

7:45–9 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet Open

9–10:15 a.m.
Morning Concurrent Sessions

10:15–10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:30–11:45 a.m.
Closing Session

11:45 a.m.
Adjourn
Schedule
Wednesday, February 2

Registration Open

10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

 

Opening General Session

1:30-3:15 p.m.  

     
City Managers Department President’s Welcome    
John Gillison, City Manager, Rancho Cucamonga

Cal Cities Welcoming Remarks 
Speaker: Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities    

Department Awards   

Keynote 

Break

3:15 -3:30 p.m.

        

Straight, No Chaser

3:30-5 p.m.  

       

Listen in on city managers share their experiences during the recent past, the widespread challenges that surfaced, and what they did about it. Then, participate in collective learning with your colleagues by sharing your own experiences.


Welcome Networking Reception

5-6:30 p.m.

         
After the first day’s activities, enjoy celebrating retirees, networking with your colleagues, and some light hors d’oeuvres.

 

Thursday, February 3

Breakfast Buffet Open

7:45-9 a.m.

         

Concurrent Sessions 

9-10:15 a.m.

 

Creating a Culture of Equity

There is high interest a lot of interest from both city staff and the community to advance equity in city government. As city managers and department heads are responsible for leading this work, how do we harness this energy to create a culture of equity for our organizations? What are the challenges we’re facing and the successes we’ve experienced? Discover and get the opportunity to share your experiences, whether you haven’t officially started on an equity journey or are knee-deep into it.

 
Make Your City Attorney Your Best Friend

When issues get tense in your city, having a solid relationship with your city attorney can make a significant difference. You may not always see eye-to-eye, but understanding the key elements of building that relationship, and maintaining when undertaking a difficult issue, will help smooth the process and light the way to win-win solutions.

 

 

Show Me the Recovery! Updates on Fees, Assessments, Financing Districts

Discover the importance of utilizing a variety of revenue tools, in both recovery mode as well as for long-term fiscal sustainability in a changing economy. The panel will address revenue options and the importance of public engagement as a fundamental effort. Updates via recent case law and legislative changes affecting cities across California will be provided. Select case studies statewide will be reviewed, including tales of challenges and successes in the city of Rancho Cucamonga. The topic of fiscal sustainability is a constant challenge for cities across the state, and perhaps more than ever as we emerge from the COVID pandemic. The goal is for each attendee to garner actionable information that can be applied to their city.


Visit with Sponsors Coffee Break

10:15-10:45 a.m.

         

Concurrent Sessions 

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

        
Creating a Strong Partnership with CalOES

Emergencies move fast and have devasting physical and economic impacts on communities. One way to prepare your city is to have a strong relationship with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). This relationship can help cities understand the short and long-term funding and program opportunities available to your city from the state. Learn about the programs that CalOES administers and take-away tips on how to build stronger relationships and support each other. Understand how the wide variety of programs offered by the state can benefit your city and can mitigate the impacts of an emergency. Proactively learn how to partner with CalOES on these programs and ask questions about how to best operationalize disaster preparedness and cost recovery in your city.

 

Think Outside the Building: Innovating Your Future
Knowing that innovation is critical isn’t enough. “Getting it” is one thing. “Getting it done” is quite another.  When your city thinks of itself as a community builder, quality of life advocate, and service provider, then it starts to behave differently. And that’s where innovation surfaces because to innovate is to implement change that creates a new dimension of performance. In this session, practical strategies and proven techniques are presented to (re)set the tone of a dynamic, always-on, learning culture that’s essential to unleash creativity and lead to faster, better innovation.

Prohousing Programs: Demonstrating Statewide Leadership While Meeting Local Goals

Many cities throughout California are experiencing dramatically increased RHNA numbers, economic inequities, and homelessness. Now, a state program seeks to support local governments by creating a framework to help local agencies document prohousing policies and gain additional preference for competitive grant programs. Join us to learn best practices and lessons learned from cities that are leading the charge and get your burning questions answered.

 

Networking Luncheon

12-1:15 p.m.

         

Afternoon General Session

1:15-2:45 p.m. 

       
City Managers Department First Vice President Welcome  

CCMF President Remarks and Award   

Combatting Disinformation on Social Media: From Politically Motivated to Factually Inaccurate 

Social media tools empower governments to quickly inform and mobilize residents in support of community events and initiatives. They are also tools that enable rapid sharing of disinformation across residents that range from the politically motivated designed to manipulate, to the factually inaccurate that need only be coherently corrected. This presentation encompasses the design of policies and practices, and digs deeply into derailing disinformation viral messaging that originates from diverse sources, some legitimate and some disingenuous.

 

Visit with Sponsors Coffee Break

2:45-3:15 p.m. 

  

Concurrent Sessions 

3:15-4:45 p.m.

 
Diverse Workforce Development: Tips for Success and Pitfalls to Avoid

Want tips for increasing diversity on your team? How do you move from just saying you want to increase diversity and inclusion, to actually seeing your staff at all levels of your organization and leadership reflect the diversity of the region you serve? This session will provide stories, tips, and tricks (and pitfalls to avoid) from HR, Legal, Recruitment, and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion professionals on how to recruit for a diverse workforce.

 

Defending Institutions: Promoting Civic Debate and Rejecting Personal Attacks

In 2020, a protest outside the home of Sacramento City Manager Howard Chan threatened the very institution of democracy, moving the public debate forum from its rightful place in Council Chambers and the ballot box to the personal domicile of a civic leader. When events like this happen, how can city leaders and administrators protect themselves and their families while fostering greater community trust? Do existing channels for public debate suffice, or are more outlets needed to make the public feel heard – particularly in the age of digitization?

 

Helping City Managers Handle New Kinds of Stress
As a City Manager in 2022, your role is more stressful than ever. You're facing scrutiny on social media, increased boldness of community activists, the unpredictability of City Council behavior, and the pressure of an ongoing pandemic. A group of City Managers who are in (or who have been in) your shoes wants to provide you with useful resources for navigating these new types and levels of stress that didn't exist years ago. Let us show you that you don't have to deal with this stress alone.

Evening on Your Own

4:45 p.m. 

 

Friday, February 4

Breakfast Buffet Open

7:45-9 a.m.

 

Concurrent Sessions 

9-10:15 a.m.

         

Working with a Multi-Generational Council

A Tale of Four Cities: Partnerships and Programs for the Unhoused

Hear from four city managers as they discuss programs and partnerships that are addressing homelessness.

 

Benefits and Risks of the New Hybrid Workplace Model

As we move beyond the COVID-19 crisis, some cities are back to pre-pandemic norms while others have adopted new hybrid work models. Will hybrid work fundamentally change the way local government operates? Hear from city managers about their experiences with different remote work models in varying organization sizes, and best practices for work in the post-COVID world. Speakers will consider the impacts of a hybrid workplace on labor negotiations, equity concerns, tax-related issues, accessibility, city-wide versus department-specific remote work policies, and the implications of the state government’s decision to permanently change the way they work.

 

 

Coffee Break

10:15-10:30 a.m.

         

Closing Session: California State and Local Economic and Fiscal Outlook

10:30-11:45 a.m.

         

Department 2nd Vice President Remarks

   

Cal-ICMA Remarks 

 
California State and Local Economic and Fiscal 

Outlook California has one of the largest and most diverse economies in the world California has been an epicenter of innovation, entertainment, agriculture and tourism in America for over a century. A combination of things, mostly stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause economic disruption and uncertainty. Municipal revenues are affected in turn – but uniquely. This panel of leading experts will analyze economic and financial trends and discuss the year ahead for California its cities.

   

Adjourn

11:45 a.m.

 

*Schedule subject to change

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2021 Conference Session Descriptions

Monday, February 1

Opening General Session

12-1:30 p.m.

Department President’s Welcome and Cal Cities Update

Receive an update on priorities and issues for the League of California Cities, along with news for the city managers department.

Speakers: Steven Rogers, City Managers Department President, Town Manager, Town of Yountville | Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities

 

Opening Keynote: The Future of Work is Here

Constant technology innovations, Gen Z entering the ranks, and a changing global marketplace were already dramatically impacting the face of the workplace. Then 2020 arrived and the script got flipped upside-down for city managers on the front lines with minimal financial support and maximum challenges. In this high-energy session, technology strategist and futurist Crystal Washington shows innovative city managers how they can thrive now while keeping an eye on the horizon to be ready to ride future waves of change, dialing in on what’s to come over the next three to five years.

Attendees will discover unique ways to embrace technology trends and uncover insider tips and tactics, such as how to use technology to strengthen constituent connections without losing that personal touch. Crystal will also showcase the significant ways in which technology is re-programming 'us', and how you can use that information now to be prepared for later. Plus, the pandemic changed the way we work, and Crystal will unveil what the future of the workplace holds. Be there to learn firsthand how you can fortify your city's future and get a chance to have your questions answered live!

Moderator: Reina Schwartz, City Manager, Clayton

Speaker: Crystal Washington, Technology Strategist and Futurist

 

Concurrent Sessions 

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Vision 2020 in Hindsight: Train Wreck or Learning Opportunity

Attend this panel discussion featuring public and private sector professionals from across the state looking back at the most challenging year in a century. Panelists will discuss the dual and dynamic impacts of the pandemic, including the nationwide awakening to racial and social justice needs and racial inequities, alongside keeping a complex city operation functioning. They will examine impacts to their respective communities and workplaces and share their view of changes to how cities will operate now and into the future. Will our work/home balance be altered permanently? How can turn our discussions and aspirations to make racial equity sustainable?

Moderator: Alex Smith, Deputy Executive Officer, California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

Speakers: Ernie Hernandez, City Manager, City of Hawaiian Gardens | Robert Lowe, First Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services | Izzy Murguia, Senior Management Analyst, Poway

 

No Hotels? Less Retail? What’s a City Manager to do?

COVID-19 has impacted sales and hotel taxes, changing fundamental business models for retail, hotel, and accelerating residential and industrial. Economic development post-COVID is about retail reimagination with focus on shifting regional malls to blended use destinations and expanding residential and outdoor destination amenities. For hotels, both business and tourism, it’s about consumer perception of safety and “cleanliness”. A land-use revolution is underway as communities seek to resuscitate local economies and re-establish revenue momentum. Learn the primary economic development pathways to vitality and how cities can leverage government grants, special districts, public financing, and new zoning tools to achieve revenue and resiliency.

Moderator: Larry Kosmont, Chairman & CEO, Kosmont Companies

Speakers: Robert Aptaker, Member, National Development Advisors, Inc. | Jim Dillavou, Principal and Co-Founder, Paragon Commercial Group | Sharon Landers, City Manager, Carson

 

Creating Emotionally Healthy Workplaces During COVID-19

COVID-19 is imposing significant stress on local government organizations and employees. This webinar surveys evidence from sixty interviews with local government employees to paint a picture of the range of COVID-19 stress experiences in municipal and county organizations. The patterns from these interviews reveal that a range of workplace factors can alleviate or aggravate stress, including communications, supervisory practices, and exposure risks. Based on these results, participants will learn about workplace interventions for alleviating COVID-related stress.

Moderator: Lori Sassoon, Deputy City Manager/Administrative Services, Rancho Cucamonga

Speaker: Leisha DeHart-Davis, Distinguished Term Coates Professor of Public Administration and Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Wednesday, February 3

Concurrent Sessions

10:30-11:45 a.m.

California Municipal Finance and Economic Outlook in the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and recession is infecting the economy and, with it, municipal revenues. This panel of leading experts will analyze economic and financial trends and discuss the year ahead for cities in California. The group will review expectations for recovery in the travel industry; the outlook for state budget impacts and revenue allocations; trends in key revenues including lodging, property and sales taxes; and will provide evaluation tools for your agency.

Moderator and Speaker: Michael Coleman, League Fiscal Policy Advisor, CaliforniaCityFinance.com

Speakers: Leila Bengali, Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast | Caroline Beteta, President & CEO, Visit California | Ken Nordhoff, Principal, HdL Companies

 

It’s Not Transactional, It’s Relational: Addressing Racial Equity and Social Justice

While city managers across the state are expressing a desire to increase racial equity and social justice within their organizations, many don’t know where to start. Some leaders fear saying or doing the wrong thing. Others are growing increasingly aware of what they don’t know, especially as pertains to policies and practices that may inadvertently perpetuate structural racism and other inequities. Join us for a courageous conversation on how to lead organizations dedicated to fair and equitable practices all while navigating the vast number of political challenges and tensions that accompany this effort. We will cover practical approaches to go beyond the transactional and into the long-term relational mindset needed to shift into an organizational culture of genuine equity and inclusion.

Moderator: Elisa Cox, Deputy City Manager, Rancho Cucamonga

Speakers: John Gillison, City Managers Department President-Elect, City Manager, Rancho Cucamonga

 

General Session Lunch & Learn

12-1:30 p.m.

Presider: Steven Rogers, City Managers Department President, Town Manager, Town of Yountville

 

Cal-ICMA President's Remarks

Speaker: Dominic Lazzaretto

 

Promoting Civility in Times of Heightened Partisanship and Polarization

In the wake of the November election, local governments statewide are navigating polarization and partisanship at the federal, state and local levels. City managers are working hard to balance this while also managing new council dynamics, economic uncertainty resulting from the COVID crisis and a myriad of other challenges local governments face on a daily basis. Join a panel of city officials to hear strategies and lessons learned about how to manage relationships with elected officials, increase civility, continue operations and communicate effectively with your community.

Moderator: Kurt Wilson, Interim City Manager, Beaverton

Speakers: Jonathan Holtzman, Founding Partner, Renne Public Law Group | Patricia Martel, Board Member, Institute for Local Government

 

Concurrent Sessions

3-4:15 p.m.

Developing Organizational Values and Seeing Them in Action

The session will tell the stories of Cities and how the importance of organizational values benefited their City’s team, especially during crises such as COVID-19. Cities will also discuss how they developed and implemented their values. One of those examples is the City of Murrieta. Months before the COVID-19 crisis, Murrieta underwent an employee driven initiative. Engagement with all levels of employees and commitment from the City Executive Team was vital to the process. The initiative concluded with an academy awards style ceremony, revealing the values to all employees. Each of the Cities, Rancho Cucamonga, Hayward and Pismo Beach will highlight their values in action such as hiring based on values, utilizing values as part of performance evaluations, and much more.

Moderator: Louie Lacasella, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Murrieta

Speakers: Jorge Garcia, Management Services Director, Pismo Beach | Kelly McAdoo, City Manager, Hayward | Lori Sassoon, Deputy City Manager/Administrative Services, Rancho Cucamonga | Kim Summers, City Manager, Murrieta

 

The Next Normal - Dealing with Ethical Issues During a Crisis

When a crisis hits, we automatically go into crisis mode. Whether it’s a global pandemic, a gas explosion, or a brush fire, city managers and fire chiefs naturally act fast in dealing with the issue at hand. But, how do we remember to stay within the ethical guidelines in a rapidly evolving situation? Attend this frank discussion of the emotional impacts and ethical considerations leaders must navigate when confronting critical events.

Moderator: Dominic Lazzaretto, City Manager, Arcadia

Speakers: Jim Lewis, City Manager, Pismo Beach | Kimbra McCarthy, City Manager, Mountain View

 

2021 Legislative and Budget Efforts to Addressing Housing Production and Homelessness Crisis

COVID-19 has exacerbated California’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis. Jason Rhine, Assistant Legislative Director will lead a discussion regarding the Governor’s and Legislators’ attempts to address these vexing issues. Specifically, we will focus on the proposed State budget, including Project RoomKey, and pending legislative proposals.

Moderator: Steve Schwabauer, City Manager, Lodi

Speaker: Jason Rhine, Assistant Legislative Director, League of California Cities

 

League Partner Program Virtual Wine Tasting Event

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Get together with your colleagues from across the state virtually and enjoy some wine and social time.

Friday, February 5

Concurrent Sessions

11 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Reimagining the Role of Police in Public Safety

Nationwide, cities have responded to widespread calls to reimagine the role police departments play in public safety. This panel explores different models for how cities interact with their police forces and how these models might influence potential reforms. Panelists will discuss their wide range of viewpoints and experiences when it comes to city administration, labor negotiations, and working hand-in-hand with community leaders to define how the police can best serve their communities.

Moderator: Ken Pulskamp, Executive Director, CCMF

Speakers: Jackie Gomez Whitley, Retired Chief of Police, Cypress Police Department | David Reynoso, Chief of Police, El Monte | Shawny Williams, Chief of Police, Vallejo Police Department

 

Positive and Effective Communication With Your Councilmembers

Being able to establish and maintain effective communication with the city council is essential to a successful council/manager relationship, and there are many variables to consider. A city manager’s relationship with the city council can be impacted by the manager’s relationship with department heads. Even managers who have a good working relationship with their city councils are often challenged by an outlier” council member. Plus, department head selection and termination can affect council relations. Panelists will explore these and other issues and challenges associated with communicating with elected officials, including strategies for dealing with varied personalities, communication styles, information expectations, and how to meet these expectations of city council during a work-from-home environment

Moderator: John Russo, Principal, Synchronicity Associates

Speakers: Patricia Martel, West Coast Regional Director, ICMA | Alexander Nguyen, City Manager, City of Oxnard | Deanna Santana, City Manager, City of Santa Clara

 

Closing General Session

12:30-1:45 p.m.

CCCMF President's Remarks

Speaker: Ken Striplin, City Manager, Santa Clarita

 

Closing Keynote: California: On the Climate Change Frontier

David Wallace-Wells, New York Times best-selling author and Ted Talk speaker, will give a closing keynote speech designed to motivate and inspire city managers to broaden who they think about our environment and ways that policies and other community decision-making plays a role on mitigating the effects on our communities. Living and managing cities in California, city managers see firsthand the effects of climate change. Attend this session to learn more about this significant challenge facing California cities, backed by the latest scientific evidence. A ‘fire-side chat’ between Wallace-Wells and our session moderator will follow with a discussion on the current impacts of climate change statewide, nationally, and globally, and actionable steps that California officials can take to help offset this crisis.

Moderator: Niroop Srivatsa, City Manager, Lafayette

Speaker: David Wallace-Wells, New York Times best-selling author and Ted Talk speaker

 

2021 Conference Session Materials

 

2021 Conference Access for Registered Attendees

In addition to access to all live sessions, session materials, and virtual networking opportunities, registering for the conference grants you access to all session recordings for later viewing for a limited time. View the session recordings.

 

Previous Conference Session Materials

2020 Session Materials
2019 Session Materials

 





Speaker Center

In the Speaker Center, you can find resources for all speaker-related details including deadlines, audiovisual requests, presentation submission directions, panelist agreements, and key event contacts. 

Agreements and Presentation Submissions
Below are key presenter deadlines and a link to the Speakers Agreement. Please read and complete the required fields to acknowledge your acceptance of the League of California Cities’ presenter guidelines. Providing your digital signature allows Cal Cities to move forward in planning and promoting your session, as well as publish your name and affiliation on our website and in marketing materials. Your contact information will remain strictly confidential.

Should you have any questions, please contact the education department.

Important deadlines 

Today: Complete the Speakers Agreement and note any specific audiovisual requests. Speaker Agreements must be submitted no later than November 19

January 11: Register for the conference and book a hotel room

November - February: Please plan to hold at least one conference call with all of the panelists to ensure each speaker is comfortable with their responsibilities during the session.

January 24: Submit your final presentation to Cal Cities via the presentation submission page.

Presentation Guidelines

Our goal is to provide exceptional educational experiences, networking opportunities, and innovative tools that will make attendees and their cities more successful. Studies show that adults learn best when they are actively involved in the process rather than passively listening or watching. Most seminar attendees are knowledgeable about the subject, and therefore are interested in hearing what others know and what their experiences have been. Accordingly, we urge you to plan your presentation with these suggestions in mind.

The most common complaints on session evaluations from prior seminars are:

  • "The presentation was a 'sales' pitch for a particular product or service."
  • "I couldn't read the slides."
  • "One speaker took so much time that the others were not able to give their full presentations."
  • "I'd like more practical knowledge."

Please consider the following as you prepare for your presentation:

  • Relevant content for experienced audiences that stretches thinking and provides new approaches.
  • Content that is delivered in an engaging way and draws on the experience of the attendees.
  • Examples and case studies of real success (and successful failures).
  • Try to add stories, anecdotes, testimonials, or demonstrations that emphasize your point. We all remember a good story, and thus more easily the lesson with it.
  • Provide tools and information that the audience can implement.
  • If there are other speakers in your session, coordinate with them in advance to decide your speaking order and ensure that all presentations fit into the assigned time allotment. If you do not have the contact information for your co-presenters, please contact us at education@calcities.org.
  • Selling from the podium creates conflict of interest problems. Education sessions at the City Managers Conference should never be an advertisement. Therefore, presentations may not include any commercialism for specific products or consulting services.

Submitting Your Session Materials

Presentation materials are an important element of Cal Cities educational programs. Please submit your presentation in either a Microsoft-friendly format or as a .pdf file no later than Monday, January 24. Session materials can be submitted through our website starting in early December. It is Cal Cities' goal to make a positive impact on the environment by integrating environmental considerations into all seminars.

Some things to keep in mind are:

  • When naming your session materials, please use your session title. For example: "YourSessionTitle"
  • If your session group has created multiple presentations, please combine all presentations into one document before submitting to us, in the order the presenters are speaking.

Please contact the education department with any questions, concerns, or assistance needs you may have.

Submit your presentation here - Available soon!

Session Layout and Structure

The League of California Cities encourages our presenters to use the most engaging and educational platform possible when speaking at the City Managers Conference. We recognize that each session has a unique format and presentation style based on the preferences of the speaker(s) and content being presented, but the following three examples are provided as a general guideline in planning your session.

Panel Discussions: 75 minutes, with up to 3 speakers

Presider (5 minutes)     

  • Welcome
  • Frame session
  • Introduce speakers

Speaker(s) #1, #2 and #3 (20 minutes)   

  • Summary of relevant experience
  • Learning objectives
  • Core session content
  • Summary of key points

Presider (10 minutes)   

  • Facilitate Q&A
  • Final comments

Concurrent Session: 75 minutes, 1 speaker

Presider (5 minutes)     

  • Welcome
  • Frame session
  • Introduce speaker

Speaker #1 (60 minutes)            

  • Summary of relevant experience
  • Learning objectives
  • Core session content
  • Summary of key points

Presider (10 minutes)   

  • Facilitate Q&A
  • Final comments

Speed Sessions: 20 minutes

Speaker #1 (15 minutes)            

  • Self-Introduction
  • Frame session
  • Fun and engaging presentation

Final Thoughts (5 minutes)        

  • Facilitate Q&A
  • Final comments

As a reminder, sessions may not include any product/service demonstrations or commercial presentations for specific products or consulting services. Please contact the education department with any questions, concerns or assistance needs you may have.