Over 500 city managers and assistant city managers attended, gaining valuable tools and new resources that they can apply to their profession, and use to address critical issues that their communities face.
The conference began with opening keynote speaker, Vanessa Van Edwards, bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.
Van Edwards shared data-driven tangible skills to improve interpersonal communication and leadership, including insights on how people work. The science-based framework for understanding different personalities is geared toward improving emotional intelligence in order to better communicate with peers, employees, and the public.
Over three days, conference sessions focused on issues central to city management, such as public-private partnerships, how to prepare for a blackout, effective strategies to address homelessness, costs associated with collective bargaining, case studies highlighting affordable housing project challenges and successes, and a dynamic panel on pension sustainability which included CalPERS CEO Marcie Frost, and Palm Springs Council Member Lisa Middleton.
“City managers face many demands on a daily basis and we are always looking at ways to improve how we manag
our cities. I look forward to the League’s City Managers Conference each year because it provides the opportunity to network with and learn from my peers,” said Reva Feldman, City Managers Department president, Malibu city manager. “This year’s conference had so many great sessions about challenging issues and provided us with new, useful information to take back to our cities.”
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